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2019 Chevrolet Volt Review

The 2019 Chevrolet Volt's great all-electric driving range, swift acceleration, solid handling, and generous list of features make it an attractive choice. However, its poor predicted reliability rating, cramped rear seats, and overuse of hard plastics push it closer to the bottom of our hybrid and electric car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Long list of standard technology
  • Lengthy all-electric range
  • Brisk acceleration
  • Poised handling
  • Snug back row of seats
  • Cabin filled with hard plastic
  • High base price
  • Poor predicted reliability rating

New for 2019

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

Rankings & Research

The 2019 Chevrolet Volt's #14 ranking is based on its score within the Hybrid and Electric Cars category. Currently the Chevrolet Volt has a score of 7.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 30 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 6.4
Safety: 9.5
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Is the Chevrolet Volt a Good Car?

The 2019 Volt is a decent vehicle. Its 53-mile all-electric driving range, 42 mpg combined hybrid fuel economy rating, and smooth ride make it a nice commuter vehicle. Still, some competitors offer better predicted reliability ratings and nicer interiors with roomier rear seats.

Should I Buy the Chevrolet Volt?

There's no sugar coating it: the Chevy Volt costs more than most other hybrid and electric vehicles. After you take tax incentives and reduced fuel costs into consideration, however, the Volt remains competitive among hybrid cars. Nonetheless, there are more cost-effective options worth considering.

The Hyundai Ioniq is a plug-in hybrid that’s a little easier on your wallet than the Volt, with higher fuel economy ratings to boot. However, those interested in a fully electric vehicle with an exceptional range should consider spending a little more money for the Chevy Bolt.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Chevrolet Volt?

The second-generation Volt debuted for 2016. Chevy added Teen Driver to the standard features list for 2017, and a package of safety features became available for 2018. There are a few changes for the 2019 Volt, including a newly optional 7.2-kWh onboard charger with a quicker charging time. Chevrolet also added an available power-adjustable driver's seat along with an updated infotainment system and rearview camera. If these changes don't interest you, consider saving some money by purchasing a used 2017 or 2018 Volt.

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We Did the Research for You: 30 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 30 Chevrolet Volt reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Chevrolet Volt generation, which runs from 2016 to 2019.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Much Does the Chevrolet Volt Cost?

The base 2019 Chevrolet Volt starts at $33,520, which is above average in the class. The high-level Premier trim costs more than $38,000. A federal tax credit of up to $7,500 and select state tax incentives are available.

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Chevrolet Volt Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Volt or Hyundai Ioniq?

The Hyundai Ioniq is available as a plug-in hybrid. It makes a good alternative to the Volt, especially if you're looking for lower costs. You won't get as much all-electric range as the Chevy (29 miles in the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid versus 53 miles in the Volt), but the Hyundai gets better fuel economy estimates. It has a better predicted reliability rating too. Both models boast peppy engines and an abundant features list. Choosing between these two is a matter of preference. 

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Volt or Chevrolet Bolt?

While the Volt operates on both gas and electric power, the Chevrolet Bolt is solely an electric vehicle. With the ability to drive up to 238 miles on one charge, the Bolt has a longer range than most of its competitors. On the other hand, the Volt's gasoline engine makes it more suitable for long trips. 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. If its higher sticker price and the idea of going all-electric don’t scare you off, go for the Bolt.

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Volt Interior

How Many People Does the Volt Seat?

The Volt has seating for five people, though the tight back seats only fit two adults in reasonable comfort. While the rear seats are lacking in passenger space, the front row has a decent amount of room. Though, thick roof pillars hinder visibility.

Volt and Car Seats

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, along with an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Volt a Marginal rating for LATCH ease of use.

Volt Interior Quality

The Volt features a quiet and well-built cabin, but its interior is plagued with a lot of cheaper-looking plastics. Cloth upholstery and manually adjustable front seats are standard. For 2019, a power-adjustable driver's seat is available.

Volt Cargo Space

There's 10.6 cubic feet of cargo space in the Volt, which is below average for a compact car. However, it's a respectable amount of space for a compact hybrid, and the Volt's hatchback body style makes good use of the space.

