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2014 Chevrolet Volt

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/29/2014 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2014

For 2014, Chevrolet has dropped the Volt's starting price to $34,995, including the $810 destination fee.

Vehicle Summary

The four-seat, four-door Chevrolet Volt hatchback is an extended-range plug-in hybrid offered with a handful of options including navigation, Bose premium audio, forward collision alert, a rearview camera, lane departure warning, and front and rear park assist.

Overview

Powered by a 149-hp electric motor with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and an 83 hp 1.4-liter I-4 acting as a range extender, the Chevrolet Volt is a one-of-a-kind car. It has a 38-mile range in electric mode and is rated by the EPA at 35/40 mpg city highway with the gasoline engine active, which makes the Volt ideal for city driving or commutes between 21-38 miles -- beyond that and some plug-in hybrid competitors are more efficient in the long run. Unlike most plug-in hybrids, the Volt provides confidence on winding roads and "never really feels slow" in any of its driving modes, however it does take some time to switch between them.

Interior space in the 2014 Volt is tight with two rear seats that are snug for two adults (there's no middle, rear seat). However, unlike the Fusion Energi and Accord Plug-In, the Volt has rear seats that can fold down for additional cargo space. A navigation system, lane departure warning, and forward collision alert are optional extras, as is a rearview camera, something that should be standard on a $35,000 car.

The Chevrolet Volt has a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA (out of possible five stars) and is considered a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, scoring a good rating on all tests except the small overlap front category where it earned an acceptable rating (good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

The Volt became Motor Trend's 2011 Car of the Year because it delivers on its promise as an efficient and smooth electric vehicle with "the flexibility and range" of a gas-powered car. During the 2011 Car of the Year evaluations, we noted that it represented "a real breakthrough" because of the Volt's ability to "deliver the best possible efficiency," making it the "world's first intelligent hybrid." It excels as a city car cutting across traffic while remaining comfortable and quiet, making it an excellent vehicle for commuting. Furthermore, in a 2014 First Drive review, we noted that the Volt "is just as relevant" today as it was when it became car of the year in 2011.

You'll Like

  • Unmatched EV range among plug-ins
  • Good handling
  • Excellent fuel efficiency

You Won't Like

  • Snug interior
  • Seating only for four
  • Rearview camera not standard

Key Competitors

Sum Up

4 star Still lighting the low-emissions, high-fuel-economy fight.

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