2011 Chevrolet Volt Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback: Quick Drive Page 3

July 10, 2011

The hatch opens easily and there's good space, together with a cargo cover. Liftover is a bit on the high side and the slope of the opening does limit cargo space a bit. You can see the rear and front seats from the back of the hatch opening because there is no bench for the rear seats.

Rather than a spare tire, Chevy includes tire sealant and an inflator kit instead (saves weight).

Chevy fits airbags front, side, knee and roof-rail side-impact bags for passive safety. Nice touches include automatic headlamps, single-pass windshield wipers and five years of OnStar directions and connections with automatic crash response.

The navigation system on the Volt is a 30-GB audio hard drive system with DVD and the audio system is quite nice as well. The interior of the Chevy Volt serves well as an auditorium; it's quiet and the Bose system is good, including XM satellite radio.

In summary, I enjoyed the Volt and hope that ordinary American consumers will take a look at it when they've got the chance.

Chevrolet is already taking orders for 2012 models and, since this car won't give drivers the "range anxiety" that a pure electric vehicle might, it could make the Volt a viable vehicle. The fact that it moves into traffic easily and is fun to drive are added reasons to check it out.

As I noted at the end of my ride, "This feels like a real car; not a trumped-up computer on wheels." Drive the Chevrolet Volt and be impressed. I sure was.

© 2011 Anne Proffit - All images by Anne Proffit

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