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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Chevrolet Volt

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Whether you’re concerned about the environment or just want a vehicle that allows you to use less gas, the 2012 Chevrolet Volt might be just right for you. Designed to run entirely via an electric current, this electric hybrid uses a gas-powered generator/engine to recharge the car’s batteries as you drive. Add in the elegant styling and interior, and this is one hybrid that is sure to turn heads in the right way.

Key Features

The Volt packs in some interesting features that will keep those tech-savvy drivers intrigued. You can program your Volt to recharge when rates are the lowest from your provider to lower costs. You’ll also be able to use your smartphone and the MyLink App from OnStar to control the charging rate, check the battery level, tire pressure and available range. You can also control the A/C and lock or unlock the doors. The gauges are replaced by two LCD screens, one for the instrument cluster and one for navigation and operation modes. The climate and audio controls are touch-sensitive, creating an interior that is sure to attract anyone who loves their electronics.

The Volt is also designed for aerodynamics from the low-rolling-resistance tires to the rounded nose and steep windshield. In fact, it’s considered one of GMs most aerodynamic vehicles available.

Changes in This Model Year

The 2012 Volt features a few updates, including the Bluetooth compatible MyLink, voice activation, an OnStar turn-by-turn navigation system and a passive entry system on all the doors and the liftgate. The 17-inch wheels even get their own update with color-keyed accents.

What We Like

The Volt eliminates those concerns about not being able to go the distance. With a charge that lasts for 35 miles, which is more than enough to make it to and from work for most, plus the additional electric supplied by the generator engine, trips are anything but nerve-wracking.

What Concerns Us

There were only 45,000 Volts produced for 2012, so you may have a difficult time finding one. Additionally, it is a bit on the pricy side compared to the other hybrid options available.

Available Models

There is only one model available for the 2012 Volt, which offers 93 MPGe city/highway and 37 MPG when in generator mode. The 1.4 liter engine delivers torque of 273 @ 4,800 rpm and 149 horsepower @ 4,800 rpm.

Major Recalls

There are two recalls on the 2012 Volt. The first is for potential CO poisoning due to the gasoline engine starting itself in order to charge the battery if the electrical system isn’t turned off when exiting the vehicle. The second recall is due to the potential for the brakes to lock up due to a modulator valve issue.

Common Issues

The most commonly reported issues with this vehicle involve electrical problems and engine problems.

Chevrolet Volt 2012 interior


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