2012 Chevrolet Volt 4dr Hatchback (gas/electric hybrid DD)
I've had my 2012 Volt for a month now, and I'm confident in saying that Chevrolet has delivered on all of it's promisies:
This car is qiuet, quick, comfortable and cost effective.
When I first saw the $40,000 base price, I wasn't sure that I could afford it.
However, when I factor in the money I save each month on gas, this is actually the most affordable car I've ever owned.
The federal and state incentives are also a big help.
Just like everybody else says, it feels powerful and solidly built.
The on-board technology is delightful.
I bought the base model, because the "standard" features on this car would be premium options on any other car.
Technologically, the Volt stands alone.
The "infotainment " system is really great.
I'm a concert sound engineer, and am usually dissapointed with "stock" car stereos.
The Volt's sound system is a delight.
I like to stream audio from my iPhone via Bluetooth.
I also really like the mobile App, wich lets me control the car's locks and climate settings remotely.
On a hot day, it's great to be able to cool down the car before I get in.
I also like that it can be easily charged on 110 volts.
The 220 volt charger is completely optional.
I charge at home durring off peak hours, and pay around 40 cents for a full charge.
I'm also able to charge for free at work.
So, I don't pay a lot to keep this car rolling.
In the future, when batterey technology improves signifigantly, it would be great to offer an upgraded battery for the Volt.
40 miles is a perfectly functional range, however, 80 would be even better.
The front air dam is pretty low, and scrapes quite a bit.
Perhaps an active suspension could give the car more ground clearance up front at low speeds?
Other than that... Don't change a thing!