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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.

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

“Fun to drive and good handling.”

DIANA S., CA (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“It has excellent acceleration.”

SHIRLY S., CA (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“Quicker acceleration and handles better than the earlier (2013) Volt”

Anonymous, MI (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“Compared to the 2013 Volt, acceleration is better.”

NEIL F., NY (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“Acceleration is outstanding. I've always gone for fuel-efficient vehicles. This is the first time I've driven a car that has real torque.”

PAUL M., MI (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“smooth quiet acceleration - good cornering - very easy to drive”

PAUL J., IL (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“Acceleration is very good.”

JOEL B., CA (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“Very smooth and rapid acceleration and silent.”

Anonymous, WA (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“It's an improvement over my 2013 Volt. It accelerates faster and it has a smoother ride. I also have not bought gas in the time I've own it since it now get over 50 miles on a charge. Controls are easier to use. Backup camera has improved”

MARK W., FL (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“Hard to believe that an electric car can lay rubber, but this one can1 Handling is tight, and perhaps a little contrived feeling, but it is a very pleasant ride. Acceleration to be is a 9, handling an 8, and overall performance an 8.5”

Anonymous, BC (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“Due to the electric drivetrain this is the smoothest accelerating and most responsive pedal - there is no lag nor transmission dropping down into a lower gear. It just goes. The low center of gravity due to the battery lends a feeling of heft to the car while making cornering less susceptible to lean.”

JONATHAN K., FL (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“I had a 2013 Volt before the 2017. The 2017 drives amazing. they put good tires on it with good traction. The responsiveness to the accelerator (especially at higher speeds) dominates the 2013 Volt and is on par with if not better than any comparable car. I can actually peel out in the 2017 volt which astounded me the first time i did it by accident”

DAVID C., VA (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“Great acceleration, solid driving feel.”

Anonymous, CA (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“EV response seems quite sporty and handles very nicely at highway speed. Easy to do daily local driving on EV and no problem doing 40 mile RT to next town on EV. No plug-in anxiety.”

Anonymous, WA (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“Acceleration is very good, especially at low speeds. Very satisfied so far with this car.”

JIM C., NJ (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“there is a difference in acceleration in electric and when it's running on Gas. there is also note of a noise when”

SCOTT P., KY (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“Powerful electric drive under 60 mph. The gas engine has a surging sensation when running in "Hold" mode or extended range mode. This surging is a known problem and Chevrolet's fix to reprogram the engine control module doesn't always cure the issue.”

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“For the price point, this vehicle handling and acceleration is superior to any car I've driven. It handles and accelerates like a performance sports car without the noise. It's almost silent in EV mode, and the engine can only be heard after the battery is depleted if I accelerate hard and have the stereo volume turned low.”

MICHAEL J., MA (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

“For the price the car should come with power seats, weight or other concern shouldn't matter. It should also come with a built in garage door opener since these cars plugin they are highly likely to be stored in a garage every day. That said we are still able to find a comfortable seating position and the seats shape are comfortable.”

RICHARD G., OR (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“The front seats have upper padding that is too firm and the shape presses into the upper back and shoulder blades. The rear seat headroom is dangerously low for a person taller than 5'11".”

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“seats are manual only, no electrical controls for positions. (to save weight to get better milage). Climate control could be a little stronger. Can't really fit 3 people in the rear.”

Anonymous, TX (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“The seats are narrow.”

DOUG B., CA (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“The seats are less adjustable and slightly less cushioned than I'd like. The climate control is excellent and living here in Florida means that I use the feature that lets you start the Air Conditioning while still walking to the car using the fob or app. As its operating on battery there is no guilt to running the system when I'm not in the car.”

JONATHAN K., FL (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“Car is notably quieter on highways than what it replaced, a 2004 Prius. However, the Volt's softer suspension results in poor handling and ride on some bumpy secondary roads. Controls for climate system are not as intuitive as on a Toyota. Also A/C seems underpowered.”

Anonymous, CA (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“I have a difficult time adjusting the air vents to suit me.”

Anonymous, FL (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“I am very happy with the comfort of the vehicle but my wife seems to have trouble getting comfortable in the passenger seat.”

Anonymous, IL (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“New Volt steering a little vague and less responsive compared to my 2014 Volt. Seats are good but should have electric adjustment. Cliimate controls are better in 2017.”

JOEL B., CA (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

Value

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

What Owners Say

“Great price when state and federal rebate are considered.”

DIANA S., CA (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“Current lease deals were ~$200/month for three years including up front payment - great deal even before the gas savings. My spouse has maybe 3,000 miles and still hasn't refilled the gas tank.”

TOM S., CA (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“Over all changes made to the 2017 are great! making it a perfect car, navigation and controls are simple to use and simple to learn, the most user friendly care I have ever owned.”

ROBERT D., FL (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“Have not needed any gas so far. All the bells and whistles including adaptive cruise control and qualifies for $7,500 tax credit”

Anonymous, CA (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“Prices can vary widely from dealer to dealer. AND, what makes the car a good value is the $7500 federal tax credit.”

DAVID E., VT (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“The car is great but I can't shake the feeling I spent twice as much as I had to and I would have been reasonably happy with a gas compact at half the cost.”

Anonymous, IL (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

“I'm regularly told how good looking this car is by friends and strangers. They usually add that "it doesn't look like a dorky electric car."”

DAV G., CA (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“Very good overall from an exterior perspective. Material quality on the cabin finishes could have been more upscale”

Anonymous, BC (2017 Chevrolet Volt)

“Two tone interior colors as well as the appearance inside and out are great, the car has the extra room missing in earlier models making it a great comfort to ride in front and back seat.”

ROBERT D., FL (2017 Chevrolet Volt)
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