- Starting MSRP: $39,145*
- Engine specs: 1.4 liters, four cylinders
- Gas mileage:
- City - 101 mpg equivalent**
- Highway - 93 mpg equivalent**
Volt technology includes a lithium-ion battery with rechargeable energy storage system and Voltec electric drive system, as well as a 1.4-liter gasoline-powered engine. As a result, the car has total range of 380 miles, while the eco-conscious hybrid can drive up to 38 miles on its battery without using gas. For local commuters, this could mean being able to drive to work without the need to make extra stops to fuel up.
The hybrid is also an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2012. Safety features include eight air bags.
Even with the federal tax credit, the MSRP is pricey when compared to other top commuter cars. Still, the Volt currently qualifies for a federal tax credit of up to $7,500, offered for purchasing select plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles, or PHEVs. This would effectively lower the starting price to $31,645. For more information on this credit and how long it may last, visit FuelEconomy.gov.
*Starting MSRP before a tax credit is applied
**Miles per gallon equivalent