2011 Chevrolet Volt awarded Top Safety Pick by IIHS

2011 Chevrolet Volt IIHS Crash Test
2011 Chevrolet Volt IIHS Crash Test

Joining the 2011 Nissan LEAF, the Chevrolet Volt was also named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety today. The Volt achieved ‘good’ scores in four types of crash tests and offering crash-avoiding electronic stability control.

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“Safety remains one of the most important factors buyers weigh when purchasing a vehicle,” said Doug Parks, Volt global vehicle line executive.  “The IIHS designation reiterates the Volt as a safe, practical vehicle that can be a family’s only car – without compromises.”

The IIHS tests vehicles to determine how well they protect occupants in front and side crash tests, a rollover test, and simulated rear impacts to evaluate seat and head restraints for protection against neck injuries.

Click through to see a list of the Volt’s safety features.

Refresher: The 2011 Chevrolet Volt is powered by 16-kWh, ‘T’-shaped lithium-ion battery that powers the electric drive unit, which allows it to drive 40 miles on battery power alone. The system puts out 149-hp and a maximum torque of 273 lb-ft, allowing the Volt to go from 0-60 mph in about 9 seconds, hitting a top speed of 100 mph. The battery can be re-charged by plugging into a household outlet and takes 4 hours to recharge on 240 volts, and about 10-12 hours on a standard 120-volt outlet. The Chevrolet Volt also carries an 84-hp 1.4 4-clyinder engine that allows the five-door, FWD sedan to travel additional miles while averaging a fuel-economy of 50 mpg. A fully charged battery and full tank of gas will allow the Volt to travel 379   miles. The 2011 Chevrolet Volt gets an EPA estimated 93 miles per ’gallon-equivalent’ when driving under electric power only, 37 mpg when in gasoline mode and over the long term it is estimated to get 60 miles per gallon in combined gasoline-powered and electric-powered driving. Prices for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt start at $41,000 but with a full federal income tax credit (which range from $0 to $7,500), the Volt can cost a total of $33,500.

2011 Chevrolet Volt:

Safety features on the 2011 Chevrolet Volt include:

  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control
  • Front side, knee and full-length side curtain airbags
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for Children)
  • Five-year subscription to OnStar’s Directions and Connections Plan including Automatic Crash Response, stolen vehicle assistance and connected navigation

– By: Omar Rana