2012 Chevrolet Volt Consumer Review: Cold Weather Issues

2012 Chevrolet Volt - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

89 Total Reviews

All Models

Build Quality
Reliability Value
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Cold Weather Issues
By voltguy on


2012 Chevrolet Volt 4dr Hatchback (gas/electric hybrid DD)


This car has great potential and I really like it, but reconsider getting one if you live in an area with cold weather. When I first got the car in the first week in November I was getting the 35 miles GM claims. As it got colder I now only get 25 miles on a full charge. GM is telling me this is normal. At 25 miles, I'm actually only getting about 17-20 since I have to run heat. I have been doing the math and with amount of electric it takes to charge for just 17-20 actual miles, it costs more than burring gas. The dealer has told me there is nothing they can do about the issue. I hope GM gets this issues fixed.

Best Features

The amount of technology in this car is amazing and the integration into OnStar is very impressive. The car has good pick up and is very quit. The iPod/iPhone integration is also very impressive.

Worst Features

Needs to handle cold weather better. It is very frustrating that within 2 weeks of getting the car it's maximum charge is between 25-27 miles. Also the seatbelt clip could be a little higher. I have a heavy set person that travels with me and has a hard time with the seatbelt latching. Dealer gave me a free extender kit.
Recommend (6) (0)

Are you the author of this review?

Update Your Review
Report it
Comments (4) Post a Comment
By scottw03
on 01/28/12 14:18 PM (PST)

So if the cold hurts the mpg due to having to run the heater, what will that mean for the summer time when you have to run the AC? In states like NC, it is 90+ with like 100% for a good portion of the summer so I run the AC in my car anytime I get in it because it is so hot. I can only imagine that it will have the same kind of effect as well since the battery will have to run something else that is intensive.

Report it
By jeverett84
on 01/21/12 15:54 PM (PST)

Cold weather definitely hurts electric cars. I'm getting around 30 miles on a charge, and this has been a relatively mild winter. Even assuming higher than average electric rates, the Volt costs around $1.50 to charge. If you're only getting 17 miles on that charge, then it's just under the cost of gas (assuming the Volt gets around 34mpg, and gas is more than $3/gallon). You might want to check with your utility, maybe they have cheaper rates for electric vehicles. Your range will recover as soon as the weather warms up, driving your cost down. And every electric mile reduces overall carbon emissions.

Report it
By ja1211
on 07/19/12 05:27 AM (PDT)

Chevy, Nissan and Ford all say that cold weather effects the electric cars range. Not much you can do about it. I suggest that you start the car a few min before you leave home while it is still plugged in. This way it will heat the cabin without dipping into your range. Than while you drive to work set the climate to eco. As far as hot weather, it is just the same but AC instead of heat. My father lives in NC and with the this summer touching on 100* he found the same thing. He would have to run the climate on full to cool car down which would drop his range by at least 5 miles. He started cooling the car while it was still plugged in and ran on eco after. He told me that running it for about 5 min plugged in before he leaves, eco is able to maintain temp once he starts going. Now he only looses about 1 mile. Give it a shot.

Report it
By ericjp
on 07/28/12 11:22 AM (PDT)

Remember, these are new cars. You have the new car love affair. Let's see how you think 5 years from now. Remember, these are Chevy's and that means problem after problem.

Report it
Post a Comment

You must be signed in to post a comment.


Select a different vehicle  
Recently Viewed
There are no recently viewed vehicles to display

Write Consumer Reviews

Write Consumer Reviews

Write a review and rate your own car.