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Selected Style 5-Door HB 5-Door HB One (SE)
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door HB One 51 48 $21,864 $23,015
5-Door HB Two 51 48 $22,560 $24,000
5-Door HB Three 51 48 $23,799 $25,565
5-Door HB Four 51 48 $26,284 $28,235
5-Door HB Five 51 48 $27,744 $29,805
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Monthly Payment Estimate
$652 / month
$384 / 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 Toyota Prius remains the highest-mileage car offered in the U.S., and it's a practical and capacious mid-size hatchback with room for five
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 35 mpg 51 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 40 mpg 48 mpg
Number of Passenger Doors 4 -
EPA Classification Compact Cars Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.9 53.1
Front Leg Room (in) 42.1 42.5
Passenger Volume (ft³) 90.0 93.7
Front Hip Room (in) 53.7 52.7
Second Leg Room (in) 34.1 36.0
Front Head Room (in) 37.8 38.6
Passenger Capacity 4 5
Second Hip Room (in) 51.2 51.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.5 54.9
Second Head Room (in) 36.0 37.6
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 56.6 58.7
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.1 59.8
Wheelbase (in) 105.7 106.3
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.4 68.7
Track Width, Front (in) 61.2 60.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 5.5
Length, Overall (in) 177.1 175.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 10.6 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - 67.3
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 21.6
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.5 x - TBD - 10.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type Regenerative Pwr
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 - 10.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System Four-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 9.3 11.9
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.0 - TBD -
Steering Type Electric Pwr Electric Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.8 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.4 34.2
Spare Tire Size NA T135/80D16
Front Tire Order Code 5GN NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P215/55R17 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code 5GN NA
Front Tire Size P215/55R17 P195/65R15
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3781 3042
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.0 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.0 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - TBD - 98 @ 5200
Engine Type Electric/Gas I4 Gas/Electric I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM - TBD - 105 @ 4000
Engine Order Code LUU NA
Displacement 1.4L/85 1.8L/110
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 35 51
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy 93 -
Battery Range (mi) 35 -
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 37 50
EPA MPG Equivalent - City 95 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 40 48
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined 94 -
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
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) NA - TBD -
Drivetrain Front wheel drive Front Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Continuously Variable Ratio
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) NA - TBD -
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Type 1 1
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Volt Toyota Prius
Body Style Hatchback Hatchback
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA NA
Suspension Type - Rear Compound Crank Torsion Beam
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 5.0 3.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 8 10
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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