2018 Chevrolet Volt

Original MSRP Range
$33,220 - $37,570
Available Style(s)
Hatchback
MPG
43 - 43 MPG City / 42 - 42 MPG Hwy
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2018 Chevrolet Volt

What We Like

Zero-emissions potential; excellent range; low fuel cost; nice amenities; modern styling

What We Don't

Pricey; poor rear visibility

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.4/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.5/ 5
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Overview

What's New in the 2018 Chevrolet Volt?

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

Which Volt is the Best?

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.

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How Much Does a 2018 Chevrolet Volt Cost?

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.

Volt Trims

HatchbackOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Volt 5dr HB LT$33,220 / $31,891Hybrid14943 / 42Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Volt 5dr HB Premier$37,570 / $36,067Hybrid14943 / 42Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD

Is the 2018 Chevrolet Volt a Safe Car?

The Volt offers everything you'd expect as standard equipment, including a backup camera, side curtain airbags, antilock brakes, and traction and stability control. GM's OnStar system, which boasts automatic crash notification and stolen-vehicle assistance, is also standard. Options run the gamut from adaptive headlights and lane-keep assist to an automated parallel-parking system, forward-collision alert with automatic braking, a blind spot monitoring system, lane-departure warning and rear cross-traffic alert.

In crash testing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the 2018 Volt an overall 5-star rating. The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2018 Chevrolet Volt its highest rating of Good in every crash test, Superior in its crash-avoidance and mitigation tests, and Marginal in the ease-of-use test for the child-seat anchors. The IIHS also awarded the Volt a Top Safety Pick+ award.

Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion3 Years/36,000 Miles
Rust-Through6 Years/100,000 Miles
Hybrid/Electric Components8 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance5 Years/60,000 Miles
Maintenance2 Years/24,000 Miles 2 Visits

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Body Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Comfort Pkg
  • Blind Zone Alert
  • Black Pkg
  • 4-Cyl 1.5L Range Extender

Competition

2018 Chevrolet Volt vs the competition

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.

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