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2016 Chevrolet Volt Review

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt ranks near the top of the hybrid and electric car class thanks to its excellent all-electric driving range, great safety score, and sporty handling. Although it has a posh interior, the Volt’s cramped rear seats keep it from ranking at the very top of the segment.

Pros & Cons

  • Great electric-only range for a plug-in hybrid
  • Lively acceleration
  • Quiet, handsome interior
  • Easy-to-use infotainment
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Small cargo area




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 10.0
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2016 Chevrolet Volt Overview

Is the 2016 Chevrolet Volt a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is a very good plug-in hybrid. It offers some of the benefits of an electric vehicle without range anxiety -- the fear of running out of power. It doesn’t stop there, though. The Volt is comfortable and enjoyable to drive, and it boasts a refined cabin and plenty of advanced safety features. That said, there are more practical hybrids for hauling passengers and cargo.

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How Much Is the 2016 Chevrolet Volt?

There are a handful of listings on our site for the 2016 Chevy Volt, with the average listing price being $25,200. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Chevrolet Volt Cost to Own?

Estimated five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt are about $16,600. That’s well below the estimates of nonhybrid 2016 compact cars. However, the estimates for the 2016 Nissan Leaf – an electric car – are around $15,600.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Volt?

Chevrolet completely redesigned the Volt for the 2016 model year. The 2018 Volt adds new available safety features like rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and side blind zone alert. The 2018 Volt’s MSRP is $33,220, but purchasing these available active safety features moves the price north of $36,000. The 2016 Volt’s average price is just $25,200. Federal tax credits (and possibly state credits) are available for the 2018 Volt that could narrow the price difference, but not enough. The 2016 is the better choice for most buyers.

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There aren’t many new cars in the neighborhood of the 2016 Volt’s price. A 2018 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback’s starting price is just a couple hundred dollars higher than the Volt’s average price. The Cruze is available with a turbodiesel engine and a six-speed manual transmission. With the diesel model, expect 29 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway. The Cruze also has more headroom and more rear-seat legroom than the Volt.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Chevrolet Volt?

The 2016 Volt has an above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt Recalls

As of this writing, the 2016 Chevy Volt has one recall. It addresses an air bag that may not deploy properly. Please ensure the Volt you’re looking at has had this problem addressed by a Chevy dealer.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Volt Is Best?

The 2016 version of the Chevrolet Volt is tough to beat. Prior models (2013 through 2015) can’t match the 2016 Volt’s electric-only range of 53 miles on a full charge. The 2017 model offers adaptive cruise control, full-speed auto emergency braking, and Chevy’s Teen Driver monitoring system. These are some available features you won’t find on the 2016 model. However, these newer models likely cost more.

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Which Used Chevrolet Volt Model Is Right for Me?

Chevrolet provides the 2016 Volt in two trim levels: LT and Premier. The base model Volt LT offers great value, thanks to its many standard features. For advanced safety features like forward collision warning or blind spot monitoring, look for Volt Premier models equipped with Driver Confidence I and II packages. They include these active safety features and more.

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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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2016 Chevrolet Volt the highest rating of Good in all five areas tested. The Volt received an Advanced rating – the second highest – for its available front crash prevention equipment.

The Volt comes standard with a rearview camera. Available safety features include hands-free park assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, and forward collision warning with brake assist.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Volt or 2016 Toyota Prius?

The 2016 Toyota Prius and Chevy Volt are both excellent choices if you’re in the market for a fuel-efficient used car. The Volt is a plug-in hybrid with a 53-mile electric driving range. If you rarely drive long distances, it’s possible to go weeks without visiting a gas pump. Simply plug it in at home or work. Although the Prius is not designed for electric-only trips, it earns an excellent 58/53 mpg city/highway. The Prius also offers a roomier rear seat, a more capacious cargo area, and a perfect reliability rating. Stick with the Prius.

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Volt or 2016 Nissan Leaf?

