Published on October 3rd, 2015 | by Robyn Purchia


2016 Chevy Volt — Exclusive CleanTechnica Review & Pictures

October 3rd, 2015 by  

As Chevrolet prepares to make the much-anticipated 2016 Volt available in several lucky states (and Canada), we’re all anxious to see how the new model looks compared to earlier versions of the Volt. At the 2016 Chevy Volt media drive this week in San Francisco, I was fortunate to see many of the Volt’s new features myself. And fortunately for you, I got a little snap happy.

Here are some pictures of the Volt outside the showroom and on the road.

A New, Sleek Exterior

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A line of beautiful Volts on a beautiful San Francisco day (Photo by Robyn Purchia)

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The 2016 Chevy Volt shining in the California sun on Highway 1 (Photo by Robyn Purchia)

According to product designer David Geese, the 2016 Volt’s exterior was inspired by two things: muscular athletes and sand blowing through the wind. I can see the athletic look of the car in its tapered edges and sleek finish. Also, any car that can look this good after driving up and down Highway 1, through dusty farm fields, and over quite a few hills must be sporty. I’m still struggling to see the sand-blasted metal inspiration, but perhaps that’s a good thing.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t dark enough to turn on the new LED headlights. Next time.

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Photo by Robyn Purchia

While it was hard to capture the ocean from this angle, I did manage to capture a new exterior feature on the 2016 Volt: wraparound tail lights. These new lights don’t just look cool, they help smooth out airflow.

A More User-Friendly Console

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How am I supposed to drive with all these pretty buttons to push? (Photo by Robyn Purchia)

Chevrolet listened to its customers and separated the 2016 Volt’s infotainment from its climate system. Here you can see a pretty conventional knob and hard-button climate system under the very high-tech, touchscreen console. While it doesn’t look as futuristic as previous models, it was easy for me — a new Volt driver — to figure out how to get myself comfortable quickly.

At the bottom of the picture, you may notice the pretty blue cap on the gear shift level. A throwback to the space-age design of earlier Volt models, the cap is just a little aesthetic reminder that you’re in a different kind of car. Some people have complained that gear shifts take up unnecessary space, but I really liked the way it looked; perhaps, I’m just a mainstream type of person.

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A console that’s also a tablet (Photo by Robyn Purchia)

I was able to connect my iPhone to the car easily with Bluetooth. Once connected, my phone’s apps appeared on the touchscreen console, enabling me to access my phone’s features while not compromising my safety. (Voice-activated texting is a better safety feature, in my opinion, than the rear camera.) Just be careful your friends don’t text you anything embarrassing when your Mom is in the car.

A Mainstream, Family-Friendly Car

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Room for a baby and two adults in the back seat (Photo by Robyn Purchia)

Back to me being mainstream, the roomier interior was my favorite part of the 2016 Chevy Volt. When I was shopping for a new car last year, I couldn’t justify getting the Volt because a four-seater wasn’t practical for my growing family. But the middle seat and extra leg room in the back changes things. Even with my carseat strapped to the middle seat (the safest place for a car seat), there was room for passengers on each side.

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Stroller fits in the trunk…barely (Photo by Robyn Purchia)

I did manage to fit my small stroller in the trunk — though, the fit was tight. If I had a sport-utility or double stroller, I don’t think it would have fit. Perhaps Chevrolet can offer more trunk space on future models.

A Sleek, Conventionally Modern, Family-Friendly Car

You don’t even need to pop the hood or press power to judge the 2016 Chevy Volt. Aesthetically, the car manages to walk the line between convention and innovation; it’s a mainstream sedan with modern features and cutting-edge technology. This is exactly what Chevrolet set out to accomplish with its next-generation model.

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  • Looks great. 😀

  • Miami.Built.

    F’k yeah! And way better than crapoy Toyota Prius. I’ll take this and Tesla and I’m good.

  • MisterEman

    If the gas generator is quiet, they’ll have a winner. I hated the loud hum of the Volt 1.0 gas generator. EV range was too short, and interior too small, too. Superb, almost luxuriously quiet ride, though, in EV mode. And surprisingly agile, particularly in Sport EV mode. But, alas GM, I’m hooked on Tesla now. Sorry!

  • LafayetteCoboll

    What happens when you press the Now Playing icon? It looks like the YouTube icon.

