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Tech Now Seems Mainstream - 2016 Chevrolet Volt

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,059
edited December 2015 in Chevrolet
imageTech Now Seems Mainstream - 2016 Chevrolet Volt

A new 2016 Chevrolet Volt joins our long-term fleet. How will it fare against the growing field of alt-fuel vehicles?

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  • gslippygslippy Posts: 514
    The 2011 Volt looked good, but the 2016 Volt looks great. GM wisely chose to make this vehicle very attractive (learning from Tesla), while Toyota has gone full-wacky with the new Prius.

    This is important because in order for plug-ins to become mainstream cars that look like science projects won't cut it. The Leaf 2.0 will need to improve upon the middling looks of Leaf 1.0, but make substantial improvement to range to make it more livable.

    As a former Leaf owner, I'm past the early adopter phase myself. My next EV/hybrid needs to have few - if any - compromises, including price. So I'm looking forward to your reports on this car's performance in everyday life.
  • bankerdannybankerdanny Posts: 1,021
    edited December 2015
    I agree that this car is far more attractive than the new Prius, but where it counts, the inside of the car, the Prius is far superior and can actually hold 5 passengers without punishing one of them.

    So kudos to GM for a really nice exterior design, but a raspberry for that stupid giant center console in the back that renders the seat only marginally better than when there was no center position at all.

  • So kudos to GM for a really nice exterior design, but a raspberry for that stupid giant center console in the back that renders the seat only marginally better than when there was no center position at all.

    I don't see how the console affects the seating. It sits on top of the battery tunnel, which isn't going anywhere.

  • gslippygslippy Posts: 514
    mfennell said:


    So kudos to GM for a really nice exterior design, but a raspberry for that stupid giant center console in the back that renders the seat only marginally better than when there was no center position at all.

    I don't see how the console affects the seating. It sits on top of the battery tunnel, which isn't going anywhere.
    The console tunnel runs right up to the 5th seat. Any passenger sitting there receives less cushion, and has to awkwardly share legroom with their neighbors with their legs spread wide. Here's a good picture of it:
    http://insideevs.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/2016-Chevrolet-Volt-NAIAS-interior-backseat-cutaway-2.jpg
  • Yeah but the "console tunnel" is where the battery is. The console itself isn't the issue.
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