The 2013 Chevrolet Volt is the third model year of Chevy's unique range-extended electric car, and after a challenging start and a lot of bad media, it has emerged as the best-selling plug-in car in the U.S.--selling at a faster rate than the Nissan Leaf battery electric hatchback and the new Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid.
The four-seat, five-door hatchback has a handful of tweaks for 2013 that have raised its electric range a bit--from 35 to 38 miles--and boosted its EPA efficiency rating from 94 to 98 MPGe. The odd abbreviation stands for Miles Per Gallon Equivalent--a measure of how far a plug-in vehicle can travel electrically on battery energy equivalent to that contained in 1 gallon of gasoline.
Despite its challenging first 18 months, the Volt is a remarkably good car that's fun to drive, economical, and a credit to its General Motors engineers and designers. Part of its challenge is that it's sized as a compact car, with fewer seats and less luggage capability than the Chevrolet...
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