2018 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
- Rear seat and luggage area aren't as roomy as some rivals'
- Interior material quality is disappointing
- Tricky parking since the car's nose is hard to see
2018 Chevrolet Volt pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Volt does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4 / 5
The 2018 Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid, which means you can drive using pure electric power until the Volt's battery is depleted. After that, it switches to a combination of gas and electricity. That in itself is unremarkable. What truly makes the Volt special is its EPA-rated electric range of 53 miles, a number that far exceeds class standards. For a lot of drivers, that's enough to never need to use gasoline.
While all dedicated electric vehicles can go farther than that, the beauty of the Volt is that once you run out of juice it switches over to its normal gasoline-electric hybrid operation. Whether it's short-distance commuting or going cross country, the Volt has you covered. On top of that, the Volt boasts plenty of standard equipment and an easy-to-drive nature.
Although you might prefer the traditional look and spaciousness provided by a plug-in midsize sedan (such as the Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid), the pure electric range of these vehicles is considerably less than the Volt's. As such, we definitely recommend checking out Chevy's smartly designed plug-in hybrid hatchback.
Notably, we picked the 2018 Chevrolet Volt as one of Edmunds' Best Hybrid Cars for this year.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 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, a 1.5-liter gasoline engine/generator and a 18.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Total system output is 149 horsepower. 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.
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 and Android auto connectivity, 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 leather-wrapped and 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 Volt Premier and you get the LT's equipment, the contents of the Comfort package, the Bose audio system, plus different 17-inch wheels, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated rear outboard seats, a wireless charging pad for cellphones and other equipment, and an automated parking system (parallel and perpendicular).
A Driver Confidence package is available for the LT and Premier trims and it includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors. The Driver Confidence 2 package for the Premier trim (requires the Driver Confidence package) adds forward collision warning with automatic low-speed emergency braking, lane departure warning and intervention, and adaptive headlights. If you get the Driver Confidence 2 package, you can also spring for adaptive cruise control and an upgraded automatic emergency braking system. A navigation system is optional for the Premier.
Noise & vibration4.5
Ease of use4
Getting in/getting out3.5
Child safety seat accommodation3
Audio & navigation4
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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.
2018 Chevrolet Volt for Sale
Chevrolet redesigned the ingenious Volt for the 2016 model year. The changes were significant compared to the first-generation car: 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 2018 Chevrolet 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 or exceeds that of a typical 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 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 back seat 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 back seat 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 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. The official electric-only range is 53 miles, a figure that is pretty realistic as long as you don't drive your Volt like a drag racer.
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 2018 Chevrolet Volt for you.
2018 Chevrolet Volt Overview
The 2018 Chevrolet Volt is offered in the following submodels: Volt Hatchback. Available styles include LT 4dr Hatchback (gas/electric hybrid DD), and Premier 4dr Hatchback (gas/electric hybrid DD).
What do people think of the 2018 Chevrolet Volt?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Chevrolet Volt and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Volt 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Volt.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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Our Review Process
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Chevrolet Volt?
2018 Chevrolet Volt Premier 4dr Hatchback (gas/electric hybrid DD)
The 2018 Chevrolet Volt Premier 4dr Hatchback (gas/electric hybrid DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,485. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Volt Premier 4dr Hatchback (gas/electric hybrid DD) is trending $7,648 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $7,648 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$30,837.
The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Volt Premier 4dr Hatchback (gas/electric hybrid DD) is19.9% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 75 2018 Chevrolet Volt Premier 4dr Hatchback (gas/electric hybrid DD) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
2018 Chevrolet Volt LT 4dr Hatchback (gas/electric hybrid DD)
The 2018 Chevrolet Volt LT 4dr Hatchback (gas/electric hybrid DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,135. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Volt LT 4dr Hatchback (gas/electric hybrid DD) is trending $7,436 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $7,436 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$26,700.
The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Volt LT 4dr Hatchback (gas/electric hybrid DD) is21.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 68 2018 Chevrolet Volt LT 4dr Hatchback (gas/electric hybrid DD) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Chevrolet Volt?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.