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2016 Chevrolet Volt

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2016 LT 4dr Hatchback
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Price:   -  From $33,170
2016 Premier 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $37,520

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.

Chevrolet Volt

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:

Chevrolet Volt

LT

Comes smartly equipped with automatic climate control, keyless ignition and access, LED headlamps and taillights, the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment interface, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio. The LT Comfort package adds heated front seats and mirrors, a heated steering wheel, and (optional) leather upholstery. Audiophiles can upgrade to an eight-speaker Bose sound system. All Volts roll on 17-inch alloy wheels.

Chevrolet Volt

Premier

Adds to the basic goodness of the LT with heated rear seats, an automated parking system, a wireless charging pad for your phone, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Exclusive to the Premier are the available Driver Confidence package (blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert) and Driver Confidence 2 package, which adds front collision alert with automatic braking, lane keeping assist, and adaptive headlamps. Navigation is a standalone option on the Premier.

CarsDirect Tip

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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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

Chevy is taking its plug-in hybrid to new heights—and ranges—with the 2016 Volt. Boasting an expansive total range of 430 miles, the Volt leads the way among plug-in electric/gasoline hybrids.

Pricing and Equipment

Starting at $33,000, the entry-level LT comes standard with a generous complement of features and technology. Chevy manages to add just enough bells and whistles, so that you don’t feel like you’re missing out by going with the lower level trim. Standard features on the LT include:

  • Cloth seats
  • Keyless access and ignition
  • OnStar 4G LTE with 3-year Guidance Plan
  • Seventeen-inch painted aluminum wheels
  • A rearview camera

We test-drove the Premier model with leather seats, a high-end Bose sound system and a surprisingly unobtrusive Driver Confidence Package ($990). The package’s Forward Collision Alert, Low-speed Automatic Braking and a Side Blind Zone Alert made itself felt when necessary but wasn’t a distraction.

Performance Pros

Chevrolet Volt

How it works: The Volt uses an 8.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack to produce an impressive 53 miles of battery-only driving, almost a third more than last year’s 38 miles. The battery pack is complemented by a lively, range-extending 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 101 horsepower at 5600 rpm. When the battery runs out of charge, the gas engine kicks in and begins turning two motor-generators which then recharge the battery. As for felt performance:

  • The Volt produces 111 kilowatts and 149 horsepower. Combined with a responsive 249 pound-feet of torque, the results were impressive. We really did not feel like we were driving a hybrid.
  • The 8.9-gallon fuel tank and larger battery give the Volt a range of 430 miles. The gas engine comes in at 42 mpg and when running on battery alone, the Volt gets a staggering 106 MPGe!

Performance Cons

  • To us, it still feels a bit heavy for its size.
  • It's not exactly nimble on curvy roads, but better than last year.
  • Braking is a bit jerky at times, and could be smoother

Interior Pros

We found the 2016 Volt interior much improved:

  • Last year's confusing touch controls have been replaced with more intuitive, easy-to-use switches and knobs.
  • The twin-cockpit design is clean yet stylish. Aesthetics matter, and Chevy seems to get that.

Interior Cons

  • Still a touch too many design flourishes for our taste.
  • The rear fifth seating position feels way too small to be considered a true seat.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

We're impressed by the Volt's 106 MPGe and 430-mile range! This combination of efficiency and range puts the Volt clearly in the winner’s column.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Over-the-shoulder vision is just plain bad. This blind spot is somewhat mitigated, though, by the rearview camera.

The Bottom Line

Chevrolet Volt

The new Volt goes the distance. Its power, handling and improved interior won us over from the start. The most important thing was range -- the Volt proves that you can go green and go far at the same time. Also, go with the Premier if you can. The leather and Bose sound system adds a touch of luxury you’ll really appreciate.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.5L I-4 / 101 HP / 103 ft.lbs.
Transmission
1-spd auto
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
Not Available
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.5L I-4 / 101 HP / 103 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
Not Available
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
8.9 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$34
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
180.4 "
Exterior Width
71.2 "
Exterior Height
56.4 "
Front Headroom
37.8 "
Rear Headroom
35.8 "
Front Legroom
42.1 "
Rear Legroom
34.7 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.2 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,543 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
18.2 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Painted Aluminum / 17.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Tri-coat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote / Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Metal-look W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Premium Cloth / Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Chevrolet Mylink Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
6 / 8 Bose
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 24,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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