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2017 Chevrolet Volt Review

The 2017 Chevrolet Volt secures a spot in the middle of our hybrid and electric car rankings. The Volt has pleasant handling, a lengthy all-electric driving range, and superb safety scores. However, its rear seats are cramped and its predicted reliability rating is below average.

Pros & Cons

  • Great electric range and fuel economy
  • Brisk acceleration
  • Composed handling
  • Easy-to-use tech features
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Small cargo area
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating

New for 2017

  • Teen Driver became standard
  • Adaptive cruise control and full-speed automatic braking became available




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 10.0
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2017 Chevrolet Volt Overview

Is the 2017 Chevrolet Volt a Good Used Car?

In the hybrid and electric car class, the 2017 Chevy Volt is a decent choice for shoppers who want the efficiency of an electric vehicle (EV) without the worry of getting stranded when the battery is drained. The Volt provides over 50 miles of electric-only driving range, then a gas engine kicks in when the batteries run low. It’s comfortable to drive, packed with user-friendly features, and rates highly for crash safety. That said, the Volt has some major drawbacks, including cramped back seats, low-rate interior materials, limited cargo space, and a subpar predicted reliability rating. Before you buy, consider more practical alternatives like the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime.

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How Much Is the 2017 Chevrolet Volt?

There are roughly 80 listings for the 2017 Chevy Volt on our site, with prices ranging from $21,000 to $30,000. The average price is $25,600. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Chevrolet Volt Cost to Own?

The Volt’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $18,500, or $3,700 per year. That’s above average in the hybrid and electric car class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Volt?

The 2019 Chevy Volt starts at around $33,200. You can save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used 2017 Volt while still finding comparable features and driving performance. However, there’s one big reason to consider the newer Volt. It’s available with a more powerful charging system that decreases the battery’s charging time to just 2.3 hours with a 240-volt outlet, which is about twice as fast as the standard charger.

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If you’re also considering new hybrid and electric cars but a 2019 Volt is out of your budget, you have a few options. The 2018 Toyota Prius c has the lowest starting price of any hybrid on the market at just $20,630. It returns an efficient 48 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq and 2019 Honda Insight hybrids start at around $22,200. These models achieve even higher estimates of 57/59 and 55/49 mpg, respectively.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Volt Is Best?

The second-generation Volt debuted for the 2016 model year. It has seen few updates over this generation, but the most important changes arrived for 2017. You’ll have to opt for a 2017-or-newer model if you want adaptive cruise control, full-speed automatic brake assist, and the Teen Driver monitoring system. These features weren’t available in 2016 models.

You can save money with a first-generation Volt (2011 to 2015), but these models aren’t as refined as the newer cars. They have clumsy controls, fewer safety features, and shorter EV driving ranges (35 to 38 miles, depending on the year).

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Chevrolet Volt?

The 2017 Volt has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Chevrolet Volt Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no recalls for the 2017 Volt.

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Which Used Chevrolet Volt Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Chevy Volt is available in two trim levels: LT and Premier. The best value in this lineup is the well-equipped LT trim. It comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB ports, support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, cruise control, automatic climate control, cloth seats, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The Volt Premier trim adds leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a Bose stereo, parking sensors, and parallel park assist. Options include a navigation system and a suite of advanced safety features, but these are limited to the Premier trim only.

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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 named the Volt a 2017 Top Safety Pick+, the agency’s highest award. It received a top score of Good in all areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Volt a perfect five-star rating in all areas tested.

The Volt comes standard with a rearview camera. You also get the Teen Driver system, which allows parents to set speed, distance, and audio volume limits for young drivers. Available features include hands-free parallel park assist, front and rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, forward collision warning with low-speed brake assist, adaptive cruise control with full-speed brake assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

2017 Chevrolet Volt Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet Volt or 2017 Chevrolet Bolt?

The 2017 Chevy Bolt is an electric car that offers a few advantages over its Volt cousin. The Bolt has a longer 238-mile electric-only driving range, a much roomier backseat, and a larger cargo area. It’s a great pick for urban commuters. That said, it’s not a good option if you regularly take long road trips, as you’ll have to stop for hours at a time to recharge its batteries. If you’re ready to take the plunge into EV ownership, the Bolt is one of the best options available. Otherwise, a plug-in hybrid like the Volt offers more flexibility, often at a lower price point.

