tb-two* tags along for a test ride with Peter Couture, Daily Driver columnist for tbt* and the Times
GUY’S TAKE: ANTHONY CLOSE
Curb appeal factor: One of my favorite things about the Chevy Volt is its curb appeal. The sleek, aerodynamic design reminds me a space pod, and with an interior to match, its futuristic appearance will definitely make your friends jealous. General Motors decided to use a black exterior trim that really compliments the curvature of the body. If you’re not really into American car, it’s okay because this car looks nothing like Chevy’s other compact cars.
Environmentalist factor: If you’re looking the save the planet but don’t want to ride your bike everywhere, this may be the closest thing to an acceptable car. According to GM, for up to 50 miles (35 miles according to the EPA) you can drive without using gas. Just like your cell phone, this plug-in hybrid plugs into the wall. But this cutting edge technology comes with a price, $39,145 for 2012 models before a $7,500 federal tax credit. So if you can afford it, say bye bye bike.
Leg room/head room/backseat factor: If you’re like me and you’re under 5’6’,’ the Volt’s backseat may be fine for you. But if you’re 6 feet or more, the backseat may be a little cramped. Because of the sleek design, the back end of the car drops steeply, limiting the headroom. The backseat’s center console means you’d never be squished by three passengers, though. Despite being a compact car, the front seats offers a lot of leg room and a spacious dashboard, which, in my opinion, makes up for the backseat.
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