Monday, June 18, 2012

2012 Chevrolet Volt vs Ford Focus Electric

 The Ford Focus Electric is the electric hatchback interpretation of the original gas-powered Ford Focus. It was therefore not designed from the beginning to be an electric vehicle, but rather adapted from the gasoline-powered model. As an all-electric vehicle it requires careful trip planning since you will be stranded when the vehicle reaches its maximum driving range.
 Power and Performance: The Volt’s 149 horsepower rated motor has 26 more horsepower and 92 more lb.-ft of torque than the Focus! The driving range of the Volt is 379 miles as opposed to the 100 mile range of the Ford Focus. It takes 20 hours to charge a Focus on a 120V connection and only 10 to charge a Volt on the same connection! Because the Volt was designed from the start to be an electric vehicle, as opposed to the Ford Focus Electric’s adaptation from the gasoline powered model, the Volt is much more efficient in its design. This has resulted in much better handling and performance, evidenced by the Volt’s top speed of 100 mph versus the Focus’ top speed of only 84 mph. The Volt’s superior design also grants it greater roominess inside the vehicle providing a comfortable ride as well as more cargo space. 
Connectivity: The Volt offers the Chevrolet MyLink system with voice recognition and direct connectivity to online programs such as Pandora. The Chevy Volt also offers the full suite of OnStar services including turn-by-turn directions, hands-free calling and many more excellent features. The Focus offers nothing comparable to these features.
 Safety: The Volt has 8 standard airbags as opposed to the Ford Focus Electric’s 6 airbags, which completely fail to provide any knee protection. The Volt also has the added protection of the OnStar Automatic Crash Response system that finds no equivalent in the Ford Focus Electric.
 Quality, Reliability and Durability: Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Volt 40,000 miles longer than Ford covers the Focus Electric. The Volt’s corrosion warranty is also 1 year longer than the Ford Focus Electric.
 Awards: Consumer Reports recommends the Chevrolet Volt, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Volt was also been chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2011. Motor Trend selected the Volt as their 2011 Car of the Year. The Volt was even chosen by Automobile Magazine as their 2011 Car of the Year. 
We are all certain at Art Gamblin Motors that the Chevrolet Volt certainly outperforms the Ford Focus Electric in every way. But we invite you to come see this for yourself by test-driving a new Chevy Volt with us in Enumclaw Washington. You can’t find a friendlier pressure-free sales environment than Art Gamblin Motors. We have been family owned and operated for more than 40 years; so all of our expert sales associates are committed to treating every customer like family. Discover the difference here at Art Gamblin Motors and find out why we are the top online rated Chevrolet dealer in the state!

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