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MSRP: $34,185 - $34,185
Invoice: $32,818 - $32,818
MPG: 35 City / 40 Hwy
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Chevrolet Volt Interior

Reviewers say that the 2014 Chevrolet Volt has an attractive, modern-looking cabin constructed with high-quality materials. However, the Volt loses points with reviewers for its lackluster cargo space, cramped back seat and finicky touch-sensitive center stack controls.

  • "Consistent use of high-quality materials imparts a sense of refinement in the Volt's cabin." -- Edmunds
  • "The cabin is pleasant, if otherwise unremarkable for substance. Padded surfaces are where you expect to find them. Chevy attempts to liven things up with some glossy plastic door inserts, but it comes off as cost cutting, rather than visually interesting." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Inside, things are suitably high tech and shiny. Some nice touches include body-colored door panel inserts, smooth painted surfaces where most cars have cloth, vinyl or leather surfaces." -- Forbes (2013)

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Seating

The Volt has seating for four. Cloth upholstery is standard, while leather upholstery and heated front seats are optional. Test drivers say the front seats are comfortable, but some are surprised that they’re not power-adjustable, even as an option. Reviewers say that headroom and legroom in the rear seats is somewhat limited. Testers say that rearward visibility is poor, and recommend choosing a model with the optional backup camera to alleviate this.

  • "The front seats are firm and well contoured but lack any power adjustments, which is a surprise considering the Volt's higher-end overall package. The back row is composed of two bucket seats divided by a center console that hides the car's massive lithium-ion battery beneath it. Head- and legroom are in short supply for both rows. And getting in and out of the back seat takes extra effort because of the car's low-slung roofline." -- AutoTrader
  • "The rear seat takes only two occupants and their head- and legroom are snug." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Front-seat comfort is fine, but the lack of a power-adjustable driver seat and a cramped second row that lacks both headroom and legroom are somewhat disappointing, especially for a car in this price range." -- Edmunds
  • "Thick roof pillars obstruct visibility in nearly all directions. We strongly recommend the extra-cost rearview camera and rear-obstacle detection." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

The Volt comes standard with automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a six-speaker stereo, Chevy's MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, satellite radio and a USB port. Options include a Bose stereo system and navigation, as well as safety features like a rearview camera and rear parking sensors.

Reviewers like the futuristic look of the gauges, though one says that some of the touch-sensitive controls on the center stack are difficult to use and distinguish from one another. One reviewer adds that the Volt's energy-efficient Bose stereo option delivers rich sound.

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  • "The gauge cluster is another futuristic touch, as it digitally displays speed, battery pack and/or gasoline level, various trip functions and a little graphic that encourages efficient driving. It can be a bit much at first, and the screen itself can wash out in direct sunlight, but most owners will find it usable and even helpful." -- Edmunds
  • "The cool-looking touch-sensitive buttons are a little tricky to identify and operate." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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) 

Cargo

Behind the rear seats, the Volt has 10.6 cubic feet of cargo space. This figure falls behind that of the Toyota Prius Plug-in, but bests plug-in hybrid sedans like the Ford Fusion Energi and Honda Accord Plug-in. Critics agree that the Volt has limited cargo space for a hatchback, however.

  • "The rear cargo hold is accessed through a convenient hatch, but the storage area is only 10.6 cu ft. The rear seats fold down to expand this space, but not enough to call the Volt spacious." -- AutoTrader
  • "Out back, the Volt's hatchback design makes for easy loading and unloading. However, cargo capacity measures a mere 10.6 cubic feet with the rear seats up, only about half of what competitors like the Toyota Prius and Ford C-Max Energi provide." -- 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 (2013)
  • "The trunk is fairly narrow in back, but it's deep and large enough to be useful." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/16/14

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