Chevrolet Volt

Price $38,790 – $42,890
Fuel consumption 5.5 – 5.6 L/100km
The Car Guide rating 77%(view ratings)
Initially launched in 2011 and completely revised last year, this extended-range electric car returns practically unchanged for 2017. Thus, it keeps the same electric propulsion system whose 85-km range should be sufficient for normal everyday use. And if the battery's energy is depleted, a 1.5L combustion engine is there as an on-board generator to replenish the battery pack. In addition to being environmentally friendly, this car handles surprisingly well.

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Test Drive: 2016 Chevrolet Volt
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Review: 2016 Chevrolet Volt
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