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2016 Chevrolet Volt: Monthly Update for August 2017

by Cameron Rogers, Staff Writer

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Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2016 Chevrolet Volt has been in our fleet for what seems like forever (our fuel book indicates that the beginning of "forever" is November 2015), but we still manage to add a respectable number of miles to our elder statesman's odometer each month. As usual, our plug-in hybrid was used primarily for around-town duties, whether it was solo commuting in the carpool lane or, in my case, traveling at normal highway speeds on Interstate 10 through downtown L.A. (traffic is totally clear at 10 p.m.). Without any long-distance trips, the Volt traveled just over 800 miles in August.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt: Monthly Update for June 2017

by Matt Jones, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

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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.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt: Monthly Update for March 2017

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing

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Where Did We Drive It?
We spent most of March driving our 2016 Chevrolet Volt on gasoline. Yet we still managed to set new lifetime marks in average mpg and average electric range. A routine visit to the dealer led to some surprises, in the form of three recalls and over four hours of our day.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt: Monthly Update for January

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

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Where Did We Drive It?
January was a quiet month for our 2016 Chevrolet Volt. After December's road-trip adventures we mostly stayed in town this month, yet we still added about 1,500 miles to the odometer. Notably, we passed the 20,000-mile mark, although a bit behind schedule. The Volt will leave the fleet soon, probably with about 22,000 miles.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt: Monthly Update for October 2016

by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant

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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.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt: Decent Rear Seat Comfort For Adults

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on September 27, 2016

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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.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt: 600 Miles of Driving Impressions

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on June 14, 2016

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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.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt: Simple Controls on a Complicated Car

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on June 3, 2016

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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.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt: Comfortable for Commuting

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on May 18, 2015

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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? 

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2016 Chevrolet Volt: Well-Suited for Longer Road Trips

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on May 13, 2015

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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.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt: Every Car Should Be Like This

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on March 21, 2016

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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.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt: Impressions From a Vegas Hustler

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on January 28, 2016

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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.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt: A Squeaky Quiet Cabin

by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on January 19, 2016

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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.  

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2016 Chevrolet Volt: Quiet As a...Well, It's Just Quiet

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on January 13, 2016

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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.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt: Awkward Dead Pedal Placement and Seating Position

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on December 29, 2015

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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.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt: Introduction

by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on December 11, 2015

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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.

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