Extensive Review Of The 2017 Chevrolet Volt – Video


The mainstream car reviewers may have better equipment, the help of an official camera team, crane cameras attached to chase cars, etc.  But they just don’t know how to properly review an EV or a plug-in hybrid.  They spend far too much time talking about how many cup holders it has than explaining the capabilities of the drivetrain.

Putting a 2017 Chevrolet Volt through its paces

Putting a 2017 Chevrolet Volt through its paces

I sent Robert Llewellyn a message a while back inviting him to come review my Volt. I never saw a response, but I didn’t expect him to fly to the USA to do that anyway.  So I took it upon myself to create this review.

I wasn’t sure how it would be accepted on my youtube channel which has almost 300,000 subscribers who are there to see content about retro computers and game consoles.  There have been a few dislikes, but overall I think it went over well.

My goal is that this video will rise in the ranks on youtube search results so that if people do a search for the Chevy Volt, this review will be at the top of the list. Not because I’m vein, but rather because I want more people to buy the Volt and I feel like a proper review would help accomplish that.  I found it odd that nearly 400,000 people would shell out $1,000 and wait 3 years for a Tesla when the Volt is almost as good, cost less money, and is available today.  So that’s why I made the Model 3 comparison in this review.

Retro Commodore gear FTW

Retro Commodore gear FTW

I had planned a variety of other funny scenes where I mixed in some retro-computer stuff into this video to make it funny and appeal to my fans.  For example, I had planned to show plugging a Commodore SX-64 into the center console and carrying it around in the passenger seat as my “music player.”  I had several other ideas, but eventually cut them out.  The video had grown to over 20 minutes long before I had even filmed those scenes and I knew I was going to have to shorten it.  I cut a lot of the less interesting stuff out and got it down to 18 minutes.

The scenes at the drag strip happened exactly as shown.  I had virtually no idea what I was doing, but the first time I went, I did beat that modified Honda.  However, it appears he nearly stalled his engine on take off, but that only compensated or my horrible one-second reaction time.  So I would have beaten him either way.   My wife was filming and she was feeling sick so we only got to do the 3 runs.  Otherwise I would have at least gone two or three more times after I fixed my window camera so I would have better footage.  But also I was legitimately curious to see who I could beat.  Even that pickup that beat me on my 3rd drag race, might not have won had I been in EV mode and had a better reaction time.  It was explained to me later that I’m actually supposed to go on the last yellow light, not on green.  So that would have probably helped.   I’m tempted to go BACK to the drag strip sometime and just race without worrying about the cameras and everything.

Also, I’ve had the new Volt for about 2 months now and I’ve put almost 2,000 miles on the car and only about 100 of those are on gas, and at least half of the gas was burned on purpose creating this video.  I am absolutely thrilled with the car.  My wife was driving a Nissan Leaf and she’s now driving my old Volt.  She’s holding out for the Bolt EV later this year.  But after having the Gen-2 Volt for a while, the 2013 Volt feels extremely dated inside and is noticeably sluggish on acceleration.   Don’t get me wrong, the 2013 was a great car and I never had any problems at all with it.  But there’s no doubt the Gen-2 is better all around.

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104 responses to "Extensive Review Of The 2017 Chevrolet Volt – Video"
  1. MTN Ranger says:

    Nice review David.

  2. Scott Franco says:

    Give me a break. Volt vs. Tesla? Volt fanboys out of control.

    1. Kdawg says:

      Somebody didn’t watch the video.

    2. Lol says:

      Yeah, why are you comparing your car to rainbow unicorns?

    3. Roger Roger says:

      I want neither.

    4. SparkEV says:

      When Tesla was mentioned, I was sure irrational Tesla zealots will come out of the woodworks, and you didn’t disappoint. There are some things Tesla is worse than Volt, even when it comes to straight line acceleration (at least to 30 MPH)

    5. Jim Whitehead says:

      Could the author compare the new Volt with the new Prius Prime Plug-in? Hybrid-to-hybrid is a better comparison than General Hybrid to Unreleased Tesla.

