Preowned Cars Dallas TX DFW | 2018 Chevrolet Volt
Times have changed since the first Chevrolet Volt was sold in late 2010. Back then, gas prices were on the way to a generational high, and even some die-hard gas-guzzler enthusiasts were dropping their big rigs for hypermilers. These days, fuel prices are down, Americans are driving more than ever, and trucks and SUVs are back in a big way. Through it all, however, Chevrolet’s once revolutionary Volt has remained the gold standard for plug-in hybrid vehicles. While most plug-in hybrids can manage roughly 10 to 20 miles of electric-only range, the Volt can eke out 53 miles of fuel-free driving before switching on its gasoline engine and charging the battery. Its extended range is not the Volt’s only high point. It’s also unexpectedly rewarding to drive, with solid dynamics, respectable acceleration, and relatively few compromises in the name of fuel efficiency. The plug-in market is changing quickly, and the Volt has more credible competition than ever before. But for now, it’s still the best plug-in hybrid money can buy. Texan Ride will locate you Preowned Cars Chevrolet Volt for low price contact our sales team at (972)546-3822.
What’s New for 2018?
The Volt is almost completely unchanged for 2018. There are three new exterior paint colors (Green Mist Metallic, Satin Steel Metallic, and Cajun Red Tintcoat) and a new driver-assistance package, which is optional for the entry-level LT trim and adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. Some interior materials in the LT trim have been downgraded from leather to vinyl. Otherwise, the 2018 Volt is indistinguishable from last year’s model.
What Was New for 2017?
The Volt was largely unchanged for 2017, with just three additions to the available equipment list: A teen-driving safety feature became standard on all models; it is designed to encourage safer driving behaviors in young drivers. It allows parents to set a speed warning, keep the radio muted until the front seatbelts are buckled, and prevent their teenage drivers from disabling traction and stability control. Adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking became options in the top Premier trim level. A limited-availability exterior color—Citron Green Metallic—joined Siren Red Tintcoat and Kinetic Blue Metallic on the list of extra-cost paint colors.
Trims and Options We’d Choose
The base Volt, at $34,095, is already comprehensively equipped and comes with this car’s most important standard feature: 53 miles of guilt-free driving on electricity alone. The Premier trim adds a better audio system, wireless charging for phones and other devices, and leather seats, among other features. But it also adds more than $4000 to the bottom line, so we’d skip it. Standard features in the base LT include:
• MyLink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two USB ports, and built-in 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity
• Remote keyless entry with push-button start
• Single-zone automatic climate control
For options, we’d go with the leather seats ($900); choosing them requires that you also purchase the Comfort package ($460) with its heated front seats, steering wheel, and side-view mirrors. Those packages bring the total cost of our Volt to $35,455. Purchasing the Volt can qualify buyers for up to $7500 in tax credits (not included in our calculations above), a salve for the sting of an otherwise high price.
Engine and Transmission:
The Volt’s powertrain was thoroughly re-engineered for 2016, and we’re enjoying the benefits. Among them: greatly increased all-electric range, more power, and improved efficiency.
What’s New for 2018?
The Volt’s powertrain is unchanged for 2018, but, with a redesign in its recent past, it still maintains its leg up on the competition in all-electric range and off-the-line acceleration.
2017 Chevrolet Volt
The Volt’s powertrain uses a large battery, two electric motors, and a gasoline engine to deliver quick, relatively powerful acceleration and impressive fuel economy. The Volt’s default power-delivery mode is to propel itself with electricity until its battery is depleted, at which time its gasoline engine kicks in—as in a conventional hybrid—to both recharge the battery and send torque to the wheels.
The Volt is impressively quiet on the road. There’s almost no noise from the powertrain during electric-only operation, apart from a slight whir from the electric motors. The 1.5-liter gas engine, once engaged, is usually so quiet that’s it’s easy to miss the transition from fully electric to gasoline-powered operation. The system is so seamless that it’s impossible to detect when the gas engine is connected to the driven wheels. However, the Volt’s powertrain does have one idiosyncrasy: Because the gasoline engine is both charging up the battery and powering the pair of electric motors connected to the front wheels, the engine’s rpm and the sounds emanating from under the hood don’t always match the driver’s input to the throttle.
