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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.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Front side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

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. If you charge every night and your daily drive fits within the battery's range, you might never need to buy gasoline.

Running on electricity alone, the Volt cost about four cents per mile at national-average electric rates -- much less than required to fuel any gas-powered car. Actual cost will depend on your electric rates, which vary greatly from state to state. Driving on the highway also diminishes the battery's range. We got our longest electric-only drives on rural roads at around 45 mph. The Volt is amazingly inexpensive to run on short trips, but when the gas engine kicks in and trips reach around 70 miles, traditional hybrids catch up. That's partly because the gasoline engine requires premium fuel, which strikes us as out of step with what Volt buyers might expect.

Seating
2 front, 2 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • 1-speed Direct
Engines Available
  • 1.4-liter 4 electric (150 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Chevrolet Volt owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen freezes up

“Display froze couple of time during the winter cold... Refused to show information until vehicle warmed up”

Howard C., NY (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

“Display freezes and you can't change anything for which there isn't a specific button. Has happened 3 or 4 times. One other time, we could not enter a destination in the Nav system. All of these problems cleared up after turning the vehicle off f”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

“On starting, display screen sometimes remains black, and associated dash controls inoperable for 5-10 minutes, then problem corrects itself. Dealer unable to fix”

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Display screen goes blank

“Computer needed to be reset by service tech”

Howard C., NY (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

“The main screen was replaced by the dealer”

Kathy O., IA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

“Display once went completely blank and did a re-boot while driving. Radio channel display all went to the same setting (530 AM). Radio replaced twice”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Radio

“Occasional crashing on start-up”

David L., NH (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Backup or other camera/sensors

“The backup camera is now not automatically coming on when you shift into reverse”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

“Original camera faulty and dealer refused to acknowledge that resolution was so bad it was almost unUSble. I switched dealers and problem immediately resolved. Camera not as good as Ford, Honda or Lexus”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

“The display is very poor, if the sunlight is directed on it (which is very often), it is impossible or extremely difficult to see”

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

“Often does not take the shortest route though set to do so. Told me to both take a left turn and later to do a U turn on a concrete divided highway. Display repeatedly turned complete circles. Has taken me to the wrong place”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Phone cuts in and out like a circut opeming and closing. Dealer updates but problem continues on an inermitant basis”

Gary L., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

“intermittent problem with bluetooth pairing and climate control system lockup”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Speakers

“This car has the Bose audio system. I've had both front door speakers replaced due to audio cutting in and out. The driver door speaker still has this issue”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Voice control commands

“The Voice command system is worthless. It is extremely frustrating to use, often misinterprets what you are asking and is often times rude by hanging up rather then allowing you to try again”

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“The heater was not working at all, blowing cold air when it should have been warm. When defrosting the windshield, it actually created frost on it”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

“Although my dealer kept telling us that we didn't know how to operate the heater, I found, on GM's website, a known problem with the heating system in Volts. I printed it our, brought it to the dealership, and low and behold, they acknowledged and r”

Lindalou R., NY (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

“Heater did not work at all”

Dominique P., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

“Hot water circulating pump failed. Result was no heat when driving under battery power. Was replaced under warranty”

Gary S., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

“Heater unit failed”

Thomas B., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

“can't reliably get heat in the car. the climate control panel is a distraction and does not send heat. even when you set the temp to 80, the AC still goes on”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

“System will intermittently not blow hot air when needed for cabin heat and/or defroster”

Brent W., WA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

“Heater did not heat very well. They did a computer reset which made it better. But still not great”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Automatic climate control

“jan-april 2013's were misdesigned so that in pure-electric modethey could not heat the passenger compartment til battery fully heated. Volt acknowledged, redesigned heater and cntrols, and installed new heater/controls on all early 13's incl mine”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

“Multiple software issues”

Brian H., IA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Evaporator

“Musty odor that the dealer can't seem to eradicate”

Dane V., MI (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Refrigerant leaks

“AC stopped working and in AZ that is a bad thing. There was a leak”

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“Detected problem with rear drive shaft. Dealer replaced left wheel drive shaft and transmission side mount under warranty”

Robert K., CO (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

“I noticed a click sound if I stepped on the accelerator or let up from the accelerator. I took it in to investigate and they determined the bolts had loosened, and had to be reseated. I didn't fully understand what they were explaining, but they fi”

David G., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Electrical failure

“Car would not switch from battery to engine power generation”

John C., FL (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

“the door to charge the battery failed to open and the check engine light came on”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

