by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant
Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2016 Chevrolet Volt made the usual rounds this month, mainly ferrying editors to and from our office in Santa Monica on their commutes. We also drove it to Rosamond, California, home of the famous Willow Springs Raceway, for our annual driving school. On the way, the Volt made a cameo appearance at Vasquez Rocks, aka arguably the most exciting sight on the desolate stretch between Santa Clarita and Palmdale.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on September 27, 2016
A large part of the second-generation's Chevrolet Volt's appeal is its normalcy. Yes, it's a plug-in hybrid with more than 50 miles of all-electric range, but you can also just drive it like a regular car and not give a second thought to the electrical wizardry happening underneath.
To me, though, viewing the Volt as a normal car adds some further expectations of functionality. And one of those is the ability to comfortably seat adults in the back.
by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on June 14, 2016
I spent a lot of time in our long-term 2016 Chevrolet Volt recently. In four days I covered just over 600 miles and spent more than 15 hours behind the wheel. Much of the drive included stop and go traffic. The majority of this time, the Volt was in hybrid mode rather than full electric. This experience left me with mixed feelings about the Volt.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on June 3, 2016
Our 2016 Chevrolet Volt is a technological wonder that rivals any car in the world when it comes to the complexity of its drivetrain. That's why I find its climate control setup so satisfying. It keeps things simple in spite of the car's other high-tech systems.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on May 18, 2015
There are many things that make our2016 Chevrolet Volt a great commuter vehicle. Plenty of range, carpool stickers and up-to-date technology that keeps you connected while on the road.
But what about its seats? How do they stack up when you're sitting there staring at the backsides of a few thousand of your fellow commuters?
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on May 13, 2015
Rather than take a flight up to California's wine country for a work trip, I opted to drive the 425 or so miles each way. So the call went out to our in-house wranglers to see which of our long-termers needed some miles. Since our 2016 Chevrolet Volt has been used primarily as a commuter with a charge station on at least one end of the route, it was lacking in the long-distance part of its life.
by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on March 21, 2016
Let me start by immediately walking that assertion back. Not every car, of course. The world still needs Mustangs and Corvettes and 911s and things of that nature. Or I do, at least.
But what if every commuter car were like our long-term 2016 Chevrolet Volt? Urban fuel consumption — and thus pollution — would plummet. Gas-price anxiety would stop being a thing, yet there wouldn't be any range anxiety, either. Sure, electrical grids would have more to deal with, but that's not really a problem. And everyone would enjoy instant-on electric propulsion that really thumps in the heavily trafficked zero-to-40-mph range.
These were the thoughts I was having last weekend as I drove our Volt all over Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Counties. TLDR: If everyone had a Volt, I think the world would be a better place.
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on January 28, 2016
I recently took our long-term 2016 Chevrolet Volt on a straight-shot freeway drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back. In keeping with the fast-talking, Vegas hustler theme, I'll present my impressions in rapid-fire fashion.
by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on January 19, 2016
One of the great advantages of an electric car, or in this case a plug-in hybrid operating solely on electric power for some amount of miles, is how quiet it is inside and out. Whether it's executing the perfect holeshot across an intersection in virtual silence, having an effortless conversation with your passenger, or listening to music untainted by the melodies of internal combustion, our 2016 Chevrolet Volt lends itself well.
This cocoon of silence is also something that could possibly drive you mad.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on January 13, 2016
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is quiet. That's one of the first things I notice about it during my first minutes behind the wheel. It's not silent in that "quiet like a vault" way that auto-journos like to use when describing large German sedans. There's still wind, road, and eventually engine noise, at least on my drive, which started with about a half-battery of charge and switched to engine for the rest of the way.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on December 29, 2015
I always remember being comfortable in our long-term 2010 Chevrolet Volt. Not so with its successor. I find the 2016 Chevrolet Volt's driver seat is mounted too high, or rather, I can't crank the rear portion of the seat bottom down enough using the manual height adjustment. And unfortunately, there is still no power driver seat available, which strikes me as odd given how much other equipment is available.
by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on December 11, 2015
If you don't think General Motors has cutting-edge technology, you haven't been paying attention.
Though it hasn't had a hybrid with the success of the Prius, or an EV with the range, style and coolness of the Tesla Model S, GM now has the world's best Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) in the new Chevy Volt.