  • Marvel Boehm

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  • Waiting to be bribed

    A console with “messages”? To encourage texting while driving?

  • Defendor

    Why are so many people putting the new Volt down? It is better in just about every imaginable way than the previous Volt.

    Many people still have significant range anxiety, this could be the perfect way to ease those people into EVs.

    This could also serve as the road trip car, when people get rid of all their ICE only vehicles.

    It also appears to be, by far, the best affordable PHEV you can buy.

    GM deserves applause for building this, not negativity.

    • Marvel Boehm

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    • 100% agree.

  • Knetter

    Robyn that car seat is not installed correctly, it is clear that there should be a base, and it will only fit in the middle seat without pushing the front seats forward probably to the point where someone can’t sit in them. Also what is the deal with the trunk? Why does it shrink in width so much behind the rear doors, seems they lost a fair amount of trunk space doing that. I do like the design minus the Mirai inspired tail lights.

  • newnodm

    I would like to know the cost of a three year lease on this car. Resale concerns me.

  • When I bought my 2012 Volt I thought it looked just fine, and the 2016 model looks even better to me. I am more interested in saving money on fuel costs and less emissions to polute the environment.

    Gee, maybe if we all bought electric/hybrid cars, things would start getting a lot better on this planet climate wise.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Absolutely. Just moving new cars to PHEVs could cut our oil use by 75%, perhaps 85%. It would cause a huge drop in CO2 emissions.

  • Now if they would just make the $7,500 tax credit apply across several years if you pay less than $7,500 a year in taxes, I would seriously consider buying this car.

    • Nanker Phelge

      Take out some IRA money or something….?

      • I only pay about 11% on income tax because I have a small pension. I also drive less than 2,000 miles a YEAR. If it weren’t for my wife’s desires, I would have switched to a NEV (neighborhood EV – I don’t need to drive more than 10 miles from my home or more than 25 mph so I don’t need the expressways.)

        There is no reason that because I am poor, I should not get the same benefit everybody else does.

        • Bob_Wallace

          You can purchase a three year old EV that has recently come off a lease program. The price will be considerably less than that of a new EV because the $7,500 tax credit will have been used by the first owner (the leasing company).

          I haven’t looked to see if the same is happening to off-lease Volts. Check it out.

          It would have been better, IMO, if it had been a rebate rather than a tax credit. But at least it’s moved EV/PHEV sales.

          • Thanks for the tip. I’ll be looking for those 3 year old ECs coming off of leases.
            And yeah, the tax credit certainly helped start the transition away from gas guzzlers. Any port in the fossil fuel polluting storm is good.

    • Michael G

      If you lease, the dealer gets the tax credit and if you bargain hard enough will pass it on to you.

      Or you can do what I intend to do which is wait for the first bunch to come off lease when the price will fall off a cliff.

      • Thanks for the tip. I like your plan. Do you know of a web site that tracks EV lease terminations or maybe one that tracks EV fleet (if there is such a thing yet) replacement?

        • Bob_Wallace

          Start by looking at used EV/PHEV prices online. There are what seem to be nice, low mileage 2012 Nissan Leafs for around $10k.

          If you contact the dealers in your area you might find someone willing to talk to you about purchasing one of their cars coming off lease.

        • I think we should start something like that.

          • I agree. I checked out how the lease works here in Vermont in regard to the tax credit and sales tax.

            The lease holder, the bank, gets the $7.500 tax credit. The person that leases the car has top ay sales tax (6%) on the portion (around 2/3 of vehicle value) when they begin the lease. If they buy the car at lease termination, they then pay 6% on the buyback. For someone that pays low income tax, a leas is, therefore, the only way to get the benefit of the full $7,500 tax credit.

            The Attorney General of Vermont has some additions tips for people considering a lease. Here’s a snippet:

            The Language of Leasing

            If you’re considering leasing, you need to know the terms used in a lease transaction. They are very different from the terms used in a sale, which is one reason why leasing can be so confusing.

            <b.Capitalized cost is the price on which the lease is based. It is the price the bank or finance company pays the dealer, plus extras such as service contracts and insurance. You should be aware that this figure is negotiable, just as the price of a car you are buying is negotiable. The lower the capitalized cost, the lower your monthly payments and the lower the overall cost of the lease.

