2015 Chevrolet Volt vs. Its Competition

2015 Chevrolet Volt

No other vehicle on the market is like the 2015 Chevy Volt range-extended electric car.

It runs entirely on electricity until its battery is depleted--unlike plug-in hybrids that switch on their engines for maximum power--but eliminates any range anxiety that pure battery-electric cars may produce.

It competes against all of those cars, from the Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf battery electrics to plug-in hybrids from Toyota, Ford, and Honda.

The all-electric luxury Tesla offers two models, both with ranges over 200 miles, but starts at twice the price of the Volt.

The Nissan Leaf is the world's best-selling electric car, with more than 125,000 delivered globally, but its range is rated at 84 miles--which won't cover every trip as the Volt can.

The plug-in hybrid version of the Toyota Prius has minimal electric range (11 miles) but offers the familiar Prius virtues and an unbeatable 50-mpg combined fuel economy rating.

Ford's C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid recently saw its electric range and fuel-economy ratings cut to 19 miles and 38 mpg, but it offers five seats and more interior volume in a tall five-door compact hatchback.

Finally, the plug-in hybrid model of the Honda Accord mid-size sedan is a strong performer with 15 miles of electric range--but remains rare and is sold only in a few states.

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7.6
The 2015 Chevrolet Volt remains the only range-extended electric car, and Chevy hasn't done a good job of explaining it, but if you can live with four seats, it's smooth, quiet, comfortable--and one way into the future of cars.
7.4
The 2015 Nissan Leaf is the best-selling electric car in the world, and while it's a little appliance-like, it's a real car that delivers a quiet, smooth ride for only pennies per mile.
8.8
The 2015 Tesla Model S has no direct competition; the electric luxury hatchback is the benchmark among its kind in a market with more than 20 plug-in models. It's likely the most advanced car on the planet.
MSRP From  
$34,345$29,010$69,900
Gas Mileage  
35 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas/Electric I4ElectricElectric
EPA Class  
Compact CarsMid-Size CarsLarge Cars
Style Name  
5-Door HB4-Door HB S4-Door Sedan RWD 60 kWh Battery *Ltd Avail*
Drivetrain  
Front wheel driveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
455
Passenger Doors  
4N/AN/A
Body Style  
HatchbackHatchbackHatchback
Transmission  
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
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