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2014 Chevrolet Volt review

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Pros

  • Great hybrid mpg
  • High-tech interior
  • Cavernous hatchback

Cons

  • Rear seats are tight for adults
  • Fast charging is not available
  • Hybrid exterior styling penalty

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An easy entry to EV ownership

Interested in an electric car, but worried about range anxiety or local fast-charging reliability? The Chevrolet Volt is the answer here. As an extended-range plug-in hybrid, the Volt has an electric range that's suitable for most commutes. If you deplete the battery, the small gas engine acts as a backup. If you only drive a Volt to work and back, you might only need to fill up every few months. The exterior blends in with non-hybrids, while the interior styling is an interesting avant-garde for the era. 

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What is new for the 2014 Chevrolet Volt?

  • Power Seat(s) features are now available as options on select trims.

5 reasons to buy the 2014 Chevrolet Volt

1. Electric range 

Tired of visiting gas stations? The 2014 Chevrolet Volt has an all-electric range of 38 miles when fully charged.

With the majority of people driving less than that each day as they commute or visit friends, that range will likely suit you just fine. This means the Volt gives you the chance to use zero gas in your regular drive to and from work— you can simply charge at home in the evenings.  

2. Gas range extender 

Maybe you drive a bit more than average. Maybe a lot more. The 2014 Chevrolet Volt is still worth a look thanks to its gas range extender. A 1.4L gas four-cylinder starts up when needed to recharge the battery and extend your mileage. Regenerative braking also refills the battery. Run the battery completely flat, and you’ll still get an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 37 mpg combined.

  

3. Solid driving dynamics 

Hybrids used to have a seemingly mandatory hit to driving character, with slow acceleration, sloppy handling, and numb steering. Throw out all those assumptions, as the Volt will impress with V6-like acceleration, sharp steering, and a confident chassis in corners. Even at 70 mph highway jaunts, it’s as quiet and composed as a luxury car. The 2014 Chevrolet Volt isn’t just a good hybrid, it’s a good car.  

4. Cool interior 

The 2014 Chevrolet Volt has a stylish interior with comfort for four and excellent outward visibility. Sliding behind the wheel, you’ll notice a digital driver information display that looks borrowed from motorcycles. The center stack of controls and seven-inch infotainment touchscreen have a unique vertical element.  

5. Loaded up 

If you like tech, you’re in luck here, as the 2014 Chevrolet Volt has only one configuration (no trim levels), with few options. Nearly everything is standard. Look for: Bluetooth®, available remote start, navigation system, chrome trim outside and piano black trim inside, heated exterior mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a rear spoiler.

Options include metallic paint colors, upgraded sound systems, different-style wheels (in the same size), and driver assistance tech.  

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2014 Chevrolet Volt is a car that has both gas and electric power. Customers like the smoothness of the gas engine and say it gives them more range when driving on electricity alone. The cabin is quiet, even at high speeds, with good soundproofing. They also love how well-designed everything feels inside—from the touch screen to the seats to the door handles.
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RepairPal gave the Chevrolet Volt an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Chevrolet Volt 6th out of 6 among Alternative Fuel Vehicles.

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Chevrolet Volt features and specs

Base 2WD 4D Hatchback

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Rear View Camera
  • Smart Key

Drive Wheels

Front wheel drive (2WD)

Engine size

1.4L

Horsepower

149

Torque (ft-lbs)

273

Engine type

Plug-in Hybrid

Fuel capacity

9.3

Wheelbase

105.7"

Overall length

177.1"

Width

70.4"

Height

56.64"

Leg room

F 42.05"/R 34.1"

Head room

F 37.8"/R 36.02"

Front tires

P215/55R17

Rear tires

P215/55R17

Seating capacity

4

Transmission

Automatic

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