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2017 LT 4dr Hatchback
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Price:   -  From $33,220
2017 Premier 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $37,570
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Overview

The Volt received its first comprehensive makeover last year, but its rollout was limited to just a few states. This year it's widely available across the country for buyers who want the latest in extended-range electric travel.

What's New for 2017

Still fresh from its 2016 redesign, the Volt receives one new option, adaptive cruise control.

Chevrolet Volt

Choosing Your Chevrolet Volt

The reborn Volt dispenses with the old 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, the gas-powered generator kicks in to keep the motor humming. While the generator is in use, the Volt achieves 42 mpg in combined driving, a gain of 5 mpg over the previous generation. When necessary, the generator will also assist with propulsion, but that's a relatively rare event. With a fully charged battery and full tank, the Volt can travel up to 420 miles. As you might expect, the Volt operates in near silence, even under heavy acceleration.

The 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. Models equipped with Driver Confidence 2 are now eligible for adaptive cruise control, which comes bundled with an upgraded automatic braking system. Navigation is a standalone option on the Premiere.

CarsDirect Tip

The LT is attractively priced for what you get, but the lack of available safety technology is a definite drawback. Upgrading up to the Premier is mandatory if you take safety seriously.

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Launched as a 2010 model, the Chevrolet Volt arguably did more to bring electric vehicle propulsion into the mainstream than any other model. Redesigned for 2017, the midsize Volt hatchback has lost its rather futuristic appearance, in favor of a contemporary look. It’s the first major makeover for Chevrolet’s “range-extender” electric.

Similar in operation to a plug-in hybrid, the Volt contains an on-board generator to keep the battery charged, making long trips easy. No need to be concerned about running out of electricity as the battery approaches depletion. The back seat is now a bench, for five-passenger capacity.

Pricing and Equipment

LT and Premier trim levels are offered. Starting at $33,220 (plus destination charge) in LT trim, the Volt comes in step-up Premier form for $37,570.

Under the hood, twin electric motors together develop 149 horsepower. After as much as 53 miles of driving (up from 38 last year), the gasoline-powered 1.5-liter generator kicks in. From that point on, the electric motors keep running and propelling the car.

With its generator operating, the Volt gets an estimated 42 mpg in combined city/highway driving (5 more than before), according to the Environmental Protection Agency. On rare occasions, the generator also provides a boost to propulsion. Four driving modes are available: Normal, Sport, Mountain, and Hold.

Standard equipment on my 2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier included:

  • Automatic climate control
  • Keyless access and ignition
  • LED headlights and taillights
  • MyLink infotainment
  • Six-speaker audio
  • Heated rear seats
  • Automatic parking assist
  • Wireless charging pad for phone
  • Auto-dimming mirror

For a total MSRP of $39,930, my Volt also was equipped with the available navigation and with two optional Driver Confidence packages. Included in those groups were blind-zone alert with lane-change alert, rear cross-traffic alert, front collision alert with automatic braking, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive headlights.

Performance Pros

Chevrolet Volt
  • Quiet running. Much of the time, the Volt is close to eerily silent—perhaps a little too quiet for some drivers. A light whine appears only while accelerating, and then only briefly. It’s nearly impossible to tell when the gasoline generator starts.
  • Ride comfort. A quick-reacting suspension helps achieve a particularly easygoing ride. Not that the Volt simply glides over bumps. You’ll probably feel most of them, but never more than momentarily, and buffered for minimal impact on cabin occupants. Crossing railroad tracks produced no harshness at all.
  • Fuel economy, naturally. When running on electricity alone, the Volt gets an EPA equivalent estimate of 106 MPGe. Total range is estimated at 420 miles.

Performance Cons

  • Nobody is likely to complain because a car accelerates too swiftly, but the Volt is quicker than it feels, because everything is so quiet. With so little aural feedback, it’s hard to tell how quickly you’re moving, except by glancing at roadside structures as they whiz past. Or, watching the speedometer.
  • Some road-testers frequently assert that vehicles lack sufficient steering feel. I’m not one of them, when evaluating non-sporty vehicles. Well, not only is Volt steering on the light side, I must admit that it’s largely devoid of that intangible quality called feel.

Interior Pros

Chevrolet Volt
  • Front-seat space is plentiful. The Volt driver gets ample headroom, leg space, and elbow clearance.
  • Manual (non-powered) seat height and fore/aft travel are easy to adjust.

Interior Cons

  • Front-seat comfort ranks as Pro/Con. Side bolsters aren’t very deep, so you may feel you’re not quite fully in position Otherwise, you can expect very good thigh support and adequate back support, though seat bottoms are quite short. Most notably, finding a suitable driving position was a challenge.
  • Rear-seat comfort. Seatbacks are a bit hard, though not really uncomfortable. However, the back seat is quite snug, with marginal leg space. Passenger heads might contact the juncture between the roof and back window.
  • The touchscreen gives detailed information, but it’s somewhat confusing and can frustrate. Also, the pushbutton start button is almost hidden behind the steering wheel.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

A definite sense of improvement is evident since my first drive of a Volt. Today’s version provides excellent solidity and overall refinement. Naturally, fuel economy is especially pleasing. So is the attractive price structure, considering what you get.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

This doesn’t happen often, but the Volt’s driving position seemed a bit off, partly because the cowl is quite low. Only after lowering the seat way down did the steering wheel seem to be in normal position. Otherwise, I kept noticing a curious sensation of having the steering wheel practically in my lap. On a more tangible note, making modern safety technology optional rather than standard, even on the step-up model, earns a demerit.

The Bottom Line

Chevrolet started production of the initial Volt with particularly high expectations that it would become a popular pioneer in the extended-range and plug-in hybrid segment of the alternative-fuel market. Despite a few quirks, that goal has been achieved, despite the addition of a number of competitors along the way. Though it looks more conventional now than it did at first, the Volt does exactly what’s promised, with little fuss. Can’t ask for much more than that of a vehicle.



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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
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
3,519 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
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
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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