2018 Chevrolet Volt
Buyers in search of a vehicle that offers tech, an excellent fuel economy, versatility and style should definitely have the 2018 Chevy Volt on their list. The Chevy Volt is a PHEV, or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, so it can be powered in a number of ways, including electricity.
Miles All-Electric Range
Engine + Fuel Economy
As a PHEV, the Chevy Volt has a non-traditional powertrain. The Volt’s powertrain is made up of an internal combustion engine, a battery and two electric motors. The internal combustion engine is a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 84 horsepower. The electric part of the powertrain is an 18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery and it powers two electric motors, which are capable of powering the vehicle.
Thanks to the Volt’s unique powertrain, the vehicle can be operated by the internal combustion engine, the battery or in hybrid mode, which is a combination of both. When the Volt’s battery is fully charged it has an all-electric range of 53 miles, which is one of the best all-electric ranges among PHEVs. When the Volt is only powered by its internal combustion engine the Volt has a combined city/highway fuel economy of 42 mpg, and when the battery and engine work together in hybrid mode, the Volt averages a combined city/highway fuel economy of 106 MPGe. When the Volt has a full tank of gas and a fully-charged battery, it has a total driving distance of 420 miles.
As a result of the Volt’s excellent fuel economy, drivers can expect to save a lot of money at the fuel pump. Fueleconomy.gov estimates that the Chevy Volt costs around $700 per year in fuel costs for the average driver. After five years, fueleconomy.gov estimates that the average driver can expect to save $4,500 in fuel costs in comparison to the average vehicle.
In addition to fuel savings, since the Chevy Volt can be powered by electricity, it has much lower greenhouse gas emissions than a vehicle with an internal combustion engine. On fueleconomy.gov, the Chevy Volt has a tailpipe score of 10 out of 10 and it’s estimated to produce about 51 grams of greenhouse gases per mile, which is great. Additionally, the Volt produces zero tailpipe emissions when it is powered by the battery.
The Chevy Volt’s exterior is sporty and modern. The Volt is one of the few veghicles on the market to earn a "good" rating rom the IIHS for its headlights. The Volt comes standard with LED headlamps, LED tail lights, LED daytime running lamps. The Volt rides on 17-inch wheels, and to help keep the vehicle’s battery charged, the Volt’s brakes are regenerative brakes, so they recylce the energy used by the brakes to stop the car into energy to charge the lithium-ion battery.
The Chevy Volt is a five-passenger sedan that comes standard with a lot of amenities. The Volt Premier features the Comfort Group, which includes leather seating, heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and a heated steering wheel. All Volt trims are equipped with some great tech features including a touchscreen, a rearview camera and Chevy MyLink, which is Chevy’s brand of infotainment system. Chevy MyLink has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and both of those features make it possible for drivers to sync their phone up to the car’s infotainment system and use Bluetooth voice command to send text messages or make phone calls. As a Chevy model, the Volt is equipped with a variety of OnStar features, including OnStar Guidance, which is a great feature in case of an accident.
Safety, Price + Warranty
The 2018 Chevrolet Volt is an IIHS Top Safety Pick, so it has excellent safety features. The Volt is equipped with airbags and smart sensors, which work together to deploy the airbags in the safest way possible according to the impact of the accident. Like other Chevrolet vehicles, the Chevy Volt features Teen Driver, a built-in system that provides teen drivers with helpful safety guidance and provides parents with helpful insight in their teen’s driving habits. The Volt is also available with a number of advanced and preventative safety features including side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision alert and lane keep assist.
Price + Warranty
The Chevy Volt qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit, which is a nice incentive. The 2018 Chevy Volt has a starting MSRP of $34,095 (plus destination fee). The Chevy Volt is backed by a three-year or 36,000-mile limited basic warranty, the gas engine is backed by a five-year or 60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty and the battery is warrantied for eight years or 100,000 miles. Also, Chevy offers complimentary scheduled maintenance for two years.