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MSRP: $34,345 - $34,345
Invoice: $32,971 - $32,971
MPG: 35 City / 40 Hwy
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Chevrolet Volt Interior

Most automotive journalists think the 2015 Chevrolet Volt’s interior is attractive, with stylish color accents and first-rate materials. However, many critics complain about the Volt’s cramped rear seats, small trunk and confusing audio and climate controls.

  • "The high-quality materials that line the interior give the Volt's cabin a sense of refinement." -- Edmunds
  • "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)
  • "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)

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Seating

The 2015 Chevrolet Volt seats four and comes standard with cloth upholstery and manually adjustable front seats. Available features include leather upholstery and heated front seats. Most reviewers think the Volt’s front seats are comfortable, but some dislike that they aren’t spacious enough and don’t offer power adjustments. Automotive journalists agree that the rear seats lack adequate head- and legroom. Test drivers also say that thick roof pillars contribute to poor outward visibility.

  • "Headroom and legroom are in short supply for both rows, and getting in and out of the back seat takes a little extra effort because of the car's low-slung roofline." -- AutoTrader
  • "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 is somewhat disappointing especially for a car in this price range." -- Edmunds
  • "The rear seat takes only two occupants and their head- and legroom are snug." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "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

Standard features in the 2015 Chevrolet Volt include automatic climate control, push-button start, proximity key, remote start, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB port and Chevrolet’s voice-activated MyLink infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touch screen and smartphone integration for Pandora and Siri. A new version of the subscription-based OnStar system is also standard, which includes 4G LTE high-speed data service and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. Available features include a seven-speaker Bose audio system, navigation, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision alert and lane departure warning.

The Chevy Volt’s audio and climate systems use touch-sensitive buttons that are similar to those found on a smartphone. Automotive journalists say that the buttons are small, nearly identical and have a confusing layout, which makes them difficult to locate while driving. Some also complain that it can be easy to press certain buttons by accident.

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  • "Inside the four-passenger Chevy Volt has a modern feel thanks in large part to touch-sensitive controls inspired by the latest in personal electronics. While this creates a suitably cutting-edge look in practice these small and similar-looking buttons are difficult to identify provide no feedback and are poorly organized." -- Edmunds
  • "The cool-looking touch-sensitive buttons are a little tricky to identify and operate." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "The ‘buttons’ are grouped in a rather haphazard manner, which means you need to take your eyes off the road until you become intimately familiar with the layout." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "I continually activated the climate controls by accident when I tried to use the touchscreen, because I was trying to steady my hand by bracing it on the center stack. It drove me nuts every time I drove the Volt." -- Forbes (2013)

Cargo

The 2015 Chevy Volt has 10.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which is better than what plug-in hybrid sedans like the Ford Fusion Energi offer. Still, hatchbacks like the Toyota Prius Plug-in offer more cargo space. The Volt comes standard with split-folding rear seats, which can help expand the cargo area. Critics say the Volt’s cargo hold is easy to access, but most are disappointed with its small size.

  • "The rear cargo hold is accessed by way of 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
  • "This hybrid isn't big on storage space either offering a paltry 10.6 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk." -- 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)
Review Last Updated: 9/24/14

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