"Awesome car even if it WASN'T electric!"5.0 starson by JouleThief
Pros: Smooth, whisper quiet instant acceleration with no gear shifting! Comfortable high tech cabin with bluetooth, nav, Bose sound, touch controls, heated seats, etc. Oh yeah, and it's electric!
Cons: Not much, a 5th seat would be nice but I would only use it maybe 5% of the time. Windows seem to fog easily making checking your blind spot a little difficult at times. Front air dam is low and scrapes all the time, but small price for extra EV range
Summary: This is my first GM and by far the best car I've ever owned. I love the looks, feel, and comfort of the car. It's a great for my 90 mile daily commute. The ride is smooth and quiet making the trip very relaxing as I listen to XM radio. The steering wheel controls allow me to keep focused on the road. Occasionaly I need to press a button on the center stack which took some memorization initially but after I got the hang of it no big deal.
Driving in L mode down the Santa Cruz Mountains on HWY17 is great, it increases the rengenerative braking effect which simultaneously keeps the car at low speeds through the tight curves while recharging the battery. I usually gain 5-8 miles of EV range coming down the hill.
As mentioned, I drive 45 miles each way to and from work daily. My employer allows me to recharge at work and I get about 40 miles per charge so I end up getting about 80 miles of my 90 mile commute all electric! I use about 10 gallons of gas a month driving 1800 miles! So that's 180mpg not counting electricity costs. At $4/gal, I pay about $40 a month in gas and <$30 a month in additional electricity (by using a Time-of-Use rate plan and charging at night time during off-peak rates).
Prior to the Volt I drove a V8 4x4 SUV which cost me well over $400/month in gas. I paid the same price for this SUV back in 2004 as I did for my Volt.
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