2016 Chevrolet Volt: More Traditional Design Is an Improvement
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on July 26, 2016
There are several interior design elements of our second-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt that are far more traditional than their first-generation counterparts. Call it evolution, or the simple realization that the original Volt's cabin had a few features that weren't very practical. Either way, I like the interior of this Volt much better.
A perfect example is the center console. The first Volt used an awkward shifter that was half-buried within the dashboard. It may have looked interesting, but its functionality left something to be desired. The new Volt has a shifter that would look at home in any conventional sedan, other than the cool blue trim piece at the top of the shift lever, of course.
You'll also notice a handy crevice along the right side. It's perfectly placed for holding a cell phone. Even if you're not using it, having a place to put your phone where it's easily accessible is nice. And it doesn't get much more convenient than this.
All in all, I like the way the Volt has evolved. It still has enough unique touches to make it different, yet it doesn't feel like it's trying too hard.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 10,234 miles