      I disagree that people should be happy with 53 miles of pure electric range. Leaf and Volt range can drop in half in severe cold, or heat or driving rain. (Rain reduces range an amazing amount). Right now my wife and I often do 90+ miles per day in a Prius and really need more. We really need a Model 3.

      Prediction: The resale values of hybrids could CRASH to 3 years, when the Model 3 is released and the car market is flooded with many used and more desirable Model S and Xs compete with today short range hybrids.

      1. zzzzzzzzzz says:

        Yep, people are going to sell $24k MSRP (new) hybrids that do 50-55 mpg, require $50/year service, and will rush to buy notoriously unreliable $70k+ (new) cars and sell their houses to pay thousands yearly for their maintenance&repair. Great dream 😉

      2. ModernMarvelFan says:

        “Leaf and Volt range can drop in half in severe cold, or heat or driving rain. (Rain reduces range an amazing amount)”

        Obviously someone who doesn’t own a Volt.
        Cold? Yes. Heat? No. Rain? No.

  3. Fred says:

    True. Laughable to compare a 50 mile range volt with a 200+ mile range tesla.

    1. tftf says:

      There’s a fuel tank, but you probably know that already.

    2. Dan says:

      Lol. Watch misconception #2 in the video.

      1. tftf says:

        Yes, I guess Fred didn’t even watch the video or was trolling on purpose.

    3. Tobie says:

      What percentage of your trips are over 50 miles? What percentage are over 25 miles?

      It’s a solid comparison if you know your drive cycle breakdown.

    4. Mike says:

      Hi Fred.

      can you post a video like this using a tesla 3… Will check back in 2 years…thanks

  4. Alaa says:

    Why haul a gasoline motor when going in EV mode? And why haul an EV motor and battery when in gasoline mode? Why? There are more electric sockets than there are gas stations any where in the world.

    Why have two complex systems to maintain?

    Why not stick to one?

    1. Dan says:

      Why haul 100 kwh of batteries when you only drive 20 miles a day?

      1. Scott Franco says:

        Why drill 1000’s of feet down to get oil, then burn it, then breathe it?

        1. DJ says:

          Because tires require oil. Because asphalt requires oil. Because mining equipment requires oil. Because…

          Any other stupid questions?

          My house and car are powered by the sun but not everything works for everyone…

          The Volt is really good at what it does. It isn’t meant to be a long range BEV but rather cover your daily driving needs most of the time on battery while having a motor capable of not leaving you stranded going up a hill like the i3.

          Simply put some of us need a longer range car for a variety of reasons from time to time and aren’t going to bother waiting 45 mins at a Tesla supercharging station just to be able to plug in and then have to wait another 45 mins. Some of us have more important things to do with our free time when even a 300 mile S won’t cut it which at times it won’t.

          Not to mention you can lease the Volt for less than $200 a month. Good luck getting that on any Tesla…

          1. kubel says:

            You can only find decent lease deals on the Volt in CARB states. Those of us who live outside of CARB states get a $3200 capitalized cost penalty. The only choice is to buy outright here, and not all of us qualify for all of the $7500 tax credit.

            If you make average household income and contribute to a HSA and/or 401k, you can forget about qualifying for the full $7500.

            So, based on where I live and how much I make, the Volt is a no go.

            1. Mike says:

              “If you make average household income and contribute to a HSA and/or 401k, you can forget about qualifying for the full $7500.”- How does having a HSA and/or a 401k disqualify you for the tax credit? I have both and will qualify for the full amount.

            2. Spider-Dan says:

              If you contribute to a 401k (and you didn’t just recently start contributing), you can move money from your 401k to a Roth IRA to generate enough tax liability to hit the $7500 threshold this year. (For the unaware, you don’t pay taxes on 401k contributions – you pay taxes when you withdraw from it in retirement – but for a Roth IRA, you pay the taxes when you contribute, and get to withdraw tax-free later.)

              A CPA or an investment broker should be able to help you figure out the exact amount you need to move over.

          2. Kdawg says:

            Why ask why?

          3. Mike says:

            Nice retort. My thoughts, exactly.

      2. Koenigsegg says:

        Why use a finite source of fuel in 2016?

        Why use gasoline when electric is superior in every way?

