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2016 Chevrolet Volt OVERVIEW
The car that brought electric power into the mainstream, the Volt receives its first comprehensive makeover. Its most compelling asset remains an onboard generator that makes long trips possible and erases any anxiety about running out of juice in the middle of nowhere.
What's New for 2016
The Volt has been completely redesigned.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Volt
The reborn Volt dispenses with the outgoing model's futuristic design in favor of a mainstream contemporary look inside and out. There's now a bench seat in back, so three-across seating is possible in a pinch. Although it has the appearance of a swoopy sedan, the Volt is actually a hatchback -- but the cargo area holds no more than a conventional trunk due to the intrusive lithium-ion battery pack.
The Volt is powered by a pair of electric motors that together produce 149 horsepower. After about 53 miles of driving (up from 38 last year), the gas-powered generator kicks in to keep the motor humming. When the generator is in use, the Volt achieves 42 mpg in combined driving, a gain of 5 mpg. When necessary, the generator will also assist with propulsion, but that's a relatively rare event. As you might expect, the Volt operates in near silence, even under heavy acceleration.
The redesigned Volt is offered in LT and Premier trims:
The LT is attractively priced for what you get, but the lack of available safety technology is a bummer. That makes upgrading to the Premier mandatory for the safety conscious.
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