The Volt offers four driving modes: Normal, Sport, Mountain, and Hold. In Normal mode, the Volt uses battery power until the battery is depleted, then fires up the gas engine. Sports mode uses the same formula but alters throttle tuning for a more aggressive response. Mountain mode, designed to be deployed in advance of a prolonged incline, preserves battery power or aggressively charges the battery with the gas engine if it’s below that elevated threshold for use during the climb. Hold mode retains battery charge until the driver elects to use it, allowing the car to rely on the internal-combustion engine during a highway commute and switching to the battery pack in a city center, for instance.
The Volt’s interior prioritizes function over form; it suffers from a few dowdy design details and a criminally small back seat. Creature comforts are lacking, too, and despite the car’s price, the Volt’s cabin never feels special.
What’s New for 2018?
There are just two tiny changes to the Volt’s interior for 2018, and they’re not upgrades. The Volt featured standard leather in previous years, but the steering wheel and the shift-knob cover are now vinyl on LT models.
Interior Space Comparisons
Front-seat passengers will be perfectly content in the Volt, with space to spread out, ample storage for small items, and a pair of comfortable front seats. They may not be as pleased that those seats are manually operated even on the upper Premier trim (which starts just one or two options packages short of $40,000) or that the dash trim is made of a vaguely spongy plastic instead of the leather that it attempts to mimic. The Volt is far from alone in this class of hybrids, where pricey powertrains are often offset by less appealing interiors. We’ll keep hoping for better days, but in the meantime, lackluster fittings may be the price drivers pay for moral superiority.
Back-seat passengers will have to contend with limited legroom and even more limited headroom during their journeys in the Volt. Chevrolet added a third seatbelt during the Volt’s 2016 redesign, but the large center tunnel that travels the whole length of the passenger compartment hasn’t moved, so there’s still no space for the legs of the middle-seat passenger. We might say beggars can’t be choosers, but if rear-seat space is a priority, drivers should choose almost any other car in the class instead.
History of Chevrolet
Chevrolet colloquially referred to as Chevy and formally the Chevrolet Division of General Motors Company is an American automobile division of the American manufacturer General Motors (GM). Louis Chevrolet and ousted General Motors founder William C. Durant started the company on November 3, 1911, as the Chevrolet Motor Car Company. Durant used the Chevrolet Motor Car Company to acquire a controlling stake in General Motors with a reverse merger occurring on May 2, 1918 and propelled himself back to the GM presidency. After Durant’s second ousting in 1919, Alfred Sloan, with his maxim “a car for every purse and purpose”, would pick the Chevrolet brand to become the volume leader in the General Motors family, selling mainstream vehicles to compete with Henry Ford’s Model T in 1919 and overtaking Ford as the best-selling car in the United States by 1929.
Chevrolet-branded vehicles are sold in most automotive markets worldwide, with the notable exception of Oceania, where GM is represented by its Australian subsidiary, Holden; Chevrolet announced a return to the region beginning in 2018 after a 50-year absence. In 2005, Chevrolet was relaunched in Europe, primarily selling vehicles built by GM Daewoo of South Korea with the tagline “Daewoo has grown up enough to become Chevrolet”, a move rooted in General Motors’ attempt to build a global brand around Chevrolet. With the reintroduction of Chevrolet to Europe, GM intended Chevrolet to be a mainstream value brand, while GM’s traditional European standard-bearers, Opel of Germany, and Vauxhall of United Kingdom would be moved upmarket. However, GM reversed this move in late 2013, announcing that the brand would be withdrawn from Europe, with the exception of the Camaro and Corvette in 2016. Chevrolet vehicles will continue to be marketed in the CIS states, including Russia. After General Motors fully acquired GM Daewoo in 2011 to create GM Korea, the last usage of the Daewoo automotive brand was discontinued in its native South Korea and succeeded by Chevrolet.
In North America, Chevrolet produces and sells a wide range of vehicles, from subcompact automobiles to medium-duty commercial trucks. Due to the prominence and name recognition of Chevrolet as one of General Motors’ global marques, Chevrolet, Chevy or Chev is used at times as a synonym for General Motors or its products, one example being the GM LS1 engine, commonly known by the name or a variant thereof of its progenitor, the Chevrolet small-block engine. Texan Ride will locate you Preowned Cars Chevrolet Volt for low price contact our sales team at (972)546-3822.