2016 Chevrolet Volt: Has a Real Engine and It's Good
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 30, 2016
It's easy to forget that our 2016 Chevrolet Volt has a gasoline engine under the hood. Given how often it runs, you barely know it's there. Even when it is running, it's far quieter than the previous Volt.
The previous Volt had an older engine that wasn't known for being particularly smooth. When it fired up you couldn't help but notice the added racket. It gave the high-tech car a decidedly low-tech feel.
This time around, the engine is slightly bigger, more powerful and yet quieter than before. It needed to be given its more prominent role this time around. It's no longer just a generator for the batteries. This engine now drives the Volt when the batteries are depleted.
I drove it around for a big chunk of the weekend with no juice left and didn't mind a bit. The new engine delivers enough power to keep up with traffic and it doesn't rattle the cabin in the process. I can see some buyers driving it around without plugging it in. I don't remember feeling that way about the previous Volt.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 6,402 miles