The Chevrolet Volt offers one big advantage over the 2016 Nissan Leaf: Volt owners don’t get range anxiety. While the Leaf EV can travel up to 107 miles on electricity, it must stop to plug in and recharge before the batteries drain. The Volt doesn’t need to, thanks to its efficient gas engine. The Chevy Volt also offers a higher-quality interior, livelier acceleration, and far more advanced safety features.

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Volt or 2016 BMW i3?

The 2016 BMW i3 comes in two trims. One runs purely on electricity, and the Range Extender trim adds a small two-cylinder gas engine that kicks in when the battery is low. The i3 is quicker and sportier, and it offers more cargo space. Its electric-only driving range is 72 miles, which is 19 more than you get with the Volt. The catch is that the Volt can go farther between fill-ups than the i3. While the Volt can travel 420 miles before needing fuel or a charge, the i3 Range Extender model can travel just 150 miles. The Volt is the better pick, and it’s much less expensive.

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2016 Volt Performance

How Does the 2016 Chevrolet Volt Drive?

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt has responsive steering and composed handling while cornering. It also boasts a smooth ride and excellent brakes for a hybrid.

A battery pack and two electric motors produce a combined 149 horsepower for the Volt. If the battery is depleted while driving, a 101-horsepower four-cylinder gas engine kicks in to help charge the battery, which propels the car.

Does the 2016 Chevrolet Volt Get Good Gas Mileage?

According to the EPA, the 2016 Volt has an all-electric range of 53 miles. That's a longer range than most plug-in hybrids offer, but it’s worse than that of most pure electric vehicles. When running on gasoline power, the Volt gets a combined 42 mpg, which is good for a plug-in hybrid and on par with the fuel economy of many non-plug-in hybrids. Between electric and gas mode, the Volt can travel up to 420 miles before needing a charge or gas.

Chevrolet says it takes about 13 hours to charge the 2016 Volt using a standard 120-volt household outlet. Charging time can be reduced to about 4.5 hours if you use a 240-volt outlet, which is common at many public charging stations. You can also have one installed in your home.

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2016 Volt Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Volt Seat?

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt seats five people and comes standard with cloth upholstery and manually adjustable front seats. Available features include leather upholstery and heated front seats. The front seats are comfortable, though some might find it frustrating that a power-adjustable driver's seat isn't available. The Volt's rear seats have limited head- and legroom, and the center rear seat is cramped.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Chevrolet Volt?

The Volt has a complete set of LATCH child-seat connectors on each of the rear outboard seats and a top tether on the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not evaluate the Volt’s LATCH system.

2016 Chevrolet Volt Features

Standard features in the 2016 Chevrolet Volt include two USB ports, satellite radio, a six-speaker audio system, automatic climate control, proximity key, remote start, push-button start, and an 8-inch screen in the gauge cluster. Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system also comes standard. It features an 8-inch touch screen on the center stack and Apple CarPlay iPhone integration. The Volt also comes with Chevy's OnStar telematics system, which features stolen vehicle assistance, automatic crash response, and a 4G LTE data connection with a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Traditional buttons and knobs are easy to use. The screen in the gauge cluster is easy to read, and the updated MyLink infotainment system works well. Apple CarPlay functions nicely, though it is limited in what it can do. Available features include an eight-speaker Bose sound system, navigation, and wireless charging for portable electronics.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt Dimensions

Chevrolet Volt Cargo Space

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt has 10.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which is better than the cargo capacity of most plug-in hybrid sedans. However, most hatchbacks, including plug-in hybrids like the 2016 Ford C-Max Energi, offer more cargo space, as do most non-hybrid small cars. The Volt comes standard with 60/40 split-folding rear seats, which can be lowered to extend the cargo area.

2016 Volt Length and Weight

The 2016 Volt is 15 feet long, and it has a curb weight of 3,543 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Chevrolet Volt Built?

Chevy manufactured the 2016 Volt and its batteries in Michigan.

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