Video:'s Chevy Volt at 18,000 Miles

It's now been more than a year and 18,000 miles since we bought our 2011 Chevrolet Volt. After having the car for so long, we'd like to share some of our lasting likes and dislikes about the car to give you an all-encompassing view of our time with the plug-in hybrid. Overall, we're pretty satisfied with the Volt, and despite its quirky cabin configuration and powertrain, this is a real car that can accommodate everyday use, according to Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder.



I would love to see an annual cost of ownership breakdown. I understand that it's not going to be very robust. But it would still be something worth seeing compared to a similar, new, gasoline powered, sedan. Maybe one that doesn't require Premium Fuel.



Most people buy cars to transport themselves from one place to another. Beyond that, every other detail is secondary. For people I know, "saving the planet" is a tertiary reason at best and also dubious in the effect it will produce.

37 MPG is not great mileage for a car designed for that purpose.. Many diesel cars do far better. When you factor in the CO2 produced by the powerplant producing the electricity production, are cleaner as well.


@Mark : The 37 miles per gallon is when the car is running the gas motor. That doesn't include the electric only mode.


For the price of the Volt, I could get a base model BMW 3 series and still have money left over AND have a better overall vehicle to boot.

Wonder how many Volt owners are going to scoff at needing 91 octane and use 87 instead, reducing the fuel mileage on the car even more


I just love how they slam the fact that you need to use premium fuel.
The Ford EcoBoost engines also require premium fuel.
My wife's Volvo requires premium fuel, so what? It costs a extra $3 to fill her car with premium over regular.
All European cars use premium and American cars are now going to follow suite and benefit from better engine tuning which means more power and fuel economy.


The Volt's fuel economy sounds great, even @ 37 mpg in the gasoline engine mode. (My VW sedan gets 25/33 /27 overall on premium.)

Factoring in the EV-only mode, I'd welcome getting anywhere near the overall 90/95 mpg equivalent -- especially as gas today has edged up to $4/gal in my region.


"Most people buy cars to transport themselves from one place to another."

You must be kidding! People in the US buy cars to intimidate others on the road or for bragging rights.


So....? My 2004 Chrysler Concord (a very large car) with a 1.7 L engine, gets 24 local and 31 open road on 87 Octane. This is calculated milage, not the in-vehicle display.


So, where's the rundown?


Since I live in an apartment in a city, I would have no way to plug a Volt in. Instead I recently bought a Prius C.

I did sit a Volt once, both the driver's seat and the back seat behind the driver's seat. I did find it, as the review said, a little claustrophobic. And I think the fact the car can carry at most four people, and four pretty short and thin people at that, is a significant limitation.

But I think anyone who lives in a standalone house (who is not tall and whose family is four or less), especially if they have a garage with an electrical outlet, can not complain about gas prices until after they buy a Volt.

Dan S.

Keep in mind that a part of the lower cost when running as a plug-in comes from not having to pay gas taxes--which means somebody else is paying for the roads you drive the Volt on. Yet another subsidy for a car that can't live without 'em.

Can you get a Volt with a diesle engine? Are there any plans to put this technology into a Chevy Tracker size SUV? In bad weather I need a 4x4 just to get up my driveway!

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