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MSRP: $34,345 - $34,345
Invoice: $32,971 - $32,971
MPG: 35 City / 40 Hwy
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Chevrolet Volt Review

The 2015 Chevrolet Volt ranks 12 out of 22 Upscale Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Chevrolet Volt, as well as reliability and safety data.

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Auto writers like the 2015 Chevrolet Volt’s strong electric powertrain, but they’re disappointed with its small cargo area and tight rear seats.

The 2015 Chevrolet Volt is powered by two electric motors and a four-cylinder engine that acts as a generator when the Volt’s battery is depleted. Reviewers report that the Volt’s electric motors deliver strong acceleration off the line and plenty of highway passing power. They also appreciate how quiet the Volt is in EV mode, as well as its smooth transitions between gas and electric power. According to the EPA, the 2015 Chevy Volt has a 38-mile electric-only range, which is excellent for a plug-in hybrid, and achieves 98 mpg-equivalent when running solely on electric power. Once the gas engine kicks in, the Volt gets 35/40 mpg city/highway, which is low for a plug-in hybrid. Test drivers note that the Volt has surprisingly agile handling for a hybrid, with good cornering grip and well-weighted steering. They say the regenerative brakes are strong, but some note that they feel a bit grabby until you get used to them.

Auto writers report that the 2015 Chevy Volt’s interior has a stylish design and top-notch materials. However, reviewers complain that the four-seat Volt has a tiny trunk and a cramped back seat. They also note that the Volt’s touch-sensitive audio and climate buttons are small, poorly laid out and easy to press by accident. Standard features in the 2015 Chevrolet Volt include a new 4G Wi-Fi hot spot, as well as automatic climate control, push-button start, remote start, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB port and Chevrolet’s voice-activated MyLink infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touch screen and smartphone integration. Available features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, navigation, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, lane departure warning and forward collision alert.

  • "The 2015 Chevy Volt has the best all-electric range of any plug-in hybrid while its gasoline engine offers peace of mind that true electric vehicles can't match." -- Edmunds
  • "Harnessing the best of two worlds, the 2015 Volt is a viable and attractive solution within the realm of green motoring." -- AutoTrader
  • "If you relish the idea of driving an electric car, but fear the idea of being stranded with a dead battery, the Chevy Volt might just be the ideal solution." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The choice of gas or electricity as a power source is freeing in a way that pure electric power may never be, but the overall vehicle experience isn't appealing enough yet. Maybe when this level of technology finds its way into a less fussy, more utilitarian package, GM will have a winner." -- Forbes (2013)

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Other Cars to Consider

The Toyota Prius Plug-in hatchback has a much larger cargo area than the Volt, and reviewers love its spacious rear seats. Though its electric-only driving range isn’t as far, the Prius Plug-in gets much better fuel economy when using gasoline.

Critics agree that the five-seat Ford Fusion Energi has ample space in the rear seats, and they appreciate its composed handling. The Fusion Energi has more standard features than the Volt, including leather upholstery and heated front seats.

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Details: 2015 Chevrolet Volt

The 2015 Chevrolet Volt has front-wheel drive and seats four. Two electric motors provide power and a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine powers the electric motors when the battery is depleted. The Volt comes in one trim, and has not been fully redesigned since its debut in 2011. Since it sees no major changes for 2015, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 through 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 9/24/14

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