2017 Chevrolet Volt
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Must drive it

by from Cleveland Ohio on July 21, 2016

I have put on just over 1000 miles on my new 2017 Volt. I had a 2013 Volt and thought it was great. This 2017 is better in every way. Loaded with features, comfortable and much more enjoyable to drive...
I have put on just over 1000 miles on my new 2017 Volt. I had a 2013 Volt and thought it was great. This 2017 is better in every way. Loaded with features, comfortable and much more enjoyable to drive. With over 1000 miles I still have over a 1/4 tank of gas. The car has only a 9 gallon fuel tank. Do the math, it is extraordinary. The car needs to be driven. As quiet as anything on the road, regardless of price. Smooth and addicting to drive. Go beyond your fear of electric and drive it, you will not go back to the combustion engine. Oh and it is affordable. Factor in that you will seldom stop a a gas station and very little to no maintenance, My last volt 1 oil change in 3 years. Not one problem with the car at all. Driving past gas stations that I would stop at every week puts smile on my face every time. Go drive one!!
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My new Volt!

by from Winter Park, FL on June 5, 2016

I reviewed as much as I could about the Volt prior to purchasing it. I now have over 1000 miles on it and it is about three weeks old. It is living up to my expectations and then some. You do need som...
I reviewed as much as I could about the Volt prior to purchasing it. I now have over 1000 miles on it and it is about three weeks old. It is living up to my expectations and then some. You do need some serious time to read everything about it, once you get it. I still have to go over the "Parking Assist" features of the car but just haven't had time. The car has excellent "pickup" and handles extremely well in traffic both on the open road and in town. It has all of the common features of the better cars and some that are new to me, like "Lane Assist" and a "Backup camera" with collision sensors. It is spoiling me to the point that I don't use my other car. We are working on getting a charging station installed to speed up charging, but even using the supplied cord, it is still a pleasure to operate and charging is not difficult. As noted in some of the commercial reviews, the only drawback and I don't consider it a "show stopper" is there is not much space for the left foot to rest. We also added our own extra cushioning to the seats. I do recommend this model, especially if you are seeking an electric vehicle.
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Loving the Volt... but now gas stations hate us!

by from Livermore, CA on June 24, 2016

We purchased a new 2017 Chevy Volt Premier (with Pearl Tri-Coat) several weeks ago, and are loving it! The extras like the driver confidence packages I and II are well worth the extra amount, for i...
We purchased a new 2017 Chevy Volt Premier (with Pearl Tri-Coat) several weeks ago, and are loving it! The extras like the driver confidence packages I and II are well worth the extra amount, for increased safety. If someone is coming at you sideways as you're backing out of a parking spot, the car warns you with a beep. The back-up camera is excellent. Drive is so quiet, it makes the experience of getting from point A to point B that much more enjoyable. When test driving, we experienced the switch-over from Battery power to Gas power, and it was seamless. It seemed to have an ample amount of power, in both flat and hilly conditions, even after that switch. The EV range is great (~52 miles), and since we're not pushing it to the limit for the commute, we rarely have to switch to gas (have only done so once so far, for a longer day trip). We have gotten by with a regular 110V charge at night when rates are lower, and we can conveniently set it to time the charge to be completed by our departure time. The app that connects to the vehicle works nicely, as well. It warns you if you have not plugged in, to make sure you're ready to go. It is intuitive and easy to use. The electronics and dash / screen inside the car are also easy to navigate, and very straightforward. We are a Chevy family, so it felt familiar enough to us, right when we got in. No disappointments whatsoever with this vehicle -- we love the styling, features, safety, and performance. And we do not miss going to the gas station. The Volt has a nice little punch to it, when you push down the "gas" pedal. We expect not to have to add gas for many months -- so should really call it by its proper name, as an "accelerator." Of course, it is nice to have the gas motor to extend the overall range, when we need to take longer trips, without having to hunt for plug-ins and wait for it to charge, as you would with an full EV. Buy the 2017 Volt with confidence -- this is a great car at a great price, especially when you factor in the rebates! There is no need to wait for the next "latest / greatest" EV coming out. You can get yourself an excellent car that will get you FAR down the road on electric power (and farther with gas if you need it), right now!
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Great vehicle

