We examine Chevrolet's answer to range-anxiety in this week's Why Buy?

Is it an EV? Is it a hybrid? Is it a plug-in hybrid? The newest iteration of Chevrolet’s Volt continues to defy categorization, but that’s what makes it so appealing.

The old Volt made due with 38 miles of all-electric range, but Chevrolet has upped that number by 15 for the latest iteration. The result is a car that can function exclusively as an EV for more people than it's predecessor, with a 1.5 liter gas-electric range-extender onboard to alleviate the anxiety for those with longer commutes.

A week of regular use revealed some shortcomings in cargo capacity, rear-seat space, and rear-visibility but the Volt’s instantaneous electric torque and competent handling still made it a delight to pilot around town.

In this Why Buy? we weigh the benefits of the Volt’s unique approach to electrification.



 ENGINE  Electric Drive w/ 1.5L I4 Range Extender
 OUTPUT  149 Horsepower / 294 Pound-Feet
 AS TESTED PRICE:  $39,750

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