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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.
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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

“Good low-end torque. No transmission or gears, makes driving smooth.”

TOM C., IN (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“The looks! The brilliant blue color with the chrome trim. It has great acceleration and handles very well. It is nice to ride in. Just LOVE this car!”

B B., MI (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“I'm just over whelmed with how well it handles and when I. Sport mode no need to use your brakes there is so much braking with the motor it's awesome”

DAN M., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“Handling and responsiveness is good. The lack of a transmission makes it pretty responsive, especially in sport mode. Eco mode is good for managing energy, but regeneration could be better (we tend to drive it on L to regenerate more).”

ERIC D., TX (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“While not actually a fast car, it feels quick, the acceleration of the electric system is very fun. Steering is also very good. Also the minor miracle of the electric/engine interaction, it is truly amazing that GM could produce a totally new kind of drivetrain and have it work so well. I much prefer it to the way a Prius engine kicks on and off.”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“The Volt is ultra-quiet and has nice pickup for passing and relatively quick starts from a full stop. It handles nicely and we like the safety package. The interior is a little cramped and there are blind spots in the rear. Hopefully these issues have been removed in the 2016-17.”

ROBERT B., NM (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“I thought the vehicle accelerated surprisingly well from what I expected. Handling was also better than expected.”

JOHN B., MI (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“Handles like an ordinary Chevy, except low center of gravity means sticks absolutely to road in turns. Cruises along at 63 mph getting 95 mpg (average battery + gas medium range trip) or 45-50 mpg (for tanksfull once completely out of original battery charge.). yet when you want/need it, it accelerates "like a rocket". If you have anything like cheap, green electricity, can't imagine why you'd drive anything else.”

PHILIP K., WA (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“Great acceleration in electric mode, total dog in gas mode. Noisy, clunky car”

EMILY W., VT (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“Acceleration is quite adequate in Normal mode and is pleasantly peppy, even fun, when set to Sport mode. Handling is fine on dry roads, but on very wet or snowy roads inspires little confidence. How much of that iffy bad weather performance is due to the car itself and how much of the blame can be attributed to what I suspect are low rolling resistance tires I cannot say.”

DAVID D., KY (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“Great acceleration around town, great city hill-climbing ability, good cornering ability, always feels safe.”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“Electric motors give it a whole lot of torque.”

BRAD W., NJ (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“Smooth, quiet ride and excellent acceleration. Handling and steering are tight and responsive.”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“When in sport mode, acceleration is excellent. Handling is predictable and pretty solid. The original equipment tires provided terrible breaking in the wet.”

GEORGE V., MD (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“Driving a Volt is more satisfying than the other high efficiency cars I've driven. It feels to me much more like a BMW 3 series than a Toyota Prius or a Honda Civic. I drive about 70% electric with the Volt and conspire to try to never use gas. This is a great commuter car and the hatchback design is very versatile.”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“I love electric car performance”

JEFFREY C., OH (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“It doesn't accelerate very quickly, but that isn't surprising since it is supposed to be economical to drive rather than sporty.”

THOMAS R., SC (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“It's zippy with the battery power. It steers effortlessly and rides smooth and comfortable.”

GUS A., KY (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“Acceleration from a standstill in sport mode is instant, quiet and gives total control. Best feature of the electric drive.”

GRAHAM R., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“It drives and handles well! Love it.”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“The Acceleration is exactly the same 3 years after purchase as it was when it was new, excellent. The fuel mileage is closer to 370Mpg when tracking the actual fuel used; we've only used 104 gallons of fuel in 3 years of ownership. The handling of the car is nimble due to it's low center of gravity and it hasn't changed in 3 years of ownership.”

BERNARD M., IL (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

“Climate control is terrible. Impossible to keep the car interior at a constant temperature.”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“Volt is great except for space. I'm 6'1' with some back problems, and could use more spacious entry. Also more carrying space for wife's garden supplies. Otherwise, greatly satisfied.”

R F., WV (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“Surprisingly, I found the non-power seats in the Volt infinitely more comfortable than the 10-way power seats in a new Impala I got to drive for a week. The Impala's driver's seat is so atrociously uncomfortable I had to leave the seat back heater constantly on to prevent my back muscles from becoming very sore.”

DAVID D., KY (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“A bit noisy at highway speeds. Heat is adequate in winter.”

RICHARD H., IL (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“Two minor annoyances - climate control doesn't allow for manual engagement of the a/c and it's design is odd and non-intuitive. 2. Radio cannot be turned off while running nav etc. it must be turned down, turning off subsequently turns off the nav.”

KEVIN I., ON (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“It is extremely quiet because there is no engine noise. It's also rides and drives very smoothly. It doesn't idle so it feels as though it's off when stopped.”

