Despite the impending release of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt with its updated styling and revised Voltec powertrain system, there’s still plenty of love to go around for the 2015 model year first-generation car. In fact, Consumer Reports has listed it as one of their green car “top picks” for the year.
Now, the Chevy Volt didn’t quite manage to dethrone the Toyota Prius for the title as the green car top pick for 2015; we’ll have to check-in next year to see if the second-generation Volt finally topples the premiere Japanese hybrid. But that’s not to sell the aging Volt’s accomplishments short.
Yahoo! recently selected the 2015 Chevrolet Volt as the best green American car one can buy, writing:
The extended-range plug-in has 35 miles of electric-only range, which enables many drivers to commute gas-free. Owner satisfaction remains second only to Tesla among owners of fuel-efficient cars. Attractive leases make the high sticker price easier to swallow… Reliability of this high-tech car has been average.
Of course, the electric-only range has, in fact, swelled (unofficially) to 40 miles for the 2015 model year, thanks to a marginally higher-capacity battery pack. That said, we doubt this fact has any bearing on its standing in the segment.
That the first-generation Volt continues to impress and earn recognition for its revolutionary powertrain years after its introduction, even while an even more impressive iteration hangs in the pipeline, speaks volumes about General Motors’ successes with this initially contested, experimental foray into the PHEV market.