        I hate it when the gas engine comes on in the Volt. Ruins the entire experience.

        Those EV miles are always enjoyed, so why not have more?

        1. kubel says:

          Electric is not superior in energy density. Nowhere close.

          1. G2 says:

            ICE vehicles only get 14% of the potential energy of their gasoline actually moving the vehicle. The rest (86%) is wasted in heat and smog.

            Want to rethink your reply?

            1. Spider-Dan says:

              Drivetrain efficiency is a completely different subject than energy density. Still, even if EV drivetrains were 100% efficient and ICE was only 14% efficient, gasoline is over 13x more energy-dense than Li-ion batteries.

              So no, electricity is not superior in energy density.

              1. G2 says:

                …just better at moving cars; thanks!

                1. Spider-Dan says:

                  Well, as long as you don’t care how much you can bring with you, sure.

    2. zzzzzzzzzz says:

      When you are unemployed and your time is worthless you can wait many hours on that electric socket. But then you can’t afford new car. Oops, maybe government should give them for free? Because if you work and earn something, your wasted time would cost too much for it to make sense.

  5. David Murray says:

    How is that different from hauling around a 200 or 300 mile battery that you don’t use everyday? The answer is, no different. But having a gas engine makes the car much more versatile.

    1. Scott Franco says:

      And dirty. BEV means not having to say you are (kinda) a polluter.

      I have noticed the “volt attitude”. VOlt owners will loudly proclaim the cars greater range. WHen you have to shout down others to make your point, are making up for something…. like the size of your tailpipe.

      1. DJ says:

        Hi kettle. Nice to meet you… :hug:

      2. Jacked Beanstalk says:

        A few posts up you loudly proclaimed that the Tesla has more range than the Volt.

      3. sven says:

        If you use the electric grid to charge up you are (kinda) a polluter too. Just sayin’.

  6. Miggy says:

    Good review but it should have been in metric.

    1. Mark says:

      The car is only available in the US so that is not a concern for now. I guess this was also the reason Robert hasn’t reviewed it.

      1. Mark V says:

        Ummm… Nope… Been in Canada for years and we use metric

  7. Alex says:

    The trunk from the Volt is what Tesla should have done, wide mouth.

    1. Koenigsegg says:

      I have had my Volt for 4 months and have opened the trunk twice. Never used it for anything.

  8. Rightofthepeople says:

    Great review David, thanks for your work on that. One suggestion that might help those new to the world of EVs; talk about the cost of electricity vs gas to drive a specified range. Most people I talk to have no clue how very inexpensive electricty is vs gas, even with gas around $2/gallon. That and and extremely low maintenance costs were a big part of why I got into EVs in the first place.

    1. SparkEV says:

      In some places, electricity is more expensive than gas to run a car. In SoCal, peak rate is $0.40/kWh while gas is $2.30/gal. Many people without EV hit the peak rate, so if they were to have EV to charge, it would cost them more than driving gas car.

      To give you an idea of how expensive that is, 1 mmbtu of nat gas has about 250 kWh and cost $16 at home ($3 at wholesale). Assuming 20% efficient generator is used, that works out to $0.32/kWh, 20% cheaper than what’s coming out of wall socket. In effect, running your own generator could be cheaper than getting it from the electric company.

      1. Acevolt says:

        That is not correct. If you have an EV in Southern California, you can switch to Time of Use. This allows you to charge after 10PM at $.10/kWh. Most people’s monthly bill goes down or at least stays the same once they switch because they then run pools and other things at the super off peak time. Add solar and the benefit is even bigger.

        1. DJ says:

          It is not necessarily true is more accurate. My TOU EV rate is 20 cents and 46 cents on peak. SDGE sucks but then again we get credit for over production from solar which makes a big dent in it.

          In my scenario if I had switched to TOU EV rate without solar our bill would have gone up a lot as people are home during the day in my house.

          1. Acevolt says:

            I have Southern California Edison and after 10 months with a Model S and a B Class my bill is negative $170 with TOU EV rate and a solar system. I guess SDGE does not have rates as low as SCE.

