Cars.com Chevy Volt Hits 10,000 Miles: The Good and Bad

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The Cars.com 2011 Chevrolet Volt just passed the 10,000-mile mark, so we're taking the opportunity to report some of our lasting impressions, including the good and the bad. As all car owners know, some initial grievances fade away over time and others emerge and grow, sometimes becoming an ever-present burr in the proverbial saddle. Thankfully, for an all-new model, the Volt has been practically trouble-free. I said practically…

Some trauma has been visited upon the Volt by a hungry varmint and an unfortunate but enlightening collision, but with the exception of a software upgrade, the car itself has been trouble-free. Only the 120-volt charging unit had to be replaced, under warranty, when it failed after seven months.

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What we like
Cars.com's editors universally appreciate the Volt's smooth, quiet ride. The cabin itself remains admirably quiet once the gas engine turns on, though the noise is more intrusive than it seemed when I first reviewed the car. Cold weather intensifies it because the engine runs at higher rpm, even at low speeds, to generate warmth.

We also appreciate how accurately the Volt predicts its range. In this regard, our 2011 Nissan Leaf is an enigma. Frankly, we'd prefer the opposite, as the stakes are higher when the Leaf runs out of juice.

Running on electricity: It's nice not having to frequent gas stations. We could engage in a lengthy debate about how clean an electric car truly is on the grand scheme, and I can't say I'm a fan of electric utilities, but all the same I underestimated how satisfying it is to not burn petroleum for up to 50 miles. Some of our editors commute in the Volt without using gas at all, depending on conditions. The cost of operation on electricity is undeniably lower than it is for a comparable gas-powered or hybrid car.

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The Volt's styling continues to impress. In a class of dorky high-mileage cars, the Volt is a slick-looking package. It continues to garner praise from onlookers who have never seen a Volt in person.

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The brakes: Our three main complaints about the Volt are the brakes, the brakes and the brakes. I thought the pedal felt pretty decent compared with hybrids when I first reviewed the car last autumn, but we've all come to loathe our Volt's brakes for the dead zone over the first inch or so of pedal travel and the mushiness thereafter. Awkward nosedive braking is all but assured when parking. In an otherwise impressive driving experience, it's a major downer, and something you experience every single time you drive, making it a potential deal-breaker for shoppers.

Another shortcoming is one you don't experience every time you drive, and that's the premium gas requirement. If you run electric-only, all is well, but cars like the Volt are often purchased to save money on fuel (if not the car itself). Premium gas is the province of luxury and high-performance cars, and likely Volt buyers have never touched a premium nozzle in their lives. At an estimated 37 mpg once the engine turns on, the Volt is reasonably efficient, but more affordable cars with comparable interior space are now pushing 40 mpg on regular gas. Having the on-board generator as a backup is key to the Volt's "value proposition," but the incongruity of filling it with premium fuel when the battery runs out is its own kind of penalty. It isn't as bad as getting stranded in a purely battery-electric car, but it's a monetary and existential penalty regardless.

The visibility issues haven't eased. Some Cars.com editors find it difficult to visualize where the front bumper is, and a higher seating position only worsens the obstructive low roofline. The bifurcated rear window is even worse: The lower pane collects dirt and water and typically fails to function as a window at night. We can't imagine owning this car without the optional backup camera.

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Interior space: The moms and dads on staff found one of the Volt's other major shortcomings, and that's limited space for child-safety seats. Frankly, our editors are split on the issue of backseat space for adults, because some object to begging legroom from front occupants and/or they don't like the high center console between the two seats. But when it comes to child-safety seats, there's about as much room for argument as there is for the seats themselves. The Volt has no center position, and the console crowds the child-safety seats and complicates their installation. Even if you seldom use the center position in a car's backseat, it's valuable overspill area for a child seat.

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Finally, the touch-sensitive center control panel has only one fan on our staff. Others object to the lack of physical buttons and the slapdash button arrangement.

Despite the nine weeks it spent at the body shop, our car is pretty close to achieving the national average of 12,000 miles per year. We'll continue to report on the Volt experience, including the expected and unexpected.

Comments 

Francis

I dunno, but the most important single detail about this Volt review is omitted, and that is how efficient it really ran?

It was great to read these insights. Thank you Mr. Wiesenfelder and cars.com.

Here are some comments I would love the author or Cars.com address:

1. Skeptics state that GM is somehow hiding their claim that the Volt is not selling. They cite the volumes of vehicles listed on the cars.com website as their "proof".

