[Question] Is Volt a good hybrid (without plugging in?)

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    [Question] Is Volt a good hybrid (without plugging in?)

    Can someone answer this for me?

    I am interested in the Volt, but I do not have a great place to plug it in most of the time. So I wonder -- if it's not plugged in, it is a hybrid comparable to Prius or C-Max? Would I get the same mileage as those two (and better when I get to plug in)?

    Thanks for all answers. I know this is odd, but I am likely buying the Prius later in the year, and want to ensure I am not forgetting any other good choices out there. And the Volt with its better looks and handling, and the benefit of plugging in when I can take advantage of it is great. But I cannot find enough info about its performance when it simply drives on self-generated power.

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    Re: [Question] Is Volt a good hybrid (without plugging in?)

    the new one or the 1st gen?
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    Re: [Question] Is Volt a good hybrid (without plugging in?)

    Says 37mpg (combined)

    https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find...n=sbs&id=32655

    If you are only using it as a hybrid get a C-Max 40 mpg combined

    https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find...n=sbs&id=33010

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    Re: [Question] Is Volt a good hybrid (without plugging in?)

    If you are not going to plug it in, you won't be happy with a Volt. Get a real Hybrid.

    Volt is an extended range electric car, not a hybrid.

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    Re: [Question] Is Volt a good hybrid (without plugging in?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheyenne454 View Post
    If you are not going to plug it in, you won't be happy with a Volt. Get a real Hybrid.

    Volt is an extended range electric car, not a hybrid.
    the VOLT is intended NOT as a Hybrid GAS car replacement BUT a EV with out range concerns

    that said the VOLT WILL return BETTER FE then a conventional car and recall GE gave them out as company cars and with NON plugged in examples returning OVER 30 MPG

    if the ONLY GOAL is fuel economy a Prius is better BUT the VOLT out drives the Prius BUT gives up the back seat room EX if the V / C max are the real comparo cars

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    Re: [Question] Is Volt a good hybrid (without plugging in?)

    Thank you all --- that is what I am trying to decide. This answers my qs

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    Re: [Question] Is Volt a good hybrid (without plugging in?)

    From my experience in my 2012 Volt, if you know how to drive economically, in charge sustaining mode (IE, depleted battery so the gas engine is running) you should be able to average around 40-42 mpg in the city. Highway speeds (70-75 mph) will drop to 39-40 mpg.

    I was able to squeeze out 40-42 city mpg in my heavier and less efficient Caddy ELR a few weeks ago.

    However, as others have noted, if you aren't going to plug-in very often then you aren't using the car as it was designed to be used.

    A warning regarding the C-Max, several Volt owners bought a C-Max (for the 5th seat) and their real world fuel economy numbers were almost 25% lower than the sticker said(46/47 mpg sticker at the time). These drivers came from Volts and knew how to drive efficiently, and they were barely hitting 36 mpg. I'd peruse some C-Max forums to see what the numbers look like today.

    A Prius will hit 50 mpg all day long, however, it is not nearly as nice to drive as the C-Max let alone the Volt.
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    Re: [Question] Is Volt a good hybrid (without plugging in?)

    2000WS6Vert .. my thoughts exactly. The prius does it all well enough and hits the mileage numbers .. plus the current model has been so popular, the used market is flush with them at decent prices. I like the bC-max - it's a better car, and if I were buying new, it may get the nod, but it's a newer design and pused prices are too high (still around $22k).

    The thinking was that even if I were to only plug in say 20% of the time ,the Volt may pay for itself with the batter range and being a better car. However, that was under the assumption that the car is happy to be simply a hybrid. If it's not, that whole plan fall apart.

    Thank you all.

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    Re: [Question] Is Volt a good hybrid (without plugging in?)

    might be helpful (if I remembered where it is) to post an old chart of the differences in yearly $$ for vehicles that make

    50 mpg or more
    vs

    45 mpg
    vs
    40 mpg
    vs
    35 mpg
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