            1. DJ says:

              Ya, SDGE is worse. The worst I have ever seen actually apart from Hawaii which has to have fuel shipped in to burn so it is understandable. Solar was a no brainier for us, and a ton more people. They have already met their NEM 1.0 cap because it is such a no brainier 🙂 assuming of course that it works for you 🙂

            2. SparkEV says:

              For renters and condo dwellers, solar doesn’t work. Even for TOU+solar users, some (many?) don’t have enough to cover “normal” use + EV charging during the day (eg. hot summer days). GM recommends plugging in SparkEV in hot days, which means it could be using peak rate, especially without solar.

              I thought $0.11 EV TOU rate was LADWP, maybe it was SCE. Either way, SDGE sucks.

              1. DJ says:

                Precisely. Not everything works for everybody. What may be the best thing for one person may be the worst for another. I am always shocked by the people on this site who post and don’t get that (I am not saying you are one of them BTW).

                This car sucks because it can only go so far on battery. This company sucks because it doesn’t have a supercharging network. Why would you ever carry around gas and an engine, etc..

                It’s amazing how far their head is up their ass 🙂

                1. SparkEV says:

                  Yes. I am truly shocked that people here don’t recognize SparkEV as the best car ever made anywhere in the universe for everyone. 😉

                  1. sven says:


          2. sven says:

            If you think you got it bad, check out the flat rate and TOU rate for NYC. Fate rate averages $0.31/kWh vs. TOU off-peak @ $0.14/kWh, summer on-peak @ $0.42/kWh, summer super-peak @ $1.20/kWh!!! Keep in mind off-peak hours are from midnight to 8am only, and if you have solar with TOU you can NOT use excess solar electricity generated during on-peak hours to offset off-peak electricity usage.


            1. DJ says:

              Damn. That is bad.

      2. Scott Franco says:

        Government meddling in power regulation in California has so screwed up the market that PG&E and others admit their power prices have nothing to do with the cost of generating the power. I know several people who want to go solar just to leave the power company behind, even if it costs more.

        1. Jacked Beanstalk says:

          Actually the energy market manipulation in CA began after government DEREGULATION.

          1. SparkEV says:

            While the specific instance of Enron, etc. was due to deregulation, the overall energy situation being overpriced is due to regulation. Nat gas is an example.

            Nat gas is provided by utility (regulated) and markup is 800% ($16 retail vs $2 commodity). Meanwhile, 43 gallon barrel of oil is about $50 while retail pump is $2.50/gal even in CA, markup of only 200%. That’s comparing simply low pressurized pipe natural gas delivery vs gasoline that has to be refined, collected, examined, trucked, stored, and dispensed using expensive pumps and handle. Gasoline is also regulated, but not to the state mandated monopoly extent of nat gas and electricity.

            In an unregulated market, such disparity would not exist, but over-regulation kills the cheaper alternative.

            1. Jacked Beanstalk says:

              In an unregulated market natural gas would be controlled by a monopoly and prices would be even higher.

              But you’re right that the current regulatory structure is flawed. That’s due to regulatory capture, the solution is for people to vote to elect politicians who will fix it. Deregulation only lets the monopolies give it to the citizenry over a barrel.

              A prime example of how regulatory capture effects regulations: locked in high prices for nat gas, but lax regulations of nat gas underground storage. Thus we get huge gas leaks and the companies enjoy guaranteed profits.

              Yet another reason why decentralized renewables are the answer.

              1. SparkEV says:

                I don’t see why there would be a monopoly since that’s “illegal”. If energy is deregulated (I mean all of it, not just piece meal speculation like Enron days), there will be competitors to meet the demand, even if just to offset the high electric rates using alternatives like natural gas.

                One could argue solar is one form of deregulation to allow alternatives to take place. What’s needed is more of such alternatives, which is virtually impossible in current regulatory structure. As mentioned earlier, running highly inefficient generator could be cheaper than from wall socket, and there could be lots of opportunities.

                1. Spider-Dan says:

                  The only thing that makes monopolies “illegal” is regulation.

                  Without regulation, all of these energy industries would have consolidated into a monopoly decades before any of us were born. We’d all be buying our electricity, natural gas, and gasoline from Standard Oil.

