2016 Chevy Volt MPG Real World Review: The Stealth Electric Car

( ) The 2016 Chevy Volt is a plugin hybrid that can go up to 53 miles on electricity only. But how far can it go in EV mode on the highway, and what sort of MPG does it get over TFLcar’s 100 Mile real world MPG highway test loop? Watch this video to find out.

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38 Replies to “2016 Chevy Volt MPG Real World Review: The Stealth Electric Car”

  1. Ban Powel

    Potentially, one of the greatest cars on the planet, and GM? Could'nt be bothered to push this fabulous product, American engineering at its best, but weak, marketing, that seemed to want this car not to be popular?

  2. Life Quest

    What are you guys testing, how to get from here to there??? This is no economical run.
    Electric is only effecient up to about 40 to 45mph. Then you should kick over to gas.
    I usually get 80 mile on battery every charge in the summer. Driving the way you are, you won't get that.

  3. Life Quest

    What are you guys testing, how to get from here to there??? This is no economical run.
    Electric is only effecient up to about 40 to 45mph. Then you should kick over to gas.
    I usually get 80 mile on battery every charge in the summer. Driving the way you are, you won't get that.

  4. Albert Gallegos

    Right off I get the feeling your test is gonna be inaccurate due to the fact that their stated MPGe is based on average normal day to day driving and you’re taking that waaay out of context. First of all you’re at 75 mph and that really drains the battery quicker. Also, I know ppl who’ve had their volt for a few years and have only used their gas in order to exchange their current stores gasoline. 🤔

  5. Stephen J.P. Ingley

    The 2014 Cadillac ELR in my garage has 75K Miles. However, other than a tweaked software program, the ELR and Volt Powertrains are identical. After all, they were built on parallel assembly lines in Hamtramck Michigan. From experience I can honestly tell you that you real world MPG Test is not the way I drive. The HV Battery is for City Traffic and the ICE Generator is for HWY Driving. I select HOLD when I'm going on the Interstate. That saves the HV Battery for the Stop and Go Driving in the City environment. All the other reviewers here are spot on in saying the same basic thing. Plug in Hybrids give you the CHOICE to select your energy source. I get 250mpge in the City and 35mpg HWY. Real World numbers. Max EV Miles for me has never been more than 42 (Older Powertrain and Smaller Battery). Also, I only use Premium per GM's Owner Manual. I have used 1.6 gallons of fuel in the past 1,100 miles of driving according to the CUE Energy Usage Page. Great Cars… However, in all fairness Thank You for a Real World MPG Job Well Done… JP

  6. amadeusb4

    Your prior trip of 83.9 miles averaged 80.3 MPG! Ha. I just made a trip in mine of 92 miles with over 6,000' of vertical climbing in the winter and a good stretch of highway with 2 adults and 2 kids in the car and averaged over 84 MPG!

  7. Justin Meyer

    This was a great video. And I’d love to see more to come, I just got a 2018 Prius C as I drive 130 round trip a day for work so my 4Runner was just eating gas. I am happy but miss my 4runer.

  8. Masnart

    It would have got way better mileage if you werent going 75. You say real world, well if you look around the country, hardly any state has 75. Metropolitan areas are all usually the 55-65 range. Fuel mileage would have been drastically better at 65. I love my 2018 chevy volt. So far, my lifetime gas mileage on the vehicle is still 250+, as that's the highest it will read. And I charge for free at my work.

  9. Edward Chambers

    The "apparent" mpg of around 42.3 at mostly 75mph for the last 61-or-so miles of the loop… that's very much in line with the EPA-estimated 43 mpg for gas only. I'm very curious to see how my new car might compare over a similar distance at that speed (and by the way… what was the temp?)… but I won't have a chance to do so for a couple of months. I just "special ordered" a Prius Prime / Premium, and I probably won't have it until at LEAST the middle of August.

  10. Greg1234

    68mpg is without including electricity cost. Here are two different calculations to attempt a true mpg figure:

    60.312 gas miles / 42mpg= 1.436 gal used * 1.796 loves gas station/gal= $2.58 cost of gas.
    38 e miles used  ( 40 to 60 e range possible depending on factors) (higher true mpg is possible with lower distance traveled or better mileages)

    14kw +- usable energy 2016 volt= 14*.1257 cost per kw= $1.76+- cost of electricity
    (Some drivers report it takes 15.7kwh+- including the charge loss from fully/close depleted battery)

    2.58+1.76= $4.34 Gas + electricity cost

    98/1.436= 68.25 mpg not including electricity cost.

    1st calculation method:
    98/x * 1.796= $4.34 Gas + electricity cost

    x= 40.55 actual true mpg

    98/40.55= 2.42gal total used if no elec was used. 2.42 *1.796= 4.34

    42/38= 1.11 * 1.76= $1.95 = 42 emiles cost
    1.95/1.796= 1.090 e gal equiv to gas gal
    38/42= .904*1.090= .985 gas gal cost equiv total= .985*1.796=$1.76
    So 1.436+.985= 2.421 total gal. 
    Therefore 98/2.421= 40.48 true mpg

  11. splice247

    i disagree with this test, bec you started with a full battery, if you repeated the test imidiately without charging the battery like most people would drive to work everyday the motor would stsrt sooner to charge the battery

  12. Madison TSX

    68mpg is very inaccurate however. In theory the Volt really only got about 35mpg since it ran on battery alone for over 30 miles. That's the issue with the Volt v Prius battle. The Volt has a longer electric range while the Prius only manages about 10 miles on electric. However the Prius can get north of 55mpg all day long without even trying which at 200 miles and beyond ends up being a win by a landslide for the Prius. The Volt is also more expensive off the dealer showroom floor. Apples to Apples, the Prius is still the more efficient car despite it's smaller battery capacity and it's still the cheaper car to purchase by almost 8 grand. Buy the Volt if you're going to do a lot of city driving. However, buy the Prius if you're going to use your car like a normal car and don't want to have to worry about plugging it in. Still, a very inaccurate review by TFL. These cars are much more complicated now. Simply gassing them up and driving a 100 mile loop doesn't give your viewers the right answers anymore. Also, what's with the filling the car up and then adding more fuel? Why over complicate things? Fill the car up til it clicks, then stop. How hard is that?

  13. Frederic Borloo

    Guys… If you measure your mpg over 30 miles, it'll be infinite… (You are only using the battery). If you drive 300 miles without recharging the battery, you won't get more than 35-40 mpg… You have to test the mpg starting with an empty battery, otherwise this test is irrelevant.

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