...Fuel efficiency, with conservative use of the I4, is estimated at a mighty impressive 95 mpg city/90 highway, though, again, these numbers reflect optimal driving conditions and habits.Standard appearance features and creature comforts in the 2012 Chevy Volt, while abbreviated, remain impressive nonetheless. Outside, this hybrid hatchback sports a rear spoiler and 17-inch painted alloy wheels, while the cabin pampers with premium cloth upholstery and simulated alloy accents. Remote power door locks, heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, cruise control and...
...Pandora and Stitcher compatibility with connected smartphone (MyLink) Available Bose premium speakers Available navigation system Under the Hood For electric-only operation, the 350-volt, 16-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack propels the car with 149 horsepower and 273 pounds-feet of torque. When the battery is depleted, a 1.4-liter four-cylinder gas engine kicks in with 84 hp to drive an electric generator. The Volt requires premium gasoline. Chevrolet estimates a fully depleted Volt battery will recharge in 10 to 12 hours using common 120-volt household power. With 240 volts —...
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This year, 2014, is going to be the big test for diesel engines in U.S. passenger vehicles. It's the first full year in which two popular cars--the Chevrolet Cruze compact... read more January 16, 2014 by John Voelcker
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