2016 Chevrolet Volt: Greatly Improved For 2016
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on September 22, 2016
Most redesigned vehicles these days are incrementally improved. A few more horsepower here, an inch more legroom there, and perhaps a "boldly styled!" dashboard to top it all off.
But the 2016 Chevrolet Volt? Just about everything is dramatically better compared to the first-generation model.
Let's take a look.
All-electric range? It's up to a substantial 53 miles (EPA-estimated), compared to 38 miles with the first-gen Volt.
Efficiency? The gains aren't as substantial as they are for range, but the second-gen car is better, posting a 106 MPGe estimate for purely electric driving (compared to 98 MPGe before) and 42 mpg (versus 37 mpg) in the gas-powered drive mode.
Interior design? Normal and useful has replaced future-tech goofy.
Tech interface? The latest MyLink infotainment interface is quicker, prettier and more functional. It works quite well, in my opinion.
Interior room? The backseat is still cozy, yes, but you can put three people back there, compared to two before.
Charging cord location? It's stored in an easily accessed side compartment instead of being underneath the cargo floor.
Refinement? The latest Volt is smoother and easier to drive. In general, we've had nice things to say about it the entire time we've had it in the fleet.
Safety? Advanced safety features, including automatic emergency braking, became available with the new generation.
Now, it's always easier to get better when you have some obvious flaws to begin with. But that doesn't diminish all the good that the 2016 Volt represents. For a lot of EV and plug-in hybrid shoppers, I think the new-generation car is a great choice.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 12,581 miles