2013 Chevrolet Volt Consumer Review: Volt is the answer for a 24K m

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Volt is the answer for a 24K mi/yr commuter
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2013 Chevrolet Volt 4dr Hatchback (gas/electric hybrid DD)


The Volt is an incredibly comfortable, fun and responsive vehicle. Pound-for-pound - $-for-$ - the Volt is the future of drivetrains. I commute 78 mi/day in S.W. Ohio. Hills, weather and road speed affect battery/gas consumption. I avg 39mi/charge. Own a V8 '05 Audi
-- the Volt corners and accelerates (in Sport mode) the same, if not better. The ride is extremely quiet. The "connectivity" options are industry leading. The Volt has overcome GM's countless decades of lethargic design, boring ingenuity and laskluster performance. Due to weather, I have 118 miles per/gal after 2016 miles. I love this car. No regrets. In the least, this car is a worth your time to test drive.

Best Features

The Volt is a commuter's dream. Huge monthly fuel savings. As a driver, you are really in control of this vehicle's energy use. You'll learn to drive again. Accelerator and braking feel normal though you learn to feather both for fuel savings. This car is smooth and wants to coast. Again the connectivity inside the Volt is unparalleled. Dual displays for speedometer, climate, phone, on-board apps, sirius radio, navigation and energy consumption provide clear simple access. Dash cluster is touch-sensitive - clean - very unique. Front and rear cameras provide ideal parking assistance. Lane change alert is a must have (read improvements). The Volt is very quick and responsive in Sport mode.

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Drawbacks: Sadly, rear and side-to-side visibility is awful/poor. In traffic, parking lots and during lane changes, you must turn your head and use your mirrors. Exterior design is a bit awkward/dated - lines seems a bit thick -- wide door/window frame, cumbersome grille, bulky rear spoiler, and the front air-skirt is too low. Factory alignment for hatch/hood necessitate a serious look in Q/C and future designs. Back hatch opens too high (I'm 6.1), feels huge & heavy. Split rear seat is a drawback but not a deal breaker (should be an option). Front seats: back adj. levers are far too sml/difficult to reach and all levers are manual - elec. adjustments w/memory should be option.
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