Zero-emissions potential; excellent range; low fuel cost; nice amenities; modern styling
Pricey; poor rear visibility
Among the Volt's numerous changes for 2019 is an improved 7.2 kW charging system that cuts charging times nearly in half. A 6-way power driver's seat is now standard on Premier and optional on LT, and the adaptive cruise control can now be switched into conventional mode when required. A new Energy App is added to the 8-in infotainment screen, providing drivers with information on how route, weather conditions, driving patterns and cabin comfort impact fuel economy.
We'd go with the Volt Premier and add the top-level Driver Confidence II packages, adaptive cruise control and navigation. It may be expensive, but tax rebates will soften the blow, and you'll be able to enjoy the best of both worlds: lots of features and lots of fuel efficiency.
The Volt is offered in two trim levels: a base-level model dubbed the LT and a high-end version called the Premier.
The LT ($34,395) is generously equipped, offering a remote starter, a backup camera, keyless access with push-button start, LED headlights, an 8-in center touchscreen with Chevy's MyLink app interface, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, 17-in alloy wheels, automatic climate control and compatibility for iPhone users.
The Premier ($38,995) offers even more features, including leather upholstery, auto-dimming mirrors, heated front and rear seats, power driver's seat, a heated steering wheel, heated mirrors, a Bose sound system, an automated parking system for both parallel and perpendicular parking spaces and a wireless charging pad for mobile devices.
Options on the Volt LT include several features that come standard in the Premier (leather upholstery, heated seats, power driver's seat, a heated steering wheel and a Bose sound system) and the Driver Confidence package, while the Premier offers a more robust Driver Confidence II package. Like the LT's package, the Premier's package touts a blind spot monitoring system, lane-departure warning and rear cross-traffic alert, then adds adaptive headlights, lane-keep assist and forward-collision warning with automatic braking. The Premier also offers navigation and, when equipped with the Driver Confidence packages, driver selectable adaptive cruise control.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Hybrid/Electric Components||8 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Maintenance||2 Years/1 Visit|
2019 Ford Fusion Energi -- The plug-in hybrid Fusion Energi is larger and more expensive than the Volt, but offers superior driving dynamics, more features and a bigger passenger compartment. However, the Fusion Energi can only travel 25 miles on electric power.
2019 Nissan Leaf -- The Leaf delivers a range of about 150 miles with zero tailpipe emissions. But with that comes a lot of range anxiety: The Leaf doesn't come close to the Volt's 420-mile cruising range, and the Volt's dynamics are skewed in a sportier direction. Later in 2019, Nissan is promising an extended range battery that should increase range to 220 miles.
2019 Toyota Prius Prime Plug-in -- The Prius Prime Plug-in offers less than half of the Volt's all-electric range. But operating as a normal hybrid, its fuel economy is far better, with a predicted range of about 640 miles at around 54 mpg in combined driving. The Prius Prime is also less expensive and offers quite a bit more cargo space.
Used Tesla Model S -- The Tesla Model S is a high-tech, upscale, fully electric luxury sedan that offers an impressive range of well over 250 miles. Prices are high, though, so you may want to consider a used model.