2018 Chevrolet Volt

2018 Chevrolet Volt
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2018 Chevrolet Volt Review

Plug-in hybrids are nothing new in 2018, and even the contentious Toyota Prius that's been the butt of many jokes in popular culture has been accepted into the general motoring fraternity. The second-generation Volt is the most accomplished plug-in hybrid to come from the Chevrolet house and boasts the longest all-electric range in its class. When the Chevrolet Volt runs out of electric juice, it can switch over to an efficient gas engine to give it the same range as a traditional gas-powered car. Chevrolet has shied away from overtly futuristic styling, which has helped the Volt assimilate into the mainstream, and with a well laid out interior, useful tech features and nippy acceleration, the Volt might be the first affordable plug-in hybrid to crack the mainstream market - or at least, it deserves to.

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2018 Chevrolet Volt Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2017 Volt?

The second-generation Volt has been with us since 2016 and Chevrolet had sold 152,144 of them since its launch back in 2010. For 2018 the Volt has received minor updates in the form of new color options, namely Green Mist Metallic and Cajun Red Tintcoat, and an additional Driver Confidence Package, which includes rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and blind-spot monitoring. In keeping with the sustainable and environmentally friendly theme of the Volt, Chevrolet has replaced the leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob with vinyl-wrapped, polyurethane items that should appease the meat-free market (although a leather interior is still optionally available for those otherwise inclined).

Pros and Cons

  • Clever interior layout
  • Quiet operation
  • Top-class electric range
  • Brisk acceleration
  • Well-suited urban navigator
  • Small backseat
  • Rather dull exterior styling
  • Charging takes time

What's the Price of the 2018 Chevrolet Volt?

The Chevrolet Volt is available in two trims with the base model starting at an MSRP of $33,220, while the top of the range model will cost you $37,570. The Toyota Prius Prime in base trim will cost you $5,900 less at $27,300, while a top-spec Advanced Prius comes in at $33,300. These prices exclude an $875 destination fee, optional extras, tax and title, as well as dealer fees. As a plug-in hybrid, the Volt is also eligible for federal tax credits of up to $3,750 and state-specific incentives like HOV usage and rebates available at purchase.

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2018 Chevrolet Volt Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
LT
1.5L Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
Single Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$33,220
Premier
1.5L Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
Single Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$37,570
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2018 Volt Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 180.4 in
  • Wheelbase 106.1 in
  • Height 56.4 in
  • Max Width 71.2 in
  • Front Width 60.6 in
  • Rear Width 61.8 in
  • Curb Weight 3,543.0 lbs

2018 Volt Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    1.5L Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Transmission
    Single Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Volt has a double-sided personality: it was designed, built and marketed as a fuel-efficient hybrid that champions environmental preservation and green thinking, but on the other hand, there is no denying that its electric torque curve and central weight balance make it fun to drive. Straight-line stability is impressive and helps make the Volt an accomplished highway cruiser. In the corners, the Volt shows off its playful side, although those economical tires are a serious limiting factor; they do suit the purpose of the car in terms of economic driving much better.

Driving around town reveals a supple ride that's not overly stiff. Steering is light but will be appreciated by buyers who navigate the urban jungle on a daily basis. Overall the Volt delivers a neutrally balanced drive that might come across as boring to some, but in the greater scheme of things, is near perfect for what the majority of Volt owners will need.

2018 Volt Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 42.1 in
  • Front Head Room 37.8 in
  • Rear Leg Room 34.7 in
  • Rear Head Room 35.8 in

2018 Volt Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    10.6 ft³

2018 Volt Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Rust-Through:
    6 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Maintenance:
    2 Years \ 24,000 Miles
  • Maintenance Note:
    2 Visits \ 

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

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Verdict: Is the 2018 Chevrolet Volt A Good car?

The Chevrolet Volt has made a significant impression on the American car market since its launch nearly a decade ago, and in the past two years since the second-generation debuted, it has been refined and sculpted into one of the best hybrid vehicles on sale today. The mild-mannered exterior styling might be polarizing to some, but it looks tidy and modern, and not quite as jarring as the Prius' profile. Inside, the Volt does a commendable job of keeping its occupants comfortable, although a few cheap plastics and tight back seat dimensions keep it from being class-leading. Cargo space is substandard for its class and is one of the few significant negatives, although the hatchback liftgate makes the small trunk space a little more practical. The infotainment system is spot on and delivers what it says on the box, but the optional Bose system is a worthwhile upgrade. In terms of performance, the Volt provides a well-balanced ride that borders on sporty but is held back by those fuel-saver tires. The electric motor manages to provide peppy performance, and the gas powerplant is tied in beautifully by that CVT gearbox. The Volt's big draw-card must be its class-leading electric range of 53 miles or the fact that it's one of the safest cars on the road. It might be on the pricey side for this segment, but the Volt is a great all-rounder and is worth every cent.

What Chevrolet Volt Model Should I Buy?

The Volt is a comfortable daily commuter that will get over 40 mpg consistently and, if you live close to your place of work or school, there will never be a need to use the gas engine at all; the brilliance of the Volt is in its versatility, and with a fully charged battery, can commute 53 miles without even tapping into the gas power on hand. As a daily-use family car, it would make sense to fork out the extra $4,285 for the Premier model. Although the base model does everything just as well as the Premier mechanically, the range-topping Volt makes the daily commute a much more relaxed affair with a few key convenience factors and advanced driver aids available. Small interior touches and added safety goes a long way when you have to live with a car on a day to day basis, especially when carrying precious human cargo.

2018 Chevrolet Volt Comparisons

Chevrolet Bolt EV Chevrolet
Toyota Prius Prime Toyota
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Chevrolet Volt149 hp43/42 mpg$33,520
Chevrolet Bolt EV 200 hp131/109 mpg$26,500
Toyota Prius Prime 220 hpTBC$32,350

2018 Chevrolet Volt vs Chevrolet Bolt EV

The Chevrolet Bolt feels like the weird crossover cousin of the Volt, and a lot of people want to know which one is the better car. First off, the Bolt is fully electric, meaning there is no gas engine for backup. This puts it at a slight disadvantage on the open road, but in and around town, the Bolt will outlast the Volt on a single charge and make living that all-electric life so much easier. The Bolt has a range of about 240 miles, nearly five times the electric reach of the Volt. The Bolt is shorter and higher than the Volt and offers better levels of headroom and cargo space. Although both Chevrolet vehicles share many of their standard features, the overall styling of the Bolt will attract a younger market, while the understated Volt should appeal to more mature folk who want a down to earth commuter that's easy on the pocket, and the environment.

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2018 Chevrolet Volt vs Toyota Prius Prime

The Prius must be one of, if not the most, popular hybrid cars on the market today. It might not be as glamorous as a Tesla, but people know that it's efficient, reliable, and is one of the best virtue-signaling weapons out there. The Prius Prime starts at a relatively low $27,300, and the range-topper will set you back $33,300; a slight problem for the Volt, which only starts at $32,220. Despite weighing more or less the same, the Prius, with a larger gas engine and a 121 hp electric motor, manages to decimate the Volt in terms of gas mileage figures, returning 55/53/54 mpg city/highway/combined. Summarised, though, the Prius just doesn't feel as grown-up as the Volt, nor is it as enjoyable to drive. Still, both are as safe as houses. The Prius remains the king of efficiency with segment-dominating gas mileage, but the Volt is streets ahead in terms of being the more comfortable car for the daily grind.

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