    2. zzzzzzzzzz says:

      33cnt/kWh like in Hawaii or Western Europe is $11/electric gallon – such weird 33.7 kWh unit used to make great mpge numbers. Now take 55 mpg hybrid like Prius Eco and it will cost you less up to about $5-$6/gal gas price and no any exorbitant fast charger fees or range/charging time headache and would have minimal $30-$50/year maintenance, and likely smaller purchase price.

      You can invest into PV for battery charging hoping net-metering will last forever and you will live in the same house for your life, but net-metering isn’t available for free everywhere even now, and capital cost or extra insurance cost isn’t free either.

  9. Ash09 says:

    Pretty nice review, and I liked that he had a base model LT, not the Premier version that the car reviewers usually seem to get.

    And that joke about the Dallas Cowboy stadium being the safest place to be in during tornado season because there’s no chance for a touchdown there lol.

  10. Duhman says:

    some of us are waiting for the Tesla Model III because we already have iMiev’s and Leaf’s and will never go back to gas. Tesla has won our mindshare because innovation is in their DNA. Supercharger network and guts to deploy autopilot are just two of the reasons we chunked $1,000 and will wait because there is no other that comes close. They are too far ahead.

  11. SparkEV says:

    Nice review, except I would’ve liked to see Volt spanking some Camaros and Mustangs to 30 MPH. That would’ve made better exclamation mark. How about Volt performance review for your next one?

  12. simon says:

    great review…I have a volt 2016 and understand you idea but I preorder the model 3 and don’t really think we can compare the 2 car..I think the volt will also be a lot of maintenance when it reached like 7-8 years..as there a lot of parts in this car…great technology but my god a lots of parts that can break…little error in the video the map function of the onstar don’t locate the car but locate the phone..which is pretty stupid…

    1. David Murray says:

      No.. It actually locates the car. I’ve used it several times, for example, when my wife is driving the car and I want to see where she is. There’s a separate button you press to locate the car, versus yourself.

      1. Jacked Beanstalk says:

        You snoop on your wife, lol? That’s not creepy or anything…

        1. AkransasVolt says:

          ignorant comment…

          some couples like to know when the better half is coming home. even more so when they have kids.

          also keeps from having a distracted driver.

          if he wants to ask if she she can stop and get milk on the way home, he will know if she has passed the store or not…

          maybe a hungry infant wanting to be nursed, would be nice to have an ETA without having to call or text or distract the driver.

          btw, i am not calling you stupid, but it was just an ignorant comment.

      2. abc123 says:

        Hi David.

        That feature is only available in the US. Here in Canada, we have the same app and we are missing that icon to locate the car. All we can do is send addresses to the navigation app.

  13. ffbj says:

    Using the criteria mentioned in the video how far, how fast, how much, and then comparing those to the coming Model III, I would give a win to the Volt for how far, a big win for the coming Model III for how fast, and a tie for value.

  14. no comment says:

    i don’t understand the part about the volt being faster off the line in electric only mode – while i appreciate that the gen2 volt has a different drive train strategy than does the gen1 volt, in the gen1 volt the gasoline engine wouldn’t engage the drive train at speeds below 20 or 25 mph, which made sense because then the engine does not have to produce as much torque as it would if it engaged in what would effectively be first gear. if you were attempting to make precise measurements of performance, i would have thought that driving with the windows open would hurt the performance measurement result.

    on the range experiment, my experience is that you seem to take a range hit when power cycling the car versus driving continuously.

    agree that fast charging doesn’t really make sense in the volt as a practical matter. with the volt, you don’t need to stress over charging rate. i suspect that people will typically use a lot more than half of the charge capacity. in cold climate areas during the winter it seems particularly likely that you would use most if not all of the charge capacity. i have never found the heated seats to be sufficient to turn of the heat in cold weather.

    as to tesla model 3 vs chevrolet volt, ev enthusiasts will take the model 3; the volt is a more versatile car. my thinking is that tesla publicity for electric vehicles is actually good for the volt because to the extent that tesla encourages people to look at electric vehicles, it would cause people to do more careful comparisons among electric vehicles. the ev enthusiast will always be willing to make sacrifices to drive a bev, but the general public will not be so willing to do so. the general public would go for the greater flexibility afforded by the volt, which is why i think the potential market for the volt is larger than that of the model 3. in terms of cost, i would expect that a comparably equipped model 3 would cost more than a volt.

