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2012 Chevrolet Volt Quick Specs

2012 Chevrolet Volt:

For 2012, the Chevrolet Volt gets a slightly lower price tag, but its formerly standard navigation system and Bose audio system are now on the options list. New standard features include updated keyless ignition/entry and the new MyLink system. The latter provides Bluetooth streaming audio as well as voice control over the audio system and your cell phone.

Some available options include:

  • Hybrid engine
  • Direct drive transmission
  • Up to 95 cty/93 hwy mpg
  • Bluetooth
  • iPod input
  • Satellite radio
  • Side/Curtain Airbags
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Navigation System (Optional)



Base 4dr Hatchback (Hybrid 1-speed Direct Drive)



  • Rear spoiler

Tires and Wheels

  • Painted alloy wheels
  • 17 x 7 in. wheels
  • Null spare wheel
  • P215/55R17 93H tires
  • All season tires
  • Tire repair kit

Roof and Glass

  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Rear defogger

Towing and Hauling

  • Cargo tie downs


  • Width: 70.4 in.
  • Height: 56.6 in.
  • Length: 177.1 in.
  • Front track: 61.2 in.
  • Rear track: 62.1 in.
  • Wheel base: 105.7 in.
  • Cargo capacity, all seats in place: 10.6 cu.ft.
  • Gross weight: 4533 lbs.
  • Drag Coefficient: 0.28 Cd
  • Curb weight: 3781 lbs.

Exterior Options

  • Front License Plate Bracket
  • 17" 5-spoke Forged Polished Aluminum Wheels
  • 17" Aero Design Sport Alloy Wheels w/Black Inserts (Late Availability)


Engine & Performance

  • Cylinders:
  • Base engine type: hybrid


  • Drive type: front wheel drive
  • Transmission: 1-speed direct drive


  • MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Torsion beam rear suspension
  • Front independent suspension


  • Fuel type: hybrid
  • Fuel type: electric fuel
  • Fuel tank capacity: 9.3 gal.
  • Range in miles (cty/hwy): 883.5/864.9 mi.
  • EPA mileage est. (cty/hwy): 95/93 mpg

Mechanical Options

  • PZEV Emissions
  • Low Emissions Package


Safety & Security

  • 4-wheel ABS
  • Front and rear head airbags
  • Dual front side-mounted airbags
  • Child seat anchors
  • Remote anti-theft alarm system
  • Emergency braking assist
  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Daytime running lights
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Auto delay off headlamps
  • Dusk sensing headlamps
  • 2 front headrests
  • 2 rear headrests
  • Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Turn signal mirrors
  • Stability control
  • Traction control
  • Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Front height adjustable headrests
  • Rear height adjustable headrests
  • Post-collision safety system
  • Tire pressure monitoring


  • Basic: 3 yr./ 36000 mi.
  • Drivetrain: 5 yr./ 100000 mi.
  • Hybrid Component: 8 yr./ 100000 mi.
  • Roadside: 5 yr./ 100000 mi.
  • Rust: 6 yr./ 100000 mi. 


Front Seats

  • Front head room: 37.8 in.
  • Front hip room: 53.7 in.
  • Front leg room: 42.1 in.
  • Front shoulder room: 56.5 in.
  • Height adjustable driver seat
  • Height adjustable passenger seat
  • Premium cloth
  • Bucket front seats

Rear Seats

  • Rear hip Room: 51.2 in.
  • Rear head room: 36.0 in.
  • Rear leg room: 34.1 in.
  • Rear shoulder room: 53.9 in.
  • Folding rear seatback
  • Fixed with storage center armrest

Power Features

  • Remote power door locks
  • Power mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • 4 one-touch power windows


  • Cruise control
  • Front console with storage
  • Front and rear cupholders
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Retained accessory power
  • Front seatback storage
  • Electric speed-proportional power steering
  • Universal remote transmitter (for garage door, security system, etc.)
  • 12V front and 12V rear power outlet(s)
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel


  • Climate control
  • Sun sensor
  • Cargo area light
  • Front reading lights
  • Simulated alloy steering wheel
  • Front and rear floor mats
  • Turn signal in mirrors
  • Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
  • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors


  • Clock
  • Trip computer
  • External temperature display
  • Low fuel level warning
  • Compass

