2011 Chevrolet Volt Road Test 2 Specs | Edmunds

2011 Chevrolet Volt - Road Test Specs

2011 Chevrolet Volt Hatchback

(0-cyl. Hybrid 1-speed Direct Drive)


Year Make Model2011 Chevrolet Volt 4dr Hatchback
Vehicle TypeFWD 4dr 4-passenger 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
Assembly locationHamtramck, MI


ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine combined with dual electric motors, front-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
Redline, indicated (rpm)4,800 (not indicated - no tachometer)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)84 @ 4,800
Fuel type91-octane required
Hybrid typeSeries-parallel plug-in
Electric motor rating (kW)111
System voltage360 volts
Battery typeLithium-ion
Battery capacity, rated (kW-hr)16
Battery capacity, usable (kW-hr)10.3 (approx)
Plug-in type (110v/220v)SAE standard port; 120 (tier 1) or 240 (tier 2)
Charge time (hours @ 110v/220v)10-12 (on 120 volt charger); 4 (on 240 volt charger)
Plug-in driving range, mfr. claim (mi.)25-50
Transmission typePlanetary 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
Steering typeElectric-assist, rack-and-pinion steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.4
Tire make and modelGoodyear Assurance
Tire typeAll-season, low-rolling resistance
Tire sizeP215/55 R17 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) ESC ON60.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.77
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 commentsElectric-only operation: Exceptionally quiet with just a little bit of motor whine, but mostly just wind noise. Very linear acceleration; obviously, no shifting. With gas engine assisting: Still linear, but you can definitely hear/feel the engine thrum.
Braking commentsConsistent stopping distances, negligible fade, firm pedal, but some rear end wiggle and wander. Pronounced dive.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Stability control non-defeatable. Very little if any brake corrections. Rather it just hits a wall of understeer. Steering is light and vague.

Testing Conditions

Test date11/2/2010
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Odometer (mi.)4,144
Fuel used for test91 octane
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)35/35

Audio and Advanced Technology

iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via USB jack
Satellite radioStandard
Navigation systemStandard
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)OnStar standard
Parking aidsOptional
Driver coaching displayStandard

Dimensions & Capacities

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
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
Step-in height, measured (in.)14.9
Trunk volume (cu-ft)10.6
Cargo loading height, measured (in.)32.9


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/100,000 miles
Hybrid/battery8 years/100,000 miles

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