2011 Chevrolet Volt

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt Base Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      40
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      149/273
    • ENGINE
      1.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $40,280
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2011 Chevrolet Volt Review

Efficient design and technology achieve many MPGs

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The 2011 Chevrolet Volt is a four-door hatchback that is not a pure hybrid or electric car. The Chevy Volt is powered by a 1.4 liter four-cylinder engine that charges the battery made of lithium ion. The 16 kilowatt t-shaped battery in the Volt is the same battery used to power a Mac or PC.

In average driving conditions, the Chevy Volt can travel forty miles on a single battery charge without the use of gas. When the battery loses charge, the Volt converts over to the 1.4 liter engine, but the motor doesn't power the wheels. Instead, it delivers power to the battery pack so the generator can be powered. The Volt can be refueled at any station selling E85 ethanol or regular fuel. Fuel economy may be as high as 95 mpg city / 90 mpg highway.

New for 2011

The 2011 Chevy Volt is an all-new plug-in battery/gasoline hybrid that has a range of up to 40 miles in electric-only mode.

Essentials

Motor/Engine: 1.4L I-4, 16 kWh Li-Ion battery pack
Transmission: Single reduction ratio
Body Style: Four-door hatchback
Trim: Base Hatchback

On the Outside

With the familiar grille and tail lamps, Volt is unmistakably a Chevrolet. At just 56.3-inches tall, the Volt is distinguished by its smoothed edges and a design that emphasizes aerodynamics.

From the Inside

Inside, the Chevy Volt reflects high-tech features, including a Mac-inspired brushed chrome center stack and blue-green ambient lighting in the door panels.

Driving Performance

With sporty handling and good straight-line performance, the Chevy Volt's power train is rated at 150 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of torque. Suspension is composed of MacPherson struts in the front and a compound twist axle in the rear, while its brakes are four-wheel disc and fully regenerative.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety features on the Chevy Volt include front, side curtain bags and knee bags, plus StabiliTrak, traction control, and anti-lock brakes.

Gas Mileage

Chevrolet Volt: 95 mpg city / 90 mpg highway

Plusses

  • Outstanding fuel economy
  • Top technology
  • Tons of torque
  • Great drivability

Minuses

  • High price
  • Low availability

Rating

Efficient design and technology achieve many MPGs

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