2018 Chevrolet Volt Electric

Buyer's Guide

Chevrolet makes a big deal of marketing its Volt as an electric car, but we're more inclined to think of it as a hybrid. While you can plug it in to charge the battery and then travel a promised 85 km on that electricity alone, the Volt otherwise gets its motivation from a generator run by a 1.5L gasoline engine, making the car closer to a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) than a true EV.

With that semantic disagreement out of the way, what remains is a well-executed small car that is pleasant to drive and for many drivers will rarely burn gasoline. Chevrolet's energy consumption estimates are 2.2 Le/200 km when running on electricity solo, and 5.5/5.6 L/100 km (city/highway) after the gasoline engine lights up.

New for 2018 is a driver confidence package for the LT trim level that brings rear park assist and rear cross-traffic alert with blind spot warning, plus a trio of new paint colours.

This second-generation Volt came long in 2016 as a more conventionally styled replacement for a car that put Chevrolet on the leading edge of the plug-in car segment. While Chevy has since added the all-electric Bolt, the Volt remains an easier choice for many drivers to wrap their heads around: it will go anywhere you can refill the gas tank and thus is a better car for single-vehicle households.

Competitors include the Toyota Prius Prime, Hyundai's Ioniq and plug-in versions of the Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima (all of which are mid-sizers to the Volt's compact classification).

The Volt range starts with the LT trim, which can be upgraded to a Premier variant. Standard equipment includes single-zone automatic climate control, six-speaker stereo, LED headlights, 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, passive keyless entry, backup camera, six-way manual front seats and 17-inch alloy wheels.

LT options include a comfort package of heated seats, steering wheel and side mirrors, and an eight-speaker sound system.

The Premier model gets niceties like an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated rear seats and wireless smartphone charging. Here, an enhanced driver confidence pack brings active safety items like forward collision warning and automatic braking, lane keep assist and automatic high beams.

2018 Chevrolet Volt Electric Specifications

There are 2 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $38,995 MSRP
5.6
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
149 hp @N/A rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style Hatchback
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
5dr HB LT $38,995 5 Hatchback
5dr HB LT 149 hp @0 rpm 294 ft-lb @0 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr HB LT 180.4" 71.2" 56.4" 106.1"
5dr HB LT
5dr HB LT N/A
5dr HB LT
5dr HB LT
5dr HB Premier $43,095 5 Hatchback
5dr HB Premier 149 hp @0 rpm 294 ft-lb @0 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr HB Premier 180.4" 71.2" 56.4" 106.1"
5dr HB Premier
5dr HB Premier Leather Seats
5dr HB Premier
5dr HB Premier

Owner Reviews: 2018 Chevrolet / Volt Electric

Average Rating

2012 Chevrolet Volt Electric

by wainair on 12-27-2012
The Volt spoils you for all other cars!
I've owned a Volt for 1-1/2 years now and I would be hard pressed to replace it with a nicer car to drive. Finally a car with amazing mileage that is not a dog to drive. If your commute is less than 100 km's per day this is the perfect car. If you need to go further just let the car do it's thing and burn some gas. The seats are firm and comfortable and the interior is well put together. I have had Zero problems with the car. I will go in in September for my 2 year oil change. That will be the first service for the car. I run snow tires in the winter so I rotate my own tires. The electric drive is near silent and powerful. The Brake rotors are a special alloy so they won't rot off the car in 2 years like most cars on the road. This is done because the car has electric regenerative braking that puts power back into the battery minimizing the use of the friction brakes. I only gave it a 4 in performance because I wish the battery could get another 25km's of range. As it is now I can get 95km EV range in the summer and 65km range in the winter on average. When the EV range is used up the generator comes on seamlessly and powers the electric drive motors. Then you just drive the car like any other car on the road. My commute is 55km each way of mixed driving. My average tank of gas in the winter is 1500km and in the summer my tank of gas was 7882kms on a 31L fill-up. Sorry it wasn't an average for the summer tank but I only used one tank this past summer! The car is heavy so it is great in the snow. Slush does not pull you around in this car. You get no wind buffet from trucks. This car is firmly planted on the road but still has plenty of pick up. It is no dog.

The only thing that would get me out of my Volt is a full EV with a 300+ mile range or another EREV like the Volt with double the EV range of the Volt. Until that happens, in a car I can afford, the Volt is the only car on the road for me!!
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2012 Chevrolet Volt Electric

by leaf on 12-14-2012
my kind of car
The Chevy Volt is my kind of car. I guess it’s not really a car in the standard sense, as it’s a kind of a cross between a full-on electric, with a little nudge from the “booster” engine. Technically, it's a "range-extended electric car," running exclusively in electric mode until its lithium-ion battery pack is depleted. The EPA rates that electric range at 38 miles, after which a 1.4-liter four-cylinder "range extender" engine switches on to spin a generator that produces electricity that powers the electric motor-which is what actually makes the front wheels turn. So it’s still somewhat dependent on fossil fuels, but you can drive across country, and only plug it in when you sleep. That’s another great thing – you stop, plug it into your or a friend’s 110 Volts – and when you wake up its ready to go. Its got a bit of a one-up from its main competitor, the Nissan Leaf, in that it charges more quickly, and isn’t limited by its range. This has always been the bugbear of electrics – they are either too slow, or they are really only suited to suburban driving. If you want to take off for the weekend, you had better pack your gear into that gas-guzzling SUV. My wife has one, but its going as soon as we can get a new Volt. Its possible to miss the Volt's revolutionary electric powertrain. If you never plug it in, its gasoline engine will keep it running happily as long as you keep filling the tank. You might not know that the front wheels are driven by a large electric motor. I suppose what’s most remarkable about this car is that it’s a GM product. This icon of all things American nearly died, but I am glad they didn’t, as they have produced this stellar car. With various incentives you can pick up the Volt for $30,000 or so. Although that’s seems pricey for a rather ordinary sedan, just wait until you return to the gas station.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2012 Chevrolet Volt Electric

by MartinV on 10-16-2012
One step into the future
This is an interesting car. Something out of the ordinary.

The car is purely electrically powered, however you have the advantage of on on-board generator that gives you a (much) extended range. That is awesome!

You do save money when you evaluate fuel usage. However the vehicle does have a high cost, if your province has any credit for this vehicle it might lower it but its a steep price relative to what your getting.

One concern is the life of the battery. Just like laptop (or any rechargeable) battery does not last forever after hundreds/thousands of recharges, I don't expect the car will go on for very long. Do research the cost of replacing them, that counts towards your gas 'savings'.

Overall view: If you like trying new gadgets this is your car (or maybe the Nissan Leaf?), but do the math on how much you are really saving if you are just trying to save money.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
2/5
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