Used 2014 Chevrolet Volt Sedan
Chevrolet Volt Sedan
The 2014 Chevrolet Volt can run as a pure electric car or be powered by its gasoline engine giving you the best of both worlds.
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Chevrolet’s Volt for 2014 is more than a hybrid and more than a pure electric. Actually, it’s a bit of both. Unlike most hybrids, the Volt can run at freeway speeds on pure electric, but only for limited range of about 30-40 miles. When the battery pack is depleted, a small gasoline engine kicks on to run a generator that powers the electric motor while simultaneously recharging the battery pack. With the gasoline engine running, the Volt’s estimated range is increased to 380 miles and its fuel economy estimated around 40 mpg. Unlike many electric and hybrid offerings the Volt’s styling isn’t awkward or geeky, and its interior is one of the coolest we’ve seen in or out of a hybrid.
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The 2014 Chevy Volt delivers on its promise to be green by providing a pure electric mode up to nearly 40 miles. Unlike electric cars, the Volt won’t leave you stranded once the battery runs down, so long as there is fuel in the tank.
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Even with a price reduction and tax credits, the 2014 Volt doesn’t come cheap. The Volt’s back seat is small, and only holds two people, limiting its usefulness to many urban buyers.
What's New for 2014
The Chevrolet Volt sees no major changes for 2014.
As an electric, the 2014 Chevy Volt’s motor offers up a big serving of torque right out of the gate. From a stop, our Volt sprinted to life with enough thrust to push us into our seats as it silently reached 50 mph. The absence of engine noise and gearshifts does take some getting used to. Even when the gasoline engine kicks on, it doesn’t rev relative to road speed. As for the Volt’s driving characteristics, we’d hesitate to call them sporty, but the Cruz-based platform does provide decent handling and a rather smooth ride. The Volt’s electric power steering is responsive and direct, nicely weighted without being too vague at highway speeds or too heavy when parallel parking. Although GM claims the Volt’s electric range at 38 miles, the actual range will vary hugely depending on circumstances.
DELAYED START AND DEPARTURE TIME MODE
Using information supplied by your local electricity provider, you can program the Volt to start recharging its battery pack when rates are at their lowest. And if you tell it when you plan to leave in the morning, the car will automatically schedule the charging process to ensure it’s ready.
VOLT SMARTPHONE APP
The OnStar MyLink app lets you check your Volt’s battery level, tire pressure, available electric range, lock/unlock the doors and start the A/C system to pre-cool the interior, all from your smartphone. You can control charging rate and get a text or e-mail alert when the battery is “full.”
Taking a page from the Apple computer school of design, the 2014 Chevy Volt’s interior can be covered in bright white and dark accented plastics and touch-sensitive controls for the audio and climate-control functions. Two 7-inch LCD screens replace the traditional analog gauges, with one serving as the instrument cluster (speedometer, fuel and range gauges) and the other in the center stack displaying the electric motor/battery operation as well as the available navigation screen. The cool-looking touch-sensitive buttons are a little tricky to identify and operate. The rear seat takes only two occupants and their head- and legroom are snug.
With the goal of total operating efficiency, the 2014 Chevrolet Volt’s design team crafted a body shape that could cheat the wind while delighting the eyes. Up front are a rounded nose, closed grille opening and steeply raked windshield. Sharp edges along the Volt’s rear fenders help slice through the wind, as does the functional rear hatch spoiler. This is one of the most aerodynamic cars in GM’s long and storied history. Even the Volt’s wheels and tires are designed for maximum efficiency; the ultra-lightweight wheels (17.8 pounds) mount Goodyear Fuel Max low-rolling-resistance tires.
Notable Standard Equipment
The base 2014 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid comes with a more comprehensive feature set than just about any other Chevy on the market. It’s also the recipient of all of Chevy’s latest and greatest technology and features, including touch-sensitive climate, audio and drive controls, and an 8-year/100,000-mile warranty on its battery pack and associated electrics. Other standard features include air conditioning, keyless access, power mirror/locks/windows, 110-volt charge cord, color-touch AM/FM/CD radio and 17-inch wheels. Standard safety features include electronic traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes and eight airbags. You also get USB connectivity and five years of OnStar.
