2016 Chevrolet Volt: No Place in the Future for Physical Media
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on August 25, 2016
I still buy compact discs. They're cheap, plentiful, and most new releases have abandoned crappy plastic jewel boxes for the cardboard "digi-pack," which lends some nostalgic analog to vinyl records. Helps them consume less space in the home collection, too. I'm not alone in this preference (which for me boils down to the boring discussion of compressed vs. uncompressed audio quality), but the 2016 Chevrolet Volt isn't with me on this one.
I recently went out looking for some new stuff, found it (some old stuff, too), then went out to the Volt looking forward to some drive time listening. Shocker: no CD player. Center console? Nope. Glovebox? No. Hatch? Nope.
It was the first time I'd had any occasion to use the non-existent CD player, but I was still surprised to find it missing.
I shouldn't have been. Chevy's been heading down this path for awhile (Spark, Equinox, Camaro), Scion and Honda, too. And it makes specific sense in a car like the Volt, with all of its future-y image and intent. Fair enough. No reason to keep CD players around for the odd occasion when .01 percent of your customer base walk out of the used music store.
But it did bum me out — for about 60 seconds, long enough to open Spotify and cue up one of the CDs I just bought.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor