2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt
2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 43 mpg City, 42 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.5L Hybrid I4, 149 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Hybrid Component: 8 Years / 100,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

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Specifications for 2016 Chevrolet Volt

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system with brake assist includes Traction Control
    • Tire inflation kit
    • Daytime Running Lamps, LED illumination
    • Air bag, Passenger Sensing System sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger/child presence detector (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • Air bags, dual-stage frontal, driver and right-front passenger includes Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • Air bags, thorax side-impact seat-mounted, side-front outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • Air bags, thorax side-impact seat-mounted, side-rear outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • Air bags, head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • Air bags, knee, driver and front passenger (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • OnStar Guidance plan for 3 years including Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Advanced Diagnostics and more (trial excludes Hands-Free Calling) (Visit www.onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services may vary by model and conditions.)
    • OnStar Basic plan for 5 years including limited RemoteLink mobile app services, Advanced Diagnostics and Dealer Maintenance Notification (Basic Plan available for 5 years from the date of vehicle delivery, and is transferable. Does not include Emergency, Security or Navigation services.)
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • Pedestrian safety signal automatic audible signal during low speed driving
    • Safety belts, 3-point, all seating positions includes front seat dual pretensioners
    • Lockout switch, child, rear doors and windows, manual control
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
    • Tire Pressure Monitor System
  • Entertainment Features
    • Antenna, roof-mounted, shark-fin type
    • Off-board connectivity via internet
    • OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to connect to the internet at 4G LTE speeds includes 3GB or 3 months OnStar Data Trial (whichever comes first) (Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar subscription and data plan after trial.)
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2016 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month All Access trial subscription with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, plus sports, news and entertainment. Plus listening on the app and online is included, so you'll hear the best SiriusXM has to offer, anywhere life takes you. Welcome to the world of SiriusXM. (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue service after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew thereafter and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call us at 1-866-635-2349. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. All fees and programming subject to change.)
    • Audio interface, USB port, includes 2 located in front storage bin
    • Audio system feature, auxiliary input jack, located in front storage bin
    • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
    • Audio System, Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 8" diagonal color touch-screen, AM/FM stereo, seek-and-scan and digital clock, includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones; voice-activated technology for radio and phone; featuring Apple CarPlay capability for compatible phone
  • Exterior Features
    • Wipers, front intermittent, variable with washers
    • Glass, solar absorbing
    • Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding
    • Tail lamps, LED illumination
    • Lamp, LED center high-mounted stop/brake (CHMSL)
    • Headlamps, LED low-beam, halogen reflector high-beam, automatic exterior lamp control
    • Recovery hook, front
    • Tires, 215/50R17 all-season, blackwall, low-rolling resistance
    • Wheels, 17" x 7" (43.2 cm x 17.8 cm) 5-spoke painted aluminum
  • Interior Features
    • Seats, front bucket with reclining seatbacks and adjustable head restraints
    • Seat, rear 60/40 split-folding
    • Seat adjuster, driver 6-way manual, fore/aft, up/down with recline
    • Seat adjuster, front passenger 6-way manual, fore/aft, up/down with recline
    • Head restraints, 2-way adjustable (up/down), front
    • Head restraints, 2-way adjustable (up/down), rear, outboard seats
    • Console, center, covered storage bin with front and rear dual cup holders and rear 12-volt power outlet
    • Storage, open, located forward of shifter
    • Power outlets, 2 auxiliary, 12-volt 1 in front storage bin and 1 in rear of center console
    • Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
    • Steering column, tilt and telescopic
    • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped
    • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio controls
    • Instrumentation, 8-inch color, digital reconfigurable LCD screen includes Driver Information Center, compass, trip/fuel information, vehicle information and vehicle messages
    • Display, center, 8" diagonal LCD touch screen includes energy information screens with programmable charge times
    • Drive mode control switch, Normal, Sport, Mountain and Hold modes
    • Mobile application, OnStar RemoteLink app requires compatible smartphone
    • Charge control, programmable time of day with charging status indicator light on instrument panel
    • Charge control, location based, selectable GPS enabled with programmable "home" charging setting
    • Keyless ignition, engaged with electronic push button start
    • Windows, power with Express-Down on all, driver Express-Up with anti-pinch override
    • Door locks, power programmable with delayed locking feature and lockout protection
    • Keyless Access, passive unlock and lock on all doors and liftgate
    • Remote Keyless Entry includes remote start, panic alarm and delayed charging override functions
    • Remote vehicle starter system
    • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed, steering wheel mounted controls
    • Theft-deterrent system, anti-theft alarm with immobilizer
    • Remote panic alarm
    • Air conditioning, single-zone automatic climate control
    • Defogger, rear-window electric
    • Glovebox, passenger-side
    • Storage, front door panels, dedicated umbrella pocket and bottle holder
    • Map pockets, driver and front passenger seatbacks
    • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
    • Visors, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors, covered, sliding
    • Assist handles, 2, rear outboard with rear coat hooks
    • Lighting, interior, ambient LED-based front reading lights, dome and incandescent cargo area lamp
    • Shift knob, leather-wrapped
    • Storage, covered, dedicated for vehicle charging cord located in rear cargo area
    • Cargo cover
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine, range extender, 1.5L Variable Valve Timing, DI, DOHC 4-cylinder
    • Electric drive extended range, (149hp [111 kW] 294 lb-ft of torque [398 N-m])
    • Emissions, Federal, Tier 2
    • E10 Fuel capable
    • Axle, 2.64 final drive ratio
    • Front wheel drive
    • Battery, 18.4 kWh, Propulsion, Lithium-ion, Rechargeable Energy Storage System includes liquid thermal management system with active control
    • Charge cord, 120-volt, portable
    • Battery, 12-volt with Rundown Protection
    • Suspension, front, MacPherson strut
    • Suspension, rear semi-independent, compound crank
    • Steering, Electric Power Steering (EPS) assist, variable for low to high speed maneuvers
    • Brakes, 4-wheel disc
    • Brake, parking, electric

