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2013 Chevrolet Volt Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Chevrolet Volt was new.


Interior: 5.5

Reviewers like the 2013 Chevrolet Volt’s attractive, technology-filled cabin, noting the use of quality materials. However, some reviewers are unimpressed with the Volt’s cargo capacity and small back seat, while others say that its controls can be confusing.

  • "From an aesthetic point of view, the passenger cabin looks attractive and has a refined feel thanks to good quality materials." -- Edmunds 
  • "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." -- The Detroit News (2011) 
  • "Well, arranging four people around that big T-shaped battery pack makes the rear seats tight, but sub-6-footers fit fine, and the hatch makes the most of the 10.6-cubic-foot cargo bay. A mom, dad, and two kids could easily take a weeklong trip to Grandma’s, no matter how far away she lives." -- Motor Trend (2011)


While most reviewers say the 2013 Volt has comfortable front seats, they haven’t reached a consensus on the second row. Some test drivers write that the second row is cramped, and note that the Volt only seats four people because its battery takes up space between the two rear seats. Cloth seats come standard, though like other cars in the segment, the Volt’s seating options include leather and heated front seats.

  • "The lack of a power-adjustable driver seat and a cramped second row lacking in both headroom and legroom are somewhat disappointing, however, especially for a car in this price range." -- Edmunds 
  • "Plenty of headroom and legroom for tall adults, though the driver's right knee may contact the center console. Height-adjustable seats and a tilt/telescopic steering wheel make it easy to find a good driving position." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "While there are only two seats in the second row (instead of the bench seat) because of the battery package, I prefer this approach. Most … technically can sit five people, but rarely five adults." -- The Detroit News (2011)

Interior Features

The 2013 Chevrolet Volt comes with standard features that include push-button start, automatic climate control and a six-speaker stereo with Bluetooth, a USB port and satellite radio. Optional features include navigation, heated front seats, a Bose stereo, front and rear parking sensors, a backup camera and lane departure and forward collision alert systems. The Volt’s gauge cluster is a 7-inch screen, which shows the driver data about the car’s speed, fuel economy, battery consumption and more. The center stack has a touch screen for audio, navigation and climate controls, as well as touch-sensitive buttons instead of knobs.

Some test drivers say that the Volt’s high-tech controls can be confusing and difficult to use, and that it’s easy to get distracted by the display that provides vehicle information. In contrast, other reviewers like the Volt’s high-tech, eco-friendly interior.

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  • "Inside the 2013 Chevy Volt, the four-passenger interior has a modern feel thanks in large part to touch-sensitive controls inspired by the latest in personal electronics. While this design creates a suitably cutting-edge mood, in practice these small and similar-looking buttons can be difficult to identify at a glance. They also don't work very well if you're wearing gloves." -- Edmunds 
  • "Readouts are shown on a high-mounted touch screen that also controls navigation functions and displays the navigation map. Programming the many different drive functions and navigation commands takes some study." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "And the Volt is the first vehicle to feature Bose’s new Energy Efficient Series sound system. ... But, most important, its clean and punchy sound quality is competitive even with that of cars costing far more." -- Car and Driver (2011) 
  • "The 7-inch LCD digital instrument panel adds to the car's high-tech feel, as does the 7-inch touch screen at the top of the dash. Both are programmable and can be adjusted to show a multitude of settings. Throughout the cabin, the driver is always reminded of the car's eco sensibilities." -- The Detroit News (2011)


The Volt has 10.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which is less than the cargo space in most upscale midsize cars and about half of what hybrids like the Toyota Prius offer. Reviewers like the Volt’s hatchback design because it makes loading and unloading easy, but most are disappointed with the limited cargo space.

  • "Cargo capacity is a mere 10.6 cubic feet with the rear seats up, a number that puts it at a significant disadvantage compared to hybrid hatchback competitors like the Toyota Prius." -- Edmunds 
  • "At 10.6 cubic feet, cargo volume is modest for a car of this size, and especially for a hatchback, which typically provides more space than a trunk." -- Cars.com 
  • "The trunk is fairly narrow in back, but it's deep and large enough to be useful. Rear seat backs fold almost flat to increase cargo space." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

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