    in terms of feedback on the video itself, it was good that you thought to address the interior room issue, but addressing room from the front seat perspective only was a bit incomplete. a second issue that i would have like to see addressed was your perspectives on road noise and how it compared between gen1 and gen2 volts.

    i’ll pass on the invitation to go to texASS though – i’ve already served time there and have concluded “never again”…

    1. RobertM says:

      i don’t understand the part about the volt being faster off the line in electric only mode – while i appreciate that the gen2 volt has a different drive train strategy than does the gen1 volt, in the gen1 volt the gasoline engine wouldn’t engage the drive train at speeds below 20 or 25 mph, which made sense because then the engine does not have to produce as much torque as it would if it engaged in what would effectively be first gear. if you were attempting to make precise measurements of performance, i would have thought that driving with the windows open would hurt the performance measurement result. — no comment

      It put it into a mode were it doesn’t run on electric at all. That was pretty clear in the video.

  15. Dan Hue says:

    Nice review. You had me at Mila Kunis vs. the chimp.

    1. SparkEV says:

      I’ll take the Chimp home. Ashton will beat me up if I take Kunis instead.

  16. pjwood1 says:

    Thanks, David. The night time looks were a nice add, from the memory I have of only driving it during the day. Tesla updated the contrast of its displays (to better darken them), but I think I still prefer the simple, darker contrast of the Volt, and its easy to access, ergonomic buttons/knobs.

    The Model 3 dash borders on deal-breaker, as is.

    1. no comment says:

      one thing that i thought kind of sucks is the lack of a cd player in the gen2 volt. a person would be a fool to waste money on a premium audio system if all you can play on it are mp3’s (this is assuming that the digital audio player in the gen2 volt is limited to playing mp3’s as is the gen1 volt).

      1. Spider-Dan says:

        You are limited to playing whatever your smartphone can play, plus MP3s off of USB. For what it’s worth, the Gen2 Volt will also play MP4 videos from USB, along with some types of WMVs.

        CDs are on their way out. You can plug a Discman (or a Walkman, if you’re really determined to hold on) into the AUX port if you are so inclined.

        1. no comment says:

          you don’t have to have a cd, but if they are going to get rid of the cd, at least allow the digital player to play uncompressed audio formats so that you can get comparable audio quality. my point is that audio systems operate on the GIGO principle: a sound system can not audio that is any better than the quality of the audio source. if all you are going to do is play compressed audio, why bother with a upgraded audio system?

          admittedly i suspect that even cd recording probably use compression in the mixdown because it seems like there aren’t as many “steely dan” quality audio recordings. i guess with audio being increasingly driven by smart phones, iphones and other such devices; people are probably figuring why bother producing high quality recordings when they are only going to get played on crap quality systems?

          1. Woochifer says:

            Sign of the times. Last year, streaming revenue passed CD revenue for the first time. Even though CD sales made up a smaller portion of unit sales compared with downloads and other digital formats, it still commanded a higher portion of the overall revenues until last year. Now that CD sales continue to fade, it was only a matter of time before car makers cut out the CD player. The audio systems are typically an afterthought to begin with. Unfortunately, because so many integrated functions now include the audio system, the upgrade options now entail more significant loss of functionality.

            Sadly, even Donald Fagen has given up on obsessively optimizing the audio quality on his albums. I have his first three solo albums, plus the last three Steely Dan albums on DVD-Audio. Too bad, nobody really cares much for resolution

            “Compressed” audio can be one of two things — it can be dynamic range compressed or it can be data compressed.

            With dynamic range compression, even CDs have often gotten compressed into oblivion since the loudness wars started taking over about two decades ago. And the monitoring practices during the mixing and mastering stages have long shifted in favor of optimizing for mobile and portable audio. You can have lossless audio files, but as you said … GIGO. And unfortunately, the starting point is often garbage sound quality, so the playback format is inconsequential.

