2017 Chevrolet VoltLT 4dr Hatchback

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Acceleration is one continuous ooze of thrust - sort-of CVT-like, only without the engine drone.
- Car and Driver
Everything about the steering, braking and handling of the Volt reflects the Cruze, a highly competent compact. There is nothing weird about it.
- New Car Test Drive
Once you've played all the games, you'd probably turn on the radio, relax and just notice three things: how quiet the Volt is at low speeds, how rarely you visit gas stations and that you must to remember to plug it in whenever possible.
- Road & Track

Introduction

The Chevy Volt is a sleek and rakish compact hatchback that legitimately offers the best of both worlds: As a plug-in hybrid, it can run totally electric for much of everyday driving, with an EPA-rated range of 53 miles, and switches to gas for longer runs.

It's in the second year of its much improved second generation, and boasts high build quality than what is found on pre-2016 models.Some consumers believe the second year is the sweet spot for a new car, saying any first-year bugs have been worked out while still looking new and sporting the latest technology.The 2017 Volt checks that box.

New Car Test Drive named the Volt Best Commuter Car for 2016.

The only things new for the 2017 Chevrolet Volt are available adaptive cruise control, and a new color.The 2017 Volt only comes as LT and Premier, the latter with more equipment.

The Volt uses two motor-generators to power the front wheels.They get their juice from a lithium-ion battery pack with a capacity of 18.4 kilowatt-hours.One thing different about the Volt from most other plug-in hybrids, is that even under full throttle, it doesn't switch to gas; this means that if you drive it hard under electric power, you won't get that full 53 miles, because it will use up its charge at a faster pace.On the other hand, it isn't burning gas when you don't want it to.

Among plug-in hybrids, that 53-mile range is beaten only by the BMW i3 REx, with 73 miles.But the Volt makes up for it in the gas-driving department, because it has a larger fuel tank and can go farther without refueling, out on the road.The BMW needs to be refueled about every hour, while the Volt can go another 380 miles on its 8.9-gallon fuel tank.There's almost no comparison anyhow, because the Volt is a real car; the BMW uses a tiny two-cylinder engine that can't always deliver full power.

The Volt's internal combustion engine is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder making 101 horsepower.It was a new engine for this second generation, greatly improved.Combined with the motor-generators, the total horsepower is 149 (111 kilowatts), with an impressive 294-pound feet of torque, as much as some V8 pickup trucks.It can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in eight seconds, putting a knowing smile on your face when you pull up beside a Prius at a stoplight.As the light turns green, roll down your window and shout, “Put that in your Prius pipe and smoke it!”

The Volt's combined EPA rating, using both electric and fuel power, is 42 miles per gallon; but that's almost meaningless because it's hypothetical and theoretical, based on some average person's combined city-highway driving.An owner who never leaves the city might never spend a penny on fossil fuel.As long as it's not below freezing outside.The gas engine might not come on under full throttle, but it does when the outside temperature drops below 32 degrees, using fuel to heat the cabin.

Another rating that applies to plug-in hybrids is Miles Per Gallon Equivalent (MPGe), defined as the distance a car can travel electrically on the energy in a gallon of gasoline, if not that gallon itself.The 2017 Volt hits a strong 106 MPGe.

From depleted, it takes nine to twelve hours to fully charge the Volt, using any household 120-volt outlet and the conveniently located charging cable in the car.Using the optional 240-volt Level 2 charging station, that time is cut to four and one-half hours.

Neither the NHTSA nor IIHS have crash-tested the 2017 Volt, which comes standard with 10 airbags and a rearview camera with sharp resolution.The previous generation Volt earned five stars from NHTSA Top Safety Pick from the IIHS, so we can't imagine this one going backward.Optional safety equipment includes adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist with lane-departure warning, forward-collision warnings, and automatic emergency braking.

