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Chevy Volt Consumer Reviews by True Consumer Reviews

October 18th, 2011

The 2012 Chevrolet Volt was one of two plug-in electrics in our Plug-in/Hybrid Electric study.  As with any larger purchase, it is important to do your homework, which is why True Consumer Reviews was created!  We do the research for you by inviting over 100 owners to conduct a detailed, hands-on evaluation and drive of the Chevy Volt against the Nissan Leaf and 4 top selling hybrids.  We have all the insights you need to make an informed decision.  So what do our Chevy Volt consumer reviews reveal about this vehicle?

Volt provides an EPA estimated 35 miles of pure electric range, followed by another 344 miles after the battery is depleted by using a small gasoline engine to charge the battery.   That gives Volt a range similar to a normal gasoline powered car.  So, if you are one of the 80 percent of Americans with a round trip commute under 35 miles, Volt allows you to commute gas free for about the same daily electrical cost as it takes to run your refrigerator.  And, unlike the Nissan Leaf, with Volt’s extended range capability, those unexpected side trips or longer weekend jaunts are no problem.

The Chevy Volt received the second highest overall vehicle rating of the 6 vehicles in our study. Its sporty exterior was rated “Best in Segment” in overall exterior appearance.  Interior appearance rated second highest behind Camry, and was perceived as much more youthful and contemporary. The Volt was also liked for its roomy cargo area, quiet interior, and surprisingly brisk acceleration, which was seen as strong even in normal mode.  Sport mode would have provided even stronger acceleration.  All-in-all, our consumer testers found the Volt a lot of fun to drive.

Volt’s major weakness was that it was considered too pricey for what you get.  The Volt came in over $35,000 on our test car, after adding $1,500 to install a 220 Volt charger, and subtracting the $7,500 tax credit. Additional weaknesses include visibility, and rear seat comfort, where many any did not like the fact that Volt only seats two rear passengers instead of three.

In addition to the high level overview ratings mentioned above, True Consumer Reviews provides a web experience that allows users the ability to drill down into specific opinions about each category.  If you’re looking for the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, or Hybrid sedan consumer reviews, you’ve come to the right place.  Click here to start exploring the opinions we’ve gathered for you.