“Charge door motor failure”

P S., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

“A connection to the drive system came loose after an oil change at a dealership”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

“Had to bring in for service 3 times because it would not take a charge”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“The gas "spring" that supports the rear hatch was faulty from the factory and disassembled itself at about the time that Chevrolet issued a recall for this part. It did extensive damage to the roof panel and hatch requiring repair and painting, thankfully covered by Chevrolet. The gas spring has since sagged and I replaced it myself”

Antoinette B., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

“Strut broke causing hatchback to be very heavy”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

“trunk latch reciever screws have come loose several times since I have owned the car”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

“Tailgate struts required replacement prior to recall”

Anonymous, UT (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

“Recall issue”

Brian H., IA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

“Recall for hatch stuts that can come loose and damage car. Replaced under warranty at an oil change”

Sharon E., WI (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Windows

“window regulator failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, TN (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Right rear taillight failed after 3 years. Not covered under warranty. Because it's a sealed LED unit and because its replacement requires removal of the rear body panel, the repair at the dealer cost $500. It used to be that you could buy a replacement bulb for $5 and do the job yourself. This would seem to be a design flaw”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

“excessive moisture buildup in left tail light. No damage has ever occurred to it”

P S., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Tire pressure monitor

“One of the tire pressure monitors failed. I chose not to replace because of the expense”

Anonymous, TN (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Warning lights

“"Battery in Fob needs to be replaced." With new batteries the warning light will not go away. The beep when seat belts are not fastened is not working”

Nancy G., CO (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Headlights

“Front right headlight went out only after 2.5 years of use”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Keyless entry

“The button on the door handle to unlock/lock the doors failed. Had to have all 4 replaced”

Regina M., MI (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

“The car kept telling me the remote was left in the car when it wasn't. A code update to the car totally fixed this issue, others should ALWAYS ask if there is an update for their car when in for service”

Stephen M., MI (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Chevrolet bowtie on front fell off. Rain draining trim on roof is loose”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

“EV charging port door is supposed to open at the press of a button, but sometimes gets stuck and needs to be pried open by hand”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

“Volt logo on the drivers side came loose. May have been caused by an automatic car wash”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Electronic or air suspension

“Steering would get "stuck"”

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Shocks or struts

“strut failed early; groaned; was replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“have had it into dealer twice, once to get rack and pinion replaced, steering sticks, scary thing”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Hybrid/electric system and battery (excluding replacement)

“Battery charging system problems took a month to repair. Once the battery was installed incorrectly. Problems with the charging system were not correctly diagnosed by dealer and Chevy tech contact. The replacement battery heater failed because of pro”

J M., IL (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

“Would not take charge. Needed replacement of charging connector (on side of car). Common problem according to web comments”

Peter T., NY (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission computer

“Sames a previously discussed re fault codes and clearing of same”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Car flashed warning, then stopped; towed; fault codes indicated problem with solenoid boy / valve. Cleared code and fixed itself. Took dealer four working days to figure out. No real answer - was told it might have been some dirt in the valve or at t”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Water leaking thru unsealed joint in floor”

Tim C., OR (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Squeaks or rattles

“Rear suspension squeaks and grinds when turning to the left or to the right. It is as if some nuts and bolts have become loose”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Regular brake failure

“Intermittently, while braking at slow speeds, i.e. parking lot speed or approaching a stop sign, and on dry pavement, the brake pedal would go soft, the traction control light would come on and the car would not continue to slow/stop”

Alex D., OH (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)
Rotors

“rotors show uneven wear and seem to be defective dealer said there was nothing they could to unless I wanted to pay!”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Catalytic converter failed at 44,000 miles (~11,000 miles on gas engine). Covered under warranty, but VERY early failure for a part that should last at least 100,000 (gas engine) miles”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None 1.4-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

“Brand new on way home EGR light came on. Returned and system system update performed and problem solved”

Pamela E., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“The user interface sucks”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

“Problems crop up every few months.SHould have Analog buttons instead of two touch systems. just the other day, touchscreen would not turn on, could not control air output in the rain, so entire car fogged up and had to pull over”

Stephen M., MI (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“"Engine unavailable" message and died on the highway. Required a new planetary gear transmission”

Ullas G., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“Check engine light. Occurred and resolved multiple times”

Peter T., NY (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“engine was replaced due to leak”

Dennis O., IL (2013 Chevrolet Volt None Plug-in Hybrid)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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