What's more, fold-down second- and third-row seats can dramatically expand your available Chevy Suburban cargo space in a pinch. The Volt has 10.6 cubic feet of trunk space. Rather than cruising on throttle lift-off like in a normal car in "D," the Volt exhibits the regenerative braking feeling we've all come to know and love in hybrid and electric vehicles. I'm lazy, you see. Take away the conversation, the sound track, the background noise, and suddenly you're exposed to things you would've otherwise overlooked or ignored. The new Volt can claim to seat three people [in the back], unlike the previous-generation Volt, which had just two spots. Sales (877) 565-8162; Service & Parts (877) 493-2852; Call Us. Based on my experience with our old 2014 BMW i3, I estimated I would make it out of the office with the Volt around 10 a.m.. I paged through the owner's manual and read that the paddle activates the "Regen on Demand" feature. --, "The seats are supportive, and the new-for-2019 power driver's seat is a helpful addition." Pre-Owned 2017 Chevrolet Volt 5dr HB LT. TEXAS TRUE PRICE(TM) $15,508 Fuel Economy 43 city / 42 hwy Engine Data 1.5L. Went from running out the batteries to having over 250 miles of range available. are always available at the top of the screen. Given how often it runs, you barely know it's there. After all, the engine comes on quite frequently in non-EV operation, and that's how I've been driving it for a number of days. Compared against its extraordinarily busy April, May was a return to the norm for our 2016 Chevrolet Volt. It was a piece of cake. Thankfully, the Volt is decently comfortable back there. Carlos Lago, senior writer, "I continue to recommend the Volt widely to people who ask me for shopping advice. As an owner, I'd happily drive it every day in hybrid mode if I had to." It starts to be more noticeable when climbing hills or cruising the fast lane on the freeway, but it's still quieter and more subdued than some other gasoline hybrids I can think of. Handling: Entering the skid pad, the Volt turns in quickly but immediately understeers a moderate amount. More like a Civic. Chevrolet updated the Volts infotainment system for 2019. While there are public charging stations out there that cost nothing to use, many charge per kilowatt-hour of energy transferred or per hour that the vehicle is plugged in. This is commonly called regenerative braking. Average lifetime mpg: 37.7 Best fill mpg: 45.1 EPA combined mpg rating: 42 Average electric range: 51.9 miles Best electric range: 75 miles EPA electric range rating: 53 miles Current odometer: 25,730 miles, Logbook Highlights Performance "This week marked my first non-EV experience in the Volt. I don't need to be the equivalent to a rolling neon sign blinking "I'm saving the planet!" I'm a competitive person no matter the subject. The majority of this time, the Volt was in hybrid mode rather than full electric. He's got a full charge (about 53 miles) when he leaves for work at 5:30 the next morning. MyLink has an intuitive interface and a responsive touch screen. Since it's my first time behind the wheel of this plug-in, I'm still getting used to its idiosyncrasies. Just like with the Corvette, GM doesn't want my arms to have any space. It's possible to do my 70-mile round trip in EV mode if I really try, but I had a few side trips in between, so the gas engine kicked in about halfway back to the office. Chevy also added a new backup camera for 2019, and I am geeked. Seriously, look at that color. The brake pedal felt odd. We bought a new Michelin Premier A/S tire after a flat damaged the original irreparably and the emergency tire goo wouldn't seal. The world still needs Mustangs and Corvettes and 911s and things of that nature. The right rear tire cost us $195.37, including labor. But the system works beautifully." --, "Owing to the car's aerodynamic styling, visibility isn't especially good, especially out the rear, which has thick pillars. Even if you don't have a smartphone, you can still use MyLink's integrated voice controls to operate various systems. As a result, I find myself resting my foot just a bit further ahead on the firewall. The main control icons (audio, phone, navigation, etc.) Then I ventured southeast to Temecula, California, for more rain, and back. In fairness, this hiccup might be an Apple issue and not a Volt issue." Short answer: nothing out of the ordinary. It's capable of much more, but I got addicted to that electric torque, and electricity's cheap as hell, so who cares? In keeping with the fast-talking, Vegas hustler theme, I'll present my impressions in rapid-fire fashion. Still, the hatchback design gives you a bigger portal to load luggage compared to the typical small sedan, and the 60/40-split seatback folds down." --, "Farther back, the Volt's hatchback design makes for easy loading and unloading." I put in a lot of time on my Xbox, including plenty of driving games. It's not that kind of car. Also, it can be difficult to identify some of the top tethers. Chevy Volts come with a small air compressor and tire sealant goo. Our last full month of use involved 1,390 miles of city and highway driving, with more than 300 miles of those in electric mode. Call (806) 579-2590 for more information. We drove it for 13 months and put 15,063 miles on it. It's quiet and has just as much power as the typical family sedan. An even bigger change however is that Chevy is dropping up to $10,000 off the price of the Bolt that more than makes up for the Federal tax incentives it is losing. It's up to a substantial 53 miles (EPA-estimated), compared to 38 miles with the first-gen Volt. Trunk space is OK for a hybrid but subpar for a compact car. Yes, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is a hatchback. Available features include a wireless device charger, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, navigation, automatic parking assist, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, forward automatic braking, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control with a following distance indicator. Now, it's always easier to get better when you have some obvious flaws to begin with. But once I was in the parking lot, I peeked down and saw the prediction. We have been reading Amsterdam Airport is a mess with staffing shortages and strikes. Sure, there's not a lot of headroom for you to lean down into and the seat bottom is angled slightly back, which may mis-angle some car seats but that's easy to work around. Alas, that's how my Wednesday started with our 2016 Chevrolet Volt. The previous generation Volt had an EPA-estimated range of 38 miles; the new model can go 53 miles typically before switching on its gas engine/generator (and we've already exceeded that easily a few times). I have and I am right now. I arrived at my hotel in Calistoga four minutes before the meeting. It's also topped by a portion of the center console with cupholders and seat heater controls, making it impossible to lay any kind of long objects on the floor. It was a smart move, and one that works beautifully, with a sensible layout that includes a great new touch-screen infotainment display. They are in plain sight, right next to the USB ports, and their edges are rough and unfinished. In four days I covered just over 600 miles and spent more than 15 hours behind the wheel. Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned Details: * 24 months/24,000 miles (whichever comes first) CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan and 3 days/150 miles (whichever comes first) Vehicle Exchange Program. There's a symmetry there. I'm not sure whether to credit the Volt or my own stubbornness for this." Where Did We Drive It? That's one more than the Toyota Prius Prime can handle, but it's on par with the Chevrolet Bolt. Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor, Maintenance "As I settled into the Volt's driver seat, I reached to put my suction-cup phone holder in place and noticed a star chip about the size of a dime in the windshield. I figured I'd add some charge to the Volt while having coffee and doing some work see how the clothes of EV life fit me. It works quite well, in my opinion. 2018 Chevrolet Volt (314 listings) 31 Great deals starting at $14,000. We've got cars today with multiple zones of climate control, each with its own fan speed. Will the luggage fit? The embarrassing thing is I didn't notice the severity of the flat until I was halfway down the driveway and heard the front airdam scrape. The i3 barely climbs out of Los Angeles. Per U.S . Advanced safety features, including automatic emergency braking, became available with the new generation. Brent Romans, "Related to my previous entry about our Volt being easy to drive, I should add that saying the Volt is fun doesn't necessarily mean it's sporty to drive. I'm not sure whether to credit the Volt for this or my own stubbornness. Gasoline-only fuel economy around 40 mpg. As always, tracking fuel economy on a plug-in hybrid such as the Volt is not straightforward. After an hour and 17 minutes, the Volt had ingested only enough for 13 miles of EV range. What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get? No. The car was back in the drive dripping from a fresh wash a little more than an hour after I'd cracked open my laptop and attempted to ignore The View on the waiting room TV. There's still regenerative braking, of course, and acceleration is just as quick. That's, three! It's bad because (Captain Obvious here) your head is right below the hatchback glass." We'd never experienced anything of the sort, but the necessary reflash would only add 10 minutes to the process. Yes, consequently it has a more versatile cargo area than a compact sedan. There's never any range anxiety with a plug-in hybrid, but I never once felt that my symbolic EV-only week was in much jeopardy, either. I had a string of bad luck and was ready to trade out of the fleet and into my own new daily driver. This is a welcome improvement. The 2016 Chevy Volt is available in two trim levels, LT and Premier. There are two full sets of anchors on the outboard rear seats, and there's a single top tether anchor for the middle seat. Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor, Performance "Our Chevrolet Volt is easy to drive around town. Under electric power, the Volt accelerates hard when you need it, letting you silently out-accelerate slower cars during lane merges. A 120V Level 1 charge takes a long time; no more than three or four miles of driving range are accumulated each hour. According to our calculations, 42 percent of our time was spent in EV mode. Dan will beat this, I'm sure. And one of those is the ability to comfortably seat adults in the back. The electric motor makes no noise, meaning the only sounds you'll hear are rushing wind and tire noise on the pavement." The Chevrolet Volt has a trunk space of 10.6 ft3. But Majoros said Chevrolet has pent-up demand for the Bolt. 3) Quick responses. Maintenance and Upkeep A tire patch set us back $20. As the Volt is, it's like instantly stepping on the brake with moderate effort, then hopping right off. I picked her up at the airport in our Volt, threw her luggage in the hatchback cargo area, and brought her home (all under electric power). (The Volt's battery pack can't actually hold 31 kWh of energy, though, which correlates to its fewer than 100-mile range.). And using the Low/paddle combo sort of forces you to drive more efficiently if you're otherwise the type of driver who likes jackrabbit starts and stops. --, "The Volt's center stack gets an upgrade to Chevrolet's Infotainment 3 system, which is a fancy way of saying it's the same reskinned software that first appeared in Cadillac's latest CUE. I texted Dan: On pace for a 75-mile run. The top of the trunk on our long-term 2016 Chevrolet Volt is tall. It worked better than any open-bed pickup truck would have on this rainy day." A few more horsepower here, an inch more legroom there, and perhaps a "boldly styled!" A routine visit to the dealer led to some surprises, in the form of three recalls and over four hours of our day. But the person I talked to seemed unsure and said something about the update being delayed until April. The Volt is comprehensively outfitted with features that offer a decent level of comfort, convenience, and entertainment. "Bring it around and we'll put it on for you. What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get? 3500HD CC Sonic Spark Spark EV SS Suburban Tahoe Traverse Trax Volt . Even in front, however, you can lose pedestrians and even other vehicles in the Volt's large A-pillars." Acquire the best quality Pre-owned Chevrolet Vehicles in our online Used Car Inventory, then visit us in our Radcliff, KY Dealership for a test drive! Erm, well, that's a good point. Sometimes you need a little more room for your cargo. So we have couple of variables left to test, primarily to see how much more juice we can extract from a 12-amp charge. It was enough to get home on electric power alone (8 miles). Calvin Kim. Then there was an emergency vehicle that forced me to pull over. 11: Stupid regen paddle. For a lot of EV and plug-in hybrid shoppers, I think the new-generation car is a great choice. Those are six mats in the photo, each measuring 6.6 by 3.3 feet. The Chevrolet Volt has a trunk space of 10.6 ft3. Service Campaigns: Recalls were resolved in a timely manner, and in our case, each was performed during routine service. One thing I haven't quite wrapped my head around though is how Chevy decided to integrate a control for maximum regenerative braking. Since split-folding second and third-row seats come standard, it's easy to take full advantage of the Chevy Suburban cargo space when you're out and about in Sicklerville . What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get? Binning the monochromatic wall of touch-sensitive nonsense was the best idea of the entire program. I tried it several more times. We selected the Driver Confidence 1 package, with blind-spot, lane departure and cross-traffic alerts and the Driver Confidence 2 package, with lane keeping assist, low-speed auto-braking, auto high beams and forward collision warning. And on the other back side of the Volt's steering wheel are two large buttons, sizeable enough to at least be pseudo-paddles. If you're using a station with per-hour pricing, the higher-capacity onboard chargers mean you'll pay less to charge it. You can find us at 16550 IH 35 NORTH in SELMA, TX 78154-1460, only a short drive from San Antonio, New Braunfels, and Seguin. It's not a deal-breaker, and it's certainly not as bad as in our long-term Viper, but it's something you have to keep in mind when you're changing lanes or scanning for tailgaters. I can ignore Chevy's entertainment and nav system entirely, relying instead on Google Maps and my favorite podcasts." "But what happens next is where the annoyance sets in. My commute is dreadful. The angle of the rear seatbacks places the occupants' heads directly below the rear hatchback window. The standard inflator kit didn't fix the flat, so we had to use a tow truck to remedy the situation. There's also some occasional instability under maximum braking, which resulted in some front end wiggle on a few runs. Seemingly as a testament to its range-anxiety nullifying capability, we started September off with a full tank of fuel and only purchased 23.7 gallons of California's finest 87-octane to fuel the remaining miles. --. Or if they wear terrible cologne. I tilt the seatback a couple of notches to compensate for the excessive padding against my shoulder blades with some success. Although the Volt's interior exudes a contemporary design and minimalistic styling cues, the materials are only mediocre in quality, yet still, manage to give off a sophisticated impression. I underestimated just how long and wide when I figured the Volt could handle the job. (It's worth noting that there's some inherent inefficiency during the battery recharging process, so I'd end up "putting in" more than 6.6 kWh's worth of electricity to fully recharge the battery, but that's another topic.) The newest MyLink interface design is pretty similar to what existed before, but it seems to me that it's a little easier to use. Comfort and convenience are covered by