2013 Chevrolet Volt
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Commuting and more.

by from Lafayette, In on November 14, 2012

We bought the car to buy less oil and save money. We have gone 1100 miles and still have 3 of the 9 gallons of gas the dealer put it when new. Our daily commute is 15 miles so all electric. A full cha...
We bought the car to buy less oil and save money. We have gone 1100 miles and still have 3 of the 9 gallons of gas the dealer put it when new. Our daily commute is 15 miles so all electric. A full charge (30-40 miles) cost is $0.62. Even our out town trips have been good. Cannot tell when gas engine comes on most of the time unless you watch the display.
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I gots to get me one of these..

by from Arlington Tx on July 29, 2013

I currently share a Saturn Astra with my son and own a small maid service that helps the elderly. Recently the Astra broke down. The local Chevrolet dealer gave me a 2013 Volt as a loaner while the wa...
I currently share a Saturn Astra with my son and own a small maid service that helps the elderly. Recently the Astra broke down. The local Chevrolet dealer gave me a 2013 Volt as a loaner while the warranty work was being done. As a glorified hippie, I've wanted a hybrid for years. None of them appealed to me. The prius looks dorky, and the leaf scares me. I have enough anxiety without adding range anxiety to my list of issues. ;) So when they gave me the Volt, I was uncertain. I immediately put 15 bucks worth of gas in it. I decided to test it. The first day I drove 120 miles. I was comfy and averaged about 44 mpg. The next six days, I used mostly electricity. Even with my hub flooring it and driving it like it was a Porsche it still averaged 44mg. It was comforting to know if I ran out of juice, I had gas as a back up. Over seven days, I learned to "coast" to be fuel efficient, took it to Costco, and did my daily Mom and visiting angel thing. The end all be all is that I love this car! In six days I used three gallons of gas. Three gallons, in six days. That's my average daily use in a compact four cylinder Saturn that felt like a tin can when I picked it up this afternoon. In comparison, the Volt drives like a Caddy. I feel like a queen riding in it. The only cons are the air conditioner, it's either freezing cold or lukewarm. I am sure it's a learning curve.. and the questions. I spent 25 minutes answering a client's questions today instead of cleaning. ;) I have done the math, and using a Volt will cost me 92.00 a month to take care of my wonderful customers who rely heavily upon me and are often cash strapped. I currently spend 200.00 on gas driving a car that should be economical but is not. As soon as these babies become "used" I am snapping one up. I deserve it, and so do you.. DO NOT believe the negative reviews. They are probably written by a Prius owner who is jealous b/c the Volt is better looking.
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Bye Gas, Hello Obsessing about electrcity!

by from Encino, CA on January 12, 2013

Traded in an older hybrid for twice the room, looks, performance, and triple the efficiency-- all for the same monthly lease costs when you factor in gas. Also have an Audi S5 to make up for car insec...
Traded in an older hybrid for twice the room, looks, performance, and triple the efficiency-- all for the same monthly lease costs when you factor in gas. Also have an Audi S5 to make up for car insecurities that the other hybrid created, but I end up exclusively only driving the Volt around since it meets all the needs anyone would want in a car plus more. It's got push to start, electronic e brake, comfy seats, a modern interior, a sport mode that takes advantage of instant torque, and good looks for a plug in hybrid. Also can carpool the volt in SoCal, saving you time and keeping you out of trouble from road rage.
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Chevrolet Volt electric and gas car

by from Carnation, WA on December 20, 2012

We bought a Chevy Volt 2013 two weeks ago. We love it. There are times that we have gotten 200 miles to the gallon. My only concern is there are alot of electronic gadgets in the car. You can heat up...
We bought a Chevy Volt 2013 two weeks ago. We love it. There are times that we have gotten 200 miles to the gallon. My only concern is there are alot of electronic gadgets in the car. You can heat up your car from your cell phone so it will be warm before you get into it. The car has alot of electronic perks. And we worry about those. That is why we got the extended warranty. We love it for the 200 miles a gallon even though it's variable. We are glad to not be as dependent on gasoline prices. Another draw back is you could either get the car stripped or with all the extras on it. There was no in between. The dealerships all get only two cars a month to sell. We do get alot of perks from the dealership such as free car washes and head to toe coverage for 5 years. We got OnStar for 3 years and XM for 3 months. That is amazing. The other day, the heater did not work in the morning. We got the heat back about a half hour later. So, this is a mixed review. For the most part, we love it.
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So good we bought 2

