2014 Chevrolet Volt

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The 2014 Chevrolet Volt carries over relatively unchanged however its price tag gets slashed dramatically- a very welcome change for the new year. Chevy has reduced the entry models price by almost $5 grand making it more competitive with the likes of the Ford C Max and Toyota Prius.

The 2014 still requires longer charges times since its battery-pack improvements that were made to later year’s model.  Nevertheless, those improvements brought increased drive time on electric power and it only takes approximately 15-30 minutes longer to charge. With its lowered price the Volt is an even better buy then before for urban dwellers with short commutes. With an overall driving range of 380 miles, the Volt is pretty useful for getting out of the city too. It’s all electric range tops out at roughly 38 miles (epa estimate) and once the battery is depleted it achieves an estimated 37 mpg combined.

The 2013 Chevrolet Volt is offered in a single trim level however several packages are optional.  Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tires, a rear spoiler, automatic headlights, LED tail lamps, heated power-adjustable mirrors, keyless entry, automatic climate control, touch-sensitive center stack controls, Bluetooth®, OnStar with a 3 year Directions and Connections® plan, Chevrolet’s MyLink® infotainment system and a 6-speaker sound system with a 7-inch color touch-screen interface, CD player, satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack.

An available Comfort Package will add heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Stepping up to the Premium Trim package will include the items found in the Comfort Package plus leather-appointed seating surfaces and a removable rear seat armrest.

Other stand-alone options include a 7-speaker Bose® Energy Efficient Series sound system and a navigation system with real-time traffic, voice controls and 30GB of digital music storage.

2014 Chevrolet Volt

Standard safety features include 8 airbags, LED daytime running lights, Onstar® and a tire pressure monitoring system.  The available Enhanced Safety Package 1 will add an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. To that, the Enhanced Safety Package 2 adds front parking sensors, a forward collision alert system and a lane departure warning system.

Prices start at just $26,685 (after you factor in the $7,500 tax credit) and top out at $38 grand once you add all of the available options and packages.

 Reduced price tag, fuel economy when in electric mode, Intuitive and appealing features, cutting edge technology, useable electric range

 Limited availability, cramped backseat, not incredibly fuel efficient when gas engine is running, expensive battery

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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