If a ninja was going to buy a new vehicle, it would be the 2012 Chevrolet Volt.
That’s because the Volt offers speed, intelligence, and silence in an eco-friendly, comfortable package.
And it looks good doing it.
I test drove a 2012 Chevrolet Volt from Varney Chevrolet in Pittsfield. Painted a sleek Summit White with black accents, this car is sleek and sporty. The Volt offers speed, versatility, and an impressive fuel economy in a traditional sedan body.
Sales associate Mark Bernard had told me prior to leaving that this vehicle can not compare to any other out there.
“This car excites me,” he said. “When you’re driving you get the same feeling you’d get in a carnival ride. It makes you want to step on the gas.”
Hopping into the Volt, it was evident that this would be a fun ride. I was used to the sound of a motor idling, so when I sat behind an ergonomically designed wheel and navigation system, there was silence. When I shifted into drive, there was silence. Then when I depressed the gas pedal, the car silently took flight.
Putting the Volt through her paces, we hit back roads, curvy side streets and steep inclines. The Volt was fast to respond to turns and acceleration and braking. In essence, the experience was unlike any that I have ever had. And with a vehicle this silent, you can go anywhere at any time and not be a nuisance.
I was impressed.
The Volt itself, boasts an impressive amount of technology. First and foremost is the navigation system. The Volt has touch screen technology which controls many facets of the vehicle’s general operations. A centralized navigation system featuring Chevrolet’s MyLink computer system and 7-inch diagonal touch screen sit above streamlined controls. An attractively designed shifter gives the car the look of a streamlined sports car.
Under the hood is a lithium-ion battery with rechargeable energy storage system plus a Voltec electric drive system all accented by a 1.4 liter gasoline-powered range extender, or four cylinder engine producing 83 horsepower.
With energy prices shooting up, the Volt is a worthy investment for today’s consumer. The Volt has a gas engine and two electric motors: one to power the wheels and the second to generate electricity for the engine. But charged properly, the Volt can go for a substantial amount of time before depleting the 9.6 gallon fuel tank.
For passengers, expect to have some creature comforts come your way. Rear bucket seats fold almost flat to allow for ample cargo space. A simple push of the button raises or lowers the seats and cup holders built into the rear seating space provide luxury for passengers. In addition, the Volt connects with Bluetooth technology, offers outlets to connect iPods and other devices, and offers a large center console storage hub.
Safety remains paramount and backup cameras come as optional equipment. The Volt also comes with eight airbags to protect driver and passengers from injury in the event of an accident.
The Chevrolet Volt starts in the low $30,000 range, but is a worthy investment for the driver interested in a sustainable vehicle that has a low-impact on the environment.