2011 Chevrolet Volt Road Test Specs | Edmunds.com

2011 Chevrolet Volt - Road Test Specs

2011 Chevrolet Volt Hatchback

(Hybrid 1-speed Direct Drive)


Model year2011
Style4dr hatchback
Base MSRP$41,000
Options on test vehiclePremium Trim Package ($1,395 -- includes leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, door trim); Back-Up Camera and Parking Alerts ($695); Polished Wheels ($595).
As-tested MSRP$43,685


Drive typeFront-wheel Drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected, inline-4, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,398/85.3
Block/head materialIron/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.5
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)84 @ 4,800
Fuel type91 octane (required)
Transmission typeDirect drive planetary gearset variable automatic with console shifter


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, lower control arms, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSemi-independent twist beam-axle, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, variable-ratio, rack-and-pinion steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.4
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelAssurance
Tire typeAll-season, low rolling resistance (35 psi cold front and rear)
Tire size, frontP215/55R17 93H
Tire size, rearP215/55R17 93H
Wheel size17-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel materialForged aluminum
Brakes, front11.8-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear11.5-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.4 (electric-only operation); 3.6 (with gas engine assisting)
0-45 mph (sec.)5.8 (electric-only operation); 5.8 (with gas engine assisting)
0-60 mph (sec.)9.2 (electric-only operation); 9.0 (with gas engine assisting)
0-75 mph (sec.)14.1 (electric-only operation); 13.2 (with gas engine assisting)
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.8 @ 81.5 (electric-only operation); 16.6 @ 85.5 (with gas engine assisting)
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.8 (electric-only operation); 8.6 (with gas engine assisting)
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)124
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)60.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.77
Sound level @ idle (dB)27.0 (electric-only operation); 48.5 (with gas engine assisting)
@ Full throttle (dB)54.0 (electric-only operation); 78.2 (with gas engine assisting)
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67.4 (electric-only operation); 73.7 (with gas engine assisting)

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration comments"Electric-only operation: Exceptionally quiet with just a little bit of motor whine, but mostly just winid noise. Very linear acceleration; no shifting, obviously.
Braking commentsConsistent stopping distances, negligible fade, firm pedal, but some rear end wiggle and wander. Pronounced dive.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Stability control is non-defeatable. Very little if any brake corrections. Rather it just hits a wall of understeer. Steering is light and vague. Slalom: Prefers less is more with as little steering input as possible. Steering is responsive but feels vague. If stability control does begin to intervene, then the run is no good.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)NA
Edmunds observed (mpg)31.4 mpg and 39.0 kWh/100 miles
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)9.3

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,781
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,742
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)61.4/38.6
Length (in.)177.4
Width (in.)70.8
Height (in.)56.3
Wheelbase (in.)105.7
Track, front (in.)61.2
Track, rear (in.)62.1
Turning circle (ft.)36.0
Legroom, front (in.)42.0
Legroom, rear (in.)34.1
Headroom, front (in.)37.8
Headroom, rear (in.)36.0
Shoulder room, front (in.)56.5
Shoulder room, rear (in.)53.9
Seating capacity4
Cargo volume (cu-ft)10.6


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/100,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard
Emergency assistance systemOptional

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