2016 Chevrolet Volt: Impressions From a Vegas Hustler
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on January 28, 2016
I recently took our long-term 2016 Chevrolet Volt on a straight-shot freeway drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back. In keeping with the fast-talking, Vegas hustler theme, I'll present my impressions in rapid-fire fashion.
Looks more normal than the original Volt. More like a Civic. Not bad-looking. More invisible, though. I'm okay with that.
The new dash is a big improvement. Binning the monochromatic wall of touch-sensitive nonsense was the best idea of the entire program. Seriously.
Less noisy. Drives and rides better. Feels lighter on its feet. The brake feel, while still hybrid-y, is more natural than the outgoing car's.
Steering and handling at routine speeds promises an alertness that proves to be an illusion the first time you take a corner with any enthusiasm. The steering goes limp. Ah well, I get it. It's not that kind of car.
The backseat makes sense. No more items from the trunk can fly through the gap between the seats, because that gap isn't there.
I could do without the silly, zoomy jet-whine noise at startup. Cheesy.
Good punch off the line. Not crazy, but certainly adequate. Smooth, too.
This is a comprehensively better car than the one it replaces. I look forward to driving it again.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 3,275 miles