Instruments and controls are easy to use, much improved over the previous generation of the Volt. I came to the same conclusion. I began my Volt experience by running up an indicated 37.4 all-electric miles around the city, at which point the gasoline engine kicked in. Gone is the 84-horsepower, 1.4-liter engine that required premium fuel and returned middling fuel economy. Lifetime engine-on fuel economy stayed at the 37.7 mpg average from last month. But a workaround, as Cameron touched on a few months ago, is to use the Volt's "Low" driving mode. Not bad-looking. It was a light snowfall that wasn't accumulating on the freeway surface, instead simply wetting down the asphalt. New 2023 Chevrolet Suburban from Karl Malone Chevrolet Park City in Park City, UT, 84098. Here's what we've observed so far: Average electric range: 52.8 miles Best electric range: 75 miles EPA electric range rating: 53 miles, Best range between gasoline fills (electric fills + gasoline): 681 miles Current odometer: 20,447 miles, Logbook Highlights Comfort "I continue to give the Volt a chance. Two ways to brake! Mike Schmidt, "The Volt has a big hatch/cargo area, but here's one place the car reveals its compact dimensions: rear-seat footwells. You can also add safety options, including automatic parking assist, front and rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a following distance indicator, forward collision alert, and forward automatic braking. (VDA) standard, 5-door hatchbacks featured 175 litres (6.2 cu ft) of cargo space with the rear seats in their upright positions and 735 litres (26.0 cu ft) with the rear seats folded down, with a maximum payload rating of 495 kg (1,091 lb). And on the other back side of the Volt's steering wheel are two large buttons, sizeable enough to at least be pseudo-paddles. Glovebox? There's more room to display maps and info, too. New 2023 Chevrolet Suburban from Antwerpen Chevrolet in Eldersburg, MD, 21784. Shocker: no CD player. "A reader commented that he wouldn't want to stack heavy items such as 50-pound bags of concrete inside the cargo area, but the area is well-supported underneath, so that whatever weight is placed is surprisingly well-distributed. Ride Quality: This car rides nicely. Good punch off the line. The backseat makes sense. Electrons are cheaper, but they aren't free. This gave me enough grip and leverage to turn the hook back into place. Still, in comparison, the Volt's pack consumes as much, if not more, of the rear floorboard, nearly rising up to seat level. Even when it is running, it's far quieter than the previous Volt. That means for every 100 miles we drive our Volt in EV mode, the EPA estimates (based on its standardized driving tests) that it will utilize 31 kWh of electrical energy. The Nissan LEAF has a starting price of $31,670, with the Nissan LEAF Plus starting at $38,270. Brent Romans, "Then there is the driver's seat itself. Erm, well, that's a good point. It's bad because (Captain Obvious here) your head is right below the hatchback glass. The plastic. For one, the general consensus is that it's an attractive car. At a glance, this 48 percent depreciation was brutal and reflects both high miles and low demand since used-car buyers don't enjoy the tax credit that new-car buyers do. thank you, Chevy, for the extendable sun visors), but on my commute there were moments when the chrome surround of the bowtie on the steering wheel reflected the afternoon sun directly into my eyeballs. The typical automotive touchscreens range from 4 to 8 inches in diagonal width. My drive is roughly 10 miles one way, but it can take 30 to 40 minutes as I navigate tight surface streets. As an owner, I'd happily drive it every day in hybrid mode if I had to." For now, my money's sitting around, waiting for someone to cram the Volt's powertrain into an i3. The Volt was used mostly for normal commuting duties, while I threw in some traveling on deserted Orange County highways over Thanksgiving. The first Volt used an awkward shifter that was half-buried within the dashboard. I can't live with that." Our 2016 Chevrolet Volt is a technological wonder that rivals any car in the world when it comes to the complexity of its drivetrain. Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing, Performance "I live 46 miles from work, and the 2016 Volt has plenty of electric range to get home on a full charge. I hit it once more and timed the response: 40 seconds! There isn't a center head restraint in the Volt, which is disappointing, but for this local trip it worked out fine. L is great when you are tooling around town and want to utilize the regenerative braking paddle on the steering wheel, but when coming from a standard dinosaur-burning vehicle, using a paddle to stop takes some getting used to. The Volt isn't wide enough to support useful three-across seating, and the big center console and hump (underneath is the Volt's battery pack) takes away vital space for the center person's feet. There's a $5,430 Launch Edition Package for the Bolt EUV that adds. In that way, it's similar to the Prius and other hybrids. 