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2014 Chevrolet Volt Review

The 2014 Chevrolet Volt offers excellent acceleration from a stop and good handling, but its limited back-seat and cargo space render it midpack in our affordable small cars rankings. 

Pros & Cons

  • Great electric range for a plug-in hybrid
  • Strong acceleration
  • Limited cargo space
  • Cramped rear seats

Rankings & Awards

The 2014 Chevrolet Volt's #16 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Hybrid Cars category. It is the winner of our 2014 Best Upscale Midsize Car for the Money award. Currently the Chevrolet Volt has a score of 7.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 51 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 5.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.5
Safety: 9.2
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2014 Chevrolet Volt Overview

Is the 2014 Chevrolet Volt a Good Used Car?

The Chevrolet Volt is a good plug-in hybrid, but you can find better compact cars. As a plug-in hybrid, it’s fast, and its all-electric range is much better than you’ll find in rivals like the Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid. The Chevy’s interior, however, lacks the comfort and space of many class rivals.

Used 2014 Chevrolet Volt Performance and Interior

The 2014 Chevrolet Volt gets its power from a four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that together produce 149 horsepower. Acceleration is plenty zippy for both city and highway driving. According to the EPA, the Volt has an electric-only range of 38 miles. That’s excellent when compared with the estimates of classmates like the Toyota Prius Plug-in, which can only travel 6 miles on electric power. Using both gas and electric power, the Volt has a total range of 380 miles, which is on the low end for a plug-in hybrid. The Volt drives much like any gas-powered car, and it has balanced, comfortable handling. Its steering is also fairly precise. According to Chevy, the Volt takes between 10 and 16 hours to charge using a standard 120-volt household outlet. With the available 240-volt home charging station, a full charge takes about four hours.

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The four-seat Chevrolet Volt has a good-looking cabin that features modern styling and quality materials. Its front seats are comfortable, but they lack power-adjustability, and the back seats have poor head- and legroom. There are two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in its rear seats. With 10.6 cubic feet of cargo space, the Volt can’t hold as much as some rival hybrid hatchbacks.

Standard features include automatic climate control, Bluetooth, Chevy's MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, satellite radio, and a USB port. The touch screen can be difficult to operate and hard to see in bright sunlight. Rearward visibility is poor in the Volt, so look for a model with the available rearview camera.

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Used 2014 Chevrolet Volt Prices

The price of a used 2014 Chevy Volt averages about $14,400. However, pricing varies depending on the car’s condition, mileage, location, and features.

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We Did the Research for You: 51 Reviews Analyzed

Our used car rankings are based on our analysis of professional reviews, as well as data like crash test ratings, reliability scores, and ownership costs. We researched and analyzed 51 Chevrolet Volt reviews to help you decide if this is the best vehicle for you.

Why You Can Trust Us

The U.S. News Best Cars staff has been ranking cars for 10 years, and our team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the car industry. To ensure that our reviews are neutral, we don’t take expensive gifts or trips from automakers, and another company manages the advertising on our site.

How Reliable Is the 2014 Chevrolet Volt?

J.D. Power gives the 2014 Volt a reliability score of three out of five, which is about average.

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How Safe Is the Volt?

The 2014 Volt has some of the best safety ratings in the class. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Chevy Volt a 2014 Top Safety Pick+. The IIHS also gave the Volt its top score of Good in four crash tests and its second-best rating of Acceptable in one crash test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Volt a perfect five stars for overall safety, as well as in its side and rollover crash tests. It received four stars in the frontal crash test.

The Chevrolet Volt is available with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors.

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Should I Consider Another Used Volt?

The Chevrolet Volt’s first generation began with the 2011 model year and concluded with the 2015 model year. The 2013 Volt is worth considering, as it is nearly identical to the 2014 model and may cost less.

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Which Used Chevrolet Volt Is Right for Me?

With just one trim level available, choosing your Chevrolet Volt comes down to which features you want. The Volt comes standard with automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a six-speaker stereo, a MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, satellite radio and a USB port. Some used models come with a Bose stereo, navigation, a rearview camera, and/or parking sensors.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Volt. For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

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2014 Chevrolet Volt and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Chevrolet Volt or 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in?

The Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid has a significantly shorter all-electric range than the Volt, at just 6 miles. However, its total driving range is 160 miles more than the Volt’s. While the Volt has a higher-quality interior, the Prius Plug-in is the better recommendation. It earns a perfect reliability score and has roomy back seats and a larger cargo hold. It also costs, on average, much less than the Volt.

Which Is Better: 2014 Chevrolet Volt or 2014 Nissan Leaf?

The Nissan Leaf is an all-electric vehicle, and it has an 84-mile all-electric range – more than double the Volt’s range. The Leaf offers a hushed ride, agile handling, and more than twice the Volt’s cargo capacity. It also comes with a rearview camera and user-friendly cabin controls. If you drive mainly around town, the Leaf is the better vehicle. If you have a long commute or regularly take long trips, however, you’ll need the Volt’s 380-mile total driving range.

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