The new Volt goes farther than ever.
Despite its visionary powertrain, the Chevy Volt never really caught on — except with the people who actually own one. An all-new model should improve its already sky-high owner satisfaction, with a boost in electric-only range from 38 to 50 miles — enough to cover most daily commutes. Other upgrades include quicker off-the-line acceleration, better brake feel, and a third rear seat. But its best feature will still be the ability to rely on what Chevy calls the car's "range extender" (read: gas engine) to road-trip on the fly. GM expects Volt drivers to make it more than 1,000 miles between fill-ups. [102 MPGe; 50-mile electric-only range, 420 miles on one tank; estimated price $35,000]