2013 Chevrolet Volt User Reviews
- $39,145 - $39,145
- No trim specified for this review
- Comfort, Fuel Economy, Agility, Zippy, Head turning, Quiet, Lots of information feedback
- Control panel user Interface, no power seats, no sliding moon roof option, no rear window wiper
Purchased As New
I've been a lifelong Honda Accor buyer and have owned six Accords (I still have two). But I wanted to go green and have an electric car for my short commutes back and forth to work and running around town. Honda's hybrids just don't cut it. After a little research, I narrowed my options to a plug in Prius and the Volt. I ruled out the Leaf due to it's limited extended range for emergencies and the new Ford Fusion/C-Max plug-in because it's just too new with no reliablity history.
After driving the Prius and the Volt, the Volt smashed the Prius in all categories. The Prius was noisy, when the engine was running, rattled inside, sounded like a tin can, and overall was a rather unpleasant drive. The Volt on the other hand was peppy, very quiet, very comfortable, felt solid and steady, and was an absolute pleasure to drive. Since this is the first Chevy product I've every bought and owned, I was thoroughly surprised and delighted! Both the Prius and the Volt provide lot's of information feedback and the user interface for both is gimicky, but the Prius drive selector was just silly while the Volts felt like a real car.
The next criteria was cost, but with Chevy now offering huge discounts to move the Volt and the $7500 US Gov rebate, the Volt ended up being significantly cheaper than the Prius. So this decision was a no brainer.
I do have some wishes though for the Volt. For me personally, a battery range of 45-50 miles would be perfect. I sometimes find myself using a little fuel on days when I have to do a bit more running around. Power front seats and a pop-up sliding moon roof would be very nice options. I also think the car could handle 18" alloy rims. And lastly, GM should hire an Apple user interface engineer to design the next generation control panal and touch screen interface.
(1) The backup camera doesn't have guide markers that represent the width of the car and it tends to beep a lot because it detects objects to the side that are actually not in the way.
(2) The front air bottom air dam is easily scuffed by a curb or parking bumper when parking because it is so low. I get the aerodynamic reason for this, but it would be cool if it retracted or folded up when parking to protect if from scraps and scratches (or folded down when traveling above 20 mph).
(3) No rear window wiper for rainy days.
(4) There is a lane departure warning mechanism, but I would have preferred blind side cameras that would display on the screen when the turn signal is on.
(5) Stereo, even with the upgraded Bose speakers, could use more base.
(6) The navigation won't let you enter a desitnation address while moving. Again, I get the safety reason for doing this, but if the passenger air bag sensor is active, this restriction should be removed.
(7) Interior color LED accent illumination would add a little flare at night.
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