Lineup

The base 2017 Volt LT starts around $34,000 before any incentives, while a fully optioned Volt Premier can exceed $40,000.Volt qualifies for a $7,500 Federal income-tax credit, a $1,500 California purchase rebate, and various other state, local, and corporate incentives.

Walkaround

The Volt is a low, crisp, sleek wedge.Gone and not missed are the slab sides of the previous generation; now there are lines to accent the angularity.The sharp nose sweeps back from the ground, through the headlamps and fenders to the steep windshield and rising window line.It makes the car look like its leaning forward, almost like a sprinter in blocks at the starting line.

But the rear window is steep too, so it doesn't look cut off at the back.The rear deck is high but not flat, while the liftgate has a single glass panel.

There's not an actual grille, rather a two-panel design to look like one, using a diagram-like pattern that unfortunately resembles the entry-level Chevy Cruze sedan a bit too much.One might also see the Honda Civic in the Volt's profile, and Subaru Legacy in the taillamps.

Interior

The first-generation Volt tried too hard to be futuristic in the cabin, but this second-generation Volt does a good job of coming back down to Earth.The gimmicks are gone.It's still a twin-cockpit design, accented in black and silver with some elegance, while two-tone interiors are available for those wanting to make a statement.The quality of the materials is high, and the touch is soft.

The gauges and instruments are easy to read, while the switches and controls are intuitive.Knobs for audio and climate control are conventional, hardware you would expect in a Chevrolet.The crisp resolution of the eight-inch touchscreen in the center of the dash makes it easy and relaxing to view.A power flow diagram is shown there, although it's really just a thing to satisfy curiosity that wears off on about the second day, though it may be of interest to your passengers.

The front seats are low but the side window deepens at the windshield pillar, giving the effect of a higher seating position.The seats have good bolstering and were comfortable for us after a long day driving.

Headroom and legroom in the rear is okay if not generous, but the side glass narrows back there to accommodate the roofline, making the rear feel tighter than it is.The outboard rear seats are separate and reasonably comfortable buckets, but the center rear seat is compromised by the battery pack underneath.In fact, GM doesn't call it a seat, they hedge and call it a “seating position” (not unlike “cheese spread” as opposed to actual cheese).The seat is basically just a padded cushion with shoulder belt, and the unlucky passenger there has to spread his feet and straddle the tunnel that contains the batteries.

Rearward visibility for the driver isn't very good, especially over the shoulder, and also in the rearview mirror, as the sloped single-panel rear window reveals much of the rear deck and blocks the area up against the rear of the car.This makes the excellent standard rearview camera important.The image is crisp and displayed on the 8.0-inch center screen, best we've seen in a compact car.

There's very little wind noise thanks to the sleek aerodynamics.By the same token, the car is so quiet, under engine use at highway speeds, that tire noise is high.The tire rubber is harder for low rolling resistance, to increase fuel mileage, and that makes them louder.

Driving Impression

The electric power is good, no worries about keeping up.There are switches that reduce the power to extend the range, but even when they're activated the Volt doesn't feel stretched, it remains quick and smooth.The second generation shed a couple hundred pounds, and it shows, especially from zero to 30 mph.Unlike some plug-in hybrids, the engine delivers full power from a low speed.

The Volt feels heavy for its size, not lithe, but the center of gravity is low so it corners flat, with decent feel from the electric power steering.It's easy to drive, if not sporty.It's calming.It's lively, enjoyable on twisty roads, with no fuss about much.You can certainly hear the engine at full throttle, but it's like a remote hum.

The powertrain allows both motors to power the front wheels together, or one motor to drive the car while the other recharges the battery; sensors tell it to do what's needed, or what's most efficient, so smoothly that the driver can't feel it and never knows, unless he checks the power-flow diagram on the display screen.

Another thing you can barely feel is the regenerative braking, which is really good because with so many electric cars and plug-in hybrids it's so strong it's intrusive.

