by Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
This is the last update for our 2016 Chevrolet Volt. Though we normally like to retire a vehicle quickly to make room for the next long-termer, our Volt saw one last month of driving.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Our last full month of use involved 1,390 miles of city and highway driving, with more than 300 miles of those in electric mode. Seemingly as a testament to its range-anxiety nullifying capability, we started September off with a full tank of fuel and only purchased 23.7 gallons of California's finest 87-octane to fuel the remaining miles. But the most noteworthy aspect is that there's really nothing to report. Aside from routine service and an errant flat tire, our Volt has trucked on with no complaints.
Average lifetime mpg: 37.3 mpg
EPA mpg rating: 42 mpg combined
Average electric range: 51.6 miles
Best electric range: 75 miles
EPA electric range rating: 53 miles
Current odometer: 28,990 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"A reader commented that he wouldn't want to stack heavy items such as 50-pound bags of concrete inside the cargo area, but the area is well-supported underneath, so that whatever weight is placed is surprisingly well-distributed. It doesn’t hurt that we also have a rubber cargo mat." — Calvin Kim, road test editor
"While crunching fuel numbers for this log, I noticed there were a few switchover points (the point when it stops being an electric car and starts being a hybrid) left unrecorded. Speaking to some of the drivers, it seems as if some drivers are expecting the switchover and are ready to log the information, while others just drive and completely forget about it. This speaks to how smooth the switchovers can be, in particular if they occur at slower speeds." — Calvin Kim
"While I think a bench rear seat would've made the Volt perfect, I understand the compromise needed for range. Having said that, I found I drove our Volt with the rear seats down, turning it into a mini-truck. Sweet." — Calvin Kim