2013 Chevrolet Volt vs. Its Competition

2013 Chevrolet Volt 5dr HB Side Exterior View

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 5dr HB Side Exterior View2013 Chevrolet Volt
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Quick Specs
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.
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.
The 2013 Toyota Prius is a spacious, practical mid-size hatchback that will hold five people and their gear, while remaining the highest-mileage car sold without a plug.
The Tesla Model S is a revolutionary electric car that blends sporty handling and lots of space, with a range of battery sizes so buyers can choose (and pay for) only the range they need.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
35 MPG City / 40 MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy51 MPG City / 49 MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy
Gas/Electric I4ElectricGas/Electric I4Electric
EPA Class   
Compact CarsMidsizeMidsize CarsNA
Style Name   
5-Door HB4-Door HB S5-Door HB Two (SE)4-Door Sedan
Front wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
Hatchback4 Door HatchbackHatchbackSedan
AutomaticAutomaticContinuously Variable RatioNA
Detailed Spec Comparison
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