In Car Entertainment

  • Mast antenna
  • 6 total speakers
  • AM/FM in-dash single CD player with CD MP3 Playback stereo
  • Sirius XM satellite radio
  • Auxiliary audio input and iPod integration
  • 3 Months of provided satellite radio service
  • USB connection


  • Pre-wired for phone
  • OnStar telecommunications service
  • Bluetooth wireless data link for hands-free phone

Interior Options

  • Bose Premium Speaker System
  • Audio System with Navigation
  • Chevrolet MyLink Touch


  • Rear Camera and Park Assist Package
  • Premium Trim Package


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Chevrolet’s Solution to Fuel Economy

“Chevy has a great line-up of trucks, SUVs, and cars…”

For the last 2-3 months the Midwest and surrounding states have been ravaged by drought. We hear horror stories of ranches selling their livestock because they have no way to feed them. Creek beds and waterways are drying up. Farmers are choosing not to irrigate because they can’t afford to irrigate 24/7 and they can’t save an already lost crop. Farmers who couldn’t afford to irrigate are watching they’re  livelihood shrivel up and waste away to nothing.

Driving down the road, tears come to my eyes and I think of my 75 year old grandpa, who still farms but is one who can’t afford irrigation. My family it one who relies on pastureland and alfalfa to raise cattle, but due to lack of moisture we’re sadly watching everything go dormant and we aren’t due for rain until September.

High Plains Drought Monitor 2012 Midwest Drought Monitor 2012

Unfortunately, if we don’t get rain soon, we’ll watch food and gas prices sky rocket. But there is some good news to this “never-ending” bad new, and that is that car manufactures are watching gas prices go up and they’re doing something to alleviate our concerns. They’re building more fuel efficient vehicles, even for truck series. Chevrolet has a great line-up of trucks, SUVs, and cars that’ll help with pressure of inflating gas prices.

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

Even though it only comes in a 2WD, it holds a lot of power for a Hybrid. However, a “fuel-efficient, full-size pick-up” seems comparable to an oxymoron. The 2012 Silverado Hybrid delivers 20 MPG in the city and 23 on the highway and that’s only the beginning. The 2012 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid also supplies the legendary performance expected of the Chevy truck; 367 lb.-ft. of torque, 332 horsepower, up to 6,100 lbs. of towing capacity and 1,527 lbs. for payload.

2012 Silverado Hybrid

Tahoe Hybrid

You may be concerned about the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid not rising to the challenge, but those worries are misplaced.  With its EPA-estimated 20 MPG in the city and 23 on the highway the Tahoe offers best-in-class fuel-economy, plus 332 horsepower, 362 lbs.-ft. of torque and 6,200 pounds of towing capacity. Be excited! The 2012 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient, full-size SUV amongst the competition.

Tahoe Hybrid

Malibu ECO

It’ll go the distance while conserving energy. The ECTOEC® 2.4 liter direct injection 4-cylinder engine works with the 15 kW electric motor generator to conserve fuel when it’s not needed. The engine also delivers and impressive economy with an estimated 37 MPG on the highway along with 182 horsepower. The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu ECO converts power to energy storing it for when you really need it.

Chevrolet Malibu ECO

Cruze ECO

It’s equipped with a powerful and efficient 1.4-liter turbocharged engine and components to help reduce drag and optimize aerodynamics. The Cruze ECO has special light weight 17” wheels wrapped in ultra-low-rolling resistance tires improving efficiency. In every way Chevrolet has optimized fuel-economy and efficiency.

2012 Cruze ECO


The 2012 Chevrolet Volt is original and unique to say the least. With two sources of energy you’re looking at power and fuel-economy that can only mean Volt. There is an electric source-a battery-that allows you to drive gas-free for an EPA-estimated 35 miles. There is also and onboard gas generator that produces electricity meaning the Volt gets a total of 375 miles on a fuel tank of gas. Talk about best of both worlds!

2012 Chevy Volt


Small car, big heart! It achieved 0-60 mph in 7.8 seconds on the test track with the available ECOTEC® 1.4L turbocharged engine. The Sonic offers a 40 mpg on the highway, fine-tuned agility plus extensive features for convenience, entertainment and safety. It was on the 2012 Top Safety Pick. The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is a car with attitude with stability and it’s in your style too, sedan or hatchback.

