The 2014 Chevrolet Volt was the only small car of 12 tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to earn its 2014 Top Safety Pick + award. The award is given to Top Safety Pick vehicles that also incorporate front crash prevention systems, as the Chevrolet Volt with Chevrolet’s Forward Collision Alert system does.
The Volt also excelled in the IIHS’ small overlap front crash test, which is designed to replicate “a collision with another object, such as a tree, on the very front corner of the vehicle at 40 mph.” The Volt earned an “acceptable” rating. This is the second-highest rating the IIHS offers – ahead of the lowest rating of “poor” but below the best rating of “good.”
“GM should be commended for the Volt’s performance in the small overlap front test because this car was designed before that challenging test was introduced,” said IIHS senior vice president for vehicle research Joe Nolan.
In fact, of the six categories the IIHS monitors in the small overlap front crash test, the Volt earned a “good” rating in four of them. Its rating in the categories of “Structure” and “Restraints and Kinematics” were deemed “acceptable,” leading to the car’s overall rating.
While earning the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick + award reveals the inherent safety of the little extended-range electric vehicle, there is always room for improvement. We believe that all-new 2016 Volt will be even safer.