2017 Chevy Volt gets top Safety Ratings

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When you think of the top electric vehicles on the market today your mind might go to Tesla– specifically to the Tesla Model S considering all the media buzz that has swirled around it. The Tesla cars are certainly flashy, but do they actually pass muster when it comes to the factors that count the most? 

When the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) put the 2016 Tesla Model S to the test, it was rejected for the institute’s “Top Safety Pick” honor due to its poor safety ratings. Despite all the assumptions made about the Tesla’s high class abilities, a much more practical and reasonably priced vehicle blew it out of the water. 

The 2017 Chevy Volt left the Tesla Model S in the dust and landed the IIHS’s Top Safety Pick+, cementing the Volt as a top contender in the EV field. 

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety pointed to the Chevy Volt’s exceptional adaptability as one of the reasons it received the organization’s top honor. 

“The 2017 Volt can be optionally equipped with either an advanced- or superior-rated front crash prevention system,” the IIHS said in a press release. “It earns a good rating for headlights when equipped with optional high-beam assist, which automatically switches between high beams and low beams based on the presence of other vehicles. Without high-beam assist, the Volt’s headlights are acceptable,” the institute continued. 

To be chosen as a vehicle worthy of the IIHS’s Top Safety Pick+ honor, a vehicle must earn “Good” ratings in all five crashworthiness evaluations. The evaluations test the car for its endurance in five different crash scenarios to find weaknesses in these areas: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. A Top Safety Pick+ vehicle must also possess a front crash prevention system capable of earning an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating. To clinch the superlative “Plus” award, a vehicle also needs to feature “Good” or “Acceptable” headlights. 

Other safety features available for the Chevy Volt include automatic parking assist, forward automatic braking, forward collision alert, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, a rear vision camera, and a suite of airbags designed to protect passengers in every seat. In addition, the Volt comes standard with OnStar, offering automatic crash response, crisis assist and emergency services to keep you and your family safe no matter where you are. 

The 2017 Chevy Volt is available from Chevy dealers today. Come see us at Ray Chevrolet to find out which trim level will best suit your family’s needs, get an up-close look at the Volt’s award-winning safety features, and even take one out for a spin today. We guarantee you won’t regret it.