New Chevy Sonic


They call it a crossover for its modern lifestyle. Meticulous craftsmanship and appealing lines, and an EPA-estimated 32 mpg on the highway, the Equinox offers fuel-economy that outranks the competition. The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox can travel up to 600 highway miles on a single tank. It’ll be a cross over you won’t regret.

2012 Equinox


For 50 years, the Chevrolet Impala has delivered excellence in a sedan millions have come to rely on. But the reputation rebuilds itself year after year. It’s a mix of fuel-size comfort and midsize car efficiency offering up to 30 mpg on the beloved old highway. The new 3.6L V6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission join together for luxurious smoothness in all conditions and its been the same for five decades.

New Chevy Impala


Chevrolet is out to grant your wishes. With its awe-inspiring design, pulse-racing performance and impressive efficiency. The Camaro V6 is light-weight and more powerful-323 horsepower with the same impressive fuel-efficiency: 30 mpg on the highway on the a 6-speed automatic transmission. Direct injection and variable valve timing combine to ensure you’re getting the most from every mile.

New Chevy Camaro

“Come in and test drive one for yourself…”

I know this drought is a downer, the heat is getting to us all, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have some fun behind the wheel  while conserving energy and saving fuel. Form hybrids and electrics to ECOs, Chevrolet has a wide selection for you to choose from. Whether you’re looking to pack in a spouse, 4 kids, and a dog or just a vehicle built for two and whirlwind speed, fuel economy is no longer an issue, because there is a vehicle for you. And you can find it at Sid Dillon.

Sid Dillon is the place to go when looking for your new fuel-efficient vehicle. Car, truck, hatchback, sedan, or coupe; don’t let the opportunity drive by. Come in and test drive one for yourself and you’ll see what the big deal is, and your pocket book with thank you too.


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Hybrid! When the Chevrolet Volt debuted last year, most thought the new Chevy was all electric.

The Volt is essentially a plug-in hybrid, meaning it has the ability to run much faster and farther with just electric power than a normal hybrid. In the Chevy Volt’s case, this means up to 100 mph and 25-50 driven miles without using a drop of gasoline.

New Chevrolet Volt Hybrid

Once the Volt runs out of battery power, the gasoline-powered inline-4 engine kicks in, producing electricity for the motor and actually powering the wheels in some circumstances, stretching the Volt’s range to an additional 300 miles. The Volt is said to be the most advanced hybrid to date and possibly the most fuel-efficient car available. We use the word “possibly” loosely because the Volt’s fuel economy can’t be measured in an conventional way. It all depends on how it is driven.

If you’re looking at a 30-mile round-trip commute and you plug in the Volt every night when you get home (a full charge requires as few as 3 hours), give yourself a pat on the back. Your fuel economy would be infinite because you’d always be running off battery power and therefore never using your gas supply.

Volt Production Interior ChevroletChevy Volt Hybrid Interior Images

Now consider a 60-mile round trip commute. In this case you’d be using gasoline for driving about 30 miles each day, which means fueling regularly; averaging the Volt at 31.4 mpg in mixed driving. How far you routinely drive would be a large factor in determining how economical the Volt would be to you. Potential owners will likely be able to take advantage of the Volt’s electrical range and electric costs for recharging are a fraction for the equivalent amount of gasoline.

The 2012 Chevrolet Volt represents an agreeable middle ground between a pure electric vehicle—usually limited to about 75 miles before a time-consuming recharge—and a standard hybrid—not offering the all-electric range and speed of the Volt.

chevy volt highway rangeNew 2012 Chevrolet Volt

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Chevy Volt is a midsize four-door hatchback sedan with seating for four. Standard features include:

  • 17” alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Keyless ignition/entry
  • Remote ignition
  • Automatic climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • 6-way manual front seats
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Bluetooth
  • OnStar
  • MyLink
  • 6-speaker sound system with:
    • CD player
    • Auxiliary audio jack
    • iPod/USB interface
    • Touchscreen

Powertrains and Performance

The front wheel drive 2012 Volt is primary powered by an electric motor related at 149 hp—111 kilowatts—and 273 lb/ft of torque. The motor draws power from a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack until 20% of the battery power remains. At that point, the Volt’s 1.4L 4 cylinder internal combustion engine, requiring premium fuel, comes to life as a replacement power source for the electric motor.