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid. The 18.4-kWh battery pack allowed for more range, and the 1.5-liter engine generated 17 horsepower more than the outgoing four-cylinder while improving efficiency to 42 mpg. Ron Montoya. You'll still have plenty of EV range and save yourself some hassle in the process. But the system works beautifully." Each day I arrived at work with 11 miles remaining, recharged and arrived home with 20 miles in reserve. Perhaps the interior designers knew they had a tight budget and chose to focus their money on the most important bits. Both the LT and the Premier are fitted with an eight-inch HD color infotainment touchscreen installed with Chevrolet's infotainment 3 Plus system, with a Volt-exclusive Energy App and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability. Nothing happened. The interior's dimensions are unchanged, which means the back seat is still tight for adults." After an hour and 17 minutes, the Volt had ingested only enough for 13 miles of EV range. That's pretty neat, but it also made me wonder: When it's just using its electric battery power, how efficient is the Volt compared to other plug-in hybrids or even other EVs? Dan Frio. when driving the Volt home is to milk the charge as far as I can, then run it off the engine until the next time I can get it back to the Edmunds garage charger. The 2013 Chevrolet Volt has 10.6 ft3 of trunk space. This all had to be done in Park with the brake set. Average lifetime mpg: 37.6 Best fill mpg: 45.1 EPA combined mpg rating: 42 Average electric range: 51.9 miles Best electric range: 75 miles EPA electric range rating: 53 miles Current odometer: 25,050 miles. In other words, I was comfortable enough to not notice them, which is about all I ask for from a commuter car. The new engine's refinement and efficiency makes this Volt a seriously versatile hybrid that will work well for most drivers, regardless of their particular driving habits. No, a slight electric whine is no substitute for a V8 kicked in anger. Helps them consume less space in the home collection, too. Still, big picture, the 2016 Volt is roomy and comfortable enough for typical multiple-passenger trips, such as driving your kids to school or going out with a couple friends for lunch or dinner. We were surrounded by three pristine Corvettes in the showroom. Just about everything is dramatically better compared to the first-generation model. It's up to a substantial 53 miles (EPA-estimated), compared to 38 miles with the first-gen Volt. Rather than cruising on throttle lift-off like in a normal car in "D," the Volt exhibits the regenerative braking feeling we've all come to know and love in hybrid and electric vehicles. The reason for that: it's basically a 2016 Chevrolet Volt without the plug. This on a car rated at 53 miles of electric range." That's likely the nugget of info that stayed in my head all these years. During my first drive with the Volt, I was able to eke out 48.2 EV miles before staying on gasoline for the remainder of the miles. In my head I was nodding in agreement like Angus Young. There's not enough room for two grocery bags to fit lengthwise. Can you see if you have the parts?". Hopefully, this Volt-full of gifts helps make one family's holiday season a bit more merry and bright. Of course, the soonest Pep Boys could take a look at the car was noon, and of course, the Volt was already off the flatbed. Did you think it would be made of anything else? More like a Civic. And let me tell you: When you're sitting in the cab of a tow truck plodding along through traffic to a Pep Boys, the benefits of a compact spare take far greater significance over the added trunk space and ever slight increases in fuel economy that a small air compressor and a can of goo provide. Our initial driving impressions were positive, now it's time to see if that holds up over time. March was nearly over when I decided to call our Volt dealer to set up a time to bring it in. Oh yeah, there's an engine under the hood. With a handsome interior design, the 2017 Chevy Volt's cabin is very quiet, especially when driving in electric mode. Three recalls fell under warranty but took almost four hours themselves. Eventually I simply unplugged my phone. Ultimately, we concluded, "The 2011 Chevrolet Volt's medium-size battery gives it a decent amount of electric range, and you can use all of it every time because the gasoline engine allows the Volt to continue on like any normal car. . I drove it around for a big chunk of the weekend with no juice left and didn't mind a bit. Josh Sadlier, senior manager, content strategy, Miscellaneous "The Volt is a good commuter car, but what is up with the rear hatch? My commute is dreadful. So I gave it another chance. (It's worth noting that there's some inherent inefficiency during the battery recharging process, so I'd end up "putting in" more than 6.6 kWh's worth of electricity to fully recharge the battery, but that's another topic.) With more alternative-fuel vehicles on the market, including the BMW i3 we're currently testing, the 2016 Volt faces more competition, and perhaps a tougher audience, this time around. At the end of the year, our "Cons" were few. And then Dan got 70 miles and I had to beat it. The engine is quiet, too (unless you've got the gas pedal pinned). I still like driving ours when I get the chance, as this is the perfect powertrain for my lifestyle. 6: Ride's not great over bumps. On the downside, there is still a fair amount of hard plastic inside, detracting somewhat from the interior's otherwise excellent fit and finish." I want to blame him for not using his legs but it wasn't that. While it may offer the worst-all-electric range of any of the plug-in cars currently . Recall 39570: Recalibrate front view camera. We do our best to separate miles driven solely via battery power from those motivated by gasoline. But the necessary attachment hardware was nowhere to be found. This mpg-friendly and, crucially, carpool-qualifying economy car has proved an excellent daily driver, serving faithfully as a commuter, errand runner, grocery getter, what have you. There's also suitable padding on both the door and center armrests. We were unable to close the lid with two checked-size bags, though it fit other configurations without issue. Stylish, room for 4 adults, front passenger seat folds down for long cargo, superior Infotainment including wireless apple CarPlay and . Most of the time in a Volt, you're just powering around on pure electric power. What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get? There was no real engine racket or lack of oomph. This might seem like an odd thing to call out. With the caveat that my experience is just a small