The Volt competes with both battery electric cars and plug-in hybrids.
The 2012 Nissan Leaf, a pure electric car, offers a range of 70 to 100 miles and then needs to be recharged for several hours.
It's a five-door hatchback with five seats and more load space; it's also almost $5,000 cheaper.
The 2013 Leaf will have further upgrades that haven't yet been revealed.
The other battery car, the Tesla Model S, has a much longer range (265 miles) but starts at almost double the Volt's price.
The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi is a new plug-in hybrid from Ford that we haven't driven yet.
We think the most direct competition for the Volt is the plug-in version of the Toyota Prius, new this year.
It has only 6 to 11 miles of electric range, and will switch on its engine under heavy loads (unlike the Volt), but it is otherwise the familiar and well-trusted Prius hybrid, which makes it a less risky buy than the Volt.
|2013 Chevrolet Volt||2013 Ford C-Max Energi||2013 Nissan Leaf||2013 Toyota Prius||2013 Tesla Model S|
|$39,145Browse Used Listings||$32,950Browse Used Listings||$28,800Browse Used Listings||$23,215Browse Used Listings||$69,900Browse Used Listings|
|35 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||51 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Electric I4||Gas/Electric I4||Electric||Gas/Electric I4||Electric|
|Compact Cars||Sub Compact||Midsize||Midsize Cars||NA|
|5-Door HB||Energi 5-Door HB SEL||4-Door HB S||5-Door HB Two (Natl)||4-Door Sedan|
|Front wheel drive||Front-Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Hatchback||Hatchback||4 Door Hatchback||Hatchback||Sedan|
|Automatic||Continuously Variable Ratio||Automatic||Continuously Variable Ratio||NA|