My counter argument would be that many of these cars are demos and there are no cars that are offered at any substantial discount. Can you clarify?

2. I ended up getting a Volt last week. A sample size of one: The premium gas issue did not bother me. I figure that since the gas has to stay in the engine for a while (hopefully), I may need to have a more premium grade. It is not a big issues to me. When my fuel savings are $6/day, paying an extra 30 cents/gallon is negligible.

3. "At an estimated 37 mpg once the engine turns on, the Volt is reasonably efficient, but more affordable cars with comparable interior space are now pushing 40 mpg on regular gas."

I have yet to see a non-hybrid model of comparable size exceed OVERALL mileage of the Volt in gasoline mode. Perhaps you are looking at only HWY numbers?

The effective mileage of both the Elantra and the Cruze Eco are 33MPG according to FuelEconomy.gov. This mileage accounts for a realistic combination of city and HWY driving. The Volt exceeds this number by 4MPG.

Assuming that premium fuel is $4.10/gallon and regular fuel is $3.80/gallon, the Volt will cost 11.1 cents per mile (gasoline mode) and the Elantra or Cruze Eco will cost 11.5 cents per mile. Bottom line, the extra mileage should more than offset the cost of premium fuel.

cody

i agree. it seems to be a trend to leave out fuel economy numbers when reviewing efficient vehicles.

meh

"Never touched a premium nozzle in their lives"?

Really?

You have separate premium nozzles at your gas stations?

I could see where people may have never touched a diesel nozzle, or drivers in New Jersey and Oregon have never touched a nozzle, but the premium gas comes out of the same nozzle as regular and mid-grade at every station I've ever visited.

Just report the facts and don't try to be cute with the comments.

Skankzilla

Meh,

Perhaps you should get out more.

John C. Briggs

It would be nice to see a report of KWH/100 miles consumption figures. Sometimes seems like, oh, it is an EV, so it must be efficient.

This is not necessarily so as the SmartforTwo EV shows (40 KWH/100miles in pretty bad).

Amuro Ray

@ meh,

Yes, MANY gas stations have separate nozzles for different fuels. What's so "unique" 'bou that?

@Bobbleheadguru,

Congras on getting a Volt. However, please keep an open mind 'bou some of the issues that the Volt does have (and downplayed by you).
- Premium gas: a myth that it stays "longer" than regular gas. Fossil fuels requires millions of years in the making, so a year or 2 doesn't seem that long. Besides, it's the octane rating that differs, and Volt does burn through 1 tank of gas/yr even if u opt to run it in electric mode only.
- The assumption of having to run e-mode only seems to indicate that you really don't need a hybrid. Unless you are a 1 car household, an EV may be better for you.
- PHEV like the Prius is both cheaper and more fuel efficient than the Volt. More importantly, it runs on regular gas (so it seems).
- When you were showing the advantage on savings, you do realize that it's the fuel consumption only part. You ignored the upfront cost - a sub 20K vehicle vs a 40K plus model. To "break even," you need to drive 5 million miles (gas mode). That's NOT including the 500 batteries you will have to replace on the Volt. Even if you factor in e-mode driving; electricity's not free, and the # (5 mil) is so big that, even if you cut it by 3/4, most vehicles ownership probably won't last that long.
- Take a look @ cars.com recent review on 40 mpg club. All of the vehicles tested have over 38 mpg combined.

In short, you don't buy a Volt for its value (green savings or green in your wallet). You buy it to...well...because you want it.

sheth

No one spending money on a car in this price range cares about premium fuel. The majority of cars that cost over 30k need premium gas. This car does not compete with cheap econo boxes purchased by folks who are price sensitive.

Why was nothing said about electric range?

Why were the touch screen controls not mentioned? Many key functions can be controlled from the lcd screen. The claim that many other gas only cars are near 40mpg is not true as someone else noted. The elantra has the best standard mileage in its class and it only offers 33mpg. Focus, jetta, cruze, etc all get worse mileage and only approach 40 on the highway. Jetta gets 24 city, cruze gets 26 city, that's a long way from 35 city.

WTF

As far as the brakes are concerned, how long did any one driver have the Volt in his/her possession?

I ask because if a driver is switching back and forth regularly, how would they be able to get accustomed to the different feel? For instance I am used to the feel of my clutch but if I go to another car and drive it for a day or two then I will probably not be comfortable with the feel of that clutch.

WTF

PS the profile shot in front of the marina is a great shot of the car!

