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2011 Chevrolet Volt vs. Its Competition

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The 2011 Nissan Leaf, which goes on sale on a limited basis about the same time as the Volt, is an all-electric car, with a range of about 100 miles.

Simpler in purpose—and more than $10k cheaper than the Volt—the Leaf has no fuel tank, no tailpipe, and no conventional gasoline engine, so it's a greener solution if your daily driving is in the 40-90-mile range.

The Tesla Roadster is also an all-electric vehicle, but this little two-seater is a cartoonish exaggeration of what an EV can be—an EV exotic of sorts—capable of zero to 60 in less than four seconds.

And of course the Toyota Prius, ceremonial king of green cars, bears some contrast; Toyota is preparing a plug-in version of the Prius, but its all-electric capability will remain for low-speed operation only and its range will be very limited—less than 15 miles, typically.

The Lexus HS 250h is another alternative; but at nearly twice the price of a Prius, it appeals to the luxury set.

Unfortunately it neither has the mileage of the Prius nor its nimble driving demeanor.

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The 2011 Chevrolet Volt is an electric car, but drive as far as you want without worry—you won't have to make concessions for the technology onboard.
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The 2011 Lexus HS 250h pairs nifty technology features with high mileage ratings, though it fails to provide impressive comfort or an engaging driving experience.
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Gas Mileage  
35 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy35 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Electric/Gas I4Gas/Electric I4Electric Pwr
EPA Class  
Compact CarsMid-SizeTwo-Seater Passenger Car
Style Name  
5-Door HB4-Door Sedan Hybrid2-Door Convertible
Front wheel driveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
5 Door Hatchback4 Door Sedan2 Door Convertible
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