2016 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

CG Says: The Chevrolet Volt is redesigned for 2016. Electric-only range increases from 38 miles to 53. With its range-extending gas engine, Volt can go up to 420 miles—an increase of 40 miles. Low-speed acceleration is also improved. Styling has been refreshed inside and out. The addition of a center seatbelt in the back seat makes the Volt a 5-passenger car. However, that center seat has no leg room and should be considered emergency seating for short trips. Volt’s combination of electric efficiency combined with the safety of gasoline backup make it the best answer for folks looking to go green without being constrained by range limitations. The 2016 Volt’s greater electric-only range improves on that formula, and we’ll gladly take the improved acceleration.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices LT: $33,170
Premier: $37,520

Base Engine
1.5-liter 4-cylinder/electric
Horsepower
149 (electric)
Std. Transmission
single-speed
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA Combined Range (mpg)
106 MPGe; 42 (gas only)

2016 Chevrolet Volt
2016 Chevrolet Volt