RobertinHouston

I own a Volt and I agree with criticisms about Visibility and Rear Seat room (though you know both of these before you buy). The overall room in the car is very good with the hatch though. I do not have a problem with the brakes, they seem to me just like the Prius brakes which I've also owned. Maybe just endemic to regenerative brakes?

I also agree with the positive comments about the car. Great ride, high-end car feel, and after 10,000 miles I am getting 123 mpg.

Which brings us to real-world efficiency numbers. There is a site that tracks real world data - pulled directly from the cars themselves via OnStar - at https://www.voltstats.net/ that has a "fleet" of 77 Volts with collective mileage of over 300k. In the real world, the cars are averaging above 120mpg with a high over 2,300 mpg and a low of 58 mpg for someone who almost never drives on electric (presumably lots of long highway trips). On charge sustaining mode (gasoline only) the cars are getting and average of around 37 mpg.

I have no interest in the site other than to be one of the test subjects, but that's better real world data than Cars.com could ever generate (and better than you will find on any car I know) and it is a completely unfiltered data dump direct from the car' computers unlike the self-reported data on the Prius, for example.

Would we buy one again? Absolutely. We did. Now own two. The car is great. If you are in the market for a car with a price in the mid-thirties, the Volt is really fantastic.

sheth

I've seen 5 or 6 so far and it wasn't even available here until this month. I saw a couple last week alone. Now that production has finally increased I think volume will reflect that. The prius is very popular in my area and I suspect there is ample demand for the volt.

@Amuro Ray

Thank you for your interesting counter points.

Here is some math for my specific case, which helped me make my decision and some other notes:

1. I got a lease for $499/month (with leather option, $200 due at signing, 15K miles per year, 36 months). Of course lease v. buy is a debatable point, however, if you are getting an EV, lease makes a lot of sense IMO:

- Immediate benefit for the $7500 tax credit. This makes the effective price about $34K with no wait for tax season.
- No worries about battery replacement.
- Opportunity to jump to latest and greatest Extended Range EV in 3 years.
- Will save about $150/month in fuel (including all electricity costs). The effective lease rate of about $350/month is only $20/month more than Cruze lease with leather.

The numbers are a lot closer than the MSRPs suggest when you get a lease.

2. My roundtrip commute is about 50 miles. I will end up using gasoline for about 10 miles per day. However, effective MPG will be well over 100.

The vehicle is so cost effective, I used it twice over the weekend instead of our other vehicle, which gets only 20MPG. Depending on whether this habit continues, I may be understating my savings at only $150/month.

In my first week with the car, I drove 90 miles in one day... something I will likely do once in a while and not possible (without range anxiety) with a Leaf.

3. Lost in all of this is how fun the car is to drive. I wish it would be compared to a BMW 3 series v. a Cruze. Comparing to a Cruze is like comparing a MacBook Air to a net book. Similar size... different value propositions.

4. It will be interesting so see how the Prius Plug-in fares. It will have effective price that is less than $4K different the Volt... and its battery range will be less than 40% of that of a Volt (~15 miles?). My guess is both vehicles will end up doing well.

sheth

Run circles? How? Volt looks and drives better than prius and accelerates faster. Volt productiion was very limited until august but now they will be making 1500 or so per month. Volt and leaf sales will be much closer now and the leafs price hike or '12 only helps the volt. The prius PI is priced quite a bit higher than toyota initially hinted. When they allowed the press to sample the prototype it was inferred that the plug in prius would be in the 28k range, not $33k.

@Vortex:

So far the vehicle has been sold in 6 of 50 states.

The plant was shutdown for 5 weeks to retool for much larger production.

I waited 3 months for mine and happily paid full price last week.

I am currently averaging over 100MPG, and saving about $7/day in fuel... enough to offset the higher payment on my lease.

There are Volts listed on Cars.com and other sites. However, my local dealer told me that many of these are demo vehicles that Dealers are obligated to keep for 6 months. Chevy may the wise choice to have vehicles at dealers rather than sell every one.

A great way to check if the vehicle is a "dud" is to see if there are any offered at a substantial discount. I have not seen any new Volt listed at less than $39K.

You may be very surprised to see the September numbers based on your comments. I put the over/under at 600 vehicles (400% of the July number). Would you venture a guess?

sheth

Those talking about sales don't have a clue about what has been going on. As noted, the car was only sold in a handful of states until recently and the plant was shut down to retool for more output. If the vehicle wsnt in demand there would be incentives. Many of the vehicles g made were for dealers to use as demonstrators. That process should be over soon now that production has ramped up. You will see sales increase now.

Tony

Anybody measured EMF levels in this thing?

Joe Foerster

Like a lot of things, the folks who are screaming about poor sales, a beta product, way overpriced, etc. are all people who are not in the market and have never seen one up close, let alone driven one.

I'm on the 4th month of my lease and I couldn't be happier. Yes, it's hard to judge where the front bumper is but I have no problem with the brakes at all. I think GM made some improvements along the way. Mine is #3179.

It's a new kind of car and not everyone gets it yet. The sticker price and the premium fuel requirements stump them without considering the whole picture. Regular gas goes bad much faster so they want you to put premium in and then they pressurize the tank to preserve it even longer. The dealer filled my tank and I have used less than a gallon in 4 months, so it needs to stay fresh over the long haul.

Great car, definitely not a "beta" product. But of course, I look forward to seeing the category improve and evolve.

Amuro Ray

@ Joe Foerster

Instead of drinking the GM cool-aid on gasoline grade vs stability (i.e. going bad quicker on regular vs premium), please take chemistry courses, university level, to fully understand what exactly is gasoline, how the rating works, and how the entire refining process works.

Long story short, octane rating is kinda a false representation of the actual gasoline u r getting. All gasoline grades have the same components; it's the ratio or percentage of "octane" in there that makes the difference. Hence, a 91 grade has more "octane" percentage than a 87.

Now that the components are the same, it's incorrect to say that one can last longer than the other. Besides, octane rating has more to do with compression ratio, which ties with engine efficiency (the way it is designed), power and fuel mileage. In fact, an engine that requires premium for a non-performance vehicle actually suggests that the design is not optimal. If you are old enough, then you probably realize that back 30-40 years, the lowest grade was 89.

Anyhow, there's organic chemistry high-level for you. Don't let the marketing material trick you.

Stop wasting digital ink AR

Wow.

Six

Overall economy numbers?

George Kell

@Amuro Ray

Pays to get the facts correct here.

You wrote: "All gasoline grades have the same components; it's the ratio or percentage of "octane" in there that makes the difference."

This is virtually 100% false. Gasoline doesn't actually have any "percentage of octane" in it at all. The Octane rating scale simply measures the propensity for self-ignition for gasoline as compared to a fuel called Iso-octane-- that's what the octane rating means.

So I'm not sure where you took you chemistry courses-- "University-Level", no less. Must have been one heck of a fine school. But when trying to make others look bad, at least check your facts.

Amuro Ray

@ George Kell,

4 things that you've missed.

1 - I said "HIGH LEVEL" & "Long story short."
2 - This is a car site, and not a chemistry forum.
3 - The point: that there's no scientific proof on 87 going worse faster than 91.
4 - do you see me using double quote? There's a reason for that.

So u expect me to explain the nutty-gutty details? There's the internet/wiki if you want to learn more, quick.

That's why I also told people to go take chemistry at a university.

Amuro Ray

Oh, and you missed this part on my post too, George Kell,

"octane rating is kinda a false representation of the actual gasoline u r getting."

George Kell

@Amuro Ray

I have no problem with the meat of your argument; you're correct in saying that all else being equal, the longevity of 87 is no worse than that of 93. What Joe Foerster may be alluding to, however, is that gas marketed as "Premium" may be, in some regions, paired with various additives which may enhance shelf life.

If you're trying to educate anyone on the subject, give them real knowledge--don't rely on double-quotes because an actual explanation is a little complicated. We're all smart people here.

Delving into iso-octane and combustibility does more for civil discourse than telling someone to go take a class.


so you say your "cost of operating an electric car is undeniably lower than a gas/ hybrid"? Did you take into account the extra $20,000 you paid for it?! That buys a hell of a lot of gas their pal! Over 10 years worth!

Amuro Ray

After lurking kickingtires for over...oh, 4-5 years, I can tell u that "we're all smart people here" is...

Hang around here longer, and you'll see ;)

Anyhow, like I said, this is a car website. More importantly, a lot of the arguments here are pointless, and in this case, off topic. I hate thread jacking...sthg that I'm doing in this post comment, and that's why I keep thgs short as much as possible :(

Now, I do want to point out an error that Joe Foerster (and you as well) had about shelf life. His statement was that GM (the "they" I'm assuming in his post) requires Premium (91 octane rating) because Regular gas (87 octane rating) will go bad faster. Well, if that's the case, why can't one just pump regular gas + a bottle of fuel stabilizer? More than a bottle if you're really scared about shelf life...

