Chevrolet Volt Review - Everyday Driver

The guys go commuting in the Chevy Volt. Can it live up to the hype and be competitive against the gas-sipping Pri-i of the world?

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Cars.com's Chevy Volt at 18,000 Miles
It's now been more than a year and 18,000 miles since we bought our 2011 Chevrolet Volt. After having the car for so long, we'd like to share some of our lasting likes and dislikes about the car to give you an all-encompassing view of our time with the plug-in hybrid. Overall, we're pretty satisfied with the Volt, and despite its quirky cabin configuration and powertrain, this is a real car that can accommodate everyday use, according to Cars.com Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder.





Chevy Volt - 9 Months and 9000 miles with this amazing GM hybrid electric car [Review]
http://www.redferret.net/?p=34759 .The Chevy Volt is charging ahead in the electrifying battle to become the #1 plug in hybrid. OK, so how cheesy an opening is that, but the reality is that for the first time since the horse drawn carriage, gasoline is slowly becoming more of an optional part of the personal transportation equation. At least that's the way it seems right now...gas powered skateboards may change the balance once again if they get popular. But I digress. The Volt isn't the first electric car, nor is it the sportiest (hello Fisker Karma), or the one with furthest range (nice to meet you Tesla Model S), the cheapest, the largest, the shiniest, and it can't make balloon animals. However...it is definitely a landmark vehicle. The Chevy Volt is simply the most practical plug in hybrid ever created, and I am not surprised that it won the European Car of the Year at the Geneva Motor Show this summer (http://www.wired.com/autopia/2012/03/volt-ampera-europe-car-year/). It combines a 35-40 mile electric range with a surprisingly agile internal combustion engine (aka "gas engine"). Of course, electric driving range is just one feature, even a golf cart can stagger a few miles on an electric charge. The Volt however manages to combine plug-in technology and practicality in a fun-to-drive package, and the result is a vehicle which achieves a phenomenal gas mileage while at the same time offering conventional sedan style comfort and style. And what other car comes with not just one, but two smartphone apps to keep you informed and in touch with your vehicle? Most importantly, you don't need to worry about running out of battery charge half way to your destination, as with other electric vehicles. We definitely haven't seen the last of this kind of imaginative and innovative technology. Check out my video review below which bursts quite a number of myth balloons about this brave engineering gamble from General Motors. More at www.redferret.net





2014 Chevy Volt Test Drive & Plug-In Hybrid Car Video Review
http://www.autobytel.com/chevrolet/volt/2014/?id=32972 For commuters that average less than 40 miles, the Chevrolet Volt is the perfect car as you have just enough juice to run on electricity alone. And for the 2014 model year, Chevy has knocked $5k off the sticker price. The Volt now costs $34,185 before and Federal or State Tax Credits. The Volt was seen for the first time back in 2007 at the Detroit Auto Show and today this plug-in hybrid is the best-selling car in the segment. The 2014 Chevy Volt has slightly better fuel economy and a slightly better range when compared to the previous year. On the outside, the Volt's styling is very distinctive and unique. Out back the taillights are stamped to look like a circuit board. The front fascia is very contemporary but with a definite Chevrolet flair. The overall look fits the Volt well and the shape is very aerodynamic with a drag coefficient of 0.281. Under the hood there is no Chevy 350, instead the Volt is powered by a Voltec Electric Drive unit that produces 149 horsepower and 273 lb-ft. of torque. After the 40 miles of electric range is used, the batteries are then recharged via a 1.4 liter engine that acts a s range extender. The car tested here has been optioned out to the max and includes cool stuff like: a leather wrapped steering wheel, heated leather seats, and MyLink Touch Screen infotainment system. That same system allows you to monitor all of the car's efficiency dynamics. The 2014 Chevrolet Volt is a 4-passenger hatchback that is surprisingly comfortable. With a full tank of gas you will be able to go 385 miles and on EV mode alone the range is 38 miles. Even though the Volt is a Plug-In hybrid car, it still drives just like a normal gasoline powered car. Overall the car is comfortable, spacious, and drives very well. Most commuters should really consider a plug-in hybrid like the Chevy Volt. See More Car Videos http://www.autobytel.com/car-videos/?id=32972 Join Our Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/autobytel





2011 Chevrolet Volt - Drive Time Review
Drive Time review of the all-new 2011 Chevrolet Volt by auto critic Steve Hammes




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