Auto manufacturers are discontinuing many passenger cars, with the Volt being included. Looking back to 2016, Chevrolet produced one of the Volts best model years. It was completely redesigned and available in two different trim packages. The LT was the base model and was very well equipped for a standard package. You could also have upgraded to the Premier, which was available in two different trims.
The Chevy Volt was more refined in 2016. The batteries became more powerful while switching the single large motor for two smaller ones. The engine was switched from a four cylinder displacing 1.4 liters with an iron block to a lighter 1.5 liter engine that used an aluminum block. It worked together with the electric motors and drove the differential with a chain instead of driven previously using gears. The engine alone puts out 101 HP with the electric motors increasing their power from 17.1 to 18.4 kW.
The Volt was able to travel further on battery power alone. It went up from 38 miles on a charge to over 50. Once the batteries were depleted, the gas engine kicked to life, taking control of powering the vehicle and recharging the batteries. The estimated fuel economy on the engine alone was 43 MPG and in hybrid mode, it increased to over 100.
The Chevy Volt was well equipped with many standard and optional safety features. High tech features were all about keeping the driver and passengers safe. Some of the features included;
Child Safety Locks
Early Collision Warning
Emergency Braking Assistance
Rear Facing Camera
Disc Brakes all Around
Blind Spot and Lane Changing Alert
Driving the 2016 Volt
The Volt was quiet, especially when it was running in all electric mode. The vehicle had a top speed of almost 100 MPH and a range over 400 miles. Charging time was 13 hours using 110 volts and shortened to 4 and a half hours on a 220 volt charger. The handling was quick and nimble with help from an electric power steering system.
The basic LT package had many standard features that were options on other cars. It used the Chevy MyLink app that was interfaced to an 8 inch touchscreen. Audio and Bluetooth was also a feature linked into the system. It used keyless access with a remote push button starter. OnStar was standard with portable WiFi that kept you connected. Satellite radio was also a standard feature that used a six speaker system. A rear facing camera, cruise control, and USB ports were also included.
The Premier model was equipped with even more features. Heat was everywhere imaginable. Front and rear heated seats, heated mirrors, and a heated steering wheel to make sure everything stayed warm. Automatic parking was there for both diagonal and parallel parking situations. The speakers were upgraded to Bose with the addition of 2 more speakers and a sub woofer. Bucket seats for the front were leather which helped with sliding in and out of the car.
Front seat legroom was over 42 inches. Rear passengers 34 inches, a great deal for a small car. The car lost weight from the previous model by using smaller motors and less batteries. It weighed in at just over 3500 pounds with a total length of 180 inches. With all the seats in place, the Volt still had over 10 cubic feet of cargo area. The wheels were 17 inch painted alloys with 215-50 R 17 tires installed.
Designed into the system was the ability to switch from regular mode to either sport or mountain mode. This created more drain on the battery, however it gave a little more acceleration and more climbing ability in hilly country. Even in regular mode, the Volt still reached 60 MPH in about 8 and a half seconds.
It also used a regenerative braking system that was upgraded for the 2016 model. It was quieter and more efficient than previous years. This helped put charge back into the battery by recycling energy that would have been normally lost during braking.
The 2016 Chevy Volt carried a base warranty of 3 years or 36,000 miles. Other parts of the vehicle had extended warranties. The drive train had a 5 year or 60,000 mile warranty on it. The hybrid components were under warranty for 8 years or 100,000 miles. The Volt also had a warranty against rust, 6 years or 100,000 miles.
The 2016 Volt was a little ahead of its time. Gasoline was still inexpensive and buying a hybrid was more expensive than a comparable gasoline engine car. Even with tax incentives, the car still had a bigger upfront cost. The 2016 Volt still remains a very dependable car.