by from Seattle, WA on May 13, 2016

I've only had it for a few weeks, so I can't speak to reliability despite this review forcing me to, but on the rest I'm in love with this car. I ot black Volt Premier 2017. NOT in love with Chevr...
I've only had it for a few weeks, so I can't speak to reliability despite this review forcing me to, but on the rest I'm in love with this car. I ot black Volt Premier 2017. NOT in love with Chevrolet dealers though -- I had to fly 300 miles to find a dealership that was actually communicative and helpful. I bought from them. All of the ones local to me (Seattle) either refused to answer basic questions or in a couple of cases were purposefully deceitful. RE: the car. - Really love it. I bought it because I couldn't reconcile the sticker shock on the Tesla X that I had been waiting for for 3 years, and am happy I did. - Interior and exterior styling is nice -- much nice in real life than in the photos, IMO. - I'm getting 55-60 miles per charge, which is great. I've used 0.6 gallons of gas in the past 3 weeks of daily use. When using gas, I'm getting >40mpg. Awesome. - It's not a Tesla in performance, but it's zippy enough for sure! - OnStar is a surprising delight. - Front seats are comfortable -- although not powered to save on weight, apparently. Back seats are usable but tight. There's no world in which 5 adults get into this car. - The hatchback is awesome. TONS of room for the size of the car. There are some annoyances - Won't remember to stay on the 12-amp charging setting. This is incredible annoying. - It's supposed to have Android Auto, but doesn't. I haven't really looked into this yet, but I'm hoping this is just a software upgrade. - Very very low ground clearance for aerodynamics. Speed bumps or steep roads invariably scrape the flexible wind barrier at the front of the car. There are some things I wish this had. It's a nice car, but it's not a luxury car. I have the Premier, and the speakers are only so-so which seems like an obvious miss. Bose should be embarrassed. Additionally, while it clearly has the capability for a more advanced driving assistance (e.g. lane-keeping on the highway), I suspect it has been purposefully crippled to reduce Chevy's liability. But overall I'd recommend this without hesitation. And I never, ever thought I would say that about a Chevy.
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2017 Chevy Volt, in a class of its own.