single-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, teen driver controls, ambient interior lighting, and a pedestrian safety signal which alerts pedestrians of the vehicle's presence with an automated exterior sound. But there's a problem I have with it. Performance: In electric mode the Volt has enough torque off the line to rarely feel underpowered. Carlos Lago "Most importantly (and unlike the Bolt EV), the Volt doesn't look dorky." Caroline Pardilla, "I was coming back from brunch one morning when my passenger noticed there was a mysterious pimple on the roof of the Volt. Tracking fuel economy for a plug-in hybrid such as the Volt is not exactly straightforward, and we do our best to separate miles driven solely on battery power from those using the gasoline engine. Edmunds purchased this vehicle for the purpose of evaluation. Available federal and state tax rebates. Not bad-looking. You can convert that number to be equal to per 100 miles driven to see how your driving efficiency compares to the EPA's. So for the sake of standardization we used the same blue carry-on bag size (21 x15x10 inches) and red checked bag size (30x20x13 inches). Head and legroom up front are suitable and the level of steering and seat adjustability sufficient for most physiques to find an optimal driving position. Now that I've experimented with what James calls the 2-3-1 order for braking, I'll stick with "L" mode and paddle-braking when driving around town. This is the last update for our 2016 Chevrolet Volt. Plus, this more humble persona also fits the way the Volt drives. Today's freeway pace was generally higher. Considering how comfortable the Volt is and how you really can just treat it like an ordinary car, I wouldn't hesitate to road trip in it again. I've spent most of the week in the car, charging when I reach the office, and I've yet to hear the engine start. thank you, Chevy, for the extendable sun visors), but on my commute there were moments when the chrome surround of the bowtie on the steering wheel reflected the afternoon sun directly into my eyeballs. With our 240-volt connector, we observed a charging time of 4.5 hours. Still, our carpool lane-eligible plug-in continues to impress. ", This time he was wrong. After driving 264 miles of mostly city miles, our Volt returned 37.8 mpg. But he soon returned with a baggie containing the four pop-rivets and four screws I needed. The 2012 Chevy Volt's cargo space is small compared with those of other upscale midsize cars and hybrids. I would have to work a normal schedule. The i3 has a 7.4 kilowatt charger, while the Volt makes do with a 3.6 kW charger. I arrived at Edmunds HQ at 6:45 on Monday morning. And then you've got to worry if the person who has the car you want will be in the office by the time you want to leave. --, "Every model receives a new higher definition 8.0-inch touchscreen powered by the company's latest Infotainment 3 system. I even pointed out my awesomeness to my wife while we were out on a drive. Carlos Lago, senior writer, Technology-Audio "Android Auto integration rocks. Speaking of golf clubs, it's a cinch to fit three bags' worth into the Volt's hatchback trunk if you flip down one of the seatbacks. When it fired up you couldn't help but notice the added racket. Mwah hah hah hah!". I still wish it looked cooler, and I could do without the ginormous gold bow-tie badges (seriously, I wonder if Chevy's lost some sales because of that dorky emblem). Either way, I like the interior of this Volt much better. I also noticed the groove running from front to rear on the Volt near the pimple seemed to be scuffed, just adding more to the mystery." What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get? My solution? If the Volt had a compact spare, I'd have infinitely more flexibility in repairing the flat. when driving the Volt home is to milk the charge as far as I can, then run it off the engine until the next time I can get it back to the Edmunds garage charger. Where Did We Drive It? The moral, of course, is to always carry chains if you think you might encounter snow (I didn't encounter snowy roads on this trip outside of this brief foray) or to get a set of real winter tires if you live where snow is part of the usual seasonality. It wasn't until I read James's post about the multitude of ways to brake that I revisited the paddle, this time with the transmission in "L". It's a function that takes some adjustment initially, but makes complete sense in practice. Short people will clearly have a difficult time reaching the hatch when it's open. It's a legit EV with 60-plus miles of electric range, it's an equally legit hybrid once the battery runs down, it's admirably refined on the road, and its compact size makes it a cinch to park. And surprisingly, I am able to last a good two hours before my lower reaches grow tired. Sure, electrical grids would have more to deal with, but that's not really a problem. I must admit that I was startled when Siri spoke up unexpectedly, offering to read me an incoming text. The 2017 Volt showcases an easy-to-use touch screen. There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the Volts rear outboard seats, along with an upper tether on the middle seat. The 2021 Chevy Suburban and. Call (410) 970-6777 for more information. Cool it with the surface treatments and brightwork, GM. The Volt isn't wide enough to support useful three-across seating, and the big center