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GM's second-generation electric car with a backup gas engine is much improved. It is quicker and quieter, rides more comfortably, and has easier-to-use controls. Electric-only range is 50 miles, at which point the engine kicks in to extend the range. It takes 4.5 hours to recharge the car using a 240-volt connection. We got 38 mpg in gas mode. This new 1.5-liter engine acts as a generator, which eliminates the range anxiety common to electric-only vehicles. Visibility is still limited, and the rear seat is cramped and awkward to get into. However, the infotainment system is among the best. The Volt's tepid heat makes the heated seats and steering wheel must-have features. First-year reliability of the redesign has been well below average.

Road Test

Ever since it appeared on the electric car scene in 2011, the Chevy Volt brought a measure of practicality and peace of mind with its supplemental gas engine that would kick in to extend the Volt's limited battery-only range. Now, redesigned for 2016...


  • 50 miles of electric range
  • No range anxiety due to gas engine acting as a backup power source for long-distance driving


  • Hard to see out
  • Hard to get in and out

Best Version to Get

Consider the Comfort package a must. Its heated seats and steering wheel help out before the electric heater musters up warmth.


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 6 year/100,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/60,000 miles
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • 1-speed Direct
Engines Available
  • 1.5-liter 4 electric (149 hp)


Comfort / Convenience
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