2017 Chevrolet Volt Review

2017 Chevrolet Volt photo
  1. Original MSRP$33,220 - $37,570
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)113/99 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesHatchback

2017 Chevrolet Volt Review

  • Overview
  • Specs
  • Safety
2017 Chevrolet Volt photo
  1. Original MSRP$33,220 - $37,570
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)113/99 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesHatchback


By Warren Clarke (Last Updated 12/20/2017)

Some plug-in hybrids give you certain benefits associated with an electric car without the drawbacks that can come with a vehicle that runs solely on electric power. The 2017 Chevrolet Volt is one such hybrid. It can travel for up to 53 miles using just electric power. Meanwhile, a gas engine is also onboard, making range anxiety a non-issue.

The 2017 Chevrolet Volt is a front-wheel-drive hatchback that seats five passengers, and it’s sold in LT and Premier trims. This plug-in hybrid is governed by a one-speed direct-drive transmission.

For 2017, the Chevrolet Volt adds adaptive cruise control and forward automatic braking to its list of available safety features. A Teen Driver feature that allows parents to monitor the driving habits of their teen drivers is now standard on all models. Finally, Citron Green Metallic joins the lineup of exterior colors.


The 2017 Chevrolet Volt strikes a confident and decisive stance on the road. The front fascia is notable for its frowning headlights, and the Volt cruises along on 17-inch wheels. Body-colored power-adjustable exterior mirrors work to give drivers a clear view of the road.

The base-model Volt is equipped with LED taillights, LED daytime running lights and headlights that are LED on low beam and halogen on high beam. Heated side mirrors are available.


The Volt’s cabin provides simple access and comfortable accommodations. The cabin breaks no new ground when it comes to style, but it’s pleasant and attractive. In back, the Chevrolet Volt provides 10.6 cubic feet of cargo volume.

Standard features include automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, six-way manually adjustable front seats and a 60/40-split folding rear bench seat. The range of upgrades includes leather upholstery, heated front seats and heated rear outboard seats.


Agile and easy to maneuver, the 2017 Chevrolet Volt is an agreeable companion in the city. All models are motivated by a hybrid powertrain that provides 149 horsepower and 294 pound-feet of torque. On electric power, the Volt achieves 106 MPGe, and it’s rated at 42 mpg combined when using the gas engine. Charging takes 13 hours with a 120-volt charges, while a 240-volt charger gets the job done in just 4.5 hours.


Base models come with a broad assortment of technology goodies. All models are equipped with Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, an 8-inch color touch screen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, a six-speaker stereo, USB ports, an auxiliary input jack, satellite radio, keyless entry and ignition, a rearview camera, a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot that connects with the internet at 4G LTE speeds and General Motors’ OnStar telematics system. Upgrades include rear cross-traffic alert, navigation, a premium Bose stereo, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, forward collision alert and a wireless smartphone charger.

Specs & Features


  • Available colors

  • Heather Gray Metallic
  • Siren Red Tintcoat
  • Silver Ice Metallic
  • Iridescent Pearl Tricoat
  • Pepperdust Metallic
  • Summit White
  • Mosaic Black Metallic
  • Citron Green Metallic
  • Kinetic Blue Metallic
  • Available exterior features

  • Rear Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Mirror Color: Body-color
  • Rear Spoiler: Lip
  • Rear Spoiler Color: Body-color
  • Grille Color: Chrome
  • Window Trim: Chrome
  • Front Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Door Handle Color: Body-color
  • Wheel and tire type

  • Wheel Diameter: 17.0 X 7.0 Inches
  • Tire Type: 215/50r17
  • Dimensions

  • Front Track Width: 60.6 Inches
  • Height: 56.4 Inches
  • Length: 180.4 Inches
  • Rear Track Width: 61.8 Inches
  • Wheelbase: 106.1 Inches
  • Width: 71.2 Inches
  • Curb Weight: 3519 Pounds
  • Body style

