The 2017 Chevy Volt is a fantastic new car. The Volt  has an incredible fuel economy, excellent modern technology features, and it’s selling faster than any other plug-in car. In fact, the Volt is the first plug-in car to sell 100,000 units. That even beats out the huge electric car brand Tesla.

The 2017 Chevy Volt is available in two trims, the LT, which is the base trim, and the upgraded Premier trim. Both trims are equipped with the same engine, but they differ in technology, interior and exterior features.

Engine and Battery

The Chevy Volt is powered by a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder gas engine and an 18.4 kWh 300 V lithium-ion rechargeable battery. The engine can generate up to 149 horsepower and 294 lb-ft of torque. Volt is powered by two electric motors that work in unison to optimize efficiency and conserve electric charge. When the battery runs low or is depleted, the Volt uses its gas-powered generator. The Chevy Volt also features regenerative braking. Regenerative braking allows a vehicle to use its own momentum to recharge the battery.

Fuel Economy

When fully charged, the Chevy Volt’s car battery can power the car for up to 53 miles on its own.  When the vehicle has a full charge and a full tank of gas (8.9 gallons), the car can travel a total of 420 total miles. The Volt has has a fuel economy of 106 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) and Chevrolet expects that drivers will be able to travel 1,000 miles on one tank of gas and regular recharging.

Exterior

Both Volt trims are equipped with great exterior features that shy away from the typical “hybrid” car look. LED halogen headlights, LED taillights, LED daylight running lamps, and all-season tires are all standard features on both the LT and Premium Volt trims.

The differences between the two trims include tires, mirrors, and other additional options only available on the Volt Premier. The wheels included on the base model are 17” 5-spoke painted aluminum wheels, and the standard wheels on the Volt Premium are 17" Split 5-spoke aluminum wheels, with a two-tone finish. In addition, the Volt Premier has heated exterior mirrors, which is a great feature for those who drive up north in the winter.

The Volt Premier trim also has the option of two different driver confidence packages that include extra safety features on the car’s exterior. Both trims have extra features options such as an illuminated charger port, a vehicle cover, a wheel lock kit, and 17" aluminum, split 5-spoke wheels, ultra-bright, machined finish with painted, gloss Black pockets.

chevy-volt-interiorInterior

There are not too many interior differences between the Volt’s two trims. Both trims come standard with front bucket seats, rear 40/60 split seats, a leather wrapped steering wheel, an 8-inch display screen, and steering wheel controls. The Volt LT features cloth seating, while the Volt Premier features leather seating and heated front seats.

Technology

Both Volt trims are equipped with excellent standard technology features. The Volt has a dual USB port, SiriusXM, OnStar, wireless 4G LTE capability and power outlets. The vehicle also features convenient remote keyless entry and a remote vehicle starter.

The Volt Premier has an upgraded Bose Premium Audio system, whereas the LT comes with the standard factory installed 6-speaker audio system. Also, the Premier trim is available with a navigation system, and the LT is not.

Safety

The Chevy Volt also has many technologically advanced safety features that help to protect both drivers and passengers. Standard safety features on both Volt trims include airbags with passenger sensing technology, a rear vision camera, and teen driver mode. Available safety features include forward automatic braking, forward collision alert, lane assist, blind zone alert, and a rear-cross traffic alert.

Additionally, the Volt features a 6-month subscription to OnStar guidance. OnStar is a built-in communication and safety system that provides the driver and passengers access to roadside assistance, crash emergency response, crisis assist and hands-free calling. After the 6-month trial subscription drivers have the option to sign up on their own.

Reviews

The 2017 Chevy Volt has received excellent rewards for its design and efficiency. Edmunds rates the 2017 Chevy Volt 4.5 out of 5 stars. They say that the Volt has low cost for fuel, a huge electric range, and advanced safety/technology features.

Price and Warranties

Pricing for the base model begins at $33,220, and pricing for the Premier trim begins at $37,570. In addition, Chevy Volt buyers are eligible to receive the $7,500 federal tax credit for electric vehicles.

Warranties include: a 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty, a 5 year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty and a 8 year/100,000 mile battery warranty.