by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
After a spell in Fresno, California, with editor Brent Romans, our long-term 2016 Chevrolet Volt returned to Edmunds' Santa Monica base only briefly. I was then off on a voyage to Corvallis, Oregon, and back a week later. My trip north was the first time we've driven our Volt in conditions with plenty of precipitation, including snow. Then I ventured southeast to Temecula, California, for more rain, and back. In total, we drove almost 3,000 miles in December.
It was an engine-heavy month because there were scant few charging opportunities in between. Such is the beauty of the Volt, though. It can do the daily commute grind solely on battery power and still provide the convenience of a conventionally fueled car when the need arises.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 27, 2016
I like driving our 2016 Chevrolet Volt. It has plenty of all-electric range, it's quick to accelerate at low speeds and its hatchback design provides a fair amount of utility. Logically, this car makes a lot of sense. But given the not-insubstantial sticker price, I'm dissatisfied with the Volt's interior.
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 Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on August 16, 2016
Our long-term 2016 Chevrolet Volt was slow-roasting in the L.A. sun for a few hours. When I opened the door, I could feel the heat pouring from the interior. Not surprisingly, when I started it up, the automatic climate control went into full-power mode to try to cool things down.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on August 3, 2016
Chevrolet sells the 2016 Volt as a five-seater. It does have three seatbelts in the rear, but it's not a five-seater.
Not with this giant battery-pack hump in the middle of the back row.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on July 26, 2016
There are several interior design elements of our second-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt that are far more traditional than their first-generation counterparts. Call it evolution, or the simple realization that the original Volt's cabin had a few features that weren't very practical. Either way, I like the interior of this Volt much better.
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 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.