2017 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 2017 Chevrolet Volt gains optional adaptive cruise control with front automatic braking. Otherwise, the Chevrolet Volt is essentially unchanged after its redesign last year. Electric-only range is 53 miles. With its range-extending gas engine, Volt can go up to 420 miles. 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 new-generation Volt’s greater electric-only range improves on that formula.

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: $33,220
Premier: $37,570

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)