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2018 Chevrolet Volt Review

The 2018 Chevrolet Volt has a robust plug-in-hybrid powertrain and lots of standard technology features. However, its poor predicted reliability rating and cramped rear seats push it to the lower third of our competitive compact car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Great fuel economy
  • Smooth regenerative brakes
  • Quick acceleration
  • Lots of user-friendly tech features
  • Cramped rear seat
  • Some low-rent cabin materials
  • High average price
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 10.0
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2018 Chevrolet Volt Overview

Is the 2018 Chevrolet Volt a Good Used Car?

Yes, the Volt is a good used compact car. This plug-in hybrid not only gets great fuel economy, but it feels fairly engaging from behind the wheel.

The 2018 Volt has several strengths:

  • Quick acceleration, both from a stop and at highway speeds
  • 53-mile all-electric driving range is one of the best among plug-in hybrids
  • Quiet powertrain
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Low ownership costs
  • Smooth regenerative brakes
  • Precise steering and stable handling
  • Standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

It also has many weaknesses:

  • Tall rear-seat passengers will feel cramped
  • Lots of hard plastics throughout the cabin
  • One of the more expensive cars to purchase in this class
  • Low predicted reliability rating

Ultimately, however, these downsides make the Volt less competitive than many of its classmates, including the 2018 Toyota Prius Prime and Chevy's own 2018 Bolt.

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To give you a complete overview of the 2018 Volt – and make your car-shopping experience easier – we analyzed 29 Chevrolet Volt reviews alongside performance specs, interior dimensions, and more.

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How Much Is the 2018 Chevrolet Volt?

Based on listings for the 2018 Chevrolet Volt on our site, the average list price is $26,100, which is high for the class. Prices range from $22,200 to $31,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Chevrolet Volt Cost to Own?

The 2018 Volt’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $18,450, or $3,690 per year. That’s below average for a compact car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Chevrolet Volt?

The 2019 Chevy Volt starts at $33,520. It has an improved infotainment system for 2019, and it gains a standard rearview camera. The Volt also gets an optional power-adjustable driver's seat for 2019, as well as a new 7.2-kW charger that reduces battery charging time considerably. The 2018 Volt might have a lower sticker price, but it's not eligible for the tax incentives that you can get on a new Volt. For this reason, you're better off buying a new model in most cases.

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The 2018 Volt is part of a generation that debuted for the 2016 model year. There have been minor changes over the years. For 2017, the Teen Driver system became standard, while adaptive cruise control and full-speed automatic emergency braking became available. The 2018 model was the first to come with a standard safety package that features lane departure alert and blind spot monitoring. Unless you're set on the standard Teen Driver system and the added available safety features, consider purchasing the similar 2016 Volt, which could save you money.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Chevrolet Volt?

The 2018 Chevy Volt has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Chevrolet Volt Recalls

At the time of writing, there are two recalls for the 2018 Chevrolet Volt:

  • Rear seatbelt retractor may not lock
  • Incorrect coating on rear brake caliper pistons may cause gas pockets to form

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Chevrolet Volt Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Chevy Volt comes in two trims: LT and Premier. The base LT trim is well-equipped, making it a great choice for most shoppers. Some of its notable features include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration and the Teen Driver monitoring system. For a model that's a cut above the rest in the lineup, consider the Premier trim.

  • Chevrolet Volt LT: The base LT trim comes standard with cloth upholstery, a rearview camera, Teen Driver, push-button start, remote start, and a MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and six speakers. When the Volt was new, the LT trim was available with two available packages that added safety and comfort amenities like heated front seats and blind spot monitoring.
  • Chevrolet Volt Premier: The high-level Premier trim comes with an eight-speaker Bose audio system, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and automatic parking assist.

