To determine what vehicle wins each category, Kelley Blue Book calculates the resale value of the vehicle after 36 months and after 60 months. According to the company’s calculations, the Chevrolet Volt retains a value of 46% at the 36 month mark and 30% at the 60 month mark. In comparison, the 2013 Toyota Prius, which took second place, was at 43.5% at 36 months and fell below 30% at 60 months. The category does not include alternative energy vehicles.
Currently, the Chevrolet Volt has the longest battery charge of any plug-in hybrid vehicle in the United States. The hatchback can get up to 50 miles on a single charge, which is more than enough for the average daily commute. Designers built the Chevy Volt with the intent that it could take the average commuter to work and back without having to switch to the gasoline engine.
Regenerative braking and the engine generator help keep the vehicle charged, but if the car needs to travel farther than the battery charge, then it switches to a 1.4L four-cylinder engine. With the gas engine, drivers are looking at an EPA-estimate fuel economy of 35 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. Once the vehicle returns home, it can be easily charged via a wall electrical outlet.
The Chevy Volt is a midsize hatchback that seats four. There is only one trim level that offers features such as keyless ignition/entry, Chevy MyLink for smartphone and electronics integration, satellite radio, and USB connectivity. There are additional packages available to add more features such as voice-controlled navigation with real-time traffic, a rearview camera, and more.
To test-drive or learn more about the 2013 Chevrolet Volt, visit Libertyville Chevrolet. They are located at 1001 South Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville, Illinois. Contact the dealership (http://www.libertyvillechevrolet.com/