The Overachievement Award Goes to…the 2016 Chevy Volt!
Positive that they’ve produced the best electric hybrid available, the 2016 Volt is almost ready for its debut. Chevrolet car dealers are happy to report that the Volt is not just what we expected, but so much more.
Entering its sophomore generation, Chevy is proud to announce the Volt is done with its growing pains. Having been fully redesigned and updated for the 2016 model year, Chevy has listened to every critique and improved everything from rearview mirrors to battery life and electric range.
So what has changed?
Everything. The 2016 Volt went through a complete makeover. This new generation Volt has an edge and aggressive appeal. The exterior and interior have been made over in a sleek style with modern amenities that reflect a young, bold attitude. An updated hybrid drive system delivers 53 miles of pure electric energy.
New transmission and battery capacity allows the 2016 Volt to travel a 420-mile range on a full charge and full tank of gas which translates to 1000 miles between filling your tank. That is a tremendous amount of savings you now have, thanks to your 2016 Chevy Volt. While the Volt hasn’t yet made its debut at your Chevrolet car dealer location, the anticipation grows and fans can hardly wait.
Bigger Engine Just Got Better
Chevy has proven that bigger is sometimes better. Adding to 2016 Volt is a slightly larger 1.5L SIDI engine. Being that the previous engine was a 1.4L and had issues with noise, vibration and harshness when operating under gas power, Chevy went with a slightly larger engine which gives the ability to produce the power it needs to run at lower engine speeds. This reduces the noise and vibration.
Running on a new generation of engines that were designed to waste less energy, reducing the noise, it can also run on fuel which was a specific request by Volt drivers that Chevy addressed.
The 2016 Volt is more than an improvement from the models of years past but also in comparison with other hybrids currently on the market. Now offering better handling than both the Ford Fusion and the Toyota Prius combined, the updated 2016 Volt gets to 60mph in 8.4 seconds which is faster than the Toyota Prius.
While it’s immediately more sporty in appearance than others in its class, reviews say it’s also more fun to drive. After dropping 100 extra pounds from last years’ model, it has become lighter with a sportier feel. The lost weight produces a more aggressive throttle that delivers more power leading to a quicker performance. There is no doubt that the 2016 Volt is the best contender in the hybrid segment.
The 2016 Chevy Volt will be delivering a wider range of miles on both electric and gas power. Chevy promised improvements with mileage and they over delivered. This means that the Volt will be able to travel 53 miles on electric battery alone before it needs to go to the fuel tank for reserves.
The Battery Life
Let me break this down for you. Every time you get in your 2016 Volt, it will be powered by an electric battery. Should you never need to travel more than 53 miles in single trips, you’ll never been needing to use the gas reserves. How many trips to and from your work is that? Think of how much money you will save by running on 53 miles of electric energy. What will you ever do with your savings? Well, I’m sure you can think of something!
Your fully charged battery will get 106 mpge (miles per gallon equivalent). Once the electric power is used up, the gas engine works together with the electric drive system to produce still a more efficient fuel economy. So, even when it’s necessary to use the fuel reserves, you will run on an efficient engine.
What’s Your Range?
The range on the gasoline-fueled engine gets an EPA combined rating of 42 miles. On average, the Chevy Volt user won’t see a gas station except for around every 1,000 miles or so. Currently, GM predicts about 80% of the 2015 Volt is run on battery. 80% of not using fuel, of not paying for gasoline. That’s also 80% fewer stops to fill your tank on freezing winter days.
If you consider that the average Volt driver will be doing most of their driving within a close range of city or town limits, then this is the car that makes the most sense. Think for a minute all of the driving you do in an average day; to and from work, meetings, groceries, kid’s schools, events, sports. Most of this occurs within a lower mile range closer to your home. Driving the Chevy Volt ensures that you’re most likely going to be running solidly on electric energy and saving money by not refueling anywhere near as often as you used to.
The practicality of producing a vehicle that runs considerably more on electric power than fuel saves time and money at the pumps, but also speaks to a much larger and growing demographic that Chevy is cornering right now. While every manufacturer is producing some kind of hybrid, only Chevy is offering one which has gone through a complete redesign and has produced better results than it even intended.
That’s what overachievers do. They out-do and surprise even themselves. Really, isn’t that what you want in a car brand?
When Chevy originally set out to update the Volt, they said “50 miles or more” running on electric alone. The 2016 Volt gets 53 miles.
When Chevy said set out to improve fuel economy, they said “at least 40 miles”. Just like you guessed, the 2016 Volt now gets 42 miles per gallon. This gives the Volt an efficiency rating of 106 MPGe (MPGe = miles per gallon of equivalent. This measures the distance a car can travel electrically on the same amount of energy as contained in one gallon of gasoline.).
Seating for Five
While the third row, ‘seven passenger’ is all the buzz in the dominating SUV/crossover segment, the Chevy Volt is highlighting their three-passenger back seat. That’s right, the middle seat is back. Coming equipped with a shoulder strap but sans lap belt and headrest, it does offer an extra seat for the smallest of the bunch. Because the battery is located underneath the middle seat, there is a slight bump up which would actually serve to make the smallest person who is doomed for that spot feel a bit better about their lot in life.
Sleek, Confident Style
Often when people think ‘hybrid’ they think about a humdrum design with little to frills and perks. That couldn’t be farther from what the redesigned 2016 Volt captures. Said to be inspired by a wind-swept landscape, the sloping roof line offers a sleek sporty look for a hybrid while also improves its aerodynamics. A shutter system is located behind the front grill that automatically closes at highway speeds to reduce drag
In an attempt to modernize the interior without minimizing the need for comfort, softer materials, and more spacious seating make it more livable for all family members. A cleaned up center stack is a vast improvement as are the simple knobs and buttons to designate climate control, as well as heated front, passenger, and rear seats. An 8” screen displays the infotainment and Apple’s CarPlay, a first for GM, which when connected to an iPhone allows for hands-free and eyes free texting messaging through the use of Siri. All this adds up to a 40% improvement over last years model.