2015 Chevrolet Volt

Pros: Technologically advanced powertrain is essentially unmatched among competitors; fine throttle response; quietness

Cons: Pricing is steep compared to conventional gas-engine competitors; rear seat space is a bit stingy; rear visibility is compromised by thick roof pillars

CG Says: The Chevrolet Volt sees two changes of note for 2015. The OnStar communications system adds 4G LTE Internet connectivity with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot (a three-month trial period is included). Also, the capacity of the Volt’s lithium-ion battery pack is increased slightly–this could marginally improve the Volt’s all-electric range in some conditions, but the EPA’s range estimate is unchanged. There’s no denying Volt’s technological prowess. It offers the benefits of electric-only driving while providing a gasoline engine to eliminate the “range anxiety” associated with cars that only run on batteries. Even taking its sophisticated drivetrain out of the picture, Volt is still a decent compact car by most objective measures. If you’re the type of person who wants to go green but has an overwhelming case of range anxiety, Volt could be the car for you.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices Base: $34,345

Base Engine
1.4-liter 4-cylinder/electric
Horsepower
149 (electric)
Std. Transmission
single-speed
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
101 MPGe; 35 (gas only)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
93 MPGe; 40 (gas only)

2015 Chevrolet Volt
2015 Chevrolet Volt