Review: Chevy's Volt

Review: Chevy's Volt http://tinyurl.com/6emyuqv

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Chevrolet calls the Volt an extended-range electric vehicle, but technically it is still a hybrid, as it has both an electric motor and a gas engine to power the wheels. It is, however, a very different hybrid from the Toyota Prius. In fact, it feels light years ahead of that car, which became indelibly associated with the term hybrid.
Although hypermilers will enjoy watching the gauge to limit hard acceleration and maximize regeneration, you don't have to exhibit any particular care when driving the car. It responds the same to the accelerator whether it is operating in battery or gasoline mode. When the engine is on, it causes a slight vibration and noise, which is only really noticeable at low speeds. Electric operation is, of course, smooth and quiet.
Chevrolet did an excellent job with the Volt's power train, mixing substantial electric-mode range with a gas engine, leading to potentially outstanding fuel economy. Although the different drive modes seem a little complicated, the car's normal drive feel is even better than many gas engine cars. The power steering is well-tuned, and the battery helps the handling. The uneven braking is the main problem area for performance tech.
With standard navigation, Bluetooth phone, and a Bose stereo, the cabin of the Volt features first-rate electronics. The associated smartphone app offers good connectivity and remote operation. The only area where the Volt is lacking is in driver assistance features. Its rearview camera is excellent, but it doesn't offer adaptive cruise control or a blind-spot detection system.
Chevrolet put a few nice exterior design elements into the Volt, but seems to be attempting to make the car not stand out. Its front end looks particularly conventional. The hatchback is a practical design feature, but the lack of a rear bench seat limits passenger room. The touch buttons on the interface are a neat innovation and the onscreen menus look nice, but Chevrolet could have put some more thought into a logical arrangement.
In any mode, the Volt feels heavy, due to the fact it weighs 3,781 pounds.
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The Volt seems to be a quality car.
A bit heavy and expensive.
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