2016 Chevrolet Volt: Monthly Update for July 2017
by Carlos Lago, Senior Writer
Where Did We Drive It?
It's been over a year and a half since we bought our long-term 2016 Chevrolet Volt, well over our usual yearlong testing period. This mpg-friendly and, crucially, carpool-qualifying economy car has proved an excellent daily driver, serving faithfully as a commuter, errand runner, grocery getter, what have you.
Even so, it's been spending more and more time parked at our office at night. I default to it when I can since it suits my stop-and-go commute in city traffic perfectly. I often get home having only used a few miles of electric range. Outside of commuting duties, editor Josh Sadlier took it golfing, which looked neat.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Fuel economy didn't change much this month as the Volt put on less than 1,000 miles. Lifetime engine-on fuel economy stayed at the 37.7 mpg average from last month. While we almost had a new best all-electric range at 69.4 miles, it was shy of the Volt's 75-mile best.
Average lifetime mpg: 37.7
EPA mpg rating: 42 combined
Average electric range: 51.4
Best electric range: 75 miles
EPA electric range rating: 53 miles
Current odometer: 26,413 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"Chevy deserves particular praise for the Volt's nearly seamless transition from EV to hybrid operation. The seat of my pants says acceleration is about the same — i.e., very good, with willing torque always on tap — and while you can hear the gasoline engine revving up, it's never intrusive. With the BMW i3 range-extender model, for example, performance and refinement suffer mightily once the gas engine kicks in. Not so with the Volt. As an owner, I'd happily drive it every day in hybrid mode if I had to." — Josh Sadlier, senior manager, content strategy
"I continue to recommend the Volt widely to people who ask me for shopping advice. It's a legit EV with 60-plus miles of electric range, it's an equally legit hybrid once the battery runs down, it's admirably refined on the road, and its compact size makes it a cinch to park. I still wish it looked cooler, and I could do without the ginormous gold bow-tie badges (seriously, I wonder if Chevy's lost some sales because of that dorky emblem). But from an engineering and driving perspective, this car is a home run. Deserves so much more attention than it gets." — Josh Sadlier