by from Yakima WA on September 15, 2016

My wife bought a used 2015 Volt 4 weeks before I purchased a 2013. I found that my sense of wasted energy every time I applied the brakes in my car was painful. I started looking and ended up buying...
My wife bought a used 2015 Volt 4 weeks before I purchased a 2013. I found that my sense of wasted energy every time I applied the brakes in my car was painful. I started looking and ended up buying a 2013 Volt for myself. They're well built, stylish, quiet, and handles well. For everyday driving it is fantastic. It isn't going to handle like a sports car, but it also isn't the worst handling car I've driven. It is peppy up to about 30mph, then it is simply adequate. No complaints so far. I've owned the car for a month and I haven't had to buy gas once yet. I'm currently averaging about 170mpg over the 30,000 miles on the odometer. The EV range is about 38-40 miles, less in cold weather.
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Best Car owned- exceed Expectations

by from milwaukee, wi on June 1, 2013

I purchased this car last September and has exceeded all expectation. Low to no maintenance, first oil change will be in year 2, and thats because of age, averaging over 375 MPG. I went into this purc...
I purchased this car last September and has exceeded all expectation. Low to no maintenance, first oil change will be in year 2, and thats because of age, averaging over 375 MPG. I went into this purchase expecting the 95 MPG, and it blows me away. Great torque off the line, overall fun car to drive and own.
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Most High Tech Car I ever owned

by from Grand Island, NY on November 19, 2012

The is very high tech and I am an electrical engineer. The milage claims right on. Wish it was biggger.
The is very high tech and I am an electrical engineer. The milage claims right on. Wish it was biggger.
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Great car for two

by from Fort lauderdale, FL on November 13, 2013

There are a few drawbacks to this car. One is the tight backseat. The other is the lack of airconditioning vents in the rear seats. Everyone who sits in my backseat complains. Great commuter car where...
There are a few drawbacks to this car. One is the tight backseat. The other is the lack of airconditioning vents in the rear seats. Everyone who sits in my backseat complains. Great commuter car where you occasionally have to go on gas without range anxiety. Maintenance is not a big problem as the car is using electric most of the time oil changes are usually only once a year. Love the volt concept, just wish it were a foot longer.
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Happy to finally be a proud Volt owner!

by from Ann Arbor, MI on November 20, 2016

I've been long touting the benefits of electric vehicle propulsion to all of my friends and family - now I can finally speak as an owner! I've always loved the Volt, and I'm particularly a fan of the ...
I've been long touting the benefits of electric vehicle propulsion to all of my friends and family - now I can finally speak as an owner! I've always loved the Volt, and I'm particularly a fan of the Gen 1 styling over the Gen 2. I am able to charge at home and at work, and so for my 100+ mi round trip commute, the car is averaging ~120 mpg. Unbeatable with any car in this price range. Couldn't be happier.
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My volt

by from New jersey on May 20, 2013

I have had my Volt now for a few weeks and have very much enjoyed the experience. Coming from a Victorian era all manual Saturn i am finding the all electronic everything a little overwhelming, but am...
I have had my Volt now for a few weeks and have very much enjoyed the experience. Coming from a Victorian era all manual Saturn i am finding the all electronic everything a little overwhelming, but am easing into it. The driving is tight, controlled, and acceleration is wonderful and even the gas mileage impressive compared to my Saturn. The suspension is a little hard, you do feel the road. I am finding the driver training alerts a little annoying and will soon turn the "feature" off when i have time to find it. The only real feature i am missing is a towing and electrical hook up for the second battery that i can tow behind me to improve on my 35-36 mile battery driving. I do find the battery consumption to mileage ratio based on driving speed a whole new learning experience, very different from the gas experience and somewhat surprising, so very glad to have the gas backup for highway driving. I do love the fast 240 volt 4 hour recharge, and driving past the old gas station. I look forward to improved battery mileage in the coming years, and I definitely made the right choice for a long term car commitment. I hope Chevy will make the improved batteries retro fitting to current models so early adopters of the electric car technology will not be left out of the benefits of future battery enhancements. It would be a very important customer loyalty feature that would enhance peoples willingness to by electric.
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