            Money Factor (also known as the lease rate) is similar to the interest rate on a car loan. It is a source of confusion for consumers, because it appears as a much lower rate. To compare it to an interest rate, you have to multiply it by 2400 (for example, a money factor of .00310 is the same as an interest rate of 7.4%).

            Ask what the “money factor” is. Dealers are not required by law to disclose this figure to you. However, it is an important piece of the picture, so you should ask what it is and determine if it is competitive. You may be able to negotiate a lower rate and thus bring down your monthly payment. If the dealer won’t disclose the money factor to you, you probably don’t want to lease your car there.

            Tips for Smart Consumers – Car Leasing – A Message from Attorney General Bill Sorrell

            Thinking about a new electric car, but not sure where to begin? We’d suggest you consider whether you want to purchase or lease your new plug-in vehicle.

          • Excellent info. Thanks!!

          • Glad to be of service. I may not be able to afford getting an EV, but every EV that is sold is good for all of us. So I do what I can.

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      • jeffhre

        The lessor gets the credit. The dealer won’t own it and won’t get the credit.

  • Amazing..goodbye oil changes, smog inspections, even gasoline stations..and it charges in twenty minutes? Count me in!

    Oh, that’s the Leaf and Soul EV.


    • AND YOU ARE A BULLSHIT BECAUSE I WILL BUY THE CHEVROLET VOLT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Well said. That also applies to any other pure EV.

      • Martams

        Range anxiety and inflexibility of trips in pure golf mobiles like the leaf is real. No escaping it, your life freedom is constrained. You just struggle hard to prove you can do it. But didn’t you rent a gas mobile for out of range trips? Even the Tesla is ill qualified for the complete freedom that Volt affords and yet the Volt will allow you to take every electric opportunity that you can without fear and without buying another car. Many intelligent Tesla owners have Volt as their second car for the out if bounds Tesla range missing the Superchargers along the way. Drive worry free, electric most of your commutes, 90% of the time, and no worries if you go beyond that. By all pracyicality, using just one car, the total mileage driven per year is the highest with the Volt and most of it in electric. Tesla and Leaf can’t be used all the time. The logged miles don’t lie.

        • Bob_Wallace

          ” Many intelligent Tesla owners have Volt as their second car for the out if bounds Tesla range missing the Superchargers along the way.”

          Oh, come on.

          The Volt is a good choice for people who can’t afford a Tesla or who do a lot of their driving outside the current Supercharger zone, but let’s not get silly with Volt-support.

          • paulblair

            I personally met several Tesla owners who also own a Volt.

          • But they typically buy it because they want another electric car without range concerns but can’t afford two Teslas. Just about every Tesla owner I’ve ever heard from uses their Tesla for long-distance trips, because it’s so nice for that.

          • LafayetteCoboll

            Making a 5 or 10 minute stop every 300 miles beats stopping for 30 to 45 minutes every 100 miles.

          • Bob_Wallace

            Sure. That’s why I said –

            “The Volt is a good choice for people who can’t afford a Tesla or who do a lot of their driving outside the current Supercharger zone, but let’s not get silly with Volt-support.”

            But if you’ve got a Tesla why would you take a Volt on a long distance trip unless you were going to spending lots of time in the hinterlands?

          • LafayetteCoboll

            The Volt doesn’t have to stop as often, or for as long a time period. It also has more flexibility about where you stop.

          • For gasoline?

        • In a sane world, the freedom constraints dictated by global warming would make us stop burning all fossil fuels now, not in 30 or forty years. Range anxiety egocentrism needs to be replaced by real world sixth mass extinction anxiety action for the sake of future generations.

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  • Kraylin

    So Zach, did this car make your list and how’s the decision going? 🙂

    • If it were in Florida, it would be a contender. I’m still planning to test drive a 1st-gen Volt, but don’t like how they look. If it wows me, I could consider getting a 2016 Volt from California, but I doubt it.

  • nozferat

    The car looks outdated already..there is NOTHING that sounds out about this car. Absolutely nothing. It’s what the Honda Civic was one design iteration ago.

    • Joe Viocoe

      I think it does stand out… but not so much like prius, leaf, mirai… that it makes it ugly.
      The technology inside, once you really read about it… shows the multitudes of innovation and creativity. Yes, this car does stand out. But it doesn’t kick you in the face with it, as many others do.