            With data compression, it can really vary. I’ve gotten pretty good results with 256k or 320k VBR transfers. As long as you’re starting off with the original CD or a lossless analog transfer, that first rip will still sound pretty good. Or at least indistinguishable in a noisy car interior. It’s when you go with more data compressed data rates, or when you start making lossy copies of lossy originals that things go south in a hurry.

            FWIW, I transfer LPs to lossless files. Because I carefully monitor the levels during the transfer, and maintain high resolution at every stage, the sound quality is still good even while listening through iTunes Match (which transcodes everything to 256k AAC).

          2. Spider-Dan says:

            First of all, as I just said: the car can play whatever your smartphone can play, so this discussion is pretty much irrelevant.

            But I would also argue that nitpicking the finer points of, say, 320kbps MP3 vs. a lossless format is rather absurd in the context of a noisy automobile. You might be able to tell the difference between the two in a quiet room with good headphones, but you DEFINITELY cannot with wind noise, tire noise, electric motor noise, and ambient sounds.

            To say that upgraded sound systems are pointless if you can’t natively play lossless audio is ridiculous. It’s like saying that if you don’t have a 240Hz TV, you might as well be watching VHS tapes.

      2. Mike says:

        I burn my CD’s to a thumb drive all the time, and on my phone as well. (thumb drive so when I travel and rent a car. I dont set up the phone Blue tooth) and still have tunes

  17. Scott Franco says:

    Watched the video. Crappy Prius wannabe. Sorry.

    This dinosaur disappears with the next generation of BEVs. I am putting $500 down to be on the Bolt waiting list today.

    1. Jacked Beanstalk says:

      I so want a Bolt, but it just wouldn’t quite work for me out her in rural MI. In the summer I could probably make it work with careful planning but no way in the winter.

      Maybe Bolt 2.0, or maybe I’ll move someplace cool.

      1. David S. says:

        Workplace charging

    2. bro1999 says:

      Did you know Elon planned for the Model S to have a range extender at first?

      That must blow your little brain away.

  18. Jacked Beanstalk says:

    Another advantage of the Volt is that it will spend far less time in the repair shop. Or to put it another way, Tesla beats Volt in acceleration from zero to repair shop!

    1. Koenigsegg says:

      Really because my dad’s old Volt spent far more time in the repair shop than his Tesla has. And his Tesla has only been in the shop for brand new replacements of interior panels since its a CPO so flawless car its been.

      The advantage of repairs with Tesla is you get a Tesla as your loaner car.

      With the Volt you get a POS malibu, impala or cruze.

      1. no comment says:

        if you actually hate the volt so much, why did you apparently *buy* one???

      2. Jacked Beanstalk says:

        Your dad’s volt isn’t a representative sample.

  19. JyTesla3 says:

    This is how all review should be fun and informative.

  20. Kevin C says:

    Great job David! Very fun.
    I look forward to any follow ups. I definitely want one, but alas, will have to wait.

  21. Ken Bolinsky says:

    Would “normal” mode have produced a significantly different time on the dragstrip, do you think? My gripe with Chevy is that you can’t “custom order” this low-volume vehicle and are restricted to the two trim options, only: I actually WANT cloth upholstery and i also want adaptive cruise control and blind-spot alert but they are only available with the leather interior. Maybe in a year or two…

    1. no comment says:

      custom ordering is very expensive for auto makers. that’s why they have gone to packages.

  22. Joeski1 says:

    All these comments are so far off the subject this thread is ridiculous. . Anybody here actually discussing the mnerits of the gen 2 volt over the gen 1? Or the possibility that this vehicle helps bridge the gap between 100% electric which not everyone can use to the fullest extent and plain old ICEs which most of us will agree is a dead ender.. Christmas. .40 comments debating electric power rates in CA.. who cares? This is an article about the gen 2 volt.. get some focus!!it’s better than the gen 1.. and I like the interior more too.. ao.. it is a step in the right direction for GM.. and it’s available right now.. and considerably less money than a used cpo tesla S.. or even a M3 will be for a few years.. those foirst 150K of Teslas won’t be anywhere near $35K.. they will be optioned out to $70K plus.. so anyone Iinterested can drive electric right now.. for half the cost or less..and it you do less that 25 miles each way .. or have a charger available at work.. you can drive 1000’s of miles w/o using any gasoline.. yet always have that charging motor at the ready should you reauire it… not bad at all.. will work just fine..

