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2011 Chevrolet Volt Consumer Reviews

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2011 Chevy Volt-too much fun!

by from Dallas, TX on September 15, 2012

I have owned my 2011 Chevy Volt now for 3 months and I absolutely love it! (I bought it used) I was looking at luxury hybrids but they were crazy expensive and still didn't get the gas mileage I wante...
I have owned my 2011 Chevy Volt now for 3 months and I absolutely love it! (I bought it used) I was looking at luxury hybrids but they were crazy expensive and still didn't get the gas mileage I wanted. I have only filled up my gas tank twice since I've owned it and I don't drive it the most economically. It's too much fun to drive in Sport mode, and I'm still getting an average of 80mpg. I can also fit my 2 car seats for my 4 and 2 year old in the back. The leather seats are very comfy and hug you too-so it really feels like a luxury car with the best gas mileage and looks cool-I love it!
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we love this car!!

by from North Dallas, Texas on April 30, 2012

We have driven the Volt about 3000 miles and it has exceeded all expectations. The predicted electric range was 37 miles, and we consistently get 43 or 44. The mpg for fuel mode is predicted to be in ...
We have driven the Volt about 3000 miles and it has exceeded all expectations. The predicted electric range was 37 miles, and we consistently get 43 or 44. The mpg for fuel mode is predicted to be in the high 30s but we have found it to be in the mid 40s. It is tight, handles like a sport car (almost) and is utterly quiet. With the goverment incentive it is also a good bargain. I did a spread sheet comparing all obvious choices (Jetta TDI, Prius) and with our kind of driving (90% under 40 miles) it proved to be the economical. I recommend it to anyone interested in a great driving experience with a high mileage auto
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WOW! This car is amazing

by from Colorado on July 20, 2012

We have had this Volt for 4 months and absolutely love it. It's very quiet, smooth, comfortable, handles like it's on rails, it's very reliable and extremely cheap to drive. We usually get around 50-6...
We have had this Volt for 4 months and absolutely love it. It's very quiet, smooth, comfortable, handles like it's on rails, it's very reliable and extremely cheap to drive. We usually get around 50-60 mpg when we've used the gas engined generator, which isn't often, around 10 percent of our driving. Gas cost per mile is less than 8 cents. The really cheap part is driving on electricity only. We are seeing .26 to .28 kWh per mile. For us at 11.06 cents per kWh, that is under 3 cents per mile. Our old Malibu usually got 32 miles per gallon and was costing us 13 cents per mile. I don't see many if any other cars that are this inexpensive to drive.
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Volt Ushers in a Paradigm Shift

by from El Paso, TX on April 16, 2014

I worked in the auto industry for over a decade and now work in the energy industry and am considered a "car guy." I've owned many vehicles most tending towards the sporty but practical part of the sp...
I worked in the auto industry for over a decade and now work in the energy industry and am considered a "car guy." I've owned many vehicles most tending towards the sporty but practical part of the spectrum. The Chevy Volt is easily the best car I have owned. It truly feels like a different form of transportation and I mean that in the best possible way. I enjoy and appreciate a sporty exhaust note and intake growl...once in a while...when I'm in the mood for it..but not everyday on my daily commute. The silence, refinement and effortlessness of an EV is truly mind blowing and I cannot see ever purchasing an internal combustion vehicle as my main means of transport after experiencing the Volt for nearly 2000 miles. Most IC cars feel and sound like tractors too me now. GM has done a great job with suspension tuning and handling. The suspension feels like it never runs out of travel but remains well controlled under all conditions. Front seats are amazingly comfortable and driving from Sacramento, CA to Texas I never once thought about seat comfort which is a sign of great design. The sensation of rapid, silent acceleration riding on the mountain of torque from a stop still makes me giggle every time. One element that could use better tuning is the brakes; I wish they had more initial grab as I still find I have to go deeper into the pedal travel to slow down than feels natural. The capacitive touch center stack looks neat and you can get used to it, but it is definitely less intuitive than more standard push button setups. The exterior design is beautiful and most who have seen it in person agree. The interior design is also great with neat touches like the painted door panels, cream colored perforated leather that looks great, and blue ambiance LEDs that provide a subtle glow at the center stack at night. Surprisingly, the interior smell, yes smell, is also pleasing. I have typically found the interior smell of Japanese and German cars much more pleasing than American cars, but surprisingly the Volt has a pleasant material off gassing signature, i.e. it doesn't reek of cheap plastics and adhesives releasing toxins into the cabin. I'm 6' tall and can fit in the rear seats fine with the front seat set up where I like it. I was actually expecting less space in back based on other reviews. The extended range generator provides great peace of mind, I drove it from Sacramento to El Paso, over 1200 miles, charging only in Vegas since there were handy, free charge stations. In town, I can run errands and commute solely on electric power provided by my solar array and have gasoline backup for unexpected trips. The included trickle charger has proved sufficient to fully charge over night so I am in no rush to add a level 2 charger. Amazing car, I feel more people don't consider because they don't understand how it truly works or what the full benefits are. Test Drive One!
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Best car we've owned

