2016 Chevrolet Volt vs. Its Competition

2016 Chevrolet Volt

The 2016 Volt’s 53-mile rated electric range puts it far and away above every other plug-in hybrid on the market.

But families who need a real fifth seat may opt for the tall-wagon Ford C-Max Energi, despite its small load bay and 19-mile range.

Fifth seats are also available in the new Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid (and the Ford Fusion Energi as well).

We don’t know a lot about the next Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, coming for 2017, but it’ll surely be a strong competitor (the previous generation of plug-in Prius, with just 11 miles of range, has already left the market).

Finally, the current Nissan Leaf and the upcoming Chevy Bolt EV offer comparably priced battery-electric vehicles.

The Leaf’s range for 2016 hasn’t been released, but GM promises that next year’s Bolt EV will be rated at 200 miles—for a price under $40,000.

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Quick Specs
8.0
The new 2016 Chevy Volt improves on its predecessor in every way that counts, and its 53-mile range is unsurpassed among plug-in hybrids—meaning its biggest weak spot is GM’s ability to explain and market it.
7.6
The 2016 BMW i3 is a futuristic and different kind of car, not just a new take on what a BMW represents.
7.2
The 2016 Nissan Leaf remains a somewhat appliance-like drive, but its new range rating of 107 miles raises it to the top of its class—and it's still smooth, quiet, and calming to drive.
7.6
The 2016 Toyota Prius has moved much closer to driving like a regular car, while maintaining the highest fuel economy of any car without a plug; that should attract new buyers—if they can overlook the styling.
8.8
There's still no direct competition for the 2016 Tesla Model S, which offers elegant design, 240 miles or more of all-electric range, and jaw-dropping acceleration in the higher-end models. It's one of a kind.
MSRP From    
$33,170$42,400$29,010$24,200$68,000
Gas Mileage    
43 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy54 MPG City / 53 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas/Electric I4ElectricElectricGas/Electric I-4Electric
EPA Class    
Compact CarsSubcompact CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsLarge Cars
Style Name    
5-Door HB LT4-Door HB4-Door HB S *Ltd Avail*5-Door HB Two (SE)2016.5 4-Door Sedan RWD 60
Drivetrain    
Front wheel driveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
54555
Passenger Doors    
4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
HatchbackHatchbackHatchbackHatchbackHatchback 2016.5
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticCVT w/ODAutomatic
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