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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 2018 Volt a Top Safety Pick, giving it the highest rating of Good in all crash tests performed. Properly equipped models earned a Good rating for front crash prevention. Premier models equipped with Driver Confidence II package earned the highest rating of Good for how well the headlights illuminate the road ahead. All other models scored the second-highest rating of Acceptable for headlight visibility.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Volt an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in all crash tests performed.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • Teen Driver (lets you do things like set speed and audio limits for secondary drivers)

Available advanced safety features:

  • automatic parking assist
  • rear parking sensors
  • blind spot monitoring
  • lane departure warning
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • forward collision warning
  • forward automatic braking
  • lane keep assist
  • adaptive cruise control
  • following distance indicator

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2018 Chevrolet Volt Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Chevrolet Volt or 2018 Chevrolet Ioniq?

The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid is a solid alternative to the Volt. The Hyundai costs less to buy than the Chevy, and it delivers better fuel economy (119 MPGe combined versus 106 MPGe in the Volt). To top it off, the Ioniq earns a better predicted reliability rating than the Volt. Like the Chevy, the Hyundai has plenty of engine power and a generous list of standard features, including smartphone integration technology.

Which Is Better: 2018 Chevrolet Volt or 2018 Chevrolet Bolt?

The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt is an electric vehicle (EV) that fares exceptionally well in our compact car rankings. The Bolt has a 238-mile electric range, a higher predicted reliability rating than the Volt, and a sporty ride. Inside, you also get more passenger and cargo room with the Bolt. That said, the Volt's range-extender gasoline engine makes it a more practical choice for longer trips. The Bolt is the more well-rounded option, but it all comes down to whether you're willing to go all-electric.

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2018 Chevrolet Volt Performance

How Does the 2018 Chevrolet Volt Drive?

With its base four-cylinder engine and electric motor, the Volt has plenty of power for your daily driving needs. Additionally, it delivers a comfortable ride over smooth pavement as well as composed handling on curvy roads, and its regenerative brakes are smooth when it comes time to stop. That said, the ride can get a bit too bumpy over broken roads.

  • Base engine: 1.5-liter four-cylinder and electric motor with a combined 149 horsepower
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: continuously variable automatic (CVT)
Does the 2018 Chevrolet Volt Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2018 Volt gets great gas mileage for the class.

  • 106 MPGe and 42 mpg combined city/highway
2018 Chevrolet Volt Alternative Fuels and Charging

The 2018 Volt can go 53 miles on electric power alone. After that, the four-cylinder engine joins in to keep the car moving.

The charging time depends on the method used:

  • 240-volt charging station: 4 hours and 30 minutes
  • Household outlet: up to 13 hours

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2018 Volt Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Volt Seat?

The 2018 Volt seats up to five people in two rows. The front seats have a good amount of space, but thick roof pillars limit visibility all around. Overall, the rear seats aren’t very accommodating. The middle seat has barely any legroom, and the rear outboard seats are cramped. The cabin is also plagued with a lot of hard plastics.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery

Available seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • heated front and rear seats
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Chevrolet Volt?

The 2018 Volt has two complete sets of LATCH child car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave its LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. The upper tethers may be confused for other hardware, while the lower anchors may be too deep in the seats and require too much force to attach to.

2018 Chevrolet Volt Features

The 2018 Volt's standard MyLink infotainment system has logically arranged menus. The Volt also features standard smartphone integration technology such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

  • Standard infotainment features: 8-inch touch screen, two USB ports, satellite radio, Bluetooth, six speakers, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto
  • Available infotainment features: wireless device charging, eight-speaker Bose premium audio system, and navigation
  • Additional standard features: push-button start and remote start

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2018 Chevrolet Volt Dimensions

Chevrolet Volt Cargo Space

The 2018 Volt has 10.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which is low for a hatchback. However, this figure is good for a hybrid vehicle.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Chevrolet Volt Length and Weight
  • Length: about 15 feet
  • Curb weight: around 3,540 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Chevrolet Volt Built?

Chevy built the 2018 Volt in Michigan.


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