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Chevrolet Volt

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.
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 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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

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.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
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.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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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 over $34,000 for the LT and goes to around $38,000 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 very close to a Toyota Prius.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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.

Read more about extended warranties
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 2018 Chevrolet Volt owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Heater system

"dealer replaced faulty part"

Teresa D., WA (2018 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"The heat in the car did not work for the first several months even after we brought it in several times. The entire system needed to be rebooted and programmed and even then, it is not reach the desired temperature."

Anonymous, OR (2018 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"In cold weather, heating the interior is slow and consumes a lot of energy"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Refrigerant leaks

"They had to replace a line and recharge it"

Anonymous, ON (2018 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"There was a recall - there was a problem with the air from the engine was being vented inside the car."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Chevrolet Volt Unsure 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

"Main battery required servicing. Warning light with associated have car serviced as soon as possible came on during trip from Montreal to Toronto. On-Star support advised that as long as we weren't losing power we could continue the trip home but that car should not be turned off. Subsequent service took four days. Everything was covered under warranty."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"The battery stopped working and I had to use the engine to drive the car"

Edward M., CA (2018 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"vehicle had a battery control module failure. the bill was paid by gm warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"While parked for two days, the entire electrical system was dead. We were not able to open the doors even with the emergency key. The vehicle was towed to a dealership and was rebooted. No one could explain why the electrical system failed. The problem appears resolved."

Anonymous, OR (2018 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl 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)

"There was a pump needed for emissions but I forget the name that needed to be replaced after a year of use. The vehicle continued to operate normally just had an error code which showed up as an alert on the dashboard."

Bryan M., NY (2018 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"O2 sensor failed"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"The problem caused the check engine light to illuminate. I had to take to the dealer for diagnosis. The warranty had expired so it cost more than $300 for repairs."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl 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 sensor or solenoid

"Car would not turn off completely and would honk after exiting with the key fob."

Von J., CA (2018 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"car does not recognize it is in Park and will not shut off. Intermittent and does recognize Park within a minute or two."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Front camera failed making all of the safety features unavailable. Fixed after a week at the dealer. Now car has a different problem with adaptive cruise control making that inoperable - taking to the dealer next week"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

"LANE DEPARTURE WARNING NEVER AUDIBLE OR ACTIVATED. DEALER INVESTIGATED AND SAID IT WAS FINE (FOUR DIFFERENT DEALERS). NEVERTHELESS THE DASH BOARD SYMBOL CHANGES TO YELLOW SHOWING ACTIVATION ABOUT 30% OF THE TIME WHEN THE EVEN OCCURS, BUT NO AUDIBLE SOUND EVER HEARD BY ME OR OTHERS (TO BE SURE IT WASNT MY HEARING"

L S., CA (2018 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"experienced a rattle in or nearby video display. Complained about it to dealer and they tried twice or more but said they couldn't locate it. Still there but intermittent."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Chevrolet Volt Unsure 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

Engine computer

"I was driving on the freeway when a noise came from the dashboard and a message popped up telling me to put it in Park. I started to pull over and discovered that the engine had died. I was able to coast to a safe place. I found that I could not turn the car off."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

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

Radio

"The radio FM broadcast irritating be cause of signal dropout and background noise. Our Buick Lucerne receives our stations of interest with.out static, but the VOLT FM reception is irritating. The dealership where the car was purchased could not improve the situation and claimed that the FM radio performed as GM designed it. GM customer service in Warren, Mi looked into the issue and told me that it would not be possible to improve the FM station reception This poor performing VOLT accessory is a major issue for my satisfaction with the VOLT. ."

John H., OH (2018 Chevrolet Volt LT 1.5-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"vehicle stopped on multiple occasions and would not operate in EV mode or ICE mode. Dealer diagnostic indicated transmission failure with only 5000 miles on it."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Chevrolet Volt Premier 1.5-L 4 Cyl 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

Glass defects

"Stress crack in front windshield, discovered on 2nd day, replaced by dealer in a week."

Anonymous, WA (2018 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.

Engine Cooling

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

Paint/Trim

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

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.

Engine Major

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

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

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.

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