The Chevrolet Volt

On a recent blog post about the cost of super-efficient cars, a user called Stastny asked, “is there any record of personal experiences like maintenance reliability and general feeling on Chevy Volt?”

Unfortunately, Stastny, there’s not. The Volt hasn’t been out long enough for the kind of long-term ownership and maintenance data you’re looking for. Reviewers generally like how the Volt feels, quality-wise. The Detroit News notes, “The cabin is simply the best Chevy interior available. The two-tone dash clearly marks the traditional dual cockpit design that moves from the dash through the doors in a nearly seamless look. This helps the cabin feel even bigger. The grains and materials are all top notch throughout."

Chevrolet is also offering extra warranty coverage on the Volt: an eight-year/100,000 mile warranty on the battery pack, a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a five-year/100,000 mile gas engine warranty and five years/100,000 miles of roadside assistance and courtesy transportation.

Based on my experience with the Volt, I thought the car felt as high-quality as a Prius. That’s a pretty subjective measure, but to me, the doors closed with a nice solid sound, road noise was well-muffled and the cabin had a quality feel. I would have liked a nicer fabric on the seats. Leather is an option, but my test car just didn’t have it. The plastics felt and looked good. I especially liked the center stack. It had a cool design, and the integrated buttons made it easy to clean.

Chevrolet Volt owners are a chatty bunch, and owner forums like the Volt Ownership Forum and the Owners Forum at are good sources for asking real Volt owners about their experiences. You can also check out our related posts on the Chevrolet Volt: