Brake Early - 2011 Chevrolet Volt Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Chevrolet Volt Long Term Road Test

2011 Chevrolet Volt: Brake Early

October 26, 2011

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I'm not feeling the love for the brakes in the Chevy Volt.

The pedal has a firm feel that doesn't seem to move much when you put your foot down. I like to feel like I'm actually participating in the stopping of a car. The pedal feels like the buttonless buttons in the center stack. It goes something like this:

Put your foot down.
Feel nothing.
The car seems to be stopping...
Maybe I should stomp on it.
Jerky Stop

The brakes do stop the car but not confidently. I'm sure the eco-friendly tires contribute to this lack of conviction.

I wouldn't know the Volt has a regenerative braking system if I didn't read it. It doesn't feel like it. I enjoyed the aggressive braking of our Mini E and the subtly assertive style of our Nissan Leaf. And I was often able to gain some driving time back in those cars. Since the Volt becomes fairly inefficient when it switches over to the gasoline engine, any regenerative help would be appreciated.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor


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