2014 Chevrolet Volt car review @ Top Speed

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year: 2014 make: Chevrolet Model: Volt price: $34995 Engine: inline-4 Transmission: Multi-Mode Electric Transaxle Horsepower @ RPM: 84 MPG(Cty): 35 MPG(Hwy): 40 Torque @ RPM: 67 (Est.) Displacement: 1.4 L 0-60 time: 8.7 sec. Top Speed: 100 mph Layout: Front-engine, Front-drive

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The Chevrolet Volt is an important trendsetter as the first mainstream model to establish the plug-in hybrid segment as a viable answer to long-range EV driving. That same segment it created, however, is now bursting with new entries three years after the Chevy first hit showrooms.

The Volt shows how far the level of technical knowledge has come in just a few short years, as the latest models have little difficulty topping the Volt’s MPGe scores and do so with conventional three-man back seats and traditional trunks for luggage.

At the time of the Volt’s development, its Chevrolet Cruze -based platform could only accommodate the giant T-shaped li-ion battery pack if it was laid out under the center console and back seat bases – creating a cockpit much tighter than most are willing to accept in a $35,000-plus new car.

Therein was the Volt’s other major critique at launch: prices that mean buyers could afford almost two fleet-spec Priuses for the price of one loaded Volt. Luckily, time has caught up with the Volt’s technology and the pricing of competition from the Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid. Toyota Prius Plug-in and Ford Fusion Energi .


The Accord PHEV and Fusion Energi are both actually a bit more expensive than the Chevy. but can deliver a quicker and more-efficient drive while making fewer interior compromises.

For 2014, the Volt gets a (very slightly) larger-capacity battery pack, detail trim and color changes, and a simpler opening mechanism for the EV charge door on the front fender.

Where does the Volt fit in today’s eco-confused market? Does its battery-plus-generator powertrain still rank as a world-beating first or more of a barrier to purchase among buyers who need a big trunk and seating room?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Chevrolet Volt, with highlights on how its interior room, efficiency and performance rank versus the much-newer competition.

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Exterior

The exterior design of the Volt has always been a wide miss for most consumers, despite some techy design elements and functional aerodynamic enhancements. The biggest problem for the production Chevy Volt was, in fact, the striking design and rear-drive proportions of the original Volt concept car. Where that car had a distinctly long hood-to-axle ratio, the production model lost all of the concept’s elegance.

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In fact, the cars are so different that only the power of the Volt name carried through to production. Short-wheelbase and front-drive proportions instantly show the Volt as an economy car, while the blocked-off upper grille area tries too hard to look like a regular air intake of the Chevy bow-tie face.

Things get worse in profile and from the rear. The Volt’s profile is extremely awkward with a gloss black faux window-line running inches below the full length of the actual glass. This is a misguided styling nod to the original concept’s high-shoulder design and slim window graphics.

It just looks odd and cheap on the road.

The gloss black trim panel extends forward into the front fenders with Volt badging on both sides. This area was the charge door port of the concept, but made it to production despite large round doors serving for charging and fuel needs. The pointed black spear is especially bizarre because it could have been rounded off to make a smooth front window-line that also disguises the black side-mirror stalks.

In back, the tail is faithful to the Prius -style hybrid silhouette archetype with a flowing roof glass that also opens up as the cargo hatch. Linear aerodynamic spats appear on the rear corners of the car and the high-mounted LED taillights are certainly modern versus the rest of the Chevy lineup. A center-mounted white reverse light lives in the lower bumper but fails to disguise the extremely thick bumper and trunk surfaces.

A body-color roof and trunk panel were new last year, replacing the gloss black roof and lower trunk panels with painted surfaces.

Overall, the Volt is a mismatched clump of styling themes that do not get along well together. LED running lights in the top corners of the headlamps help give the Volt a unique signature, and the low roofline shows off how smoothly air can pass by the Chevy. Unfortunately, these highlights are not enough to make the Volt’s looks a selling point on their own.

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