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2016 Chevrolet Volt: Monthly Update for April 2017

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing

2016 Chevrolet Volt

Where Did We Drive It?

We drove our 2016 Chevrolet Volt 2,305 miles in April. It was a busy month. The unfortunate result of accumulating so many miles was that almost all of our time was on the freeway. Such freeway-heavy driving was consequently less reflective of the city-dwelling habits of typical Volt owners.

The Chevy remained in the hands of our long-distance commuters all month. It is hard to turn down the lure of HOV-lane stickers when you live over 40 miles, or up to two hours, from the office. So we didn't. And that meant our Volt's eyes rarely looked up from the 405 freeway all month.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt: Monthly Update for January

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

2016 Chevrolet Volt

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 December 2016

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

2016 Chevrolet Volt

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.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt: No Place in the Future for Physical Media

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on August 25, 2016

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I still buy compact discs. They're cheap, plentiful, and most new releases have abandoned crappy plastic jewel boxes for the cardboard "digi-pack," which lends some nostalgic analog to vinyl records. Helps them consume less space in the home collection, too. I'm not alone in this preference (which for me boils down to the boring discussion of compressed vs. uncompressed audio quality), but the 2016 Chevrolet Volt isn't with me on this one.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt: Quiet When You Need It

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on August 16, 2016

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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.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt: 5 Reasons You'll Like the MyLink System Interface

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on May 2, 2016

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The 2016 Chevrolet Volt comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen interface. It's the "MyLink" system that Chevy has been utilizing for a few years now. In the past, we were underwhelmed with MyLink, finding it slow and unresponsive at times. But our Volt has the latest iteration, and it has some appealing aspects. Here are five reasons why I think you'll like it.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt: MyLink Android Auto Update

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on March 31, 2016

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When the 2016 Chevrolet Volt was first introduced to the media, its 8-inch MyLink touchscreen audio system was touted as being able to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. But there was an asterisk: CarPlay would work at launch, but Android Auto fell into the automotive abyss called "late availability."

We later learned this meant the necessary reflash would become available to Chevrolet owners with the supported MyLink touchscreen audio systems in March 2016. March was nearly over when I decided to call our Volt dealer to set up a time to bring it in. But the person I talked to seemed unsure and said something about the update being delayed until April. Funny: I hadn't read any such press release.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt: Introduction

by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on December 11, 2015

2016 Chevrolet Volt

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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