  • Hatchback


  • Comfort/convenience features

  • Armrests: Rear Folding
  • Floor Mats: Front/Rear
  • Power Locks: Auto-locking
  • Shift Knob Trim: Leather
  • Front Air Conditioning: Automatic Climate Control
  • Steering Wheel Trim: Leather
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones: Single
  • Floor Material: Carpet
  • Floor Mat Material: Carpet
  • Telematics systems

  • Driver Assistance App: Roadside Assistance
  • Electronic Messaging Assistance: Voice Operated/With Read Function
  • Satellite Communications: OnStar/Voice Guided Directions
  • Wifi: Hotspot
  • Wireless Data Link: Bluetooth
  • Entertainment

  • Radio Data System
  • Auxiliary Audio Input: Bluetooth/USB/IPod/iPhone/Jack
  • Total Speakers: 6
  • Satellite Radio: SiriusXM
  • Antenna Type: Diversity/Mast
  • Speed Sensitive Volume Control
  • Radio: AM/FM/Touch Screen Display/Voice Operated
  • Infotainment: Apple CarPlay Ready/MyLink
  • Seats

  • 6-Way Manual Driver Seat Adjustments
  • Bucket Front Seats
  • 6-Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustments
  • Split-Folding Rear Seat
  • 60-40 Split Rear Seat
  • Upholstery: Cloth
  • Dimensions

  • Passenger Volume: 90.3 Cubic Feet
  • Max Seating: 5
  • Front Hip Room: 53.7 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room: 56.5 Inches
  • Rear Hip Room: 51.3 Inches
  • Interior Volume: 100.9 Cubic Feet
  • Rear Legroom: 34.7 Inches
  • Front Legroom: 42.1 Inches
  • Front Headroom: 37.8 Inches
  • Rear Headroom: 35.8 Inches
  • Standard Seating: 5
  • Seating Rows: 2
  • Cargo Volume: 10.6 Cubic Feet
  • Rear Shoulder Room: 53.2 Inches


  • Drivetrain

  • Axle Ratio: 2.64
  • Drive Mode Selector
  • Suspension

  • Rear Suspension Type: Torsion Beam
  • Front Suspension Type: Lower Control Arms
  • Rear Suspension Classification: Semi-independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
  • Front Shock Type: Gas
  • Rear Spring Type: Coil
  • Front Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Rear Shock Type: Gas
  • Front Spring Type: Coil
  • Front Struts: MacPherson
  • Engine

  • Engine Type: 4 Cylinders
  • Displacement(liters): 1.5
  • Horsepower: 149
  • Torque: 294
  • Transmission

  • Transmission Type: 1-speed Direct-drive Automatic
  • Type: A
  • Gears: 1
  • Performance Specifications

  • Turning Circle: 36.4
  • Fuel Economy

  • Fuel Type: Gasoline
  • City (MPG): 43
  • Highway (MPG): 42
  • Combined (MPG): 42


  • Warranty information

  • Battery Warranty: 96 Months/100,000 Miles
  • Transferable Powertrain: Drivetrain/Powertrain: 60 Months/60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion: Rust: 36 Months/36,000 Miles
  • Corrosion Perforation: Rust: 72 Months/100,000 Miles


NHTSA Ratings

  1. Overall Rating

  2. Frontal Crash

  3. Side Crash

  4. Rollover

Safety Features

  1. Child Safety Door Locks
  2. Electronic Stability Control: Standard
  3. Energy Absorbing Steering Column
  4. Rearview Monitor: in Dash
  5. Side Impact Airbags: Standard
  6. Child Seat Anchors: LATCH System
  7. Crumple Zones: Front/rear
  8. Camera System: Rearview
  9. Impact Absorbing Bumpers
  10. Body Side Reinforcements: Side Impact Door Beams
  11. Active Head Restraints: Dual Front
  12. Programmable Safety Key
  13. Anti-lock Brakes Four Wheel: Standard
  14. Pedestrian Safety Sound Generation
  15. Front Driver Airbags: Standard
  16. Daytime Running Lights: Standard
  17. Rollover Stability Control: Not Available
  18. Front Passenger Airbags: Standard
  19. Anti-lock Brakes Two Wheel: Not Available
  20. Brake Assist: Standard
  21. Side Curtain Airbags: Standard

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