The much-anticipated Chevy Volt, the first mass-market plug-in hybrid, has finally hit the showrooms and it's a great little car. It gets around 35 miles per electric charge, averaging an estimated equivalent of 93 miles per gallon when running on electricity alone; it can go an additional 344 miles running on gasoline and still average 37 mpg. It's also peppy, handles well, feels solidly made, comes packed with standard features, and has plenty of leg and shoulder space for four average-size adults. The Volt's big downside is its high price: $41,000, which is reduced to $33,500 by a $7,500 federal tax credit. The all-electric Nissan Leaf starts at $26,130 after the tax credit, but lacks the Volt's range.
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