The Volt earned an EPA rating of 37 MPG while in gas-only operation, which can be a bit misleading. It actually has a rating of 62 MPG for gas-plus-electric. These numbers are the reflection of an “average daily drive,” and make it the most fuel efficient car you can buy here in the states.
Technically, the BMW i3 REx gets better fuel economy with a rating of 88 MPG. However, the REx was built for cities, and it’s little (optional) 650 cc engine is just a temporary backup to get you home. So when looking at cars that can travel longer distances when necessary, in terms of efficiency, the Volt still shines brightly.
Despite the Volt’s runner-up ranking in the EPA’s “Top Fuel Sippers,” the Nissan Leaf outsold the Volt for the month of June. We hope it’s high “utility factor” will better its chances for success for next month, and make up for any doubts consumers may still have about the Volt.