GUS A., KY (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“Leather seats are not comfortable on long trips!”

KENNETH L., KY (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“Both Of our Volts provide comfortable seats and rides. At moderate speeds, they're very quiet. At highway speeds they're a bit noisy.”

GEORGE V., MD (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“Smooth ride, outstanding gas mileage, quick acceleration”

RON I., FL (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“Cannot drive at highway speeds when the windows are down because there is an odd and very irritating buffeting sound.”

GREG B., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

Value

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

What Owners Say

“It is wonderful. I rarely buy gas. I love how the car looks. The color is beautiful. It is very quiet. It is a "techie's" dream car with an affordable price.”

B B., MI (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“The mpg are fantastic mainly because we drive 90% in town. We have only used 79 gallons of gas in the 3 years we've owned the car. We are presently getting 160 miles per gallon.”

KENNETH L., KY (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“Seamless gas to electric, with lowered gas cost and electric bills saving $50/month. Car is also quick to respond and fun to drive.”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“I bought my 2013 after the 2014 came out so the price had dropped- MSRP originally $44K GM then dropped the price for Volts by $5k in late 2013. Lot price was $32,900 with every option. l bought thru Costco saved $500 (plus $200 coupon for extras).Federal tax credit=$7,500 Calif rebate=$1,500.Total excluding sales tax: $23,400 FOR THE BEST CAR I EVER OWNED. I love electric cars.50,000miles and NO problems-one oil change has been my only maintenance expense.Car's computer determines when syntheti”

GARY C., CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“If you do a lot of short term commuting then this car is worth the price. I feel that the positive effects on the environment, with the subsidized cost and the savings in gas makes it a great purchase.”

LOUIS D., MI (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“New Price of the vehicle dropped by 30% within 6 months of purchase. we are still upside down on the vehicle's market value vs. amount owed on the loan.”

JOHN K., WA (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“I put on 1000 mi/month. Compared to past car (Volvo) I save 87% on gas; $130/mo, which I stick in the "car" acct in savings each month. Accounting for this rebate over 10 yr lifespan of car, and gov't purchase tax rebate, these bring cost of car (state sales tax incl) down to about 16500-17000. A heckuva a good value if you have financial stability to think longterm (and cheap hydropower electricity)”

PHILIP K., WA (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“I drive a total of almost 80 miles round-trip for work, and I still get almost lifetime 80 mpg (mostly using the generator on the way home.)”

MICHAEL B., PA (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“High rate of depreciation. Bought used at good price.”

TOM C., IN (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“Buying a slightly used Volt is an awesome value. We drive it mostly in electric mode but have the option for gas backup when we occasionally need it (~8 gallons over the last 5000+ miles :-)”

ERIC D., TX (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“I was paying $277 / month for gas for my last vehicle. Now I pay $300 / month lease and $12 / month for electricity. Gas is negligible. Effectively, it's almost a free car.”

JAMES M., FL (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“Mpg are excellent. Most of our driving is around town so we rarely need gas except when we go more than 40 miles”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“This car has virtually no maintenance overhead. Range in the winter is less than other seasons, but we generally don't go to gas stations more than every couple months. Longer trips to Santa Fe or Albuquerque plus vacation trips have kept our lifetime mileage down to 126 mpg, but our normal daily routine is accomplished on the charge from our solar panels. That does raise an issue though -- where to apply our saving from cost free transportation, our solar panels or our car.”

ROBERT B., NM (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“The Chevy Volt actually paid for more than 1/3 of its value with federal and state incentives. The Federal rebate was 30% and state rebate was 10%. We also installed an optional 220 volt changing station which was subsidized by an $800 state redemption credit as well.”

BERNARD M., IL (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“Rarely have to fill up with gasoline. Did not change our power bill at home once we installed a super charger”

LANA H., GA (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“With 174 lifetime average MPG and the mpge cost of $0.14 per "gallon" of electric this car has been extremely inexpensive to operate and still provides ample range if I run out of battery.”

LAWRENCE C., AZ (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

“The pre-2016 Volt has a unique, stylish and robust look. Design changed in 2016, making it look more like a generic compact car.”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“I don't like the split seats in the rear but I heard that the new models have overcome that limitation. On the other hand I find the hatch back design to make it practical. The air foil on the front of the car is way to low and i am constantly banging it up so it's a hinderance.”

LOUIS D., MI (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“It's very sporty looking”

LANA H., GA (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“There are only 4 seats (only 2 in the back). Since there are 5 in our extended family, this could really be a problem. I also don't like the way the spoiler cuts my rear view. That may be more of a safety issue. Also, the A pillars get in the way when looking for incoming traffic. This could be deadly.”

LYNN C., IN (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

“It is very areodynamic”

Anonymous, KS (2013 Chevrolet Volt)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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