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2015 Chevrolet Volt

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/18/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Chevrolet Volt adds an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot with 4G LTE connection from OnStar, a new exterior color, and a battery storage increase to 17.1 kWh from 16.5.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Chevrolet Volt is an extended-range plug-in hybrid sold as a single loaded model with a few available options, including navigation and an upgraded audio system from Bose.

Overview

The 2015 Chevrolet Volt is powered by a 149-hp electric motor with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and supported by an 84 hp 1.4-liter I-4 that serves as a back-up generator. It has a 38-mile electric only range and an EPA rating of 35/40 mpg city/highway when the gas engine is active, turning on automatically. Compared to its competitors, the Volt has the most EV-only range, making it an excellent city car. Handling is another one of the Volt's strong suits "with good steering feel that provided confidence on winding roads."

Interior space is on the small side because the 2015 Volt only has space for four passengers and a small 10.6 cubic foot cargo area. Rear seats are snug due to the car's roofline but fold down to accommodate larger loads. The optional rearview camera means that buyers must opt for a package to get it, detracting from the Volt's overall value. Other available features include navigation, a Bose sound system, and a host of safety features such as lane departure warning and front parking sensors.

The 2015 Chevrolet Volt has a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars).

What We Think

The 2015 Chevrolet Volt remains an impressive vehicle with its 38-mile electric only range and cutting-edge powertrain. In a 2012 Comparison Test against the Toyota Prius PHEV, we noted that the Volt had superior refinement with its superior ride quality, low levels of vibration, quieter cabin, and "unnaturally crisp" acceleration. Handling is another category where we praised the Volt during a 2011 First Test review due to its "linear and accurate steering," making it easy to drive, particularly in urban areas. Interior space is where the car falls short due to it being a strict four-seat vehicle and its small cargo area. The car's sloping roofline also cuts into rear seat head room, making it unsuitable for tall individuals. Additionally, its optional rearview camera lessens its value since most of its competitors have it as standard equipment.

You'll Like

  • 38-mile EV-only range
  • Accurate steering
  • Smooth ride

You Won't Like

  • Cramped rear seats
  • Rearview camera not standard
  • Only four seats

Key Competitors

  • Toyota Prius PHEV
  • Ford C-Max Energi
  • Ford Fusion Energi
  • BMW i3
  • Honda Accord PHEV

Rating

4 star

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