The safety record of the Chevy Volt may have gotten off to a rocky start, but since that initial scare it’s been consistently praised for protecting its passengers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently named the Chevy Volt as one of four Chevy products to earn a Top Safety Pick.
The 2015 Chevy Volt was rated as “good” in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint crash tests. In the small front overlap test meanwhile, the Volt received an “acceptable” rating. The Chevy Spark, Equinox, and Malibu were also tapped as Top Safety Picks from Chevrolet, and two other hybrids, the Lexus 200CTh and Toyota Prius, were also tapped as Top Safety Picks in the Volt’s small-car class. Note that the video above shows the 2014 Volt crash test, not the 2015 model, though there were no real changes between the model years as far as safety features go, though it did get a bump to its battery pack capacity.
Plug-in cars like the Volt, Audi A3 e-tron, and Tesla Model S have given EV enthusiasts cause to celebrate, though other contenders like the Nissan LEAF and Mitsubishi i-MiEV still fall short in the safety scores. Overall though, EV owners can expect to pay lower insurance rates, in addition to saving on fuel and maintenance costs.
Keep in mind that this is the 2015 Volt we’re talking about, and not the all-new 2016 Chevy Volt that debuted in Detroit just a few weeks ago. In addition to getting more range and fuel economy, Chevrolet no doubt sought to improve the safety of its flagship plug-in car too. With plug-ins like the Chevy Volt developing a reputation for safety, the benefits of going electric continue to stack up.