The Futuristic-Looking Chevy Volt

 

While driving around town in the futuristic-looking Chevy Volt, people rolled down their window to ask, “how do you like that car?” I really enjoyed driving this vehicle with its two gorgeous computer displays. I felt like I was on a cartoon episode of the Jetsons, with my fancy car with touch-screen, great music and navigational aids. We enjoyed the opportunity to drive it for the weekend courtesy of Chevrolet and Klout Perks.
 
I interviewed my friend, Doran Toledano, an avid car enthusiast, about the Volt. In his words:

The steering felt nice, the suspension was smooth, the interior was comfortable and roomy, especially as I am 6 foot 2. The driver’s side and the navigation screen have good quality and are well positioned. High enough to see while driving, the older Chevy cars has the screen too low for easy viewing. The acceleration the car has for being electric was pretty strong and worked well. If you need to cut someone off, it is not a problem. The one problem is behind the back driver door there is a blind spot because of the pillar. For four seats, it is really spacious especially the trunk. Everything about the car is clean– not too much sloppy plastic,  the joints are good, not like a Mercedes but it is good. The steering is nice and smooth compared to BMW, which is a bit, more rough. This car has really smooth steering. 
 


From the paperwork about the car, for $45,000 I think it should have electric seats. The warranty is really good on the car.  It has a futuristic look with all the screens and I liked it. I would recommend it for someone who mainly drives less than 36 miles a day. The electric part does not work more than 36 miles. It is good if you drive locally to a friend’s house or the supermarket but not for driving across country. I think for $45,000 to save $5 it is not worth it. The Honda Accord is $23,000 and that car gets about 32mpg highway and you have to figure out how much you are saving.

I could get you a 2005 Civic for $5000 and save you $40,000. 
 
The car could be worth the money if you use for the right reasons. It is a great car. Chevy has really improved in the last few years and is developing in a great way.

Doran helped me think about the positives and negatives of this vehicle. He recently sold both of our cars as we are headed abroad for a year. If you want help buying or selling a car, please contact him at Doran Toledano on Facebook.

I did have a few 21st century problems with the car. I knew that I could not charge the car from my condo as that would require an extension cord and the car must be plugged directly into an electric socket. My husband had the idea to use a socket by the condo complex pool so we plugged in the car and went for a walk. When we got back, we found a note on our car that said, “If you charge your car here again, it will be towed.” Several residents had complained to the HOA president that we were stealing electricity. A friend suggested that we park the car in an electrical charging spot at a local garage, but the outlet there didn’t fit the Volt. Long story short, driving an electric car entails a certain amount of inconvenience!

I enjoyed driving the Volt and appreciated Chevrolet giving me the opportunity to test-drive it for the weekend. Enjoy all your journeys!

Video Tour of the Chevy Volt

Article first published as The Futuristic-Looking Chevy Volt on Technorati.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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