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New Chevy Volt earns Top Safety Pick Plus crash rating

by Justin King

Performance in the small-overlap test has improved to a \'good\' rating.

The redesigned Chevrolet Volt has earned Top Safety Pick Plus status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The 2016 model introduced the second-generation Volt, however the IIHS waited until the 2017 model year to evaluate the new design alongside several other electric vehicles.

The 2017 volt earns 'good' ratings across the board, improving performance in the challenging small-overlap test. The previous edition earned an 'acceptable' mark in the small-overlap test, as the dummy's head slid off the airbag and intrusion reached around four inches at the upper hinge pillar, instrument panel and lower hinge pillar.

In the automatic emergency braking (AEB) tests, the 2017 Volt completely avoided collisions at 12 mph and 25 mph.

The 2017 Volt is one of the few vehicles to earn a 'good' rating in the IIHS' new headlight evaluations, but only when equipped with optional high-beam assist. The base model earns an 'acceptable' rating.

"High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway, on both left curves and on the sharp right curve," the report notes.

The IIHS will release results for the other EVs at a later date.

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