Great power and efficiency with smooth acceleration and a comfortable ride.
2018 Chevrolet Volt
The Volt is very responsive and easy to drive. As the car is driven by electric motors all the time - even on gas, you always get smooth, consistent acceleration. When on gas, the engine drives the #2 motor/generator to make electricity to power the #1 motor. Engine on/off transitions are very smooth and only someone who really knows the car or is carefully watching for them will notice. The all electric range depends on your driving style and road conditions but is typically about 54 miles. The 2018 Volt charging rate is slow at 3.8KW on a 240V charger (16A). I typically drive between 800 - 1,000 miles between fill-ups. The gas tank holds 8 gallons. The cabin is well designed and comfortable. There are a few improvements that could be added, some of which are scheduled for the 2019. The car should have power seats at this price point. The car has a collision alert (optional package) that displays red LEDs up on the dash. It would be very easy for GM to add a full HUD with little impact on power use, weight, or cost of construction. The 2018 Volt has wireless charging in the center console for any phone capable of wireless charging. This is a great feature, but an inconvenient location. The 2019 will move this to forward of the gear shift. The adaptive cruise control is amazing - but you must always remember you are in charge of the car. Adaptive cruise is really good, but not perfect. Lane keep assist is a nice feature but I think it should be more aggressive at centering you in the lane. It will "nudge" the wheel back toward the middle of your lane but I feel that it can easily let you leave your lane. I do go back to the fact that you, not the car, are the one driving, this is just a tool to help reduce the chance of an accident. The sound system with Bose speakers is amazing. I have not yet dared to take the volume to 50%. The bass is powerful, the treble is clear, the sounds are full and rich throughout the spectrum. Sound is designed around the driver so balance and fade are not normally as good for the passengers, but you can adjust the system.