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2012 Chevrolet Volt Hatchback

Price Range: $39,145 - $39,145 | 35 MPG City - 40 MPG Highway

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2012 Chevrolet Volt Hatchback

Benefits of Driving a 2012 Chevrolet Volt Hatchback

The Chevy Volt is unique in that is the first electric vehicle that successfully marries an electric motor and battery with a conventional engine that keep the vehicle powered up over longer trips. In doing so, GM has created an ultra-efficient vehicle that for many commuters, may require no gasoline at all.

What's new for 2012?

The Volt sees few changes for 2012. Most notably, it now features keyless entry on all four doors, functioning through chrome buttons mounted on the door handles. Inside, the Volt's display has been revised slightly for a better user interface. The main gauge display now displays navigation information, and kilowatt-hours used has been added to the center display stack. In addition, printing has been improved on the center stack and the gear selector readout is now much easier to read in low light thanks to revised backlighting. Drivers also now have the ability to disable the Volt's traction control.

Model Strengths

  • The latest in high-efficiency technology provides extreme fuel economy with few compromises in performance or features.

Model Review

The Chevy Volt is GM's first vehicle to use so-called 'extended range technology.' It carries a lithium-ion battery as its primary fuel source. The battery is charged by plugging the vehicle into a socket overnight, and will provide a GM-claimed range of 35 miles. Should the driver need to drive further, an on-board 1.4L 4-cylinder gasoline-powered engine automatically starts up to generate additional energy. A regenerative braking system provides additional charging whenever the vehicle slows.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Body Side Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Back-Up Camera Opt
Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Std
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2012 Chevrolet Volt Hatchback

5dr HB

Engine

Engine Type 1.4L Electric/Gas I4
Horsepower @ RPM
Torque (lb-ft) @ RPM
Optional Engines 4-Cylinder Engine,

Fuel

Fuel Capacity 9.3 gal
Fuel Economy 35 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Estimated max. distance per tank of gas 372 miles

Drivetrain

Driven Wheels FWD

Wheels

Rims 17 x 7.0 in.
Tires P215/55R17

Interior Space

Seating Capacity 4 adults
Front Headroom/Legroom 37.8 in. / 42.1 in.
Rear Headroom/Legroom 36.0 in. / 34.1 in.
Luggage/Cargo Space 10.6 cubic ft.

Dimensions

Wheelbase 105.7 in.
Curb Weight 3781 lb.
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2012 Chevrolet Volt Hatchback

5dr HB

Comfort

Air Conditioning Standard
Bluetooth, Hands-Free Standard
Climate Control Standard
Front Bucket Seats Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Telematics Standard
Bluetooth, Hands-Free Optional
Front Bucket Seats Optional
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Leather Seats Optional
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Optional

Convenience

Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard
Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Auxiliary Power Outlet Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard
Illuminated Driver Vanity Mirror Standard
Illuminated Passenger Visor Mirror Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard
Keyless Start Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard
Power Windows Standard
Remote Engine Start Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard
Navigation System Optional
Parking assist Optional

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard
CD Player Standard
MP3 Player Standard
Satellite Radio Standard
AM/FM Stereo Optional
Auxiliary Audio Input Optional
CD Player Optional
MP3 Player Optional
Premium Sound System Optional

Exterior

Rear Spoiler Standard