Summary

When the Volt was introduced for 2011 to much fanfare, the cautionary word was: Wait for the second generation.The word was wise.This second-generation Volt is worth buying, and the 2017 Volt is the second year of the second generation.Smooth, powerful, efficient and good-looking.The biggest drawback is the back seat, only okay for four people.
ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Knee airbagsDriver and passenger
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Digital Audio InputYes
Memory Card SlotChevrolet MyLink
Premium BrandChevrolet MyLink
Premium Brand SpeakersBose
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite
Satellite RadioSiriusXM
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers6
Total Number of Speakers8
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypeLeather
Fabric TypePremium cloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 2Leatherette
Fabric Type 3Leather
Fabric Type 3Premium cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area floor matVinyl/rubber
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimChrome
Dash trimChrome
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Floor matsVinyl/rubber front and rear
Heated steering wheelHeated steering wheel
Reading lightsFront and rear
Reading lightsFront and rear
Shift knob trimLeather/chrome
Steering wheel trimLeather/metal-look
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet2
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo netCargo net
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate, windows, remote engine start
Overhead consoleMini
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Rear area cargo coverRoll-up
Rear area cargo coverRoll-up
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Dimensions
Aerodynamic Drag (CD).29 cD
Front Head Room960 mm
Front Hip Room1,364 mm
Front Leg Room1,069 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,435 mm
Front track1,539 mm
Overall height1,433 mm
Overall Length4,582 mm
Overall Width1,808 mm
Rear Head Room909 mm
Rear Hip Room1,303 mm
Rear Leg Room881 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,351 mm
Rear track1,570 mm
Wheelbase2,695 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeLiftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Drivetrain
Axle ratio2.64
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine
Compression Ratio12.50 : 1
Cylinders4
Displacement91 cm^3
Electric Motor Battery TypeLithium ion
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power101 hp
Hybrid Gas Engine149 hp
Hybrid Gas Engine Torque294 lb.-ft.
Keyless IgnitionDoors and push button start
Max RPM5,600 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,300 RPM
Remote engine startRemote engine start
Size1.5 L
Torque140 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsLEV3-SULEV30
Exterior Features
GrilleMetal-look w/chrome surround
Header
Doors4
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size1.5 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA1
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
TransmissionAutomatic
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests2
Instrumentation
ClockIn-radio display
CompassCompass
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height adjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFold forward seatback
TypeBench
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
UpholsteryPremium cloth
UpholsteryLeather
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Stability and Traction
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFront
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Suspension ClassificationSemi-independent
Rear Suspension TypeTorsion beam
stabilizer barFront
Telematics
internet accessMobile hotspot
Satellite communicationsOnStar Guidance
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Tires
Diameter17.0"
PrefixP
Profile50
Speed RatingH
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemTire specific
TypeAS
Width215 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Transmission
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds1
Truck Features
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size8.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance160,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
Hybrid electrical components distance160,000 km
Hybrid electrical components months96 months
roadside distance160,000 km
roadside months60 months
rust distance160,000 km
rust months72 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place300 L
Curb weight1,596 kg
Fuel Capacity34 L
Turning radius6 m
Wheels
Diameter17
Diameter17
Rim TypeMachined w/painted accents aluminum
Rim TypePainted aluminum
Rim TypePainted aluminum
Wheel LocksYes
Width7
Width7
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows4
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Remote window operationYes
Side window sunshadeManual
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Automatic temperature control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Emergency communication system
Front beverage holders
Heated steering wheel
Illuminated entry
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Compass
Configurable
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear reading lights
Rear window defroster
Sun blinds
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Variable intake manifold
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Knee airbag
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Perimeter/approach lights
Rear side impact airbag
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Heated front seats
Leather upholstery
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Alloy wheels
Front anti-roll bar
Front wheel independent suspension
Power steering
Speed-sensing steering

2017 Chevrolet Volt LT 4dr Hatchback, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

Edwards Garage, 4403 42ND AVENUE - Box 880, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta T4T-1A6

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