2016 Chevrolet Volt: Give Me a Wipe
by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on February 25, 2016
There was a thin layer of exterior grime on our 2016 Chevrolet Volt when I grabbed the key six days ago. Consecutive mornings of fog, wind and condensation elevated grunge levels to moderately-thick, but still well below the car wash threshold. A glance through the windows in any direction was obstructed only by a harmless layer of dust.
Or so it seemed.
I had no problem seeing through the glass when it was dry. Add moisture in the form of light rain or morning dew and that changed. It created enough haze to significantly limit visibility through the rear pane, which is minimal as it is.
Naturally I fumbled with the steering wheel stalks to activate the rear wiper. But the Volt doesn't have one. The Prius does. The Volt does not. I wonder why Chevy opted against this feature. The pitch of the rear glass is such that it would really benefit from a wiper.
I seem to remember us raising similar concerns about our long-term 2011 Chevrolet Volt. Maybe Chevy missed our memo.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 4,679 miles