2011 Chevrolet Volt Consumer Review: Car Snob Humbled by Volt

2011 Chevrolet Volt - Consumer Review

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Base 4dr Hatchback (0-cyl. Hybrid 1-speed Direct Drive)

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Car Snob Humbled by Volt
By gtoernie1 on


2011 Chevrolet Volt 4dr Hatchback (gas/electric hybrid DD)


I'm a car nut-- have owned everything from Bentley's to Hondas to Lincolns to Porsches.
My partner wanted the Volt, and I was skeptical.
I was wrong.
After 1500 miles, it is the car we choose for family outings (our other cars are '11 Audi A8 and and a '10 Audi Q7 TDI, both of which we love).
The Volt is silent.
It is quick.
It has fun technology that works!
It has a refined manner-- much more refined than our Lexus 400h hybrid was.
Most of all-- it is versatile. Knowing there is a gas generator to keep you going after the battery is exhausted on long trips, takes the stress out of trip planning.
Full recharge takes only 4 hours, but is unnecessary if it's inconvenient.

Best Features

Refinement, quiet, innovation. It's the car everyone in the house wants to take because it drives so beautifully. The fact that a 40 mile trip takes no fuel also feels pretty darn good.

Worst Features

Lumbar support in seat could be better. I think the touchscreen center console controls are kind of touchy-- I fat-finger them easily. Also, drives me crazy that the GM lawyers won't let me enter navigation information while the car is moving. C'mon guys-- I can still pull out my iPhone and pull up google maps, which is no safer while driving than entering nav in the car.
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