Love this car -- much better than my wife's Prius!
By TWE on Sunday, November 22, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,300
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Great fuel economy, no "range anxiety", peppy"
Cons: "Interior space for passengers, cargo"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I've owned a 2015 Volt for about 3 months now, and have no major complaints. The car is peppy and responsive -- much better than my wife's 2006 Prius. I got a good deal on the vehicle (to make way for the 2016 models coming in), and with the tax credits, it didn't cost much more than a similar conventionally powered vehicle. I expect to more than make up the difference in gas savings over the life of the car.
My average daily commute is under 10 miles round trip, with a once-a-week trip of 37 miles. That weekly commute is right at the edge of its all-electric range, and usually the gas engine will kick in for the last mile or three, though when conditions are right, I have made that journey all electric. Even when the battery is depleted, an overnight charge with the supplied charging unit (at the 12 Amp setting) and I'm fully charged by morning. I have twice gone to the Poconos in my Volt -- a trip of over 100 miles each way -- and the gas engine kicked in seamlessly after about 35 miles. That's something I couldn't do with a Leaf or Spark. Even on those trips, at highway speeds of 75 - 80 mph, I was getting about 36 mpg once she was running on gasoline.
Based on some rough estimates, I calculated that the Volt costs me at most $0.038 per mile in fuel cost when running all electric, and $0.078 per mile when using gas -- even given the extra cost of the premium fuel required by the Volt. By way of comparison, my previous car -- a 2003 Mazda Protege (which I loved, too) -- cost about $0.082 per mile in fuel. So even when running off the more expensive gasoline, because of its better fuel efficiency, I'm still saving money.
I don't really use all the "techie" gizmos that come with the car -- wifi hotspot, hands-free cellular, OnStar, etc. -- though I do like checking on my fuel economy and power usage stats. For me, a car should be comfortable basic transportation, and the Volt fits that bill admirably. When driving, you feel like you're driving a solid, well-built car, not some cardboard-and-tin-foil M.I.T. experiment. Other than the lack of engine noise, the only difference I feel is less drag when coasting. When I'm behind another vehicle and we're coasting along a level road or down a hill, I'll have to tap the brakes occasionally to keep from closing the gap. That's because the Volt is not pushing against the engine's friction while coasting.
My only 'complaint' with the Volt is the interior space.
There is not as much cargo space as my Protege's trunk had or my wife's Prius (also a hatchback) has, so packing for trips is tight. It also seats only four. For me that is usually not a problem, as my only child is grown up and out of the house. I also am tall and push the driver's seat all the way back. The Volt has less leg room for rear seat passengers than the Prius. Fortunately for my son, my wife is shorter and moves her seat forward to give him more leg room when we're all in the car.
All in all, I love this car and would not trade it for any other -- except, perhaps, for a 2016 Volt. For the price I paid, it can't be beat!"
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