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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan N/A N/A N/A $57,400
4-Door Sedan Performance N/A N/A N/A $92,400
4-Door Sedan Signature N/A N/A N/A $95,400
4-Door Sedan Signature Performance N/A N/A N/A $105,400
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$652 / month
$957 / month
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TCC’s Bottom Line The 2012 Chevrolet Volt is the plug-in electric car you drive as far as you want--if you can find one to buy. The 2012 Tesla Model S sedan turns out to be a much better car than most expected; it just might meld sport-sedan driving, interior space, and comfort with zero-emission running in one revolutionary package.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 35 mpg N/A mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 40 mpg N/A mpg
Number of Passenger Doors 4 4
EPA Classification Compact Cars NA
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 53.7 55.0
Second Leg Room (in) 34.1 35.4
Front Head Room (in) 37.8 38.8
Passenger Capacity 4 5
Second Hip Room (in) 51.2 54.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.5 57.7
Second Head Room (in) 36.0 35.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.9 55.0
Front Leg Room (in) 42.1 42.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) 90.0 94.0
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.4 77.3
Track Width, Front (in) 61.2 65.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 6.0
Length, Overall (in) 177.1 196.0
Height, Overall (in) 56.6 56.5
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.1 66.9
Wheelbase (in) 105.7 116.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 10.6 - TBD -
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x - TBD - 14.0 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System Four-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.5 x - TBD - 14.4 x 1.1
Brake Type Regenerative Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 9.3 NA
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.8 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.4 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.0 37.0
Steering Type Electric Pwr Electric Rack-&-Pinion
Rear Tire Size P215/55R17 245/45R19
Rear Tire Order Code 5GN NA
Front Tire Size P215/55R17 245/45R19
Spare Tire Size NA NA
Front Tire Order Code 5GN NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3781 4647
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.0 19 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.0 19 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - NA
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - NA
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM - TBD - 325
Engine Order Code LUU NA
Displacement 1.4L/85 NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - TBD - 362 @ 6000
Engine Type Electric/Gas I4 Electric
Battery Range (mi) 35 160 (Est)
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 37 NA
EPA MPG Equivalent - City 95 - TBD -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 40 NA
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined 94 - TBD -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 35 NA
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy 93 - TBD -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) NA - TBD -
Drivetrain Front wheel drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Automatic NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) NA 9.73
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Type 1 1
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) NA - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Order Code MKA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Body Style Hatchback Sedan
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Volt Tesla Model S
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - N/A
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA NA
Suspension Type - Rear Compound Crank Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 5.0 NA
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 8 - 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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