Consumer Reports: Chevy Volt sucks

Makes very little sense”. Well of course it doesn’t, this is a government project, not an actual car. What’s dismaying is that I haven’t been the only dumb schmuck pointing this out for the past two years, so how could billions of dollars have been wasted on such a stupid idea? Politics.


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13 responses to “Consumer Reports: Chevy Volt sucks

  1. Look at the source of the review: Consumer Reports. What does CR know about cars? Nothing. And apparently you don’t know much more. (sorry).
    Read articles that count, like in Road & Track and Car & Driver. Then decide about the Volt. Go to the R&T website and type Chevy Volt into the search box. There are at least six stories, this one below, the most current, giving the Volt high marks and Car of the Year at Detroit Auto Show.

  2. XyzZy

    Maybe. Consumer Reports trashed the IPhone 4 and we’ve seen what that did to sales and Apple’s stock price.

    I think Consumer Reports is having trouble in the new Internet age and is getting more aggressive in there reviews. Gets them more press

  3. just_looking

    Or, they just don’t know new technologies (iP4), but they still know what they know (washers, driers, autos,…)

    • Yeah, and a 37-mile range with no heat is not a practical vehicle. The Volt is going to make the Edsel look like the most successful launch ever to hit Detroit. Even if the Volt comes with an iPod dock.

  4. The LAST place I’d look to read a car review is Consumer Reports. Road & Track has given The Volt good marks.
    PS: The Volt will have more entertainment features in the 2012 model so you can take your iPod along.

  5. Anonymous

    The car will not work in cold weather climates. It’s fine for puttering around town in warm weather climates.

    The car runs on electricity – where does electricity come from? 45% coal, 25% natural gas, 20% nuke, 10% other. So, all your doing is moving the CO2 emissions further up the food chain.

    We should be investing our R&D $$ into developing realistic domestic fuel sources, i.e. natural gas, nukes, off-shore oil, etc. Whether we like it or not, we are still dependent on oil and will be for at least the next 25 years. Have you seen the price of oil these days due to mid-east unrest. We have enough domestic fuel sources to be fully self-sufficient for the next century. We’re about to waste $53 billion on trains no one will ride for god’s sake.

    We should learn from the Chinese…they are busy scooping up natural resources to fuel their growth.

    I could go on and on…common sense is all that is required. Thank you for letting me vent.

  6. JRH

    Chris, you’re (again) only telling half the story — or even less.

    Motortrend named the Volt its Car of the Year for 2011 ( and it also won North American Car of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show. (

    I’m very glad you’re well and back at it, but this is a misleading post.

  7. Anonymous

    Motor Trend and NA Car of the Year are awards given by the auto industry to itself. It’s an inside joke in the industry.

  8. Cobra

    Motor Trend’s “Car/Truck of the Year” designations have been an “outside,” not “inside,” joke for decades. Generally, the number of pages a given manufacturer places annually in the rag guides the selection committee’s decisions. It’s been a widely recognized scam for as long as I’ve been reading the auto trades, which is about 50 years. Yugo failed to achieve such recognition only because Bricklin failed to tell his agency’s media planner to buy enough pages in MT during launch year.

  9. NOW all my comments appear. The first one never showed up so I tried to remember what I said and wrote another version of it THEN I find out you are having trouble with WordPress. Delete one of those from me. Geez.

  10. Bob

    The statement from “anonymous” above that the energy still comes from fossil fuels and will make no difference is a bit misleading. Why do you think electricity is so much cheaper than gasoline per unit of power? Because power plants are much more efficient at converting these fossil fuels into power (and they use sources of fossil fuels that we don’t have to import from hostile nations). Just wait – when fuel is going for $6 a gallon next year, the demand for the Volt will far out-pace the supply.

    Figure it out for yourself. One gallon of gasoline is capable of producing about 40kW of power, but because engines are only about 25% efficient, you only get about 10kW out of it (most of the rest turns into heat). Where I live, 1kW is 5 cents, so the equivalent of 1 gallon of gas in electricity would only cost me about 50 cents. Most places are closer to 10 cents a kW, so it would be $1 for a gallon equivalent. Are you saying you’d rather pay $6 for a gallon of gasoline than $1 for the same amount of electricity?