2017 Chevrolet Volt
- More all-electric range than most plug-in hybrids
- Plenty of advanced tech and safety features are available
- Nimble and easy to drive in the city
- Tricky parking since the nose of the car is hard to see
- Interior material quality is disappointing
- Rear seat and luggage area aren't as roomy as some rivals'
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Which Volt does Edmunds recommend
Edmunds' Expert Review
overall rating4 / 5
The 2017 Chevrolet Volt offers unique plug-in hybrid functionality in a sleek, high-tech package. We like how it can go more than 50 miles on all-electric power before switching to gas. If you want real EV functionality without the usual range-based limitations, it's a home run.
This year marks the second year of production for the redesigned Volt, but last year's model was available only on a limited basis. As such, many shoppers may not be aware of the changes that the second-generation Volt incorporates. There's a new body structure, for one thing, along with more conventional styling inside and out that departs from the old Volt's concept-car vibe. Under the surface, a revised plug-in hybrid powertrain delivers a remarkable boost in all-electric range (the original Volt could only go about 38 miles). Moreover, the 2017 Volt's quieter 1.5-liter gasoline engine/generator no longer requires premium fuel, and it achieves an EPA rating of 42 mpg combined once the battery pack is depleted.
Fundamentally, though, the new Volt's appeal remains the same. Most plug-in hybrids offer roughly 10 to 20 miles of electric range, but this Chevrolet has enough battery power to keep you away from the gas station for weeks at a time, if not months. On the other hand, there's none of the range anxiety that plagues purely electric cars because the gasoline engine is always ready to kick in and propel you more than 400 miles between fill-ups. During the week, you can commute in your Volt and never use a drop of gas. And should a weekend getaway come up, you can simply rely on hybrid gas-electric power, with no need to stop and find a charging station.
trim levels & features
The 2017 Volt is a five-seat, plug-in hybrid hatchback sedan offered in LT and Premier trims. Both come with a plug-in hybrid system consisting of twin electric motors (149 total horsepower), a 1.5-liter gasoline engine/generator and a 18.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. You need to plug it in to recharge fully, but the battery pack can also be partially recharged on the go from the gas engine/generator and regenerative braking. The LT comes reasonably well equipped, while the Premier is more upscale and provides access to more optional advanced driver safety aids.
Standard feature highlights for the Volt LT include 17-inch wheels, LED headlights (low-beam) and taillights, keyless entry and ignition, remote start, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, automatic climate control and a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Notable technology features for the Volt are a reconfigurable driver information and gauge cluster display screen, Bluetooth, OnStar (with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity), an 8-inch central touchscreen with Chevrolet's MyLink interface, Apple CarPlay smartphone integration for iPhone users and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio.
Optional for the LT is a Comfort package that includes heated mirrors, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. Leather upholstery can be ordered with the LT Comfort package as well. An eight-speaker Bose audio system is available as a stand-alone option.
Move up to the 2017 Volt Premier and you get all of the above as standard, plus different 17-inch wheels, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated rear outboard seats, a wireless charging pad for cellphones and other equipment, a navigation system and an automated parking system (parallel and perpendicular).
The Driver Confidence package available for the Premier trim includes blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning and rear cross-traffic alert. The Driver Confidence 2 package (requires basic Driver Confidence package) adds forward collision warning with automatic low-speed emergency braking, lane departure intervention and adaptive headlights. If you get the Driver Confidence 2 package, you can also spring for adaptive cruise control, which is bundled with an upgraded automatic emergency braking system.
noise & vibration4.5
ease of use4
getting in/getting out3.5
child safety seat accomodation3
audio & navigation4
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Volt safety features:
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Provides audible and visual warnings of moving objects behind you as you're backing out of a parking space. It's standard equipment.
- Forward Collision Alert
- Warns of an impending collision with the vehicle ahead of you. Low-speed automatic braking is also included. Optional on the Volt Premier.
- Includes various safety-related features, including emergency assistance and remote door locking and unlocking.
The 2017 Chevrolet Volt marks the second year of production for the redesigned model, but last year's redesigned Volt was only available on a limited basis. As such, many shoppers may not be aware of the changes that the second-generation Volt incorporates. There's a whole new body structure, for one thing, along with more conventional styling inside and out that departs from the old Volt's concept-car vibe. Under the surface, a revised plug-in hybrid powertrain delivers a remarkable 53 miles of all-electric range, up from 38 miles in the original. Moreover, the 2017 Volt's quieter 1.5-liter gasoline engine/generator no longer requires premium fuel, and it achieves an EPA rating of 42 mpg combined, a healthy 5-mpg improvement.
Fundamentally, though, the new Volt's appeal remains the same. Whereas most plug-in hybrids offer roughly 10-20 miles of electric range, this Chevrolet has enough battery power to keep you away from the gas station for weeks at a time, if not months. On the other hand, there's none of the range anxiety that plagues purely electric cars, because the gasoline engine is always ready to kick in and propel you more than 400 miles between fill-ups. During the week, you can commute in your Volt and never use a drop of gas. And should a weekend getaway come up, you can simply rely on hybrid gas-electric power, with no need to stop and find a charging station.
