2011 Chevrolet Volt Consumer Review: Fun and Practical

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Base 4dr Hatchback (Hybrid 1-speed Direct Drive)

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Fun and Practical
By evil_attorney on


2011 Chevrolet Volt 4dr Hatchback (gas/electric hybrid DD)


The Volt is a great mix of performance, technology and practicality. The electric motor provides substantial torque which makes the car feel more powerful and responsive than most cars on the road. On a single charge I am able to drive about 38 miles (mostly freeway driving). That's enough to get me to and from work with a little juice left over. However, the gas engine is a great backup if I need to take a longer trip. I have driven almost 500 miles and only used 1.3 gallons of gas so far. Charging is so easy. The Volt comes with a charger you can plug into any standard electrical outlet.

Favorite Features

The Volt interior has a modern styling with beautiful leather. The two high resolution touch screens provide a highly intuitive interface with fancy graphics. The Volt comes with 5 years free Onstar service. You can use the iphone/android Onstar app to show you realtime charging % and details of your car. If someone unplugs your charger unexpectedly, Onstar sends you a text notification. The Volt is cheaper to drive to and from work than my Prius: Round trip my Prius uses about .6 gallons of gas (50 MPG) X $3.45/gallon (current gas price) = $2.07 per day Round trip the Volt uses 9 kwh x $.09/kwh (electric rate) = $.81

Suggested Improvements

The Volt is the size of an ordinary sedan, but it would be nice if it was a little larger. Maybe with the interior room of the Prius. But that is more personal preference than a design flaw.
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