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2019 Chevrolet Volt Review

The 2019 Chevrolet Volt finishes in the bottom third of our hybrid and electric car rankings. This plug-in hybrid has eager acceleration and a nice assortment of standard features, but the Volt's bland cabin and poor predicted reliability rating hurt its standing.

Pros & Cons

  • Long list of standard technology
  • Lengthy all-electric range
  • Good driving dynamics
  • Snug rear seats
  • Low-rent interior
  • Poor predicted reliability rating

New for 2019

  • Updated infotainment system and rearview camera
  • Available 7.2-kWh charger for quicker charging time
  • Optional power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Final model year of production

7.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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Is the 2019 Chevrolet Volt a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2019 Volt is a good choice in the used hybrid and electric car class. It has a better all-electric range than many other plug-in hybrids, and its engine has enough power for most driving situations. Additionally, the Volt has a user-friendly infotainment system and comfortable front seats.

This PHEV has a few notable shortcomings as well. Though it's incredibly fuel-efficient, the Volt's gas mileage numbers still lag behind many other hybrids. Additionally, it has unimpressive cabin quality and a rock-bottom predicted reliability rating.

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We’ve researched 30 Chevrolet Volt reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much is the 2019 Chevrolet Volt?

Based on listings for the 2019 Chevrolet Volt, the average list price is $22,398. Prices range from $22,398 to $26,089 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Chevrolet Volt Cost to Own?

The 2019 Volt’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $20,700, or $4,140 per year. That’s below average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Chevrolet Volt: What's the Difference?

There are several differences between the 2018 and 2019 Volt models. For 2019, Chevy updated the Volt's infotainment system, made the rearview camera standard, and added a 7.2-kWh onboard charger and a power-adjustable driver's seat to the options list. Notably, 2019 is the final model year of production for the Volt.

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Here are the key changes for the Chevrolet Volt since it was redesigned for 2016:

  • 2017: Teen Driver became standard; adaptive cruise control and full-speed automatic braking added as options
  • 2018: introduced available package of safety features
  • 2019: updated infotainment system; gained standard rearview camera, available power-adjustable driver's seat, and optional 7.2-kWh onboard charger

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 Volt, 2017 Volt, and 2018 Volt reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Chevrolet Volt?

The 2019 Chevrolet Volt has a poor predicted reliability rating of two out of five.

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2019 Chevrolet Volt Recalls

There have been 2 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

SEAT BELTS Recall Date: September 26, 2018
  • Summary: General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Cadillac CT6, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban, Volt, and GMC Yukon XL vehicles. Certain second-row or third-row rear seatbelts retractor assemblies may not automatically lock when the seatbelt is fully pulled out of the retractor, possibly preventing a child seat from being properly secured. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 15,800
  • Consequence: If the child seat is not properly secured in the event of a crash, it can increase the risk of injury.
  • Remedy: GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rear seatbelt retractors and replace them if necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 18315.
  • Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V673000
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC Recall Date: August 30, 2018
  • Summary: General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Chevrolet Equinox, Impala, Cruze, Volt and Bolt EV vehicles, GMC Terrain vehicles, Buick Lacrosse and Regal vehicles, Cadillac XTS and XTS Professional vehicles and 2018 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles. The rear brake caliper pistons may have an insufficient coating causing gas pockets to form, potentially reducing rear brake performance.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 210,628
  • Consequence: A reduction of braking performance can increase the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: GM will notify owners, and dealers will bleed the vehicle's brake system, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 18279.
  • Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V576000

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Which Used Chevrolet Volt Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Chevrolet Volt comes in two trims: LT and Premier. The base LT comes well-equipped, especially when it comes to infotainment features, but the Premier trim is still an attractive upgrade. It comes with more standard comfort amenities, and it's available with driver assistance options you can't get in the LT trim.

We list the standard features for each trim, but you may be able to find Chevrolet Volt models with features in addition to those listed below.

  • Chevrolet Volt LT: The LT trim comes with cloth upholstery, manually adjustable front seats, a rearview camera, the Teen Driver monitoring system, push-button start, remote start, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. You’ll also get an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, six speakers, two USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.
  • Chevrolet Volt Premier: The Premier trim comes with leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front and rear outboard seats, and a heated steering wheel. It also has tech features like automatic parking assist, front and rear parking sensors, wireless phone charging, an eight-speaker Bose premium audio system, and a 7.2-kWh onboard charger.

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What Does Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

Chevrolet has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Hyundai, Buick, and Kia are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Volt?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Volt an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 Volt the highest rating of Good in five crash tests. Depending on trim, the Volt's headlights received the highest rating of Good or the second-highest rating of Acceptable for how well they illuminate the road ahead.

