I live in Minnesota and have 2 months of winter driving experience with my Volt. Like other owners I can say I love the car. Fit and finish and design are stunning. The heater works fine which was a concern of mine. There are 2 heater modes. Eco consumes less battery but doesn't heat as effectively. Regular is equivalent to other cars. When it is quite cold (less than 28 F), the battery will get you 33 miles but beware the gas engine will go on for about 5 of those miles to keep the battery and cabin warm. The best you'll get is about 130 mpg for those 33 miles. Above 30 F, you can expect 30 miles per charge with no use of the gas engine. In general, I have gotten 37 mpg on gas.
Outstanding experience thus far! I am an integration manager for a large company traveling 40+ wks out of the year. This has given me the opportunity to drive many, many makes and models of vehicles as I must rent a car every week for work. When my wife and I decided to purchase a new car last month -we specifically went to our local Chevy dealer in search of a Chevy Cruze as I felt it was the BEST sporty and economical car of choice. HOWEVER, we had the chance to drive a Volt and immediately fell in love with the performance, comfort, long-range savings opportunity and overall sportiness of the car. We are 100% happy thus far and look forward to many satisfying miles as we pass by the pump.
Bought this car brand new on New Year's Eve 2012. After 4 years of ownership I am nothing but impressed. I've owned many different makes and models and this by far is the best vehicle I've ever owned. Service has been minimal; oil changes and tire rotations. I'm over 6 feet tall and have no issue in the driver's seat. Those behind me are snug, but it's doable. Car is designed well, solid inside and out, and is extremely reliable. Being in the mtns I was concerned for weather. No problem. The centered weight of the car makes it phenomenal in snow and great on ice. A great vehicle, and a steal at the pre-owned price.
My 2012 Volt has been the most trouble free, economical car I have ever owned. I would encourage everyone to look at and test drive this car. It is a marvel of engineering. It's truly like driving a future car today. It has an incredible range and the novelty of charging it everyday hasn't worn off in the 4 years I've owned this car. It looks great and is a joy to drive, really fun. Update for August 2016: I had the service charging system light come on recently and I couldn't charge the car. Took it in to dealer and they fixed it but said I had to pay (out of warranty) I called Onstar volt advisor and they advocated for me with dealership and apparently my repair was covered under Voltec Warranty. Dealership gave me a refund for the work performed. What other car have you owned where there is a staff of professionals ready to advocate on your behalf with a dealership? Amazing! One additional comment was I had my third oil change done in the 52k miles I've owned the car. Besides new tires, wiper blades and fluid that is all the repairs I have done on the car. This is still the best car I've ever owned. I will be shopping for another one for our family soon.
I leased a 2012 Volt in April of that year and loved it. Once I learned to always drive in ?L? gear for maximum regen braking, and ?S? drive mode for maximum acceleration at the light the car was so much fun to drive. It was extremely quick and totally quiet. What I like is the acceleration is 100% useable. Since there is no noise, grinding and shifting you can put the pedal to the floor every time you start off without any guilt or spectacle. 90% of my driving is in town and I never have to use gas unless I go on a trip out of town. My only disappointment with that car was that in the third year that I owned it my battery range dropped about 20%. I went from seeing 36 miles after charge in the winter to 30 miles. In the summer it went from 47 to less than 40. Chevy said this was normal, but I can?t believe that since it all happened in the third year. Also in that year I added a level 2 charger at work and started topping the car off both at home in the evening and work in the morning. Turned that car in at end of lease and got a barely used 2014 with every option which I love. It has navigation which the 2012 did not and that is a great feature because of how it integrates with other features. Lots of improvements over the 2012. Now I?m not charging until I drop below 20 mile range and keeping my fingers crossed that I won?t lose driving range in two years.