2011 Chevrolet Volt Review

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The 2011 Chevrolet Volt is an electric car, but drive as far as you want without worry—you won't have to make concessions for the technology onboard.

About exactly four years after GM first showed the Volt as a tech-exotic concept, it's going on sale as a real production car. We've driven the 2011 Chevrolet Volt in a variety of conditions, and can report back that the Volt is indeed a real car.

GM admits the Volt has evolved from the evocative concept shown at the 2007 Detroit auto show, but it says many cues have come over from the striking concept version. The closed front grille is one hallmark that's carried over visibly into the production version, while the tapered corners up front and clean lines at the back (including a small spoiler) are styled to manage the Volt's aerodynamics.

The fact that it also has a revolutionary powertrain that operates as an electric car or a plug-in hybrid—and is the first Chevrolet you can plug into a wall to recharge—could almost be an afterthought. It's that well executed. The Volt may be propelled by electricity. It may plug into a wall socket or a special garage recharger to "refuel." But the new and remarkable compact hatchback also rides and drives quietly, seats four comfortably, and performs briskly.

Simply put, the Volt charges up for a range of about 40 miles on battery power only; then the gasoline engine allows another 300 miles or so on top of that.

The sole fly in the ointment is the inevitably high early adopter price: $41,000. New auto technology always costs a lot when it first hits the market, and the Volt's lithium-ion battery pack all by itself likely costs half the price of a new 2011 Chevy Cruze subcompact.

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November 13, 2015
2011 Chevrolet Volt base

What a wonderful ride. Surprising and Smart.

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I bought a new Volt in Long Island, NY, because I didn't want to wait. They were not for sale in Massachusetts then (January 2011). I have had it almost 5 years. 80,000 miles. Many on electricity alone. I have... + More »
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April 22, 2015
2011 Chevrolet Volt 5-Door HB

This is one fine car, I hardly ever buy gas for it!

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I routinely get more range out of the battery than the EPA rating on the car. The car is comfortable and quiet. The only noise the car makes is road noise which is a little high sometimes, all though I simply... + More »
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September 1, 2016
2017 Chevrolet Volt 5-Door HB Premier

Volt is good in many ways

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The 2017 Volt is a very good car. It goes about 50 miles on batteries only, then the gas engine turns on and drives the electric motors. It is very quiet, both in battery mode and in gas backup mode. So far it... + More »
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