But no. You still need to use Premium gas. So really, the issue has nothing to do with shelf life at all, because that can be easily fixed. However, blaming the gasoline itself on shelf life, which it can defend on its own, is the easiest way to "justify" the use of Premium gas. OTOH, one can "question" why GM doesn't implement an engine that can use regular gas and provide similar or even better output?

Now do you see who's thinking the general public are bunch of fools?

Gee, maybe you intelligent ones know the name of the idiot who CORRUPTS GASOLINE by mixing 10% ETHANOL in it!? This procedure is guaranteed to 1) destroy your gas mileage by 30% and 2) destroy any engine you put it in! Whomever is responsible should be arrested immediately because he/she is n the TAKE!

Dennis AS. Vitali

Just sat in a Volt at the "Big E" Fair. I thought Fit/Finish of the door Handles poor as they were loose and moved slightly when opening the door.. i.e. also saw the same of other low end chevy's also, but the truck model had the old fashion handles securely bolted to the frame no movement at all. GM you need to do a better JOB.

Joe, have you run into any software problems? We're driving a Volt around the country for a year and are about to slip past 10K miles ourselves. We discovered after around 4K miles that if you hit the HDD button at the wrong time it'll throw the display into a continuous loop.
(Also, I'm hoping we don't run into the same charging-unit problem you did. That design forces the box to hang from almost any but a ground-level outlet. While I know there are some local code issues that probably require that, there's gotta be a better way).
Congrats on your milestone.
Brian

bruce

I would stay away from any company that gave this car an award! Worst buy I ever have made in my life. I have no agenda and wanted to save money on fuel. Brakes are the worst. Try to parallel park this and feel the herky jerky pulls while you try to be calm!!!! Service was always at least a week wait and the cramped conditions with a baby seat is an absolute joke. If someone writes a good experience with this car they are being payed to promote it in my opinion. I have talked to too many in the waiting room to at the dealer.

A MAJOR JOKE THIS CAR IS!!!!!! No wonder GE is getting them for their employees at such a discounted price. My advice first is to not buy this thing or even get one for free. My next pearl is to stay away from GE they must be part of the problem.

bruce

One last thing. Have you seen these cars in an accident? A pretty quick death so it's your call. A little better than the smart car in compacting your coffin.

Realistic

The reasons why smart people do not buy Electric or Hybrid cars are: Batteries are expensive, short lived, efficiency isn’t 100 % and the electricity is not free. Going electric you won’t decrease Air Pollution because 50 % of the electricity is produced by burning COAL. By the way a Jetta TDI for $23000 makes 40MPG.

Debra

I do take issue with the "smart people" comment. Just because someone has a different value system doesn't make them less smart.

I was under the impression that the Volt engineers took into account battery life with their charging schemes. They expect the batteries to last the life of the car. It seems that for those that wish to run the car into the ground... they will still be able to use the gas portion of the car at such time the batteries have minimal useful energy storage capability.

Leasing the car also seems to eliminate the worry about expensive batteries.

I'm not able to name any vehicles that are 100% efficient. However it seems the real issue is the number of kwh used at your meter (wall) to get 100 miles of electric drive. The blogs I read seem to indicate a range of about 30-36 kwh/100 miles. In Southern CA Edison's territory they allow for a EV + home rate at night that is significantly discounted. That should equate to about $0.12 per kwh or $4.20 per 100 miles. (My saving are even much greater since I will be able to run my pool pump at the same low rate at night. Currently the pool pump forces my bill much higher per kwh).

California utilities use very little coal. I believe SCE and PG&E are like in the 1-3% range. So the emission savings is rather great here, albeit probably unique to the west coast.

But even as a country, isn't it better to be using our own resources (coal, natural gas, nuclear, renewable) rather than buying oil and transferring our wealth to the mid east?

I personally would also lean toward a Chevy made (mostly) in the USA vs. one that is 100% made elsewhere.

So is the current pricing scheme an incredible advantage for the Volt?

Unfortunately not, due to the high initial cost. Come on GM seems like your drive train should be less costly than a Prius's.

But would we be "smart" to encourage this technology with our purchasing/leasing choices? I think many of us would say it is worth the investment.

Highdesertcat

Debra, great comments. However it appears that you are in the minority.

The old codgers I know who drive a Prius are not willing to consider the Volt, primarily because they had a great experience with their current and previous Prius cars.