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    • Wallace

      The front and sides looks nice The rear does look like a less ugly version of a Honda. Why you would want to copy such an ugly cars rear is beyond comprehension.


    • LafayetteCoboll

      I don’t see a plug-in hybrid Honda Civic offered. They do/did have a plug-in hybrid Accord. The 2014 Accord plug in hybrid has 13 miles of electric range. It doesn’t look like they produced at 2015 model. The 2016 Chevy Volt has 53 miles of electric range. I don’t where the Honda Civic one iteration ago is equivalent.

    • brunurb

      I don’t understand why people are so in favor of an electric car “standing out”.

      How many people don’t like the Prius and won’t even consider it because it “stands out”? What about other electric cars like the Leaf or BMW i3?

      I say make electric cars look exactly like the gas cars, that way it’s one less possible objection from people who might otherwise consider an electric. The Honda Civic is one of the best selling cars, if you want a car to sell, why NOT have it look like that so people won’t be off put by the look before realizing all the benefits of electric?

      • Some people embrace edgy innovation and others settle for mediocrity. It must be a principle of psychology.

        • LafayetteCoboll

          Some people embrace high-priced marginal and minimal benefits and the resultant status, while others, not so much. That’s why we have Rolex and Casio, iOS/Apple and Android.

        • Robert Wegrzen

          When I bought my Volt I wasn’t looking for edgy innovation in sheet metal.

        • Marion Meads

          We are now well beyond the ugly design that reflects the head turning edgy innovation. The GM-Volt is going mainstream and it needs mainstream design, not fugliness going mainstream. The Volt, like it did in the past generation, will also achieve the most number of electric miles and total mileage combined compared to all the other electric cars and electric hybrids out there in existence.

          Logging all the miles used of Tesla owners, including the gas guzzlers that that they own or rent, the Volt owners would have driven more electric miles than Tesla, and more total miles than Tesla without renting another car. That gap is going to become wider in favor of the next Generation Volt. How can this be that the Volt with far less electric mile range is able to achieve this? The reason is simple, with no range anxiety and freedom of flexibility for unplanned trips, you are able to maximize your electric miles with the Volt all the time.

          • Bob_Wallace

            The Volt may enjoy a short period of success. But PHEVs aren’t likely to remain in the game for more than a few years. Almost certainly not more than a decade.

          • Marion Meads

            Dream on Bob! More like 20-years. And when biofuel becomes a little bit mainstream, the Voltec would be with us for a lot longer time.

          • Steven F

            “Logging all the miles used of Tesla owners, including the gas guzzlers that that they own or rent”

            Tesla owners don’t need a second gas car or rent for long trips. Once on the freeway the battery has enough range to get to a suppercharger. After a 20min recharge break the would have enough range to get you to the next suppercharger. So when the owner of a tesla needs to go on a 1000 mile trip he can do it on electricity only. One Tesla owner did 100,000 miles in only 21 months. That works out to over 200 miles of driving a day.


          • Michael G

            When Elon Musk introduced the Model X he mentioned things he didn’t like about his Audi SUV. We have not yet got a range of electric cars suitable for every perceived need.

          • JamesWimberley

            The criticism might fit the Leaf, which is largely marketed in the US as as a second car. It’s a cheap shot though. At the moment there is a good market for all three types – PHEVs like the Volt, midprice BEVs like the Leaf with limited range, and expensive long-range BEVs like the Tesla. The future is a mid-price long-range BEV, but nobody is there yet.

          • Marion Meads

            The Chevy Bolt is already there! The Tesla Model 3 still exists in tweeterland.

          • The story of the EV market in a nutshell.

          • jeffhre

            Right. Three hours driving, 20-30 minutes restroom and food.

          • John Baker

            What’s a suppercharger? Is that a restaurant that charges you for supper?

          • Marion Meads

            Yeah, it charges an arm, a leg, and a head.

          • Marion Meads

            Dream on Babe! If I go to Yosemite, and then on to Mono Lake, and when I need to go to Las Vegas, I’ll have to wait or cancel the trip.

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      • Omega Centauri

        That sounds good, but one thing about electric versus gas, is that electric has fewer engineering constraints on shape. So they ought to be able to take advantage of that extra design freedom.

