Zero-emissions potential; excellent range; low fuel cost; nice amenities; modern styling
Pricey; poor rear visibility
For 2018, the Volt LT now offers the optional Driver Confidence package, which includes side blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear park assist. A heated steering wheel that switches on automatically when the heated seats are turned on is now optional on the LT, which loses its leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob in favor of vinyl covering. See the 2018 Chevrolet Volt models for sale near you
We'd go with the Volt Premier and add the top-level Driver Confidence 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 ($34,095) is generously equipped, offering a remote starter, a backup camera, keyless access with push-button start, LED headlights, an 8-inch 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 ($38,445) offers even more features, including leather upholstery, auto-dimming mirrors, heated front and rear seats, 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, a heated steering wheel and the Bose sound system) and the Driver Confidence package, while the Premier offers two available Driver Confidence packages. Like the LT's package, the first touts a blind spot monitoring system, lane-departure warning and rear cross-traffic alert, while the other offers those features plus 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, adaptive cruise control.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|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|
|Maintenance||2 Years/24,000 Miles 2 Visits|
2018 Ford C-MAX Energi -- The plug-in hybrid C-MAX Energi is a hatchback with an amazing 550-mile range. Its fully electric range is only 20 miles, though, and it doesn't have the Volt's level of cutting-edge technology.
2018 Nissan Leaf -- The Leaf is all-new this year, with added range, more refinement and a more functional interior. As the first mass-produced pure-electric car for the U.S., 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.
2018 Toyota Prius Prime Plug-in -- The Prius Prime Plug-in offers less than half 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. 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.