If you're still not sold on the Volt, we suggest a trip to your local Ford dealer. The Ford C-Max Energi hatchback and Ford Fusion Energi sedan are plug-in hybrid stablemates that offer more interior space and share a capable gas-electric powertrain, though their electric-only range is capped at about 20 miles. We've been hearing about a much-improved Toyota Prius Plug-In for a while now, but concrete details have yet to emerge. For a more avant-garde experience, you could try the sporty BMW i3 with its available range-extending gas generator. Overall, though, we recommend the 2017 Chevrolet Volt if you want real EV functionality without the usual range-based limitations.
Performance and MPG
The 2017 Chevrolet Volt has a plug-in hybrid system consisting of twin electric motors (149 horsepower) and a 1.5-liter gasoline engine/generator. The electric motors are powered by a 18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that you typically plug in to recharge, but it can also be partially recharged on the go from the gas engine/generator and regenerative braking. The gas engine kicks in when the battery pack's initial charge is depleted, working primarily as a generator to continue providing electricity. In some situations, such as accelerating with a depleted battery, passing and climbing steep hills, the gas engine also assists the electric motors to increase the Volt's performance.
In addition to Normal, Sport, Hold and Mountain drive modes, the 2017 Volt has a "Regen on Demand" paddle on the steering wheel. This feature allows the driver to adjust deceleration and the amount of regenerated braking energy that can be sent back to the battery pack.
Recharging the battery pack requires you to plug in to either a standard 120-volt outlet or a dedicated 240-volt charging station. Regenerative braking and excess power from the engine/generator also can help boost the battery charge when the Volt is in motion. It takes about 4.5 hours to recharge a fully depleted battery from a 240-volt power source, or 13 hours from a 120-volt source.
In our road test of the 2016 Volt, we achieved 62 miles of all-electric driving on a fairly flat route, easily beating the EPA's range estimate of 53 miles. For combined gas and electric operation after EV mode expires, the EPA rates the Volt at 42 mpg combined (43 city/42 highway). Overall energy usage is rated at 106 mpg (MPGe), but longer trips without periodic battery charging will significantly reduce this figure.
Standard safety features on the 2017 Volt include antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front knee airbags, front and rear seat side-impact airbags and front and rear side curtain airbags. Also standard is the OnStar emergency communications system, which includes automatic crash notification, an emergency assistance button, remote door unlock and stolen vehicle assistance, and a pedestrian safety signal that alerts pedestrians when the car is approaching in silent all-electric mode or is stopped at a crosswalk.
Available on the Premier trim are lane departure warning and intervention, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision alert and one of two automatic emergency braking systems, with the low-speed version included in the Driver Confidence 2 package and the full version added via the optional adaptive cruise control feature.
Chevrolet redesigned the ingenious Volt in 2016, but because of a limited roll-out, many shoppers may have missed the updates to the Volt. The changes are significant: There's a new body structure with more conventional styling, and, more importantly, an updated powertrain that provides up to 53 miles of electric-only range, which is 15 miles more than the original. The Volt's ace in the hole is a 1.5-liter gasoline engine that kicks in once the battery runs low, allowing the Volt to drive up to 400 miles, a range that matches a regular gasoline-powered car.
What hasn't changed is the Volt's basic appeal. Most plug-in hybrids give you 10 to 20 miles of electric-only range before they require either a recharge or gasoline-fed assistance. The Chevrolet Volt's 53-mile battery is sized to cope with the average commute, which means that owners may go weeks, if not months, without visiting a gas station. Functionally, it works like a pure battery-powered car, but the presence of the gasoline engine eliminates range anxiety. The gas engine starts up automatically when the battery gets low, and if there are no charging stations to be found, it operates like any other hybrid.
We like the new Volt's interior. It's more conventional than the original Volt, and feels less like a concept car (or an Apple prototype). The front seats are comfortable, though we wish power adjustment was an option. The backseat is split by the T-shaped battery pack, and while the cushions are shaped for three passengers, it really only accommodates two in comfort (and even then, we use that term loosely). Cargo space is 10.6 cubic feet, which is skimpy by hatchback standards, but the backseat folds down to accommodate larger items.
The Volt's plug-in hybrid powertrain uses a pair of electric motors that develop 149 horsepower, along with a 1.5-liter gasoline engine. The Volt is designed to drive its full range with power coming from the 18.4-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the charge runs low, the gasoline engine starts up and turns a generator to power the motors, though it also provides direct mechanical assistance under certain driving conditions. Recharging takes about 4.5 hours from a 240-volt EV charger and 13 hours from a 120-volt outlet. The battery also can be charged by the engine, though this has a deleterious effect on fuel economy. The EPA rates the Volt at 106 miles per gallon equivalent on battery power and 42 mpg (43 city/42 highway) in gas-powered hybrid mode. Official electric-only range is 53 miles, but Edmunds achieved 62 miles of all-electric driving during our road test of a 2016 Volt. Another improvement in the new model: It uses regular (87 octane) fuel, whereas the outgoing Volt required premium.
Chevrolet offers the Volt in LT and Premier trims. Both are nicely equipped, with the Premier adding some luxury features. Edmunds can help find the perfect 2017 Chevrolet Volt for you.
2017 Chevrolet Volt Overview
The 2017 Chevrolet Volt is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include LT 4dr Hatchback (gas/electric hybrid DD), and Premier 4dr Hatchback (gas/electric hybrid DD).
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2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier 4dr Hatchback (gas/electric hybrid DD)
The 2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier 4dr Hatchback (gas/electric hybrid DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,960. The average price paid for a new 2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier 4dr Hatchback (gas/electric hybrid DD) is trending $3,636 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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