2011 Chevrolet Volt: Stay-at-Home Parent: Kid Test
September 26, 2011
This past week I've still been doing my stay-at-home-parent test with the Volt, the latest being.kid schlepping duty. I've found the Volt's effectiveness for this task to be mixed.
Mostly, I've been taking my four-year-old daughter to school in the Volt. This isn't a particularly difficult challenge, as I could do this with just about any car with a back seat.
But for what it's worth, the Volt has worked out very well for this task. She likes the fixed rear center console that takes place of a center seat (she can easily put her things there) and finds it terribly amusing that she can step through to the rear cargo area and exit the vehicle through the rear hatch (with me lifting her out).
As a family vehicle, however, the Volt has been more problematic, at least for me. Since I also have a four-month-old boy, the Volt's relatively small back seat is a problem. There's just not much room to fit a bulky reverse-facing child safety seat. If it's just me and the two kids (i.e., the stay-at-home parent test), it's OK as I can put the reverse-facing seat on the passenger side. But yesterday I was planning to visit a friend's house with the whole family, and my wife understandably didn't want to go squished up against the dash.
We ended up taking my wife's car instead for that trip. How big of a failing is this? I guess it depends on your view. On one hand, the Volt would certainly more more useful if it were roomier. But from a more realistic standpiont I can see the Volt working best a secondary vehicle; chances are someone who buys a Volt will probably have a another vehicle that's more utilitarian to handle tasks like this.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 10,742 miles