The Volt is an electric car for drivers who don't want to be limited by battery range. It usually allows you to drive gas-free for 35 miles, however the exact number depends on weather and driving style. In our testing, it ranged from 20 to 50 miles. When the battery is depleted, a backup gasoline engine kicks in to keep the electric motor running. This allows you to keep driving for up to 315 more miles before refueling.
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Electric power is fun to drive"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"Great mileage, driving experience, acceleration, interior room, quiet all good"

STAYCEE M., AR (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"The electric driving experience is really nice. Less noice and a very smooth acceleration."

IVAN G., TN (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"The Volt has instantly available torque from the electric motor and the one speed transmission, which is useful in traffic and fun to drive. The (significant) weight of the battery keeps weight low, and cornering is flat and predictable."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"The driving experience is superior to both the 2005 & 2010 Toyota Prius I have previously owned. Downside is this car is not as practical and versatile as the Toyota's."

DIRK D., KS (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"Driving to Vegas, the gas motor couldn't handle the climb up the mountains and I could not travel greater than 50 mph in a 70mph zone."

W P., CA (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"The Volt has excellent acceleration, both on battery and on engine backup. It holds the road well and has good traction in winter conditions, even without all wheel drive."

ARTHUR C., MI (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"No vibration from engine, no shifting from transmission, only quietness"

GREGOIRE B., QC (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"In "sport" mode it has tremendous instant acceleration which makes merging into traffic safer."

WALTER S., MI (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"Electric power provides very quick and quiet acceleration. Charging at home is very convenient for refueling."

DANE S., CA (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"It’s really quick, especially in sport mode. It reminds me of my 1985 Corvette in handling."

Lynne M., CA (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"acceleration and handling."

Kent J., CA (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"I love the acceleration on this car. It has great pick-up."

Karen W., CO (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"I have been impressed by the acceleration. It accelerates smoothy and well. It also handles well compared to our previous vehicles (Toyota Camry and Previa and Nissan Stanza)"

Joan W., NC (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"Remarkably strong acceleration. Low center of gravity makes the car very stable. FUN to drive!"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"Acceleration is excellent and fun"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"While operating on the battery (not charging with the engine) the car has excellent acceleration."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"For being a small car, and coming off years of large cars (Cadillac, Buick), I am very comfortable with this car. I'm 6'2" and fit well in the vehicle. The acceleration is fun if I'm feeling a bit frisky, and the total lack of buying gasoline is great! Again, being a smaller car, there is no "floating" feeling that bigger cars can give. I feel in total contact with the road and handling the car."

Rob G., AZ (2012 Chevrolet Volt)


Anonymous, BC (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"very good acceleration and quick response"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"Love the instant torque and the smooth and quiet ride"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"Very good accelleration. Instant responses. Rear suspension is not very compliant. it can momentarily lose road contact on sharp bumps. This causes momentary reduction in braking when antilock kick in. Also prone to side hop on bumps in high speed cornering"

J W., NJ (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"very responsive. quick start-up. visibility is very good, except pillar on front window. confident in this technology, GM got it right."

Robert S., AZ (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"It out accelerates most cars in its class and handles great!!!"

Scott B., AZ (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"Low center of gravity, has plenty of get up and go, drives more like a sports car than a subcompact."

John G., MO (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"It took me a while to get used to the weight of the car, but it has amazing acceleration and braking. It sits very close to the ground, but I've never driven a car that is so smooth. I feel like I'm driving an iPod and everyone else has a record player."

Douglas A., KS (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"Very good in Sport mode."

Kent L., CA (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"For a 4000 lb. plus vehicle it handles well and performance in electric mode is adequate."

Robert M., CA (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"is very zippy"

Frank S., MA (2012 Chevrolet Volt)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Well built, quiet. Front seats are comfortable, back seats are uncomfortable. Ride is smooth, heating and cooling is adequate but lowers fuel economy"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"The 2012 Volt is very comfortable as a rear seat passenger. The rear seat has very little leg room and the I have had issues with the head room getting into the vehicle. It would be much nicer for the rear seat to have a bench seat and fold up back rest/arm rest for the middle passenger, if there was a bench in back."

GREG R., OR (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"can't adjust the rear view mirror to see clearly behind me. If I was any taller (5'10") I wouldn't be able to use the car at all."

W P., CA (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"The seats in my Prius are more comfortable. The door opening in my Prius is higher so I don't have to scrunch in which can be painful for my back."

A D., CA (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"I love the auto heated seats, they work very well. Also the climate control is excellent and the seats are comfortable."