by from Westbank, BC on March 15, 2017

I have been researching and wanting an electric car for some time. Being a big Tesla fan I was planning on waiting and buying a Tesla 3 in 5 to 7 years. Recently, I had another deeper look at the 2017...
I have been researching and wanting an electric car for some time. Being a big Tesla fan I was planning on waiting and buying a Tesla 3 in 5 to 7 years. Recently, I had another deeper look at the 2017 Chevy Volt. Originally I wanted to get an all electric car to make a clean break away from internal combustion engines. Tesla is the only one with a charger system that makes it relatively easy to travel greater distances so I shied away from the new Chevy Bolt. As they say, the Volt has the battery when you want it and the engine when you need it. In our situation, my wife who mainly uses the car, has a commute of about 53 km to and from work. It is more down hill to work so she has about 30 km of electric range left when she gets home. She can plug in the 240v charger we had installed and have it filled back up again in less than 4 hours. If we have to make a second trip into town that day and do not have time to get a full charge, the gas engine kicks in on the way home. This way there is no range anxiety and after driving the car for a month and 1600 km we still have half a tank of gas left from our first fill up. That is with taking it out for a short 150 km trip up a mountain pass to see how it would handle that. Hill climbing really eats up the battery power fast and I only got 46 km from the usual 85 km range before the engine kicked in. That's the beauty of the Volt though: no worries! It is also in a class of its own because it has about double the range of most other plug in hybrid or extended range electric vehicles. A big role in our decision was that, in my opinion, it looks a lot better than most other electric cars, other than a Tesla. The whole design inside and out I find quite beautiful. Having avoided American cars for many years now, I am really impressed with the workmanship and quality of the Volt. One can see that there was a lot of thought put into the lines and creases of the exterior body. The inside looks very functional and even though there are a lot of buttons, they are quite intuitive and nicely laid out. The Volt is very aerodynamic and sporty so it is not easy to climb into like an SUV. I would prefer to have the roof a little higher with bigger side windows, but I can live with that because it is so great in every other way. That brings us to the driving. This is my first electric car so I cannot compare it to other electric cars, but it is wonderful to drive; smooth, quiet, great handling around the corners and very responsive with plenty of instant power. The Volt can be driven completely electric until its battery runs down to a level when the engine starts up. Then the car runs like a hybrid. The transitions between battery and engine are only noticeable if you are really paying attention or watching the energy flow screen. The same great power is available without any difference, whether using electric or engine. The regenerative braking is a real spoiler and fun to use. When I drive our other vehicle now, I find it really annoying that I have to use the brakes all the time. I can't imagine that we will ever have to change the brake pads on the Volt with the way we are driving it. The Volt is a quiet car while driving and I was a little worried that the mandatory noise that electric cars have to make now while driving slow speeds would annoy me. So far I cannot really tell what this extra noise sounds like and is therefore unnoticeable while driving. I still have to get around to trying to hear what it sounds like from the outside when the Volt drives by at about 50 km h. I think it is a bit of an electric whine. For someone who is looking for an electric car without the range anxiety, this is a great car to consider. In about 7 years, regular electric cars could have a range of 1000 km and the fast charger system could be almost as convenient as gas stations are today. Until then, we would like an electric car for 95% of our driving and have the ability to drive anywhere a gas powered c
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Best Daily Driver

by from on March 24, 2017

Coming from a Mercedes E320 (2001) and Audi A4 (2014), I can confidently say that the quality of the Volt is better in almost every aspect than any car you'll find in the same price range (after gov't...
Coming from a Mercedes E320 (2001) and Audi A4 (2014), I can confidently say that the quality of the Volt is better in almost every aspect than any car you'll find in the same price range (after gov't & state rebates). The ride quality is what most surprises me. Having no engine and only one gear, accelerating and idling (lots of that in San Francisco) are smoother than any car with an internal combustion engine. Coupled with the fact that I'm getting an average of 300mpg and the Volt has become the best car I've ever owned. I knocked one star for performance because of how much power is used driving at modest highway speeds. The estimated 53 miles of electric range becomes just 35-40 miles when cruising at 70mph. On the other hand, I can consistently get over 60 miles of electric range when carefully driving locally or in traffic. Wish I had this car when I lived in LA!
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Impressive and Extremely Refined

by from Oakton, VA on September 23, 2016

I bought a 2017 Volt 2 weeks ago. The car has exceeded my expectations and has lived up to every positive review I had read on the car before buying. It is packed full of great technology and the adap...
I bought a 2017 Volt 2 weeks ago. The car has exceeded my expectations and has lived up to every positive review I had read on the car before buying. It is packed full of great technology and the adaptive cruise control is awesome. Bargain hard for a deal and the car is very affordable.
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High on Voltage

