The Volt doesn't have a lengthy list of options; but for its price of $41,000, it includes a long list of standard equipment—in addition, of course, to its leading-edge powertrain—that the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze compact doesn't.
That includes a tilting and telescoping steering wheel, automatic climate control, a navigation system, keyless entry and starting, and remote start.
The standard Bose sound system includes AM, FM, DVD-ROM, and MP3 playback, voice recognition, Bluetooth connectivity, and pause-and-play capabilities. A 60-GB hard drive is standard, 30 GB of which can be used for personal music storage. XM Satellite Radio with traffic and weather information is also standard.
The Volt is offered in six colors, including silver, black, and grey, along with Viridian Joule, a pale green. Crystal Red Metallic Tintcoat and White Diamond Tricoat are extra-cost options.
The Volt's lithium-ion battery pack is warrantied for eight years or 100,000 miles, which should reassure owners who choose to buy the car rather than lease it. Other warranties include bumper-to-bumper coverage for 3 years/36,000 miles; roadside assistance for 5 years/100,000 miles; and on the gasoline engine, limited 5-year/100,000-mile coverage as well.