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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB N/A N/A $38,040 $41,350
4-Door HB w/Range Extender N/A N/A $41,585 $45,200
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2014 BMW i3 is a truly radical attempt to reinvent the car--and the BMW--for the crowded cities of a new century. The 2014 Chevrolet Volt is one of the best plug-in vehicles on the market, and it costs $5,000 less than it did last year.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City N/A mpg 35 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway N/A mpg 40 mpg
EPA Classification Subcompact Cars Compact Cars
Number of Passenger Doors - 4
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in) 40.5 42.05
Second Head Room (in) 37.2 36.02
Second Shoulder Room (in) 49.2 53.90
Front Head Room (in) 39.6 37.80
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.6 56.52
Passenger Capacity 4 4
Second Leg Room (in) 31.9 34.10
Passenger Volume (ft³) - 90.0
Front Hip Room (in) - 53.73
Second Hip Room (in) - 51.21
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 62 62.10
Wheelbase (in) 101 105.70
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70 70.40
Track Width, Front (in) 61.9 61.20
Length, Overall (in) 157 177.10
Height, Overall (in) 62 56.64
Min Ground Clearance (in) - - TBD -
Liftover Height (in) - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 11.8 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 2.8 -
Trunk Volume (ft³) - 10.6
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11 11.80 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11 11.50 x - TBD -
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Brake Type - Regenerative
Steering Type Rack-Pinion Electric Pwr
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 32.3 36.00
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - 15.4
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - 2.80
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - - TBD -
Spare Tire Size NA NA
Front Tire Order Code NA 5GN
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P155/70R19 P215/55R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA 5GN
Front Tire Size P155/70R19 P215/55R17
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2799 3786
Rear Wheel Material Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 19 X 5 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 19 X 5 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 170 149
Engine Type Electric Gas/Electric I4
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 184 273
Engine Order Code NA LUU
Displacement - 1.4L/85
Fuel System - Electronic Fuel Injection
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined 124 98
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy 111 93 (2013)
Battery Range (mi) 80 38
EPA MPG Equivalent - City 137 101 (2013)
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 35
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 37
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 40
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Trans Order Code NA MKA
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front wheel drive
Trans Type 1 1
Third Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) - NA
Second Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Clutch Size (in) - NA
Vehicle Name BMW i3 Chevrolet Volt
Body Style Hatchback Hatchback
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Compound Crank
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link NA
Suspension Type - Front Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 9.3
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - - TBD -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 10
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - - TBD -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger -
Overall Side Crash Rating -
Side Barrier Rating -
Side Barrier Rating Driver -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat -
Rollover Rating -
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