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - Regenerative
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.87 x - TBD -
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.00 x - TBD -
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 10.6
  • Cooling System Features
    • Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - 7.4
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - - TBD -
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - - TBD -
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - L3A
    • Engine Type - Gas/Electric I4
    • Displacement - 1.5L/91
    • Fuel System - Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 149
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 294
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 106.10
    • Length, Overall (in) - 180.40
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 71.20
    • Height, Overall (in) - 56.4
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 60.60
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 61.80
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - - TBD -
    • Liftover Height (in) - - TBD -
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 8.9
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 90.0
    • Front Head Room (in) - 37.80
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42.10
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 56.50
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 53.70
    • Second Head Room (in) - 35.80
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 34.70
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 53.20
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 51.30
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 42
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 43
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 42
    • EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined (N/A) - 106
    • Battery Range (mi) - 53
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Electric Pwr
    • Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - 15.7
    • Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - 3.0
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 36.40
    • Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - - TBD -
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Chevrolet Volt
    • Body Style - Hatchback
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - MacPherson Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Compound Crank
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - w/Coil Springs
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - w/Coil Springs
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - - TBD -
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - - TBD -
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - 5GP
    • Rear Tire Order Code - 5GP
    • Front Tire Size - P215/50R17
    • Rear Tire Size - P215/50R17
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front wheel drive
    • Trans Order Code - MKV
    • Trans Type - 1
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 2.64
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Compact Cars
    • Number of Passenger Doors - 4
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 1.3
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3543
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 x 7.0
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 x 7.0
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum

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The 2016 Chevrolet Volt, a five-door fastback hatchback, is all new. It’s not like most other cars that are called all-new. With the electric Volt it really is all new, and it’s important. The first generation of Volt was groundbreaking, and as such had shortcomings. This Volt rewrites the book, in order to cover what was missed in the original.

For starters, it has way more all-electric range, EPA-rated at 53 miles (up from 38); better fuel mileage, EPA-rated 42 Combined miles per gallon (up from 37); and a slightly lower price. In electric mode, the EPA rates the Volt at 106 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent). An 8.9-gallon fuel tank with the new battery pack give a total gas/electric range of 430 miles, way up from the old Volt’s 340 miles.

The new Volt is quieter, smoother, and faster: zero to sixty in about 8 seconds, down from 9. Total output to the wheels is the same 111 kilowatts (149 hp), but torque has increased to a remarkable 294 pound-feet from 273.

It’s 200 pounds lighter, while seating another person, now five, never mind that it should be a small person. More visibly, the new styling is quite rakish and sporty; instead of sticking out and announcing ELECTRIC CAR, like before, the Volt now turns heads that ask, electric car? (It’s actually a hybrid extended-range car, or something like that.)

The cockpit is also less self-conscious, in that it doesn’t try so hard to be different. The high-tech chase is toned down, allowing the controls to be more conventional and intuitive. The first Volt’s irritating touch switches have been replaced by knobs for audio and climate control.

The chassis/platform is also new, to be used by upcoming GM compact cars, for example the next Chevrolet Cruze. It’s modified to make space for the Volt’s T-shaped battery pack. This is the area where improvement is zooming, now with 192 lithium-ion cells, when before there were 288. Battery capacity is 18.4 kilowatt-hours, about 8 percent more.