        • brunurb

          Dont get me wrong, I’m all for innovation and design freedom, but i have shown pictures of the bmw i3 to friends at work, reactions are: “weird, but kinda cool” “ugly” “fugly” “it looks like a spaceship”.

          These people are used to a traditional car shape, and would not (at least, not YET) consider an electric that looks “weird”, but they might consider one that looks like a “normal” car. If we want wider adoption of EVs, there need to be some that look normal, so we can talk about what’s (not) under the hood, instead of talking about the hood itself, so to speak.

          All that being said, i also want some companies to come up with some really “out there” designs, so we can show the regular people that theres fewer engineering restrictions now! Maybe we need to get some Disney “imagineers” on that….

          • Bob_Wallace

            I’d really like to see early model EVs and PHEVs designed to be ‘beautiful’ to the majority of car owners. I suspect that would maximize sales.

            There may need to be a need to make them look somewhat ‘futuristic’ in order to increase appeal to early adopters. Don’t know.

          • Omega Centauri

            Agreed, 100%.

          • Michael G

            I love the far out designs you see in concept cars at auto trade shows. They never, *ever* make it to market – not because of engineering constraints – but because too many people want a car that looks like everyone else’s car. In white. Maybe gray or silver.

          • Calamity_Jean

            Is “it looks like a spaceship” supposed to be a bad thing?

            I saw one “in the flesh” last week on the street. I liked it.

          • brunurb

            to me, looking like a spaceship is good 🙂

            but, i wish i could have recorded the tone of her voice when she said that. definitely meant it as an insult… she’s also 5’1″ and drives a 15 year old pickup truck ONLY for commuting to a desk job. not the type of person that i would look to for vehicle style/purchasing advice. (but this IS the type of person we need to convince that electric cars are a good thing)

          • Calamity_Jean

            I figured your co-worker meant it as an insult, but to me it’s a complement also. I hope when she gets around to replacing the pickup that she gets an electric. But I’m not holding my breath on that.

          • brunurb

            Same here… When i get my 2016 Volt in a month or two, I’ll try to take her for a drive so i have a captive audience to tout the benefits of electric 🙂

          • I think it looks much better in person.

        • wattleberry

          That’s why the i3, and probably even the Leaf, make use of the reduced engine bulk. So does the Bolt, c/w the Volt which has to accommodate 2 engines. Yes,I realise the r/e version of the i3 does as well but it compromises usable space in the process.

      • David Carbajal

        VW e-Golf. I own one, and absolutely love it for the way it looks, drives and saves money and the planet! It looks just like a normal well equipped VW golf except for the led daytime running lights which do look really cool!

        • Knetter

          Right……this is your first comment? Praise for VW and their planet saving? They pay by the comment?

          • Bob_Wallace

            Guy’s gotta start somewhere.

            You see anything factually incorrect?

          • Knetter

            Nothing factually incorrect just reads like a dealer pamphlet. Would you trust VW if you were going to buy a car? At least GM’s was a mistake. I know I certainly wouldn’t feel comfortable buying a car from VW. A company willing to purposefully defraud their customers, no thanks. And you better believe that they have already hired legions of trolls.

          • Am I one of GM’s “Legions of Trolls?”

          • Knetter

            I don’t know, are you? Do they pay you to write factually inaccurate comments on articles? I can see that reading comprehension is not your strong suit, as i was referring to VW hiring legions of trolls. What’s your point?

          • Bob_Wallace

            That’s possible. But it’s also possible that he is a e-VW owner who is satisfied with his car and has a desire to put in a good word in light of VW’s diesel screw up.

          • Knetter

            I definitely wouldn’t go out on a limb for VW at this moment, or act as a brand ambassador, just tarnishes your own credibility. They purposefully lied to their customers, a person’s anecdotal view does nothing to change that, and that act alone says more about a company than just about anything they can do. They could release an amazing EV for a loss and lots of people would wonder what shenanigans they were playing.

          • Bob_Wallace

            I don’t see everything in only black and white.

          • Knetter

            But you can speak for other people? Sorry but that is a pretty reasonable reaction to company so full of shit it blows out their backside. Whether you think it’s a black and white view on their discretion is besides the point, they violated public trust as well at the EPA’s. There will be serious ramifications to this, not just in the form of fines.

          • Bob_Wallace

            “But you can speak for other people?”