by from Seattle, Wa on August 3, 2015

I've had a lot of cars in my 42 years of driving. After 4 years of owning a Volt, this is the best one. 66K miles on it now and we're averaging almost 90 MPG. We've taken it on several long distance t...
I've had a lot of cars in my 42 years of driving. After 4 years of owning a Volt, this is the best one. 66K miles on it now and we're averaging almost 90 MPG. We've taken it on several long distance trips and so that brings the average MPG down quite a bit. The only problem we've had with the car is the electrical plug on the 110V charger that goes into the garage receptacle. It has overheated a few times, so we installed a 220V charger instead. That also cuts the recharge time down from overnight to ~4. I don't understand why this car isn't Chevy's best seller?
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What a car!

by from Beaver Dam, WI on April 30, 2012

If you are looki g for a car that gets attention, then here it is. My experience is just like the commercial in the fact that everybody wants to know how it works and hiw I like it. And i have to say ...
If you are looki g for a car that gets attention, then here it is. My experience is just like the commercial in the fact that everybody wants to know how it works and hiw I like it. And i have to say that if your willing to look past the sticker, then you will love this car. It is not fun to drive, it is an "Experience" to drive this car. This aint your grandpa's car and you will feel that the second you get in and hit the accelerator! Trust me this is one He!! Of A Ride!!!
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My Volt impresses everyone, but mostly me!

by from Central NJ on January 13, 2011

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!
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Should work for many of us

by from West Sacramento, CA on January 13, 2011

Just took delivery of a Crystal Red Volt (#679 off the production line), and it is a solid piece of engineering. We charged it up, off our free 220V Coulomb charge point, since it was delivered to the...
Just took delivery of a Crystal Red Volt (#679 off the production line), and it is a solid piece of engineering. We charged it up, off our free 220V Coulomb charge point, since it was delivered to the house, and did a 31 mile drive down the delta from Sacramento. Upon our return we still had 6 miles of EV range left. I am impressed with the solid ride and firm handling, compared to our previous 2007 Camry Hybrid (and 2006 Prius). Our LEAF should arrive early next month. Both cars will charge from the same chargepoint and with our home's solar panel array, we will now have ZERO house electricity cost AND virtually ZERO transportation costs (since both of our work commutes are less than 11 miles one way and both of our work sites will also have EV chargepoints in the VERY near future. Is the Volt, in it's current form perfect? Heck no, there should be a wiper on the rear window, and there absolutely should be passive unlocking and locking (without having to use the keyfob); the interior details are more like a $25,000 car than a $45,000 (we got the upgrade leather and backup camera option packages), but the TECHNOLOGY is amazing! The navigation package is MUCH better than on our 2006-2007 Toyota products. The GM delivery process from the submission of the order back in August to the delivery today was SO MUCH BETTER than what we are getting from Nissan on our LEAF order. If there was any other choice for a fully practical and reasonable total EV, I would walk away from my Nissan order, just on the basis of how callous Nissan is treating us as customers.
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Electric & water don't mix.

by from Jersey Shore on August 22, 2012

I was in love with my Chevy Volt until the first rain storm. The front carpet got soaked do to a leaking windshield seal. Dealer had the car for 2weeks (Not allowed to stock parts). Replaced the winds...
I was in love with my Chevy Volt until the first rain storm. The front carpet got soaked do to a leaking windshield seal. Dealer had the car for 2weeks (Not allowed to stock parts). Replaced the windshield. Still leaking, and they had also replaced the carpet. Going back to the dealer tomorrow.
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My Black Volt - #1712

by from Windsor, CT on March 13, 2011

We've had our Volt, #1712, for less than a week. We've only ever own imports and still have a VW and SAAB. The Volt impressed us with it's Euro feeling ride and handling. Drives down the road like a l...
We've had our Volt, #1712, for less than a week. We've only ever own imports and still have a VW and SAAB. The Volt impressed us with it's Euro feeling ride and handling. Drives down the road like a luxury car, not an economy car, which is a good thing since it's priced like a luxury car. Overall very impressed with the thoroughness of the engineering as well as the fit and finished. In EV mode, it is extremely quiet, errily so. The transition to extended range mode is utterly seemless. Black with the polished wheels is very sharp looking. Just like any other vehicle, if you purchase something that doesn't fit your needs or your lifestyle, you won't like it, but that doesn't make it a bad vehicle, just a bad purchase for you. My daily commute is less than 20 miles round trip, so I'm hoping to use zero gas Monday - Friday. I'll update in a few months. So far we are thrilled.
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