While not having to buy as much gasoline is reason enough to like the 2013 Chevrolet Volt, the plug-in hybrid’s appeal goes much further. It offers a futuristic cabin, and it provides powerful and spirited performance. Don’t be fooled by the hatchback, however. Its cargo capacity is quite low for its class.
The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid midsize car that seats four. It comes in a single trim. An electric motor is paired with a lithium-ion battery pack, and a four-cylinder engine also is on board. Front-wheel drive is standard. The Volt competes with electric and hybrid cars like the Nissan Leaf and Toyota Prius.
For 2013, the Volt gets a “Hold” mode for all-electric operation. Forward collision and lane departure warning systems are among the new options.
The sheet metal of the 2013 Chevy Volt isn’t just eye-catching. A round nose, low hood and steeply raked windshield help reduce wind drag. A unique closed front grille adds another aerodynamic touch. At the rear is a vertical glass panel that hints at the Volt’s athletic capability, and it also provides good rearward visibility.
Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, halogen projector headlights, LED running lamps, heated power-adjustable mirrors with turn-signal indicators and a rear spoiler. Seventeen-inch polished aluminum wheels are optional.
You’ll immediately notice the unique, vertically oriented center stack in the 2013 Volt. A pair of tall climate vents complement that look. The seats are firm and supportive while remaining comfortable. The driver and front-seat passenger will enjoy ample headroom and legroom, but rear-seat riders likely will find themselves cramped. Cargo capacity is a mere 10.6 cubic feet, but the split-folding rear seat opens up additional space.
Among the Volt’s standard equipment are automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver seat and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Options include heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, a removable rear-seat center armrest and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Under the hood of the 2013 Chevrolet Volt is an electric motor that makes 149 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. It’s matched with a 16-kWh battery pack. Once the battery is depleted to 30 percent, a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine kicks in. A 120- or 240-volt charging station is needed to replenish the battery, although regenerative braking can help conserve power. The Volt has an estimated pure electric range of 38 miles and a total range of 300 miles with the engine. Fuel economy is a combined 37 mpg.
In terms of driving dynamics, you don’t sacrifice much when behind the wheel of the 2013 Volt. This electric vehicle gets up to highway speed surprisingly fast and performs well during passing maneuvers. It also provides a smooth and supple ride, unlike some of its brethren. Responsive steering adds a fun-to-drive quality.
The Volt comes with Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touchscreen display and a six-speaker sound system, CD player, satellite radio, an iPod/USB interface and an auxiliary input jack. Also standard are Bluetooth connectivity and the OnStar emergency communications system. Among the options are a seven-speaker Bose sound system, a navigation system with real-time traffic information, 30GB of music storage, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning and lane departure warning.
By Jill Leonard (Last Updated 2/25/2019)
Jill Leonard is a writer and editor based in Pittsburgh. She first started working on automotive stories at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, where she was a copy editor for more than 15 years. Sadly, despite reading hundreds of stories about vehicles, she still struggles to get her oil changed in a timely manner.
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User Reviews for 2013 Chevrolet Volt
by Ketch on May 6, 2020
EV for you
"Purchased used in 2017, has 127,000 miles, great car, trouble free, appreciate the extended driving miles offered by the on-board generator, perform some self maintenance I.e. oil, brakes just like a non-EV. Down side, only gets about 34 miles on a charge before kicking in the generator which is a seamless experience."
Holding up great
Sporty but not to flashy
The electric motor and sport mode are fun
Back seat leg room is a little tight for larger folks
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2013 Chevrolet Volt Pricing
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The price range for the 2013 Chevrolet Volt is $7,998 - $12,950.
The average selling price is $10,330.
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$39,145 - $40,540
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$7,998 - $12,950
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