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  2013 Nissan Leaf, Nashville area test drive, April 2013 2013 Chevrolet Volt 5dr HB Side Exterior View
Invoice $26,986 $37,579
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Bottom Line The 2013 is the greenest car you can buy--if you can live with between 70 and 100 miles of driving range on a full battery charge. Read Full Review If you can afford it, the 2013 Chevrolet Volt is one of only a handful of plug-in hybrids on the market, and among the best. Read Full Review
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  • World's highest-volume battery electric car
  • Striking, futuristic styling
  • Smooth, quiet electric motor
  • Can seat five (unlike the Volt)
  • Lavish financial incentives


  • Real-world range of 50 to 80 miles
  • Numb, appliance-like steering and handling
  • Knees-up seating in rear seat
  • Styling is remarkably polarizing


  • Zero emissions, zero range anxiety
  • Sporty acceleration, quiet ride
  • Stylish, modern interior
  • A real car through and through
  • Long battery-pack warranty


  • Styling not to everyone's taste
  • High-priced despite incentives
  • Premium fuel recommended
  • 'Only' 37 mpg running on gasoline
  • Mundane Chevy marketing
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