The IIHS uses a different scale for grading collision avoidance features. The Volt received either the highest rating of Superior or the middle rating of Advanced for the effectiveness of its optional front crash prevention system, depending on the trim level.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Teen Driver (allows you to do things like set limits on vehicle speed and audio volume for secondary drivers)

Available advanced safety features:

  • Automatic parking assist
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Lane departure warning
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning
  • Forward automatic braking
  • Lane keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control

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2019 Chevrolet Volt Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Chevrolet Volt or 2019 Hyundai Ioniq?

The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq is well-matched against the Volt, and the better pick boils down to personal preference. Both cars have energetic powertrains and generous features lists. The plug-in hybrid Ioniq has a shorter all-electric range than the Chevy (29 miles in the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid versus 53 miles in the Volt), but the Hyundai gets better fuel economy estimates. The Hyundai has a much better predicted reliability rating, and it's available both as a traditional hybrid and as an electric vehicle.

Which Is Better: 2019 Chevrolet Volt or 2019 Chevrolet Bolt?

The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt finishes ahead of its Chevrolet sibling in our hybrid and electric car rankings, and it's a better car overall. The Bolt is an all-electric vehicle, and it has an impressive all-electric range of 238 miles. On the other hand, the Volt's gasoline engine makes it more suitable for long trips, since you can quickly fill up at the gas station. The Bolt has quicker acceleration, livelier road manners, more cargo and rear-seat space, and a higher predicted reliability rating. The Volt is available with some features that you can't get in the Bolt, such as automatic parking assist and adaptive cruise control.

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2019 Volt Performance

How Does the 2019 Chevrolet Volt Drive?

Like most plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or full electric (EV) cars, the Volt delivers quick acceleration from a stop. It also doesn't feel underpowered at highway speeds. This Chevy provides a comfortable ride most of the time, and its handling is poised and controlled.

The Volt employs regenerative brakes that recharge the battery by recapturing some of the energy that typically goes to waste when slowing down in a nonhybrid car. That energy is then stored in the battery pack for use at a later time. Unlike many hybrid and plug-in-hybrid rivals, the Volt’s brakes feel like a traditional system. They operate smoothly and don’t suffer from a grabby pedal feel.

  • Powertrain: 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor with a combined 149 horsepower
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: continuously variable automatic (CVT)
2019 Chevrolet Volt Alternative Fuels and Charging

There are several methods to choose from when it comes to charging the Volt. You can hook it up to a standard household outlet, though that's the least efficient method. There are two available onboard chargers that drop charging time considerably.

  • Level 1 (120-volt household-style outlet): approx. 13 hours
  • Level 2 with available 3.6-kWh onboard charger: approx. 4 hours and 30 minutes
  • Level 2 with available 7.2-kWh onboard charger: approx. 2 hours and 15 minutes
Does the 2019 Chevrolet Volt Get Good Gas Mileage?

Under electric power, the Volt gets 106 MPG-equivalent. That's a little below-average compared to other PHEVs and EVs. For more information, check out What Is MPGe? Under gasoline power, this Chevy gets 42 mpg city/highway combined. That makes it a little less fuel-efficient than other gasoline hybrids.

The Volt has an all-electric driving range of 53 miles, which is terrific for a PHEV. The Volt's total range estimate – combining electric and gasoline range – is about 420 miles.

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2019 Volt Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 Volt Seat?

The 2019 Volt seats five people in two rows. The interior is quiet and generally well-built, but with so many hard plastics, it doesn't feel as upscale as many rivals. The front seats have a good amount of space, though the thick roof pillars limit visibility. The rear seats are noticeably more cramped than the front seats. They should suffice on short trips, but there isn't much space to stretch out.

Standard seating features:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Manually adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Chevrolet Volt?

The 2019 Volt has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use.

2019 Chevrolet Volt Features

The Volt features an intuitive infotainment system. The large standard touch screen has sharp graphics and responds quickly to inputs. Smartphone connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also come standard, which make it easy to pair your smartphone with the vehicle.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, six speakers, two USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Available infotainment features: wireless phone charging and an eight-speaker Bose audio system
  • Additional standard features: push-button start and remote start

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2019 Chevrolet Volt Dimensions

Chevrolet Volt Cargo Space

The Volt has 10.6 cubic feet of cargo space. That's below average for the hybrid and electric car class, though in fairness to this Chevy, it's a compact car while several others are midsize or larger. While the space is small, the Volt's hatchback shape makes the room more usable, and you can fold the rear seats to make room for larger items.

2019 Chevrolet Volt Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet
  • Curb weight: 3,543 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Chevrolet Volt Built?

Chevrolet built the 2019 Volt in Michigan.

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