Notable Optional Equipment
For 2014, most Chevy Volt options are grouped into a few packages, including the Premium Trim (adds leather seating trim, heated front seats and a rear center armrest), and two Enhanced Safety packages, one including rear park assist and a rearview camera and the other adding front park assist and the lane-departure and collision-warning systems. Stand-alone options include an energy-saving Bose sound system (it’s 40 percent lighter and uses 50 percent less energy than a conventional sound system), MyLink, a 240-volt charging station and a navigation system with 30GB hard-drive music storage and Sirius NavTraffic.
Under the Hood
The 2014 Chevrolet Volt’s propulsion system consists of an electric drive unit that makes 149 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, a 16kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a 1.4-liter/84-horsepower 4-cylinder “range-extender.” That engine takes over when battery charge is depleted – normally after 25-40 miles of driving – and generates on-the-fly electricity for another 300-380 miles. Recharging takes 10-16 hours using a standard 110V outlet or about four hours on a 240V dedicated unit. The Volt has four operating modes. Normal is the most efficient, Sport provides more direct accelerator response, Mountain helps the battery cope with extended steep grades and Hold runs only on the gas engine/generator, conserving battery charge for when it may be wanted (in town, for instance).
AC synchronous electric motor/generator
16kWh lithium-ion battery pack
1.4-liter inline-4 (drives generator only)
111kW/149 horsepower @ 4,800 rpm
273 lb-ft of torque @ 0-4,800 rpm
EPA projected full-charge range: 38 miles (all-electric), 380 miles (gasoline range-extender only)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 93 MPGe (all-electric, mpg equivalent), 35 city/40 highway mpg (on gasoline engine/generator)
The 2014 Chevrolet Volt’s Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts right around $35,000 and loading one with leather, navigation, Bose audio, and the rearview camera and park-assist package will bump that figure to $40,000. Even when you factor in the potential $7,500 federal tax credit, that pricing limits the Volt’s appeal. Leasing may be one way to make the payments manageable. Although Chevrolet projects a full recharge will run only about $1.50 per day, the cost of a dedicated 240V home charger to replace the standard 110V cable will run $490 plus installation. As with the Nissan Leaf EV, it’s difficult to assess how well the Volt will retain its value over time, although we expect the 2014 Chevrolet Volt to remain on par with the Leaf, but far below the values for the Toyota Prius and VW Golf TDI.
Chevrolet Volt Consumer Reviews
September 25, 2018
I am in Anchorage, Alaska, no garage. -5 lows not uncommon in the winter. Despite that I am still getting 140 MPGe. Battery charge...
September 23, 2018
I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS CAR
One of the best EVs you can get at this point. I have owned 2 for the last 6 years and have had many friends who bought them after...
September 08, 2018
High quality, reliable and fun to drive
I have owned my Volt for almost 5 years now. It is a blast to drive, solid and tight and costs me almost nothing to run. I only bring...
June 05, 2018
Best Car I have owned
I love this more than any other Car I have owned. Our Current other vehicles are v8s and we put less than 5,000 miles a year on those...
February 21, 2018
My 2013 Volt is an incredible car.
This car is something else. Its the best of both worlds. On my regular daily running around I can get by on just electric, but on the...
November 13, 2017
Zippier than a BMW
I love my Volt! Be warned, as soon as you try driving one of these, there is no going back: the Volt has ludicrously fast acceleration...
October 15, 2017
Fun, solid and reliable
This car is a blast to drive and costs very little to maintain. I particularly like its quality. The interior is as nice as some of...
October 13, 2017
Best car I ever owned
I have driven this car for a year and a half now. I have driven this car to and from work daily(about 30 miles.) I have driven it to...
August 07, 2017
A sporty, infinite range, plug-in electric.
I bought this Volt new on the last day of a GM promotion leasing them for three years for 299 a month with very little down. Surprising...
April 30, 2017
Never Dreamed that a Diesel Power hungry DuraMax
Ive been studying the Chevy Volt since the GM team started working on its development. I like most of you have heard all the hype and...