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, the Volt returns as a more mature and capable car.
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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 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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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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

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, the Volt returns as a more mature and capable car. It replaces the original Volt's science experiment ambience with more conventional looks and expanded capability, most notably a commuter-friendly electric range of 50 miles.

Pricing starts at $33,170 for the LT and goes up to $37,520 for the Premier version. That's about a $6,000 price drop compared to the original Volt we tested in 2011. Plus, the Volt still benefits from the $7,500 federal tax incentive available to electric car buyers. That means that the effective purchase price ends up being about $26,500, very close to a Toyota Prius.

Seating
2 front, 3 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
  • 1.5-liter 4 electric (149 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Backup sensors are overly sensitive and constantly raising alarms unnecessarily (literally every time I'm backing out of my garage)"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Problems with sensors and timely replacement Vu the dealer"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"The center stack display would occasionally gradually lose functionality. For example, adjustment of the climate control fan speed would not register on the display showing fan speed. After a bit, it became difficult or impossible to switch between different functional displays. A couple of times the vehicle propulsion display showed the gas engine/generator, electric motor and battery all OFF, even though the car was traveling down the road at the time. Eventually the display would freeze up c"

Peter W., MD (2016 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Display screen goes blank

"Screen went dark while radio still on. Could only control radio from steering wheel controls. Took six weeks to get a new module"

Jim H., CA (2016 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Screen went v\blank after tire replacement which caused low pressure sensor to go on. Dealer had to unplug screen and replug it to fix"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Screen went blank for more than one week and had to be replaced by the dealer. It took almost another week for the screen replacement to be approved by GM"

Erick M., CA (2016 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Apple CarPlay is unusable and locks up the entire entertainment system until the vehicle is powered down and restarted"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Music playback from my phone over Bluetooth sometimes does not resume after starting the car, or resumes at double speed (and I have to stop and restart it to get it to play normally)"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"Occasionally when the car starts, USB music plugged into the car can fail. The only way for it to go back to normal is to turn the car off and turn it back on"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Locks up every time, Apple CarPlay is unusable"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Speakers

"Amplifier was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl 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

Electrical failure

"Upon attempted startup, complete electrical failure. Vehicle had to be towed back to dealer"

Edward G., CA (2016 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"I suspect that the problem was that the brake pads were not properly bedded into the rotors, or the calipers were not working freely because the brake pistons were not yet worn in due to low miles and light brake usage. The symptom was a hard pull to the right during an emergency stop, causing the car to move into the lane to the right. The problem was repeatable, so I took it to the dealer for warranty repair. They claimed to find no problem. I notified the Chevrolet customer service site on"

Peter W., MD (2016 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Very small area appears less shiny, or more cloudy, than rest of metallic paint"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl 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

Automatic climate control

"It could be 40 degrees outside, and the climate control was set for 73. It was still blowing cold air"

Joel H., CA (2016 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Small oil leak due to incomplete seal of oil pan, fixed under warranty"

Gene C., CA (2016 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

Engine Major

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

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.

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.

Exhaust

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

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.

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

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.

Engine Cooling

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

Body Integrity

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

Transmission Minor

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

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