HOWARD B., WI (2012 Chevrolet Volt)


Anonymous, BC (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"Silent driving is great"

Michael T., NY (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"seats are low for someone of my age"

Jerry B., MD (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"The design of the car could be better. Too much wind noise. I don't like not being able to see the hood-front of the car when driving. And just once I'd like to get in a car that was designed with a place to put my purse if I have a passenger! Back seats should be bench style. I like the easy turning radius and size of the car."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"Very quiet"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"Because the seats have manual control I can't get the ideal seating position"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"Confort and silence"

Anonymous, QC (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"The Volt is a small car so there is alot of comfort. Also viability to the rear is poor."

Curt S., PA (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"It is low to the ground so for larger people it is hard to get in and out of."

John G., MO (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"The back seat is MUCH too tight...difficult to enter and exit, and crowds the knees. And too little head room."

J C., NE (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"This is one silky smooth quiet magic carpet ride. Almost to easy to drive when driving in electric mode. When the electric power is exhausted, engine noise is prevelant and performance suffers. My biggest gripe is that like a lot of new vehicles it carries no spare tire."

Robert M., CA (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"The interior is quite small, especially the back seat and hatch space. We insist on having a spare tire for long trips (one is not standard), which leaves almost no storage."

Daniel G., AZ (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"The Chevy Volt has a very quiet ride, the seats are very firm and the drive is excellent on turns, it seems to hug the road very nicely. Very sporty and accelerates quickly on sport mode."

Mariano J., CA (2012 Chevrolet Volt)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"I bought a very clean certified used vehicle for well over 50% discount from new."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"Purchased used at about the same price a similar Chevy Cruze would have been. That was a great deal considering the driving experience is better and driving cost is less"

IVAN G., TN (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"When fuel prices were higher this car had other cars beat hands down"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"Bought this car sued because of how well we loved our 2013 Volt. WOnderful car!! Almost as wonderful as the 2013 model."

B B., MI (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"commuting 12 miles, it is used almost entirely on electric. and the ability to use it in commuter lanes without having other people in the car."

MICHAEL B., CA (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"The operating costs are extremely low. I've filled it with gas only 8 times over 4-1/2 years of ownership and 43,000 miles of driving and changed the oil only twice due to the age of the oil, not the mileage. It's been one of the most dependable cars I've ever owned. The hatchback design is great for carrying things such as our two bicycles."

ROBERT B., NC (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"Great Value, got ours as a left over demo for 24500 + we got a 7500 tax credit!"

COSTANZA R., MO (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"Rarely use gasoline except for long trips, then get approx 400 miles on a fillup."

PATRECIA C., MS (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"Don't mind the premium gas required since it uses so little. It's out in-town car. We switched to time-of-day price for our electric service. That saves a bunch. Dashboard is a confusing mess. Also, I have to lower my seat from my wife's driving position. This is not for comfort. It has to be lowered simply to get into the car."

MICHAEL P., MN (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"I use the Volt mostly close to home. As a result, I use it almost 100% of the time on battery and very rarely purchase gas. My cost to operate the car is basically zero because of the low cost of electrical charging - I average less than one gallon of gas purchase per month."

ARTHUR C., MI (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"In 2017 we drove 8,644 miles and only used 16.9 gallons of gas, that is 511 MPG. The car accelerates and handles great!!!"

Scott B., AZ (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"The best and less expansive car in my life."

Anonymous, QC (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"Excellent value, especially with residential solar. Operation at no cost!"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"well engineered and extremely reliable"

Jerry B., MD (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"In addition to fuel economy, maintenance costs are also very low. Most operating cost effective vehicle I have ever owned."

Chris W., FL (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"Since we mostly use the Volt within 15 miles of where we live, the electric charge usually gets us where we are going. When we take a road trip, the gas capability extends our travel range greatly, and even on gas we get great mileage."

Joan W., NC (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"When the car works, it's great. But we have had it in to the dealer multiple times for issues relating to the drive train."

Daniel G., AZ (2012 Chevrolet Volt)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say


Anonymous, BC (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"Sharp looking and comfortable! Could use the extra seat in back tho."

B B., MI (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"It has a very modern and appealing look especially compared to many other electric vehicles."

LARRY B., CA (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"Does not look like every other car! you know a volt when you see one"

COSTANZA R., MO (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"I think it's a great looking car"

HOWARD B., WI (2012 Chevrolet Volt)

"The car looks great, inside and out. It has a great sound system, a super quiet engine, and almost no wind noise; so listening to music is great."

PATRICK D., MN (2012 Chevrolet Volt)
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