Searching For Consistency - 2011 Chevrolet Volt Long-Term Road Test

2011 Chevrolet Volt Long Term Road Test

2011 Chevrolet Volt: Searching For Consistency

March 22, 2011

Volt Phonebook.JPG I really like the Chevrolet Volt's interface. You can control the menu functions with a button and dial in the center, but you also have the option to use the touchscreen. There is something minor that I would change both for usability and for the sake of consistency, however. The photo above shows the phonebook search screen. Your contacts are neatly alphabetized in three-letter folders. This makes it easy to quickly find who you want to call. There is also a voice-dialing function, for those who prefer that method.

But when I plug in my iPhone, it's not the same organizational system.

Volt Artist.JPG Instead, you get an A-Z listing of all your songs-- or in this case, artists -- that you must scroll through individually. You can scroll the knob in the opposite direction to get to the "Zs," but when I want to listen to an artist whose name starts with an "M," I have to trudge through the entire list.

What I'm more likely to do instead is to unplug the iPhone, find what I need, get it playing and then plug back in. It’s a minor inconvenience, but it feels unnecessary since the interface already has a better solution.

Do you find any inconsistencies like this on your cars?

Ron Montoya, Consumer Advice Associate @ 3,360 miles

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