2011 Chevrolet Volt Long Term Road Test


2011 Chevy Volt: Knuckle-Buster 9,000

August 12, 2011

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(Note: As a righty, taking pictures of your own right hand inside of a car is exceedingly difficult. At least for me.)

You know what they say about guys with big hands, right? Yep, that they have a really difficult time using the shifter of the 2011 Chevy Volt.

As you know, there are a lot of things I like about our Volt. If i were in the market for a daily-driver, the Volt would be near the top of my list. But it's not perfect, there are a few things that really bother me about the Volt and most of them have to do with the center console.

1) As I've stated before, the buttonless touch-panel sucks to use. I fail on 2/3s of button presses and accidentally activate things all the time. It needs to go. Now.

2) The shifter and shifter surround are rubbish.

A) The shifter itself is too fat, hollow and scratches easily.

B) The shifter surround is too small which means:

-- I smash my knuckles on the damn thing when I try to put the car into park or when I reach into the cave to get it out of park.

-- I cut my knuckles on the unsanded flashing on the inside when trying to pull the lever from park. Even if I'm careful, my hand is too big to press the shift-lever-release button and not hit the side of the shifter cave.

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Close up view should show a decent amount of my skin under there.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 9,112 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2011 Chevrolet Volt in VA is:

$121 per month*
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