2018 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: For 2018, the Chevrolet Volt with base LT trim loses its standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, but gains optional blind-spot alert and rear cross-traffic alert. Previously, these options were only available on the topline Premier model. A leather-wrapped steering and shift knob are also optional on the LT. Volt is an extended-range electric, compact 4-door hatchback. Electric-only range is 53 miles. With its range-extending gas engine, Volt can go up to 420 miles, thus eliminating the “range anxiety” associated with typical pure-electric cars. Volt has a 149-horsepower electric motor and a 1.5-liter gas engine to support the electric-drive system. Available features include low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, blind-spot alert, rear cross-traffic alert, LED headlights, automatic parking assist, and adaptive cruise control. 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 net” of a gasoline-engine backup make it the best answer for folks looking to go green without being constrained by range limitations.

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: $34,095
Premier: $38,445

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

2016 Chevrolet Volt
2018 Chevrolet Volt
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 5
100%

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