2017 Chevrolet Volt Earns Top Safety Marks From IIHS

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has finally tested the second-generation Chevrolet Volt.

Although the Chevrolet Volt was redesigned for the 2016 model year, IIHS didn’t test it until now as part of a testing program of electric vehicles. The 2017 Chevrolet Volt earned good ratings across-the-board for crashworthiness, and its performance in the small overlap front test was an improvement over the previous-generation Volt that earned an acceptable rating.

As a result, it qualifies for a Top Safety Pick+ award, the highest IIHS gives.

SEE ALSO: 2016 Chevrolet Volt Premier Review

The Volt earned a superior rating for front crash prevention when equipped with optional Front Automatic Braking and Low-Speed Front Automatic Braking. On track tests conducted by IIHS, the vehicle avoided collisions at 12 mph and 25 mph.

When equipped only with Low-Speed Front Automatic Braking, the Volt avoided a collision at 12 mph, and its impact speed was reduced by 5 mph in the 25 mph test. IIHS also noted that the low-speed system gets credit for the warning function and earns an advanced rating.

Starting next year, vehicles will also need good or acceptable headlights in order to qualify for a Top Safety Pick+ award. The Volt’s standard headlights earned an acceptable rating, but when equipped with optional high beam assist, the headlight rating improves to good.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Danwat1234 Danwat1234 on Sep 13, 2016

    Still not on IIHS's site. I wonder what the roof crush strength peak value is. I notice the new Prius has a higher number than the old Volt. Wonder how this one will do. C-max still is the champion.

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