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2015 Chevrolet Volt Review

The 2015 Chevrolet Volt finishes near the middle of our hybrid and electric car rankings. This plug-in hybrid is energetic and fuel-efficient, but it lacks the interior utility of some of its competitors.

Pros & Cons

  • Peppy acceleration
  • Poised handling
  • Upscale cabin
  • Small trunk
  • Cramped seats




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 5.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.2
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2015 Chevrolet Volt Overview

Is the 2015 Chevrolet Volt a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2015 Chevrolet Volt is a pretty good used vehicle in the hybrid and electric car class. It gets good gas mileage and superb fuel economy. It's more fun to drive than some of its competitors, but the Volt does have a few shortcomings. Its undersized rear seats don't have enough room for most adults to sit comfortably, and many class rivals provide more cargo space.

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Our Chevrolet Volt review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 55 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Chevrolet Volt?

Based on about 510 listings for the 2015 Chevrolet Volt on our site, the average list price is $16,600, which is slightly above average for the class. Prices range from $14,200 to $19,300 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Chevrolet Volt Cost to Own?

The 2015 Volt’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $18,350, or $3,670 per year. That’s below average among hybrid and electric cars.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Volt?

The 2019 Chevrolet Volt starts at $33,520, though your costs may be reduced a bit because of a federal tax credit. It's part of the car's second generation that debuted in 2016. Chevy added Teen Driver to the standard features list for 2017, and a package of safety features became available for 2018.

The Volt sees a few changes for 2019, 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 none of these updates interest you, then you may be better off shopping for a used vehicle, which should save you money.

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There are some new compact cars with starting prices within the 2015 Volt's price range. They include the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze, 2019 Kia Forte, 2019 Hyundai Veloster, and 2020 Hyundai Elantra. These cars all fare well in our new compact car rankings. They can't match the Volt's low fuel costs, but most have quality interiors and longer features lists than the 2015 Chevy.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Volt Is Best?

There are no major differences between the 2015 Volt and previous models dating back to the car's debut for the 2011 model year.

The Volt's full redesign for 2016 gave it an electric-only range of 53 miles, up 15 miles from the previous generation. For 2017, the Volt became available with adaptive cruise control and full-speed automatic emergency braking, and Chevy’s Teen Driver monitoring system became standard. The newer models have some notable upgrades, but if those don't interest you, then you may be perfectly happy with a 2015 Volt.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Chevrolet Volt?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 Volt a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2015 Chevrolet Volt Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one safety recall for the 2015 Chevrolet Volt. It addresses a potentially loose steering gear. Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Chevrolet Volt Is Right for Me?

The Volt is only available in one trim, so choosing a model will come down to the features you desire. Optional amenities in some used Volts include navigation, advanced safety equipment, a Bose premium audio system, and leather upholstery.

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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, but 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 2015 Volt an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the side crash and rollover tests and four stars in the frontal crash test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Volt the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the driver-side small overlap front test. Models equipped with forward collision warning received the lowest rating of Basic for front crash prevention. The IIHS also named the 2015 Volt a Top Safety Pick.

There are no standard driver assistance features in the Volt. However, it is available with a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning.

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2015 Chevrolet Volt Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Volt or 2015 Nissan Leaf?

The fully electric 2015 Nissan Leaf is a better option for daily commuting than the Volt. The Leaf has two rows of adult-friendly seats and significantly more cargo space. On the performance front, the Leaf's electric motor has plenty of power for driving on city streets, though it strains a bit when passing on the highway. That's not the case with the Volt, which has ample power even at higher speeds. Since its battery pack gives it a low center of gravity, the Leaf is reasonably agile as well. The Nissan has a longer all-electric range than the Chevy, but there's no gasoline engine to extend your driving range in the Leaf. Additionally, the Nissan Leaf has a better reliability rating than the Chevy Volt.

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Volt or 2015 Chevrolet Cruze?

Though it's not an electrified vehicle, the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze is a decent alternative to the Volt. The Cruze is available with a range of fuel-efficient engine options, including a turbodiesel four-cylinder that allows the Cruze to achieve up to 27 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway – not far off from the Volt's fuel economy when running on gas and electric power. These Chevy models have similar handling, and both remain comfortable and composed through turns. The Cruze's cabin is roomy enough for adults in both rows, and it has more trunk space than the Volt.

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2015 Volt Performance

How Does the 2015 Chevrolet Volt Drive?

The 2015 Volt features two electric motors that produce a combined 149 horsepower. It also has a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that acts as a generator for the electric motors when the batteries are depleted. Like many electrified vehicles, the Volt accelerates quickly from a stop, but unlike some, it also has ample power for highway passing and merging maneuvers.

This small Chevy boasts agile handling, accurate steering, and a comfortable ride. The adept handling makes the Volt more fun to drive than some of its classmates. The regenerative brakes feel grabby until you get used to them, but that's common among electrified vehicles.

Does the 2015 Chevrolet Volt Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Volt gets excellent fuel economy ratings compared to other hybrid and electric cars. It returns 98 MPGe and 37 mpg combined city/highway. For more information on MPGe ratings, check out What Is MPGe?

The Volt can go up to 38 miles on electric power alone, which is longer than the range of many other plug-in hybrids. Chevrolet says it takes 10 to 16 hours to charge the 2015 Volt using a standard 120-volt household-style outlet. The available 240-volt home charging station cuts that time down to about four hours. The Volt’s charging progress can be monitored with a smartphone app.

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2015 Volt Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Volt Seat?

The 2015 Chevrolet Volt seats four and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Available features include leather upholstery and heated front seats. The cabin looks great, and there are plenty of soft-touch materials throughout the interior. The front seats are comfortable, though some occupants will think they're a little too snug. And unlike some rivals, the Volt doesn't offer power-adjustable seats. The rear seats are cramped, and most adults won't have enough head- or legroom.

How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Chevrolet Volt?

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats in the 2015 Volt.

2015 Chevrolet Volt Features

Standard features include automatic climate control, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and remote start. The standard voice-activated MyLink infotainment system features a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB port, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. You may find models with optional amenities like a seven-speaker Bose audio system and navigation.

The infotainment system works well, but it's a bit frustrating because the buttons are small and poorly organized, making it easy to occasionally hit the wrong button by mistake.

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2015 Chevrolet Volt Dimensions

Chevrolet Volt Cargo Space

The 2015 Chevy Volt has 10.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which is more than what plug-in-hybrid sedans like the 2015 Ford Fusion Energi offer. Still, hatchbacks like the 2015 Toyota Prius Plug-In offer more cargo space. Standard split-folding rear seats let you gain some additional cargo space to haul larger items.

2015 Volt Length and Weight

The 2015 Volt is 14.75 feet long and has a curb weight of 3,786 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Chevrolet Volt Built?

Chevrolet built the 2015 Volt in Michigan.

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