2015 Chevy Volt Wins Kelley Blue Book’s “Best Buys Of 2015: Electric Hybrid” (w/video)


2015 Chevy Volt

2015 Chevy Volt

Despite being due for a major overhaul, the Chevrolet Volt is still capturing awards, like this latest “Best Buys of 2015: Electric/Hybrid” from Kelley Blue Book.

KBB states:

“Unique technology and strong value drive the Chevrolet Volt to victory as our Electric/Hybrid Car Best Buy for 2015.”

“That the Chevy Volt stands atop our list of Electric/Hybrid Best Buy contenders after four years in the marketplace is a testament to its virtues. The Volt might not be the newest entry in a group that includes the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 and Toyota Prius, but a clever powertrain and exceptional value helped Chevrolet’s gasoline/electric wondercar secure the win.”

“Among an exceptionally diverse field, the Volt occupies a sweet spot between value and desirability. Those same traits have helped the Volt’s position as one of Kelley Blue Book’s 10 Best Green Cars every year since its introduction. Last year’s $5,000 price cut didn’t hurt either.”

So, the Volt is still a winner, despite being one of the “oldest” plug-ins on the market.  Even a newcomer, the BMW i3, couldn’t beat the Volt.

This line from KBB sums up the Volt rather well:

“In essence the Volt adapts to the needs of the driver…not the other way around. That’s a trick that pure electric cars, at least for the moment, can’t match.”

The finalists for this KBB award included the BMW i3, Nissan LEAF and Toyota Prius.

Here’s a snippet from KBB on each of the 3 finalists:

BMW i3: The BMW i3 spurred some deep discussion among our editorial staff about what constitutes “value.” In the end, the i3 wasn’t quite intriguing enough to overcome its price premium, but the Bimmer’s unusual interior materials, distinct exterior and driving dynamics might win over buyers with more flexible budgets.

Nissan LEAF:  Hybrids have their place, but in some circles they’re merely half measures. As a pure electric car, the Nissan Leaf will never, ever, ever use a gallon of gas. For unadulterated green cred, it’s hard to top that kind of commitment. Of course there’s more to the Leaf than the lack of a gas tank. It’s actually quite practical, thanks to a hatchback body style and 5-passenger seating.

Toyota Prius:  Drive one and you might notice a distinct lack of power…or fun, for that matter…but criticizing the Prius for those shortcomings misses the point. The Toyota Prius does everything real people need a car to do, just without using so much gas. It might be a universally recognized beacon of earth-friendly efficiency, but at its core the Toyota Prius hybrid remains a genuinely innovative vehicle that’s easy to live with.

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27 Comments on "2015 Chevy Volt Wins Kelley Blue Book’s “Best Buys Of 2015: Electric Hybrid” (w/video)"

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The Volt is a much better value than a Prius. If they next generation Volt is cheaper, then I’m going to be laughing as Toyota loses some serious market share to GM as people jump ship from the Prius to the Volt.

And from KBB, “the Volt is about $1,600 cheaper to own over the course of five years than a Toyota Prius.”

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GM already stated that the most traded in car for the Volt is the Toyota prius.

Absolutely. I just hope the price drop will be enough to put a Volt on every Prius owner’s shopping list. I know GM’s making a concerted effort to protect profit margins and vehicle values by not relying too heavily on incentives, but I’d love to see a conquest program that gives a couple grand extra specifically for Prius trades. I think the next-gen Volt is going to be a real opportunity for GM to replace Toyota as the hybrid leader.

Wow, if they do that, I’m totally going to trade in my prius c for a gen 2 Volt.

The writer said that General Motors (Chevy) makes a car that adopts to the needs of the driver and not the other way around. That really hit home for me. I have a Nissan Leaf and I had to adopt my habits and my lifestyle to the Nissan Leaf. Summer of 2015 will make 3 years that I’ve had the Nissan Leaf. I love the leaf, but we have to kiss and say goodbye. My next car will be the Chevy Volt ( if it has seating for 5).

+1. Our Leaf has let us down several times and we too will be getting a 2016 Volt. We don’t care about the fifth seat.

You won’t see 5 seats in a Volt soon. The entire reason the Volt only sits 4 is because of the thermal management system. The very system that makes the Volt great.

Nissan engineers battled over having a T.M. system but it also would have required a tunnel through the car, thus only 4 seats.

To seat 5 at this time, you must stick with the Leaf or buy a Tesla S.

same here , 3 years in A Leaf and I am headed for a used Volt. I’ll go back to Nissan when they offer more range, lots more.

