2013 Volt?

Last week I test drove a new 2017 Volt, and I was impressed by the performance and the high ride and drive quality of the vehicle. The deal breaker was the $35K plus price.

I tend to buy used cars for around $12K.

Today I looked at a red used Volt with 15,000 miles on the odometer, for about $15K.

The interior is very refined, it does not feel cheap like in a Corolla or a Cruze.

The first generation Volts (models from 2011 to 2015) have a battery range of 38 miles with a total gas range of 382 miles. I drove the 2013 Volt on the highway and it was very comfortable. I do plenty of highway miles per year (20,000 plus) so how a vehicle feels on the road at 80mph is important.

The first generation Volt has a ton of positive reviews online, one video shows a Volt with 300,000 miles on it. My main concern about Chevy is the reliability issue, but the Volt gets high marks in this regard.

In comparing the 2013 Volt to my wife’s 2010 Prius The Volt comes out way ahead. The 2010 Prius is not a plug in, it only charges when the Prius is moving under gas power. My wife still has to put $20 in gas in her car each week.

If I get rid of my 2006 Avalon and go with a Volt I’ll save about $40 per week in gas. That’s about $2,000 per year. If I go on a road trip and I can’t charge my Volt I’ll have to use gas, occasionally. My Avalon served me well, I paid it off a few years ago and the odometer is now at 188K. Any car that you can drive that far has given you a decent return.

The Volt can be recharged at my home every night, there are some Volt owners who have driven 20,000 miles and only used a few gallons of fuel.

If I put solar on the roof my car will run for free……

-Benjamin T. Alexander

January 8, 2017

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