Thorough 2016 Chevrolet Volt Test Drive And Child Seat Check – Video

FEB 11 2016 BY JAY COLE 17

2016 Chevrolet Volt - Rear Facing Child Seat In The Middle Good, But How About Front Ways, Or 3 Across?

2016 Chevrolet Volt – Rear Facing Child Seat In The Middle Good, But How About Front Ways, Or 3 Across?

A few days ago, Alex on Autos posted an intense walk through of the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt’s e-drivetrain (watch here), and promised us at the time a follow-up review on the overall car.

Now today,  that test drive has been published.  And just like the earlier walk-through on the Voltec platform itself, Alex doesn’t disappoint.

Apparently once done with the test drive and recap, the reviewer had a little extra time to demo the backseats when used with a car seat (video below):

“GM added a center seat belt to the 2016 Volt but because the Volt is still a compact car things are still tight in the back.

Can you fit 3 child seats back there?  Go watch the video lazy pants.

About the new Chevy Volt:  Despite it only being the 2nd month of a new year, GM just started production on the 2017 model year edition of the 53-mile AER car last week.

We expect first copies to begin to show up the first of March.   However more important than the arrival of 2017 itself, is the fact that national deliveries also commence at the same time.

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Yup, if you’re a car seat user you must test your own specific car seat with the car you think of buying.

Back in 2006 we had a brand-new baby, plus two tweens, and our 1996 Taurus clunker had died. We thought of getting a used Subaru Forester – good car, good price, reasonable gas mileage – but once the baby seat got in the middle, there was no room for our tweens, even before they turned into teens. So we ended up with that Santa Fe that’s now rotting of disuse out front


“but once the baby seat got in the middle, there was no room for our tweens, even before they turned into teens”

That is the case for most compact size sedan/hatchback.

Even Prius or LEAF would have problem fitting people if you install a Britax child seat.

This weekend at the Oakland Zoo, I saw a Prius with 2 Britax child seat facing rear installed in the 2015 Prius. Guess what? No human being would fit between them… So, 5 seats sometimes are “over rated”.

But having 5th position is important if you want to install 1 child seat. The center rear position is still the safest position for a child seat.


It’s mind boggling that Tesla didn’t install child seat anchors on the second-row middle seat on the Model X. If the Model X driver has only one child that needs a baby seat, an outboard seat must be used instead of the safest seat in the car.


You don’t need LATCH anchors to install a child seat, you just need a seat belt.

LATCH isn’t any safer, it just makes it easier to install.


He forgot to mention the BMW i3 costs $10K more than the Volt.


At MSRP yes, but I bet they lease a lot closer than you think. Especially right now.


I find it impossible to safely fit 3 child seat across today’s compact or midsize cars, certainly not a Britax or Graco seat for sure.

I actually took our seats during our shopping trips. I tried on the Highlander, Pilot, Traverse, Explorer, CX-9… None of them worked. Only the Minivans such as Sienna and Odyessey somehow fitted the seats.

Then again, I have Britax seats which are extra wide with side protection. I think a booster seat might fit 3 across in those Crossover/SUVs.

You can forget about them in a compact or midsize sedan for sure.


Probably don’t want to use this on a road trip, but for driving around 3 kids in the rear around town, it works great in the middle of 2 huge car seats!


Yeah, that is a booster seat, not those infant seat or Britax or Graco with side protections which is the problem.

David S.

I fit 3 child seats in my LEAF. I chose the narrowest possible seats (Diono Radian).


I imagine that would fit if you find the narrowest possible seat. But it won’t work with existing Britax that my wife insist on. (based on safety rating for the side protection).


Haha my wife likes the Britax too. They seem to be easy to use for install, and tighten harness. She made me take the last seat back because it wasnt as easy and get another Britax instead.

I like those Diono Radian RXT for 3 across. I’ve read good reviews on them. One time hauling a bunch if kids of various ages our 8 passenger Sienna became 6 passenger due to car seat width. Wanted one an RXT in the mix ever sense. That is when I picked up a Bubble Bum because the stupid armrest/cupholders took up width preventing 3 across for the booster kids too.

Bubble Bum is great for rotating car pools, if the kids you are hauling are old enough for booster stage. Also useful for taking on flight/drive vacations.


A pretty positive review. The 2016 Volt is
certainly an improved vehicle.

Forever green

The details and clarity of Alex’s reviews are among the best I have seen. Thanks Alex.


Agreed. What he lacks in flair (like most other auto reviewers) is completely overshadowed by the thorough, unbiased, well articulated descriptions of the vehicles.


This review is extremely well done, I must say that car reviews made in Europe are most of the time sad jokes compared to that.


Now tall is this guy. He fits in the back…