The 2018 Chevrolet Volt is an efficient compact gas-electric hybrid vehicle that is built with both a gas engine and an electric motor. It is available in two different trim levels: the Volt LT and the Volt Premier. The LT is the base model of the Volt series, and the Premier is an upgraded model that offers added features and amenities that are not standard for the LT. Chevrolet’s 2018 Volt is one of the best plug-in hybrids on the market, and here are just five of the reasons why.

Ultimate Efficiency

The fuel efficiency of the 2018 Chevrolet Volt is virtually unmatched among other compact gas-electric hybrid models. Its combined city/highway gas mileage is 106 MPGe when the car is running on electric power only. The 2018 Volt can travel an estimated distance of up to 53 miles on a single electric charge. Per hour of plug-in charging, it can travel up to 22 miles. This means you have to plug in your Volt for less than three hours to let it charge fully and be able to travel 50+ miles before it needs to be plugged in again. If its electric power runs out and you’re still driving, the Volt’s gas engine automatically activates. Even when it isn’t using its electric motor, the fuel efficiency of the 2018 Volt is still impressive. Its gas engine offers a combined city/ highway gas mileage of about 42 MPG.

The average number of miles Volt drivers travel in the intervals between filling their car up with fuel is 1,100 miles—as long as they’re regularly plugging in their Volt to charge its electric battery. Most American adults drive about 250 miles every week, which adds up to an estimated total of 13,000 miles annually per person. If you only have to fill up your gas tank once for every 1,100 miles you drive, you should only have to head to a gas station in your Volt about once a month. Not only do such infrequent fill-ups save you hundreds of dollars per year, they also allow you to travel long distances without wasting time stopping for gas along your route. The Volt’s range without charging in between is up to 420 miles.

Regenerative Braking

In addition to its baseline fuel efficiency—which is already one of the best in its vehicle class—the Chevy Volt offers regenerative braking that contributes to its efficiency, eco- friendliness, and convenience. Since the 2018 Volt is a plug-in hybrid model, its primary charging method is via plugging it into a compatible charging unit. However, it also features regenerative brakes that help recharge its electric battery every time you slow down or stop while driving.

Regenerative braking can’t fully charge your Volt’s electric motor—you still have to plug it in to recharge it fully and take advantage of its 53-mile electric power range. However, the 2018 Volt’s regenerative braking effortlessly extends your mile range between plug- ins and fuel fill-ups without any intervention on your part. Plus, it restores lost battery power without using any outside energy—which helps take stress off the environment.

Impressive Power

For an electric-gas hybrid model, the 2018 Chevrolet Volt offers impressive power. Its gas engine is a four-cylinder, 1.5-L engine that has plenty of power to get you where you need to go on an everyday basis.

Whether it’s using its gas or electric power, the Volt’s regenerative brakes are ultra- efficient and make smooth driving easy. Its acceleration is also very responsive, so you can speed up and slow down quickly without any jerky movements.

Compact Convenience

Chevrolet’s 2018 Volt stands out in all the best ways within its vehicle class of other compact hybrid models. Its compact body is designed with aerodynamics in mind for smooth driving and a sleek, stylish exterior. Overall, the Volt is built with purpose for maximum functionality and modern style to make everything about your driving experience the best that it can be.

High-Tech Features

The 2018 Chevy Volt has a host of modern high-tech features that make your driving experience safer and more entertaining. Its standard and available advanced safety features include automatic parking assist, lane keep assist, forward collision alert, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, etc.

As for entertainment tech, the Volt offers an optional built-in eight-speaker Bose audio system for superior sound while you’re on the road. It also features an available MyLink infotainment system with endless entertainment options, voice controls, and navigation for added safety and convenience.