  23. Mxs says:

    I just have to quickly say two things …. 1 ) I am very encouraged by the fact that the site publisher actually published the somewhat favorable video of a car with ICE …. 2) I love watching the Tesla fan boys warp and twist arguing silly points …. Keep going it’s fascinating.

    It’s great to see that in-between all the tree hugging there’s some common sense of real world life left, at least in some of us.

  24. Darell says:

    In the review you asked “why would anyone buy a Prius?”

    The answer for me is usable cargo space. What I can do and what I actually do with my Prius cannot be done with a Volt of either generation. Some of us use our cars for tasks other than single occupancy commuting. My Prius is the family long-trip SUV.

    And it turns out that purchase decisions are not made solely on gas mileage or performance. It astonishes me how few people give the Prius credit for such spectacularly efficient use of interior space.


  25. Shocked says:

    I think the Volt’s super charging network is the bees knees.

    No matter where you go, there you are…

  26. Peter says:

    The Volt is not an EV!
    You’re buying to engines and still produce CO2.
    So Tesla wins

    1. Mxs says:

      Oh sir, we know whose jersey you faithfully wear.

    2. Mike says:

      the VOLT is an EV. it runs on 100% electric. I has an ICE to keep going. it does not use both, although it can and will in CERTAIN situations.

      as for Tesla winning… http://www.science.smith.edu/~jcardell/Courses/EGR325/Readings/ElecPollution_EnvDef.pdf

  27. Bill Howland says:

    Good review David – but I knew as soon as I saw it any comparison with Tesla and the VOlt, was going to bring you negative comments.

    I own a 2011 and also a 2014 ELR – the dealer had a Memorial day party so I looked at the 2017 volt – but their self – described “VOlt Expert” was barely out of high-school and didn’t seem particularly knowledgeable.

    Told him I didn’t see enough difference between the ’17 and ’11 to trade it in, and I like the 2011’s features better, as in if I’m waiting for someone I can pop in a DVD and watch a movie, something I can’t do with the ’17. But the ’17 is very nice as you say.

    It is interesting that the dashboards of the 2017 VOlt and 2014 ELR are almost identical.

    One thing I’m unsure of is the relative safety of the new VOLT. THe “gen 1” volt is the Gold Standard of vehicles – no one to my knowledge having died in one yet, amazing in view of the numbers sold.

    New VOlt safety? Unknown – but there was that accident that to these eyes seemed more toward the minor scale of things where most died.

    I told my young salesman I think I’d rather wait for the BOLT, seeing as I miss the concept of doing a medium range trip (usually around 350 miles round trip) entirely on electricity as I did often with my roadster.

    To my disappointment, even though I was at the largest chevy dealer in NY State, and occassionally the biggest in the country (the back and forth is with another dealer in Texas incidentally), I was told they are in 4th place as to obtaining new EV models – first place to California – 2ec to the west coast in general, and then 3rd to NY City.

    So they said they would get no BOlts in 2016 – it would be far in 2017 before they’d have one. I’m modifying my affairs to take advantage of $7500 in 2017 rather than 2016, unfortunately.

    1. Spider-Dan says:

      Bill, your capitalization of the word “Volt” is… always unpredictable.

      Anyway, just thought you should know that the gen2 Volt can play .MP4 videos from a USB stick, so essentially it has the same functionality as the 2011-12 (2013-15 cannot play DVDs or video files), if only in a different form factor.

  28. Josh Bryant says:

    Great review David!

    The only thing that was missing was one more run at the drag strip in Sport mode.

    Does anyone know if this would have meaningfully improved the times?

    I have been on the fence about getting a Volt 2.0, but no dealers I called last month had one I could test drive. I really think I am going to hold out for Model 3, unless Leaf 2.0 is available first and really blows me away.

  29. Mike cava says:

    Great review , maybe I missed this in the video but what’s the warranty of the batteries ?

  30. Greg says:

    Great review! When I saw the new Volt for the first time, I fell in love with it.