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2015 Chevrolet Volt

small car / 4-door sedan

2015 Chevrolet Volt 4-door sedan
2014 Chevrolet Volt shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Front crash prevention
Optional system
Basic

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2014-15 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Chevrolet Volt 4-door

The Chevrolet Volt was introduced in the 2011 model year. The car is a plug-in battery-electric/gasoline hybrid, featuring an electric-only mode with a range of 38 miles for 2014 models according to the EPA. After the electric-only mode ends, the gas engine kicks in to power the vehicle.

Beginning with 2014 models, the front structure was modified to improve occupant protection in small overlap frontal crashes.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward structure. The side curtain airbag deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects.

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained reasonably well.

During the crash, the dummy's head and torso barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off to the left. The side curtain airbag extended far enough forward toward the A-pillar to protect the head from contact with forward side structure.

The driver's space was maintained reasonably well, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2011-15 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Chevrolet Volt 4-door
The Chevrolet Volt was introduced in the 2011 model year. The car is a plug-in battery-electric/gasoline hybrid, featuring an electric-only mode with a range of 35 miles for 2011 models according to the EPA. After the electric-only mode ends, the gas engine kicks in to power the vehicle.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well.

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, and all leg and foot injury measures were low.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head contacted the side curtain airbag during rebound.

Side

Rating applies to 2011-15 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Chevrolet Volt 4-door with front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
The Chevrolet Volt was introduced in the 2011 model year. The car is a plug-in battery-electric/gasoline hybrid, featuring an electric-only mode with a range of 35 miles for 2011 models according to the EPA. After the electric-only mode ends, the gas engine kicks in to power the vehicle.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbags.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2011-15 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Chevrolet Volt 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,739 lbs
Peak force 15,816 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.23

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2011-15 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Optional Forward Collision Alert

Package name

  • Optional Enhanced Safety Package 2

Applies to 2013-15 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • Autobrake not available.
Basic
Basic
with optional equipment

How front crash prevention is evaluated