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The 2015 Chevrolet Volt ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Compact Cars category. Currently the Chevrolet Volt has a score of 8.2 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 55 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 6.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2015 Chevrolet Volt Review

The 2015 Chevrolet Volt has a high-end cabin, peppy electric power, and sharp handling, but its cabin and trunk space are cramped. 

Pros & Cons

  • Peppy acceleration
  • Poised handling
  • Upscale cabin

  • Small trunk
  • Cramped seats

2015 Chevrolet Volt Overview

Is the 2015 Chevrolet Volt a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Chevy Volt is a good used car, though it may not be right for everyone. The Volt's performance and range are good, and the cabin is attractive and has plenty of features. However, the Volt only has four seats (most rivals have five), and those seats are cramped. There's also very little trunk space. If you can deal with those issues, the Volt is a good commuter car.

Used 2015 Chevrolet Volt Performance and Interior

The Volt is a plug-in hybrid, so it has a gasoline engine as well as an electric motor and battery pack. While most hybrids use both the engine and the electric motor in tandem to drive the wheels, the Volt's four-cylinder engine is only used to charge the batteries. The electric motor delivers all the power and quickly accelerates the Volt, whether from a stop or when overtaking on the highway. The Volt gets 98 mpg-equivalent (read more about mpg-e here) and can drive up to 38 miles on a full battery charge. Once the gasoline engine turns on, the Volt gets up to 37 mpg in combined city and highway driving. This is great fuel economy for a compact car, but below average for a plug-in hybrid. The Volt is reasonably athletic, offering tight steering and good grip through turns. Drivers who are unaccustomed to the regenerative brakes found in hybrid and electric vehicles may find the Volt's brakes too grabby.

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The Volt's cabin has handsome styling with pleasing color accents and top-notch materials. Unlike most compact cars, which have room for five occupants, the Volt only seats four. The seats are cramped in both rows – especially those in the back, which have little head- and legroom. Rear visibility is limited by the thick roof supports. The Volt has two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear seats.

The Volt has a long list of standard features, including a touch-screen MyLink infotainment system, Bluetooth, smartphone integration, and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot with OnStar 4G LTE. The Volt's dash is high-tech, with touch-sensitive controls similar to those you'd find on home electronics. While they look sleek, using them is difficult; they are all small and look the same. Navigation and a Bose premium audio system are available. The Volt has more available cargo space than other plug-in hybrid sedans, but nonhybrid compact cars have roomier trunks.

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Used 2015 Chevrolet Volt Prices

The average price for a used 2015 Volt is around $21,000. Pricing can fluctuate with each vehicle’s condition, mileage, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 51 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 51 different published professional reviews while writing this Chevy Volt overview. To make the car-buying process easy for you, we've also added information on safety, reliability, and fuel economy.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Chevrolet Volt?

The Volt has a typical predicted reliability score of 3.5 out of five.

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How Safe Is the Volt?

The Volt's safety scores are comparable to those of most compact cars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Volt a Top Safety Pick, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a perfect five-star overall rating. There are a few safety features available, including a rearview camera, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and front and rear parking sensors.

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Should I Consider Another Used Volt?

There are no major differences between the 2015 Volt and previous model years, dating back to the car's debut for the 2011 model year. The Volt was fully redesigned for the 2016 model year, however. 

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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. Some features that are not standard in all used Volts include navigation, advanced safety features, a Bose premium audio system, and leather upholstery.

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program on select used models available at Chevy dealerships. 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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2015 Chevrolet Volt and Other Cars to Consider

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

The fully electric Nissan Leaf is a better option for daily commuting than the Volt. The Leaf's cabin is more spacious, with plenty of room for passengers in both rows of seats. The Leaf has significantly more cargo space, too. On the performance front, the Leaf's electric motor has plenty of power for driving on city streets, though it strains a bit for highway passing, unlike the Volt which has ample power at high speeds. The Leaf is reasonably agile since its battery pack gives it a low center of gravity. The Leaf has a longer electric range than the Volt, but there's no gasoline engine to let you drive further. Finally, the Leaf has a better reliability score than the Volt.

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Volt or 2015 Toyota Prius Plug-in?

The Volt and the Toyota Prius Plug-in have different pros and cons, so you'll have to weigh what's important to you to choose between them. The Volt is quicker and more engaging to drive than the Prius Plug-in, which has sluggish acceleration and uninspired handling. With the engine running, the Prius Plug-in is more fuel-efficient than the Volt, but the Volt has a longer electric range. Inside, the Volt's cabin is fitted with nicer materials, but the Prius Plug-in has more passenger and cargo space. The Prius Plug-in also earns one of the highest reliability scores in the class.

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

If you're considering the plug-in hybrid Volt, you might not think about a nonhybrid model like the Chevrolet Cruze. However, we would be remiss if we didn't recommend the Cruze as a worthy alternative to the Volt. The Cruze is available with a range of fuel-efficient engine

options, including a turbodiesel four-cylinder that gets up to 27 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway – not far off from the Volt's fuel economy once its engine powers up. The Cruze has similar handling to the Volt, staying comfortable and composed through turns. The Cruze's cabin isn't the most inspired, with a dull design and some cheap plastics, but it is roomy enough for adults in both rows. The Cruze has more trunk space than the Volt as well.

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