Volt Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Volt comes with an easy-to-use infotainment system that features an 8-inch touch screen along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. It also has sharper graphics and quicker menu response times than last year’s version. The Volt also comes standard with a six-speaker stereo system, two USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Available features include an eight-speaker Bose premium audio system, navigation, and a wireless device charger.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Volt Performance

Volt Engine: Get Up and Go

The Volt’s powertrain consists of a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery pack. With a combined 149 horsepower, the Volt boasts quick acceleration from a standstill, and it has no problem keeping up with fast-moving traffic. On a full charge, the Volt has 53 miles of all-electric driving range and 420 miles of total range once the gas engine kicks in.

Rather than a traditional braking system, the Volt employs regenerative brakes that recharge the battery by recapturing kinetic energy that typically goes to waste 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 more like a traditional system, and they don’t suffer from a grabby pedal feel.  

Volt Gas Mileage: Great All Around

The 2019 Volt has some of the best fuel economy estimates of any compact car. It gets 106 MPGe combined with all-electric power and 42 mpg combined in hybrid mode. Not sure what the differences is between these numbers? Check out our What Is MPGe? article for more information.

For 2019, Chevy offers a newly optional 7.2-kWh onboard charger, which has a quicker 2.3-hour charging time.

Volt Ride and Handling: Fairly Comfortable and Composed

The Volt has a fairly comfortable ride, though its suspension isn’t the best at smoothing out bumps in the road. The precise steering helps to deliver poised handling.

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Volt Reliability

Is the Chevrolet Volt Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2019 Volt a poor reliability rating of two out of five. That's the lowest rating J.D. Power hands out.

Chevrolet Volt Warranty

The Chevrolet Volt has a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Chevy covers the battery and other hybrid components with an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty.

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Volt Safety

Volt Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Volt five out of five stars in all areas tested. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Volt the highest score of Good in five crash test evaluations. The Volt also earned top marks for its headlight performance and front crash prevention features. 

Volt Safety Features

The Volt comes standard with a rearview camera and Teen Driver, which allows parents to monitor their teen’s driving behaviors and set limits on things like vehicle speed and audio volume. You can add 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, and a following distance indicator.

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Which Chevrolet Volt Model Is Right for Me?

The Volt comes in two trims: LT and Premier. The base LT comes with a good number of features for most shoppers, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a rearview camera. The Premier trim includes standard leather upholstery and heated front and outboard rear seats. There’s also a longer list of optional driver assistance features.

Chevrolet Volt LT

The LT trim starts at $33,520 and comes with cloth upholstery, six-way manually adjustable front seats, a rearview camera, Teen Driver, 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.

For $1,660, the Power Confidence package adds leather upholstery for the seats, steering wheel, and shift knob, as well as a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a heated steering wheel, heated mirrors, and heated front seats. The LT Driver Confidence package adds rear park assist, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and blind spot monitoring for $790. The Comfort package ($460) gives you heated mirrors, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

Chevrolet Volt Premier

The Premier trim has a starting price of $38,120. It features leather upholstery, a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front and rear outboard seats, a heated and leather-wrapped and steering wheel. You’ll also get tech features like automatic parking assist, front and rear parking sensors, wireless device charging, an eight-speaker Bose premium audio system, and a 7.2-kWh onboard charger.

The Driver Confidence II package ($990) adds automatic high beams, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, a following distance indicator, forward collision alert, and forward automatic braking.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Chevrolet dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Chevrolet deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Chevy Volt has an excellent all-electric driving range, a comfortable ride, composed handling, and a good amount of standard technology features. That said, the Volt is expensive – even for a hybrid – and its cabin has tight rear seats and too many hard-plastic surfaces. It also has a poor predicted reliability rating. Add it all up, and you have a pretty good electrified vehicle, but one that finishes in the bottom half of our hybrid and electric car rankings.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "It isn't often that a first-to-market vehicle manages to define a segment right out of the gate, but the first-generation Chevrolet Volt did exactly that. ... Three years later, the 2019 Chevrolet Volt receives a variety of updates to help it keep its edge." -- Edmunds
  • "The Chevrolet Volt remains one of the best plug-in hybrids on the market, with impressive all-electric range and everyday practicality." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Volt is a plug-in hybrid that bridges the divide between pure-electric and gasoline-only vehicles, offering buyers the best of both worlds. … If you're looking to go green, the latest Volt is a great way to do it." -- Autotrader (2018)
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