2012 Chevrolet Volt Consumer Review: 2 months/1600 miles- 10 gallon

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2 months/1600 miles- 10 gallons of gas- lots of fun
By markgrogers on


2012 Chevrolet Volt 4dr Hatchback (gas/electric hybrid DD)


I have had this car for two months now and driven nearly 1600 miles in it. Not a single squeak, rattle or defect. I love the hatchback- plenty of room when rear seats are folded. Onstar works greatand its FREE for 3 years. Satellite radio is a blast. Great handling, very comfortable ride. I have spent only about $40 in gas for two months (and still have 5 gallons in the tank). Averaging more than 110 MPG when combining battery & gas usage (see voltstats.net for real world stats of more than 1500 Volts posted by owners-not by GM- many are doing better than me on mileage). Routinely averaging 45-50 miles on battery when driving carefully. Not a home run- a Grand Slam!

Best Features

Great front leg room and front seats. Back seats OK, but not much leg room if front seats are all the way back. I, for one, LOVE the touch controls as dual LCD screens. Get the back-up camera/proximity sensors for the best visibility. Great ride, handles very well (has standard traction control), smooth acceleration, QUIET when on battery, good auto climate controls, decent brakes, using "Low" gear allows you to slow car without braking. Pass gas stations with a smile. Zero "range anxiety"- go as far as the batteries will take you, then switch seamlessly to gas engine "generator".

Worst Features

More rear seat legroom would be nice. Roof line is really low fir aerodynamics, but I am getting used to it I would like to see a "wagon" style model for more cargo space. Honestly, there is not much to dislike- drive one yourself and see.
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