2016 Chevrolet Volt front 3/4 view
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2016 Chevrolet Volt front 3/4 view
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2016 Chevrolet Volt rear 3/4 view
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2016 Chevrolet Volt front 3/4 view
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2016 Chevrolet Volt front view
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2016 Chevrolet Volt rear view
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2016 Chevrolet Volt front 3/4 view
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2016 Chevrolet Volt headlight
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2016 Chevrolet Volt grille
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2016 Chevrolet Volt badge
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2016 Chevrolet Volt taillight
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2016 Chevrolet Volt badge
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2016 Chevrolet Volt engine
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2016 Chevrolet Volt interior
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2016 Chevrolet Volt interior
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2016 Chevrolet Volt rear seats
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2016 Chevrolet Volt gauges
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2016 Chevrolet Volt gauges
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2016 Chevrolet Volt infotainment system
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2016 Chevrolet Volt infotainment system
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2016 Chevrolet Volt shifter
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2016 Chevrolet Volt rear cargo area
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2016 Chevrolet Volt media drive
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2016 Chevrolet Volt media drive
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Wayne Gerdes at CleanMPG put the 2016 Chevrolet Volt in Premiere trim through a few closely watched on-the-road tests over a few days. One of them was a run from full charge to EV-only exhaustion, and at the end of the trip Gerdes had traveled 111.0 indicated miles on a single charge, 111.9 according to his Garmin. What's the catch? He guessed his average speed was about 20 miles per hour, which was 15 and 20 mph around town and "a few miles" at 50 mph on the highway. The EPA says the new Volt should go 53 miles on battery power. In the 2011 Volt, rated at 38 electric miles, Gerdes got 75.5 miles on a charge.

The upshot is that at urban driving at average speeds should get drivers the EPA rated 53 e-mpg without fuss. He wasn't so impressed with performance in Charge Sustaining Mode, though. During one run that covered 101.2 actual miles in CSM, using 1.691 gallons, the Volt got 59.8 mpg. Speaking of driving in CSM only, Gerdes said it's less efficient here than in competitors from Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai, but that's one of the few performance-related complaints he had.

Elsewhere around the PHEV, Gerdes liked improvements to the eight-inch display and rear-view camera, build and design quality, the much quieter ride, and the switch to regular fuel. The six-foot Gerdes found the cabin space still cozy, especially in the back where ingress and egress could be a challenge for people of a certain stature. He lamented the fact that he couldn't find instantaneous fuel and energy consumption or among the many readouts, and would prefer the sedan kicked into glide mode sooner. In spite of that, he declares the Volt II "a full blown electric car." Head over to CleanMPG for the rest of his assessment.

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