console and hump (underneath is the Volt's battery pack) takes away vital space for the center person's feet. This, in turn, butterflies my legs and leaves me with few options to stretch out, which only amplifies long distance discomfort. But a workaround, as Cameron touched on a few months ago, is to use the Volt's "Low" driving mode. There's a $5,430 Launch Edition Package for the Bolt EUV that adds. That figures out to 39.8 mpg if you only account for gasoline. But one thing I quickly learned was to not press the accelerator too excitedly from a dead stop lest I squeal the tires. A glance through the windows in any direction was obstructed only by a harmless layer of dust. The Volt hovered at "one mile remaining" for about three miles, then the range ran out at 74.8 miles. Subjective sure, but this thing is tacky. It's a full second quicker when accelerating from zero to 60 mph (7.5 seconds, down from 8.5 seconds for the 2011 car we had). --. Those are awfully convenient to have on the traffic-congested freeways of Los Angeles. With the caveat that my experience is just a small sample, I pose the following question: Would you want to buy a Volt because of this, or would you want something that stands out more? October wasn't a particularly remarkable month for the Volt in terms of energy efficiency. here. --, "CarPlay allows users of iPhones with Lightning connectors to access Siri: Eyes Free text-message alerts, Maps, iMessage, Apple Music, and, of course, the phone itself. 5) Voice controls and media interface. If your neighbor sees your Volt and just thinks you bought the new Civic hatchback, where's the fun? The Volt has two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats, but installing them can be a little tricky. Since I don't have a Level 2 charger at home, I'd be stuck with the trickle-charge economics of a 120-volt outlet. Comfort "The Volt soaks up small bumps like a typical midsize sedan. Once I was out of the messaging screen, the climate control went back to full strength until the target temperature was reached. In general, we've had nice things to say about it the entire time we've had it in the fleet. Getting into and out of the front cabin is easy to live with, but the rear cabin is somewhat trickier due to the sloping roofline and small door openings. Its gas engine runs in the dim background to the point where it feels little different than all-electric mode when cruising at moderate speeds or nosing around the city. All in all, I like the way the Volt has evolved. The seat of my pants says acceleration is about the same i.e., very good, with willing torque always on tap and while you can hear the gasoline engine revving up, it's never intrusive. Dan Frio, Automotive Editor, Cargo "I picked up two sheets of 3-by-5-foot cement backer board for a home bathroom remodel. On the 2,000-mile road trip to Oregon and back, the Volt ran exclusively on gasoline and returned 34.6 mpg. --, "You would expect that a car as advanced as the Volt would have the latest suite of in-car tech, and Chevy delivers. So I applied all the lessons I learned driving the old Volt and promptly went 70 miles on a full charge in our new 2016 Chevrolet Volt on my first attempt. It's very fuel-efficient and more fun to drive than most hybrids, thanks to its brisk acceleration and poised handling. The next morning I departed but drove only about 120 miles south before stopping in Los Gatos, California, for a super fancy dinner with an old friend. After all, with anywhere from 50 to 70 miles of electric range, you can drive for an entire day on electricity without even thinking about it. Then I tried using it when the car was in motion. Paradoxically, this is simultaneously the Volt's greatest strength and biggest weakness because the ability to manage this trick essentially requires two advanced drivetrains, with all the extra complexity, packaging difficulty and cost that implies. Somewhere. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality are standard for both trims along with a SiriusXM trial, however, navigation is only standard in the Premier. In the Volt, I'm at the mercy of a battery's temperature fluctuation. I find it's at a slightly awkward angle and not on the same plane as the accelerator. I'd like to see other manufacturers go hard at the Volt with comparable capabilities and sexier designs. From the way it accelerates, brakes and goes around turns, it's a lot like driving a regular car. Not even on its best tank! Aside from routine service and an errant flat tire, our Volt has trucked on with no complaints. Interior dimensions with the second-row seatbacks in place measured approximately 29 inches deep by 38 inches wide at the wheelwells. But the Volt doesn't have one. Rear seats down: 21.5 cubic feet (approx.) And I mean that literally because the full-width Google Maps and the audio and phone display graphics looked great. The new engine's refinement and efficiency makes this Volt a seriously versatile hybrid that will work well for most drivers, regardless of their particular driving habits. The oil change and tire rotation cost $45.70 and took about 30 minutes. . The Volt's cabin seats four and is outfitted with cloth seats; leather is an option. Also, the rear window is narrow and short, so visibility suffers doubly. Pretty remarkable stuff, especially compared to the noisy range-extender engine in the BMW i3." 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