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2018 Chevrolet Volt

Starting at $34,095

2018 chevrolet volt
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  • Highs Smooth and efficient powertrain, good ride and handling, excellent infotainment system.
  • Lows Lengthy charge time on standard current, unimpressive interior, tiny back seat.
  • Verdict The 2018 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid offers impressive range, surprisingly good driving dynamics, and a healthy dose of standard technology, but its back seat is for kids only.


Since the first Chevrolet Volt was first sold in late 2010, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and all-electric vehicles have become less of a novelty. Although these models are getting to be more mainstream, Chevrolet’s once revolutionary Volt plug-in hybrid has remained a popular choice in a class that includes the Ford Fusion Energi, the Honda Clarity, and the Toyota Prius Prime. The Volt can manage an impressive 53 miles of fuel-free driving before switching on its gasoline engine to charge the battery. But the Volt's range is not its only strong suit. It’s also unexpectedly rewarding to drive, with solid dynamics, respectable acceleration, and relatively few compromises in the name of fuel efficiency.

What's New for 2018?

The Volt is almost completely unchanged for 2018. There's a new driver-assistance package, which is optional on the entry-level LT model and adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. Some interior trim materials in the LT have been downgraded from leather to vinyl. And there are three new exterior paint colors: Green Mist Metallic, Satin Steel Metallic, and Cajun Red Tintcoat.


Original MSRP:

  • LT: $34,095
  • Premier: $38,445

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Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Volt’s powertrain uses two electric motors and a 1.5-liter gasoline engine to deliver quick, relatively powerful acceleration and impressive fuel economy. Its default power-delivery mode is to propel itself with electricity until its battery is depleted, at which time the gasoline engine kicks in to recharge the battery. There’s almost no noise from the powertrain during electric-only operation, and even the gas engine, once engaged, is usually so quiet that’s it’s easy to miss the transition. The Volt’s large 18.4-kWh battery lets the car outstrip many plug-in hybrid competitors for range. That big power source also translates to longer charging times than manyt rivals, however. When it’s plugged in to a standard 120-volt household outlet, Chevrolet estimates, it will take 13 hours to recharge from empty. When plugged in to a 240-volt outlet, that time shrinks to a more manageable 4.5 hours for a full charge. We’d be happy to drive the Volt even without its future-friendly powertrain. Acceleration feels quick, thanks in part to the electric motor with its instant torque delivery. The Volt also handles well, reacts reasonably quickly to steering inputs, and expertly smooths out pockmarked pavement.

Fuel Economy

EPA fuel economy testing and reporting procedures have changed over time. For the latest and most accurate fuel economy numbers on current and older vehicles, we use the U.S. Department of Energy's website. Under the heading "Find & Compare Cars" click on the "Compare Side-by-Side" tool to find the EPA ratings for the make, model, and year you're interested in.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The Volt’s interior prioritizes function over form; it suffers from a few dowdy design details and a criminally small back seat. Creature comforts are lacking, too, and despite the car’s price, the Volt’s cabin never feels special. Front-seat passengers will be perfectly content in the Volt, with space to spread out, ample storage for small items, and a pair of comfortable seats. They may not be as pleased that those seats are manually operated even on the upper Premier trim. Heated front and rear seats and a heated steering wheel are some of the few pieces of interior equipment that can be added to the order sheet. It’s not the best pack mule in its class, but the Volt sacrifices very little cargo capacity to its electrified powertrain and will function much like any other car this size for road trips and airport runs.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Not only is the Volt’s infotainment system easy to decipher, it’s also quick to respond to inputs and comes standard with features that aren’t often found in this class, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The touchscreen is responsive and features clear graphics with large touch zones, making it as easy to use as any smartphone. Standard 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity are MyLink’s crowning features, and Chevrolet sweetens the deal by offering data plans at surprisingly reasonable rates. Of the features we value most, only navigation and the attendant traffic and weather monitoring are not standard in the Volt.

Safety Features and Crash Test Ratings

Overall Safety Rating (NHTSA)

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For more information about the Chevrolet Volt’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.


Some older vehicles are still eligible for coverage under a manufacturer's Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) program. For more information visit our guide to every manufacturer's CPO program.


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