What's New for 2012:
- Slightly lower price tag
- Keyless ignition/entry now standard
- Bluetooth connectivity and audio system voice control via MyLink now standard
- Navigation system and premium Bose stereo no longer standard
The 2012 Chevrolet Volt is a midsize plug-in hybrid offered only in a 4-door hatchback sedan body style and in only one trim level. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard.
The 2012 Chevrolet Volt seats 4 passengers and provides 10.6 cubic feet of trunk space. Standard interior features include Bluetooth connectivity; power windows, mirrors, and locks; 5-year subscription to OnStar Directions and Connections; and automatic climate control.
Chevrolet has grouped options together in the Premium Trim, Rear Camera, and Park Assist packages for the 2012 Volt. The Premium Trim package includes leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, while the Rear Camera and Park Assist packages include a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. Individual options include an audio system with navigation and 17-inch polished aluminum wheels.
Under the Hood
The front-wheel-drive Volt is powered by an electric motor rated at 149 horsepower, drawing power from a lithium-ion battery pack. Once the battery's capacity drops to 30%, a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 80 horsepower engages and takes over as the power source for the electric motor. In some high-speed conditions, the gasoline engine may also send power directly to the drive wheels. The Volt's battery is charged via either a 120-volt or 240-volt outlet, and can be fully recharged in 10 hours and 4 hours, respectively, according to Chevy.
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Chevrolet Volt are:
- In electric-only mode: 95/93/94 mpg equivalent (city/highway/combined)
- Using gasoline only: 35/40/37 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Battery range, electric only: 36 miles
- Cruising range, gasoline only: 325.5/372 miles (city/highway)
Standard safety features on the 2012 Chevrolet Volt include anti-lock brakes, front-seat side air bags, knee air bags, and full-length side curtain air bags.
In government tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Volt received 5 (out of 5) stars overall for crash protection. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Volt received a "Good" rating--the Institute's highest--for frontal-offset and side-impact crash protection.
$16,130–$18,820 Base MSRP
26/34 MPG City/Hwy
$24,000–$29,805 Base MSRP
51/48 MPG City/Hwy
$15,755–$24,055 Base MSRP
22/31 MPG City/Hwy
$15,955–$27,805 Base MSRP
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$24,200–$26,900 Base MSRP
44/44 MPG City/Hwy