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Tue Oct 27, 2015, 12:11 PM

The 2016 Chevy Volt: An energy-efficient car that doesn’t drive like one

Overall, the Volt was easy to drive. It handled curves and bumps in the road well, the brakes were super smooth—not always the easiest thing to accomplish with a hybrid that has to juggle regenerative braking and traditional brake disks—and the high-tech safety features were a nice bonus. We're now big fans of Apple CarPlay when it works. The Volt is an efficient car, too—with help from the tracker on the dashboard I even beat Chevy’s promise of 53 electric-only miles by a mile

Once I was past the electric range of the car, the Volt was still smooth and handled extremely well. When I got back into my old Civic Hybrid at the end of the day, which is slow to accelerate and doesn’t absorb potholes and bumps in the road well, it was a noticeable difference. Yes, my own car is older, but the Volt didn't feel like an energy-efficient car. And that's a good thing. Stay tuned for a full review of the Volt in the coming months.


I am often accused of being biased in favor of Tesla but I have to give credit to Chevy here. The 2016 Volt is pretty impressive and if Chevy can deliver on a 200 mile 2018 Bolt well they will finally redeem themselves for the EV1 debacle. I wonder if Chevy is kicking themselves. Keeping the EV1 running as a niche production line would have been a tiny portion of their budget but the experience gained would have allowed them to utterly destroy competitors in the plugin hybrid and EV segments. Still better late than never. More EVs from everyone please!

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Tue Oct 27, 2015, 07:57 PM

1. I have a 2015 (Gen 1) and am very pleased

I was debating whether to wait for the 2016, but since Chevrolet chose to sell the 2016 model only in CARB states it is not available here I have not regretted my decision.

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Tue Oct 27, 2015, 08:59 PM

2. Good to hear.

I'm picking up my 2015 tomorrow.

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