3 1/2 years in a volt, and I will buy another one in a heartbeat. I have been all over the country, from Prince Rupert BC, to Medicine Hat Alberta, to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. All done comfortably in my Volt. When I am not traveling, I use 1 tank of gas over the balance of the year. I last filled up in August. Since then I have only used .5 of a gallon of fuel. The rest is 100% electric, and I have put over 5000 miles on during that time. I charge multiple times a day. One of the fortunate things of have an EV in BC is there are plenty of places to charge while out and about. So I take advantage of this charging infrastructure as most of it is totally free where I live.
In closing the volt is the best car I have owned, and I will be definitely buying a second and handing my existing one down to one of my kids. The tough decision is which one, as they will both fight over it.

@Victor & ct200H

I have been enjoying my Volt for 2.5 years and love it, but am looking at going to a BEV. I will not go less than a 200 mile range one though. Would you feel the same way about your Leaf if it had a 200 mile range? Is it the ~70 range that was the killer? And what about Superchargers, if those had been available to the Leaf, would that have made a difference?


I think lots of Volt owners will switch to 200 miles BEV if the price is similar…

I drive a Volt and I most certainly will switch to a BEV when there is a 200 mile EV at about the same price. We would definitely still buy one at a $5k premium over the Volt if it had a 200 mile range and comparable performance.

Not me. I don’t need 200 miles. I need 30.
When I need to go more than 30 I need to go 1000, and a 200 or 300 mile car that has to spend hours recharging is not in my game plan. I want electric, with unlimited range. The current configuration is perfect. If it ain’t broke….

Maybe I’m not mainstream, but I make several trips that are between 80 and 300 miles round trip (about twice/month). Once my destination is more than 500 miles away, I fly.

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I agree. Driving more than 500 miles is usually not economic unless you’re bringing the whole brood.

The volt is a great solution until 200+mile EVs with fast charging are commonplace.

Even then, it’s still going to be a very competitive solution until fast charging has been back filled everywhere.

Switch from a Volt to a 200-mile EV?

Only if there is a comprehensive network of *dependable* DC fast chargers, that can add 300 miles range or more per hour.

I wonder where I could find such a network?


I’d love that kind of solution if it came in a car that was under $40k.

Sadly, that doesn’t seem to be on the horizon anytime soon…

If my Nissan Leaf had 200 miles driving range I would still be looking forward to purchasing the second generation Chevy Volt. There are too many factors that influence the driving range. The main one is the temperature outside. When the temperature outside gets below 20 degrees Fahrenheit you will lose approximately 40% of your driving range. With 200 miles driving range I still would have to be worried about where I go, when I go, how many
people I go with and where do I charge the car once I
get there.

I live in Chicago and own a 2014 leaf. My deep winter range (0F or lower) is 59 miles (actual, including highway). If 32F or higher, 85 miles. I get over 100miles combined highway/local during summer. That takes care of 99% of my driving needs other than one cross country summer trip. I prefer to rent for those trips anyways.

I should clarify that I do not use the air heater (heated seats/steering wheel is more than sufficient and very efficient). Also I do not use A/C during summer to achieve those ranges (and my battery is very healthy still).

IF my Leaf had 200 mile range I would be keeping it, even though I am not happy with the styling (both ext and int) RANGE is king with BEV’s

Loved my 2012 “off the shelf” Volt and drove it 27,000 miles in 27 months. Used 42 gallons of gas during that time. I’m now driving the 2015 I special ordered with all the whistles and bells and while BEV could work for me in the future, what I like about the Volt though is I never want to be stuck again without mobility. Should a catastrophic failure occur to my power source (I’ve been though some wicked power outages before) I’ll still be able to get down the road in a Volt using gasoline OR, I can continue to drive a Volt as I have been doing the last 30 months which is a daily commute of 85 miles per day totally on an electric charge from wind turbines we have here in Texas. I like the options and choices I have with a Volt and while I respect the concept of a BEV, I just might one day get a hankering to go see my cousin in Idaho and in the process “discover new roads” where few power lines run.

All of the above is true of course, but all VOLTS are even better values than mentioned…

The planetary gear box is simple enough, and the engine is usually used gently enough, and the brakes are so rarely used, so that the longevity of this car should be truly amazing.

I’d expect 300,000 miles prior to the first engine overhaul. And all the other parts should last just as long with minor maintenance. So This car is truly a cost/mile winner.

6000 miles, 6 gallons fuel used, 1000 miles/gallon!!!, that is electrical revolution

1,5 years in, about 92% electric over 21k miles, and 99.6 MPGe

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