sample, I pose the following question: Would you want to buy a Volt because of this, or would you want something that stands out more? We hopped into a blue one that was nearly identical to our long-termer and that's where things started to go wrong. This would (or should) be enough time to fully recharge the Volt's depleted battery. Sure, there will be those who always want the latest and greatest thing available, but I'm guessing that most Volt owners already realize that they're using battery power most of the time, if not all of the time, already." The Chevy Bolt is the pricier of the two models, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $36,500 for the base model and $41,700 for Premier trim. Mostly "One-Pedal" Driving Figured Out. I ran upstairs to the office and grabbed a set of pliers out of the testing equipment. It worked better than any open-bed pickup truck would have on this rainy day." Also, it can be difficult to identify some of the top tethers. mrping59. Traffic was still moving perfectly when I zoomed past my destination, solely focused on driving 75 miles for no real reason. Went from running out the batteries to having over 250 miles of range available. Despite the subjective instability, brake runs were incredibly consistent, all within a half-foot of each other. Most was in hybrid mode. But once I was in the parking lot, I peeked down and saw the prediction. "Thanks, but I want to do it myself. Enter the LT with its remote keyless entry and start, and on the inside, you'll be met with power windows, manual tilt and telescoping steering column, six-way manually-adjustable front bucket seats, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats. Certified Used 2018 Chevrolet Volt LT Hatchback Silver Ice Metallic for sale - only $23,436. There's still regenerative braking, of course, and acceleration is just as quick. 7.657 gallons of 87-octane went in for a 39.2 mpg result. Including the stop at home to gather everyone, I'd driven the Volt 53 miles on electricity since setting off from work. "My driving instincts flipped back to my decades as a New Englander: making measured, smooth inputs; exploiting momentum; and knowing when to turn back. (Carlos and I will later play the "How little distance can we reasonably cover in the real world?"). When you pull the paddle in "L" after lifting your foot off the throttle, the slowing effect is much less severe since the car is already slowing. But driving wasn't the only work we subjected it to. Director of Vehicle Testing Dan Edmunds and I hashed out a few ideas. And it did. That's right: Google Maps. She only drives 10 or 12 miles a day. It was a piece of cake. If this were my car, there'd be a piece of tape permanently affixed to the center of the steering wheel." Call (503) 567-1218 for more information. No hyper-tests for it so far. With our 240-volt connector, we observed a charging time of 4.5 hours. 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. Edmunds purchased this vehicle for the purposes of evaluation. Find 2016 Chevrolet Equinox interior, exterior and cargo dimensions for the trims and styles available. If you don't think General Motors has cutting-edge technology, you haven't been paying attention. It's hard to pinpoint the exact source of the squeak, but it sounds like a rubber bushing that is slightly out of tolerance. It's perfectly placed for holding a cell phone. Each EV or plug-in hybrid has an efficiency estimate. It's also best going from brake to throttle with no pedal overlap in between (power braking). Here are five reasons why I think you'll like it. It was an engine-heavy month because there were scant few charging opportunities in between. Whatever they did worked. Carlos Lago. The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee has 140.5 cubic feet of total cargo space. It's now easy to come to a stop smoothly every time. There's never any range anxiety with a plug-in hybrid, but I never once felt that my symbolic EV-only week was in much jeopardy, either. Carlos Lago "Most importantly (and unlike the Bolt EV), the Volt doesn't look dorky." They're not covered in particularly nice material nor do they have noticeably firm bolstering. I still wish it looked cooler, and I could do without the ginormous gold bow-tie badges (seriously, I wonder if Chevy's lost some sales because of that dorky emblem). Again. But a recent week was full of scheduled meetings that would stretch into late afternoon. As a hybrid the Chevy drives like most other hybrids. OK, so that falls short of the Volt's EPA rating of 53 electric miles, and it's well eclipsed by Dan's 70-mile outing and the 62-mile performance we managed in an initial road test. Even though the Volt seats five, its middle seat should only be used in a pinch, as the cars center console extends all the way back to the seat cushion, so anyone riding in the middle rear seat must straddle the console. We also drove it to Rosamond, California, home of the famous Willow Springs Raceway, for our annual driving school. Constantly switching back to XM after every Waze alert grew particularly aggravating on my long trip. There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the Volts rear outboard seats, along with an upper tether on the middle seat. On Monday, I drove the 46.6 miles to work and arrived with six miles to spare when I plugged into our own 240V Level 2 charger. Tesla is the only holdout that didn't go along. Chevrolet updated the Volts infotainment system for 2019. Carlos Lago, Miscellaneous "The only downside is the smell. On more than one occasion, I had to slam the brakes to get it to stop where I wanted." On the bright side, this allowed Carlos to familiarize himself with a Pep Boys lobby for the better part of four hours. When I got into the Volt recently, I remembered that it used the same system and immediately started using it. 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