2016 Chevrolet Volt: Monthly Update for June 2017
by Matt Jones, Senior Consumer Advice Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2016 Chevrolet Volt didn't see much action in June as we only logged about 700 miles. Those miles came from run-of-the mill around-town driving even though the Volt is certainly capable of longer trips.
Still, our carpool lane-eligible plug-in continues to impress. Even with the modest miles added to the Volt, we were able to form more opinions about the Volt thanks to some all-gas driving and test the A/C system in our hot summertime Southern California weather.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Our Volt's lifetime fuel economy increased one-tenth of a mile per gallon compared to May, while our average best range dipped a more significant half-mile in the same time frame.
The best fill mpg and best electric range remain unchanged.
Average lifetime mpg: 37.7
Best fill mpg: 45.1
EPA combined mpg rating: 42
Average electric range: 51.9 miles
Best electric range: 75 miles
EPA electric range rating: 53 miles
Current odometer: 25,730 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"This week marked my first non-EV experience in the Volt. The only noteworthy thing about the experience was how uneventful it was. You hear a little thrum from the engine and maybe a small vibration, but otherwise the Volt behaves almost exactly like it does in EV mode. Pretty remarkable stuff, especially compared to the noisy range-extender engine in the BMW i3." — Carlos Lagos, senior writer
"I ran out of charge after 55 miles of driving the Volt. Since I live in an apartment, I can't charge. So I drove around the remainder of the weekend on the Volt's 101-horsepower gas engine and was very impressed. It did a nice job of preserving an EV-like feel and had enough power to climb hills and reach highway speeds. It is much quieter than the previous generation, which would rev at seemingly random points. Now the engine sounds more in line with what the car is trying to do." — Ron Montoya, senior consumer advice editor
"Jump into the Volt on a hot day and you'll have to hit the Max A/C button to cool the cabin. Otherwise, the normal mode will take too long. Once the interior is cooled down to your temperature of choice, the Eco mode does a nice job of maintaining the temperature and you probably won't feel like you're making a huge sacrifice in the name of fuel economy." — Ron Montoya