by from Homer, AK on June 6, 2017

Okay, this is about the 20th time I have tried to submit this review, with cars.com site giving a vague error. I'll shorten my review, maybe my details about the Volt were too much for their programm...
Okay, this is about the 20th time I have tried to submit this review, with cars.com site giving a vague error. I'll shorten my review, maybe my details about the Volt were too much for their programmers. Forget what you think you know about cars. The 2017 Chevy Volt is a completely grown up product with every detail worked out. The Chevy mechanic was jealous we were buying after his Volt lease had run out. He is still paying off a pickup truck. I'm driving a 1990 Chevy pickup I bought from a guy living in it for $500, so I could do remodeling work on our house errands. My wife prefers her Volt over her Acuras of the last 25 years, and she is getting competitive about how much battery we use versus gas. The Volt gives you 50 to 70 miles running on battery charge, and then kicks in a gas engine to charge the battery and keep you running for about 450 miles total until you have to fill up the little 8 gallon gas tank if you are on a long road trip. We're getting 45-50 miles per gallon when running on gas. Most of the time, you just go home from work and plug it in as needed if you commute less than 60 miles a day, never buying gas at all. This car has more future than any gas station or electric utility, as some day, it will still run off your solar roof panels alone, as technology continues in that direction. It is the perfect technology for the transition of the next 15 years as we wake up to reality. You can be awake and happy now. It drives like a sports car, without any noise and vibration, and has a nice cargo hatchback for shopping. It makes a cool noise for blind people to hear you at the crosswalk. They've thought of everything! Wire your garage for 220 Volts for faster charging. It is really exciting to skip the gas station. For most people, the supplied 110V charging cord will do, with overnight taking care of keeping the battery topped off. Maybe my long review was crashing this web site. We have not bought a new car since 2002, and take care of what we have. Other people loan us their cars, because they come back in better condition. The Volt is a car worth buying and keeping. There is no sign of 2011 Volt batteries having performance issues of any kind six years later. The only downside to this car is that the $7500 rebate from the IRS will run out when Chevy sells 200,000 electric vehicles, probably some time in 2018. I may get another Volt before then for me, so I can get to drive, too! If they make a Volt Pickup, I'll have to settle for one of those until the remodel is done. It is great looking in the Metallic Pepperdust. Get the leather seats and Bose stereo and all weather mats, and if you drive in a lot of traffic, the driver safety packages. You'll be done with buying another car for 20 years, probably. This one is all grown up. Apple Car play works great. There is a free Onstar demo for the in car 4G cellular wifi access service. Okay, seriously. Just go to the dealer and demand they let you play, too. This thing is more fun than a car. We'll be back in the market for a new model when they fly. For now, it feels about the same flying past gas pump lines. (3190 characters)
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Most complicated car that I've owned

by from Lake Oswego, OR on September 7, 2017

After two weeks this has lived up to the various reviews and official benchmarks (close to pure electric miles - 50-60 and gas mileage on freeway with some A/C driving mostly 65-70 mph got an indicate...
After two weeks this has lived up to the various reviews and official benchmarks (close to pure electric miles - 50-60 and gas mileage on freeway with some A/C driving mostly 65-70 mph got an indicated 42.6 mpg). We got the Premium version with just about all of the factory options. We are now getting used to keyless, all the safety features and switching between electric and gas). Charging at 8 amps takes the advertised 19 hours from empty and we are thinking about 240 Volt charger). Even in Oregon, chargin en route is difficult, so it is gas on the freeway, electric in town. Passing is easy and the seats are comfortable. The steering wheel is adjustable. Short people like the back seat, but we have not tried to fit a tall person yet. A reasonable amount of cargo fits in the back, but the hatch is hard to close. The hood is difficult to open and we are surprised that you can't get power seats. So mostly favorable with a few negatives.
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Chevy Volt LT

by from LA on April 3, 2017

Bought after leasing a 1st generation Volt. The first one was good, but this one is a HUGE improvement. More leg room (I'm 6'1" and fit just fine), more power, an electric range of 54 miles, better ga...
Bought after leasing a 1st generation Volt. The first one was good, but this one is a HUGE improvement. More leg room (I'm 6'1" and fit just fine), more power, an electric range of 54 miles, better gas mileage at 42mpg. The cabin ventilation is much improved as well. The radio has awful speakers, I changed them to component speakers with separate tweeters and woofers. Now the stereo sounds MUCH better than the Gen 1 Bose in my leased car. So the actual radio is good, but the original speakers are garbage. I also added an auto dimming mirror with Homelink. An easy modification...
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