While structurally the same, the 2013 Chevrolet Volt receives several feature upgrades that help to bolster the vehicle's earth-friendly image. A 300-mile maximum range and upscale interior also help make the Volt appealing when compared to plug-in competitors. Keep reading to learn what's new for the 2013 Chevrolet Volt and review specs, pricing and features.
2013 Chevrolet Volt Returns With New Features, Same Great Electric Range
Styling: 2013 Chevrolet Volt
The Chevy Volt finds itself in the midsize sedan vehicle class. Of course, with its all-electric range capabilities, this isn't your typical four-door sedan. As with the previous model year, the Volt's exterior styling hints at its technological advancements under the hood. Both inside and out, the vehicle boasts a modern design that borders on luxury. Interior gadgets abound, and a futuristic digital display screen lays out fuel levels, battery power, speed and other important figures.
One downside of the 2013 Volt is a cramped rear seat. This is partly due to the extra space taken up by the battery pack. This battery also diminishes storage space – the trunk offers just 10.6 cubic feet of storage.
Performance: 2013 Chevrolet Volt
All major engine specifications for the new Volt carry over from last year. The vehicle manages 25 to 50 miles on pure electric power, and requires up to 10 hours to fully recharge the battery (using a standard 120V electric outlet). The electric motor offers 149 horsepower and 273 lb-ft. of torque. When battery power drops below 70 percent, a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine jumps in to extend the vehicle's range to 300 miles.
A variety of driving modes are available to maximize performance or battery life. These modes include Normal, Sport and Mountain. A Hold mode is also new for the year, which allows drivers to hold off on using electric power in power-draining driving scenarios.
Safety: 2013 Chevrolet Volt
A forward collision warning system and lane departure warning system are new options that can be had on the 2013 Volt. Standard safety features include antilock brakes, stability control, front-side airbags, side curtain airbags, front knee airbags and OnStar. In crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Chevy Volt earned a best-possible rating of "Good" in all categories.
Pricing and Features: 2013 Chevrolet Volt
Initial asking price for the 2013 Volt comes in at $39,145. For that price, you'll get 17-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, keyless entry, keyless ignition, remote ignition, cruise control, automatic climate control, height-adjustable driver's seat, voice-controlled audio functions, Bluetooth, touchscreen display, six-speaker stereo, CD player, satellite radio, auxiliary input and iPod/USB interface.
A center-rear armrest is a new option available for the Volt. Other available options include heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, rearview camera, rear parking sensors, front parking sensors, seven-speaker premium stereo and navigation system.