I've had my Volt since 12/18/10, and it's been the most satisfying car purchase I ever made. The car looks fantastic in person, inside and out, and everyone I show it to and take for a ride seems very...
I've had my Volt since 12/18/10, and it's been the most satisfying car purchase I ever made. The car looks fantastic in person, inside and out, and everyone I show it to and take for a ride seems very impressed.
The best feature is obviously that it can run on electricity, and until you've experienced the smooth quiet of electric driving you won't quite know what you're missing. But beyond that, the Volt is just a very pleasurable car to drive, from its solid and well sorted chassis to its impressive levels of refinement and NVH. Fit and finish is first rate, and few cars below the luxury class can compete with its feature set.
It's been cold here in the northeast, and use of the climate control, heated seats, and just plain effect of cold on the batteries does reduce range, to about 25 miles in my experience. This will certainly improve as winter passes, as other new owners in the forum in more moderate climates are seeing high 30's to over 40 mile range on electricity.
Of course the unique feature of the Volt is that when the battery range runs out, the gasoline engine kicks in, which on the highway is practically imperceptible. Around town and accelerating you do notice the engine much like you would in any other quality 4-cyl. car, only with the Volt the engine speed is controlled by the computer and what's needed to generate adequate electricity, not the need to directly power the wheels. When running on gas alone, I've averaged about 36 MPG. My overall lifetime average with some long highway trips currently stands around 65 MPG, but before my last long trip (where I mostly had to run on gas) it was up around 90.
In summary, I've owned a couple of dozen new cars in my lifetime, but none has been as satisfying a purchase as my Volt. I simply love it, and have had no problems with it, despite it being built the first week of production.
As a footnote, it's clear on this site that there's one or more haters trying to smear the Volt. Obviously this car has been the subject of political bias, and opposed by GM-haters for whatever their strange reasons. They are entitled to their opinion, but NOT to create outright deception as if they are real owners. This is a place where consumers share and expect real information. Readers beware! For the real experiences of early Volt adopters, a good source is gm-volt.com, where you'll find many owners who feel a lot like me, and I've not encountered anyone there who didn't like (usually love) their Volt or regretted their purchase. Think about it, Volt has made an unprecedented sweep of awards from Motor Trend, Car and Driver, Automobile, and the very coveted North American Car of the Year (voted by a large panel of journalists.) Do you really believe Mr. "Get over it from NYC" who calls it "Scam!" and says he gets 9 miles electric range? I suspect all the very low reviews are being written by one troll, who really needs to get out of his bedroom at the parents' house and get a life!