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet Volt or 2017 BMW i3?

The base 2017 BMW i3 is a pure electric vehicle, but it’s also available as a range-extended electric vehicle, much like the Volt. The i3 is quicker and more athletic than the Volt, it offers more cargo space, and it touts a longer electric-only driving range of up to 114 miles. The catch is that the Volt can go much farther between fuel fill-ups than the i3 (up to 420 miles versus up to the Volt's 180 miles). You’re also likely to pay much less to buy a used Volt. Neither vehicle is a perfect choice in the hybrid and electric car class, but the Volt is a better value.

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet Volt or 2017 Ford C-Max Energi?

The 2017 Ford C-Max Energi is a plug-in hybrid that offers many of the same benefits as the Volt. Both get up to speed briskly, ride comfortably, and offer user-friendly tech features. However, the C-Max offers only 20 miles of electric-only range and has far fewer safety features. Stick with the Volt.

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2017 Volt Performance

How Does the 2017 Chevrolet Volt Drive?

The Chevy Volt has a lithium-ion battery pack and a pair of electric motors, which can power the car along for 53 miles using just electricity. Once the batteries begin to run low, the Volt’s 1.5-liter gasoline engine kicks in to recharge the pack and provide the car with up to 420 miles of driving range between fill-ups. This engine works much like a household generator.

It’s an unusual setup, but it operates smoothly and hustles the 149-horsepower Volt up to speed swiftly. There’s ample muscle for climbing hills or merging with highway traffic as well.

The Volt also boasts pleasant handling, and its precise steering gives this Chevy an agile feel. The suspension softens most bumps and dips in the road nicely. The brakes offer good stopping power and smooth engagement, which isn’t always the case with electric and hybrid vehicles. Located behind the steering wheel, the Regen on Demand paddle allows the driver to slow the vehicle and recoup a little battery charge with the press of a finger.

Does the 2017 Chevrolet Volt Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Volt offers great fuel economy. It has an all-electric range of 53 miles when running in electric vehicle (EV) mode, and it returns an EPA-estimated 42 mpg in mixed city/highway driving when running in hybrid mode. The EPA rates the Volt’s electric efficiency at 106 MPGe (to learn more about that rating, check out What is MPGe?).

You can plug in the Volt to recharge its battery pack. A full charge using a 120-volt outlet takes about 13 hours, but a 240-volt outlet cuts that charging time to 4.5 hours.

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2017 Volt Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Volt Seat?

The Chevy Volt is a four-door hatchback with five seats, though you’ll want to limit most trips to just four passengers. The front seats are fairly comfortable and nicely contoured, but the rear seats are short on legroom – especially the middle seat, which offers no legroom at all (due to the placement of the battery pack). Cloth seats are standard; heated and leather seats are available.

The cabin remains quiet at highway speeds, and its clean dashboard looks very high-tech. Look up close, however, and you’ll find lots of hard and cheap-feeling plastics in the Volt. Rear visibility is poor because of the Volt’s tall trunk lid and sloping roof.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Chevrolet Volt?

The Volt has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this setup the second-lowest rating of Marginal for overall ease of use, noting that some of the anchors are too deep within the seats and require too much force to connect.

2017 Chevrolet Volt Features

The Volt comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB ports, a satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and the Teen Driver system. Available features include navigation, a Bose stereo system, and Qi wireless device charging.

The touch screen reacts quickly to inputs and has simple menus. It also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which make it easy to sync your smartphone’s apps and functions with the infotainment system. Redundant audio and climate control buttons are located beneath the screen, making them simple to access and use on the go.

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2017 Chevrolet Volt Dimensions

Chevrolet Volt Cargo Space

The Volt has a rather slim 10.6 cubic feet of trunk space, but its wide hatchback makes it easy to load and unload items. The rear seats can fold in a 60/40-split to accommodate larger items.

2017 Volt Length and Weight

The Chevy Volt is 15 feet long. It has a curb weight of 3,543 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Chevrolet Volt Built?

Chevy built the 2017 Volt in Michigan.

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