GM insisted that Denver journalists try the Volt. I usually only get press vehicles that will tow trailers. Of course I filled the Volt with horse hay (bagged Chaffhaye) and still the car had zip. It did surprise me how quick the acceleration was with several modes to be a sports car or a fuel miser. It looks bigger on the outside than inside. Course I’m not one of the little people. Grand kids fit well in the back seat and the hatch back is surprisingly roomy.
Similar size inside to a Volvo SC60 or other European and Japanese cars. The center console too big for big boys, made my legs crowded. The center console control knob, changes channels on the center screen.
You can see on screen where the power is coming from, engine or battery. A ball shows up on screen when you’re accelerating to teach you how to drive for the best fuel mileage. Plenty of choices for controlling the car with normal, economy, mountain, power and sport mode.
2012 Volt was peppy like a V-6. Faster off the line than at road speeds doing lane changes. Very quiet, you don’t know it’s running until you look at the gauges.Lots of wires under the hood. Running on just battery, the Volt can go 35 miles. On gas it gets over 300 miles. So the Volt isn’t just a job commute car, you can take it on the road.Front fascia almost touches the ground. Would worry me in snow, though I have a friend in Detroit that drives a Volt in the winter and doesn't have a problem in snow.I loaded ten 50 lb. bags of Chaffhaye feed in the Volt. I could have put another 10 bags volume wise. But with 500 lbs of feed and me, I was at the 750 lb max payload.
Back seat made for little people, but fold down the seats and the hatch back has room to move the kids to college.Volt’s a sports car at 80 mph, feels like it could go 90, surprising power.
Comes with a charging unit to plug into a regular 115 volt house outlet with a special end for the Volt. Also comes with an air compressor to air up the spare.
Center console not much room for fat legs. Dash above was interesting with most information relating to fuel and battery consumption.