I do believe that the Volt should be available to anyone who wants to buy one, but it should not be subsidized by the tax payers.

Besides, the Prius has a decade-long head start on the Volt and has already sold more than a million of the little sedans.

The Volt appeals to people with money who pay more than $7500 in income taxes, and is priced out of range of more than 50% of the population who pay no income taxes at all.

Chris

Tax payers shouldn't pay for stuff like this, but it's OK for us to pay for my brothers tours of duty in the middle east.

Kudos to all of you willing to take the initial risks on this new technology!

Rapidrefill

Cost per mile should be calculated after the feds find a way to charge road taxes on battery-powered miles.
Pray that it's not GPS-based.

Eric

I know the original post is quite old now, but I feel it's another opportunity to expose my thoughts on my, now one year old, 2013 Chevy Volt.

I traded in a BMW Z4 for my Volt, and as bobbleheadguru mentions above, I too find it amusing when someone compares the Volt to an econobox vehicle - because the car is simply not in that econobox class. It is solid, extremely well trimmed and tight fitting. The acceleration is spirited and almost on par with my former 3.0 Z4.

The irony is that my most valued features of the car, have nothing to do with the gas mileage! So what makes me so happy about this car now? These items:

1) Fast, responsive acceleration and equally fast and responsive deceleration.

2) Unbelievably quiet ride. Sure it's great on a day-to-day basis, but when you take the Volt on a 2200 mile road trip is when you really appreciate the silence. Even with the backup generator humming at highway speed... the vehicle is still quieter than even the most prestigious luxury vehicles.

3)The inescapable fact that I actually have two cars in one. I have an electric vehicle (that is ALWAYS propelled by electric) but which I never have any anxiety over. We have made 2 long interstate road trips this year... and find the car to be an exceptional long-drive vehicle. (heated seats, great audio, and quiet ride make it truly enjoyable!)

--I'm not a fan of the bifurcated rear window, but I have gotten used to it. And I do have the rear camera system built in. Yes it does make a difference.

Bottom line - this car makes me happy. I have owned a BMW Z4, a Honda Prelude, a Dodge Ram, an Acura, and various little crap-boxes in my youth. The Chevy Volt is, by far, the most satisfying car I have ever owned. I chose that word "satisfying" very carefully. Since no car is perfect, and different types of vehicles all have advantages and disadvantages - there is no such thing as a perfect vehicle... and what is perfect for one person is not the same for another.

I feel I got every bit of my money's worth. I feel the car was a great value. It serves every vehicle need I have, and it exceeds my expectation in areas of comfort, convenience, technological advancement and even economy.

So do I actually save money in gas? Yes, I do. How much? Well I don't know exactly. I know that in 2013 I place about 12,000 miles on my Volt. Aside from our two intention long distance trips... I went to a gas station 2 times in 2013 (not associated with the 2 long distance trips). My electric bill increased $36 each month (average).

My biggest relief: I never realized what a time-wasting pain in the butt going to the gas station almost every week, actually was. Now that I don't go but once or twice a year... I can say that it was a huge hassle. My time and aggravation was worth much more than I speculated!

Adam

I'm a late poster to this article as well. My Volt is almost 2 years old. I drive 40 miles round trip each week day. In the warm weather I can make the trip without hitting the gas engine; in cold weather I can go about 75% of the commute. As of today I am averaging 193 miles to the gallon! Really!

The complaints:
blind spots are an issue. The heat could be warmer in the winter. And my biggest complaint is that if you are not going to give me a jack and a spare tire, at least put run flat tires on the car. The good year tires on the car can't take a curb scrape without going flat. I hope GM reads this as my lease is up next year.

Chuck

I have 26750 miles on my 2012 Volt. Overall, I'm fairly satisfied with it. Bifurcated rear window is bad, I admit, so you do need the backup reverse camera. Haven't noticed the "bad brakes" while (parallel) parking, but I do notice that the brakes sometimes don't work for a second and a half after you turn car on and quickly shift to reverse or drive. Someone needs to look at that.

Display panel with no tactile feedback on many of the buttons is bad -- don't like it.

Other than that, very happy. Love skipping that gas station -- hardly ever use gas anymore.

Poster above who complained about the coal usage required for charging the Volt -- um, no. I've switched to solar, and so have many of my neighbors.

Chuck

PS. Had a Prius before the Volt. Couldn't get rid of that car fast enough. What a piece of crap clown car that was. And embarrassing to drive.

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