            It’s a special skill of mine…. ;o)

          • jeffhre

            Every car company is blowing crap out of their millions of tailpipes produced. And ironically VW TDIs are 40 times more polluting that tested, but hundreds of times less polluting than earlier versions. One guy whose company only makes EVs said combustion engines are reaching their limits.

            Cheat or not cheat, it’s the same stuff. The only difference is that TDI supporters will no longer walk away from discussions with that why are we talking about this when VW has solved the worlds transport problems and I get 50 MPG anyway look…for a while. There is a solution for that – cars that don’t burn stuff.

          • jeffhre

            I wouldn’t feel comfortable buying a gas or diesel car from anyone – knowing what I know. OEM’s have 100,000’s of thousands of employees, is anyone naive enough to think some won’t feel pressured to cheat – or that a few will even cheat whenever the option is available?

            There is a solution for that. Buy something that doesn’t burn stuff, and work on getting the grid cleaner.

          • Modok EvilMastermind

            He might be some VW sock puppet but his comment seems relevant. It is an electric car that got reasonable reviews which looks like the gasmobile equivalent. I admit the saving the planet bit while talking about VW reads weird though 🙂

          • jeffhre

            There was no praise of VW saving the planet. The only thing he said was he thinks a plain box of a car is gorgeous design. And LED DRLs are cool.

          • David Carbajal

            Do you drive a diesel? Is this why your mad? I work for no one but myself. Nobody pays me to say anything! My reply was for burnurb who wrote, “I say make electric cars look exactly like the gas cars, that way it’s one less possible objection from people who might otherwise consider an electric.”

            The e-golf is an all electric vehicle, not a diesel. No fossil fuel goes in it at all. I don’t know if you know that? The fact is that the e-golf is a great car. I know because I drive one every day. I was not praising anyone but this car and the fact that driving it emits zero pollutants into the environment and I truly enjoy the driving experience. The VW diesel scandal does´t suddenly make my e-golf a bad car.

            You are free to think and buy what ever pleases you and if you are mad at VW, please right them a letter or call them instead of waisting your time here.

          • Knetter

            Ha David. Sorry but your comment in no way makes me angry, just pointing out what is most likely the case. That you are FoS. First comment is much praise for VW, second is a retort to me. While the diesel scandal doesn’t make your car bad, it makes any anonymous praise of that company highly suspect especially when the scandal occurred just two weeks ago. My guess is it’s you that’s wasting your time here. We’ll see in a couple months if you’re even still here.

          • Eldavidds

            FoS? You’re talking in code now? How classy of you! Stop wasting your time here!

          • Bob_Wallace

            Gentlemen: Enough.

            Knetter – I can see absolutely nothing in the original post that sounds troll to me. Let it go.

    • GM is just too conventional of an old school company unfortunately. The Kia Soul had nowhere the toxic interior smell of the Volt as an example.


        • Bob_Wallace

          All those capital letters burned my eyes.

          And there was no redeeming content in your comment.

          (Read the site commenting rules.)


    • Lynne Whelden

      The reason I’m disappointed with the Gen. 4 Prius is because it stands out, again.

    • Adrian

      That’s kind of the point. The first generation is a bit of a “weirdmobile.” We’re past the early adopter phase, this is targeted at the early majority.

      Also, you’ll notice that all the manufacturers smaller sedans are converging on a similar shape – an effect of ratcheting fuel economy regulations and the fact that aerodynamics isn’t “just a theory.”

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    • Michael G

      Most people are boring, like being boring, want boring cars and boring houses. We want them to buy EVs or PHEVs. Once you’ve satisfied the early adopters who *Like* being different it is time to move on to the boring masses.

      Anyway, you spend 99% of your time *inside* the car – what do you care what other people think as they watch you go by?

    • Marion Meads

      Buyers don’t have to pay Tesla money for a delightful
      all-electric driving experience. The Volt is smooth, quiet, and
      extremely comfortable without any creature comforts sacrificed on the
      alter of efficiency. Carving through the corners, the Volt remained
      extremely hushed and planted on the road. Although the car was designed
      for efficiency rather than fahrvergnügen (German for “driving
      enjoyment”), it excels at both. With virtually all of the electric
      torque available at any point, the Volt is zippy, capable of beating
      Tesla in the 0-30 mph acceleration range!!!

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