The battery can be completely recharged through either a 120- or 240-volt outlet, but regenerative braking and the engine generator can replenish it slightly.

New Chevy VoltFrame Structure - Chevy volt

Arguable the most fuel-efficient car on the market, the 2012 Chevy Volt holds a low monthly fuel cost in normal driving with 95 city/93 hwy mpg. A useful 300-mile maximum range, appealing standard features and excellent crash test scores make the Volt a great car for cosmopolitan driving and short trips to the grocery store and bank. The 2012 Chevrolet Volt has great possibility and can take you far.

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“We present to you…the Motor Trend Car of the Year…the 2011/2012 Chevrolet Volt,”  Sid Dillon.  It’s more car than electric, it’s the present future, it’s a Chevy. The annual Motor Trend car of the Year award is one of the most prestigious honors bestowed in the auto industry. Making the Chevy Volt not only electric, but prestigious. Powered by electricity, but without the confines electrical outlets, the Volt does everything a great car does, if not better.

Now, there’s probably a nagging question running through your mind. “Eventually, power runs out, and then I’ll be stranded. What then?” What then, you ask.  Then Volt will run on the fuel. Whether you’re going to the farmer’s market down the street or on a road trip, the Chevy Volt will take you wherever you need to go. Powered primarily by electric charge, it wil switch seamlessly to a gas-powered onboard generator for extented range.

EXTERIOR: Thoughtful Efficiency

By its very nature, Volt is engineered to change the face of transportation as we know it. Nearly every component of Volt has been selected to get the most out of every charge.

  • Aerodynamics that maximize the distance per charge and miles per gallon of fuel
  • A closed grille and aerodynamic back edges that contribute to its fuel efficiency
  • Energy-efficient Bose Sound System
  • Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tires

INTERIOR: Dashboard-Reimagined

The Chevy Volt has two LCD screens that displa speed, battery power, range to recharge or re-fill as well as an efficiency gauge that gives you real-time feedback.

PERFORMANCE: Power from an Exceptional Battery

The Volt battery has gone through numerous environment-specific tests, including corrosion and hot/cold-weather testing and the results were so promising that the 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack is backed by and 100,00 mile/8-year limited warranty.

SAFETY: Making the Futuer Safer

If you think because Chevy put all this work into making the car economy friendly and skimped on the safety, then you’re wrong. Because Volt drivers and passengers will be concooned with standard safety. With eight air-bags ready to deploy in an emergency, is’s obvious that safety is of the highest importance.  Included with this built-in safety is an unprecedented five-year subscription to OnStar. In the event of a collision built-in sensors automatically alert an OnStar Advisor, who is immediately connected into your vehicle to see if you need help sent to your exact location – even if you can’t respond.

Technology: Pick your Mode

The Volt has been programmed with three unique driving modes to accommodat different driving styles. Normal: most efficient, taking the electricity and focusing it on operating the electric drive. Sport: sacrifices a small amount of efficiency for a more responsive acceleration. Mountain: assures that the battery has a bigger energy reserve for driving up long, steep inclines.

ACCOLADES: There’s Nothing Like Changing Everything

Not only was the Volt awarded the Motor Trend Car of the Year, it was also awarded the all-new Chevrolet Volt its Green Car of the Year award, the first electric car to ever win the award.

The Volt runs on electricity for an intial range of 35 miles on a single charge, before a gas generator created electricity for up to 340 additional miles on a full tank of gas. The Chevy Volt plug-in hybrd is arguably the most fuel-efficient car on the market.

However, you make being thinking you don’t want to buy a vehicle for a few thousand less than 40 grand.  The next best fuel-efficient Chevy vehicle, with cheaper price tag, is the the 2012 Chevy Cruze, with close to 40 miles to the gallon on the highway and 25 in the city. - Chevrolet - Cadillac - Buick - GMC - Ford - Lincoln - Hyundai - Mazda - Nissan - Saab - Chrysler - Dodge - Jeep - Ram
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