According to Chevrolet, 90 percent of Volt buyers’ round trips will be less than 53 miles, so we’re talking almost never buying gas. But the internal combustion engine is there for the real world, insurance against running out battery power, the elimination of range anxiety. The engine is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder making 101 horsepower, developed to fire on the efficient Atkinson Cycle.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have yet rated the 2016 Volt for crashworthiness; the 2015 Volt received five stars (the highest rating), and GM isn’t going to let the new one go backward. The 2016 Volt comes with 10 airbags.


The 2016 Chevrolet Volt LT ($33,170) comes with cloth seats, rearview camera, automatic climate control, keyless access and ignition, OnStar 4G LTE with a three-year subscription, WiFi hot spot, and Siri Eyes Free and text-message alerts. Options include heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, leather upholstery (two-tone available), navigation and Bose audio. No sunroof available.

Optional safety systems include lane-departure warning and correction, forward collision alert, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alerts, automatic braking, and front and rear parking assist.

The Chevrolet Volt Premier ($37,520) includes many of the options.


The 2016 Chevy Volt doesn’t display hybrid/electric-car weirdness like the Toyota Prius and Nissan Leaf do, or more notably like the old Volt.

Instead, it’s sleek, angular and aggressive, lower and tauter than before, with a wedge nose with lights that sweep toward the steep windshield. The backlight is steep, and the high rear deck is not flat and plain. There’s a sharp character line on the side that obliterates the old Volt’s slab side.

We see hints of Honda Civic in the profile and pillars, echoes of Acura in the pointed nose, and sounds of Subaru in the curve of the taillamps. But a textured silver blanking plate replacing the grille, along with a black Volt spear on the front fender, connect the car to its purpose.


We like the new Volt’s twin-cockpit design, in black with silver accents. Available two-tone interiors add a touch of elegance. There are still some over-styling flourishes, but nothing like the old car’s gimmicky controls, chaotic display, and glossy plastic console.

The switches, controls, and instruments are legible and easy to grasp and use. Knobs for audio and climate replace the maddening capacitive touch buttons. The central display screen is crisp.

The rear seats are low, with the window seats in the form of buckets. The center seat is basically just a cushion over the battery pack, while the battery tunnel spreads that unlucky fifth passenger’s feet.

Rearward visibility is improved but still not great. Good riddance to that extra glass panel in the hatchback. The old Volt’s blind spot at the base of the windshield pillars has been downsized but remains. Apparently, the steep windshield requires a large pillar to make the top crush-resistant.

Over-the-shoulder visibility is dismal, but at least the rearview camera is high quality, with the best resolution on the 8-inch center display screen than we’ve ever seen in a compact car.

Driving Impressions

The 2016 Volt is heavy for a compact, at 3540 pounds, hardly lithe, but its steering is fairly lively, and the roadholding decent. It’s actually enjoyable to drive on twisty roads: quiet, smooth, and not fussy, while the delivery of its electric power is consistent and soothing.

We drove the Volt for two days around San Francisco, and found the all-electric range of 53 miles to be realistic. But even when we ran out of battery power and the car switched to its gas engine, it was quiet. We drove about 100 miles on the engine, and barely knew it. The friction brakes and regenerative brakes blend imperceptibly.

When the battery pack is depleted, the engine uses one of two motor-generators to flow electricity to the battery pack at up to 45 kW. The engine assists the electric motors in powering the front wheels when that is most efficient. Or the motors can power the front wheels together, or one motor can drive the car while the other recharges the battery, depending on what uses the least energy. What the motors and engine are doing is usually invisible.

Fully recharging the batteries takes 4.5 hours, says GM, using a 240-volt Level 2 charging station. But only a 120-volt cable comes with the car, and a full recharge takes nine to 12 hours, depending on temperature, the quality of the circuit, and other factors. DC quick-charging isn’t possible with the Volt. The charging system is rated at 3.6 kilowatts; more would charge faster, but Chevrolet says that overnight charging is most common among Volt owners. Owners who work long hours may not always get a full charge, but they will have the gas engine as a fallback and will still use only a small amount of fuel.


If you didn’t buy a Volt when it came out in 2011 because you knew it would soon be improved, you were right. Maybe now is the time to buy. Unlike a pure electric car, the Volt will never run out of battery juice and leave you on the side of the road. Its gas engine is always standing by, ready to get you where you’re going.

Driving impressions by John Voelcker. Sam Moses contributed to this report.

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