DaveinOlyWA wrote:power seats? ya, they are ok for company cars when several people drive them but my LEAF? one that only 2 people have driven besides me in 23 months? why do I need power seats again?? They are nice but and I would love them for my LEAF and I am willing to pay an extra...uh... hmmm.. ok, never mind. I guess I wouldn't be willing to pay extra for that.
It's just that it must be one of the very few cars in this kind of price range without power seats. I see them almost as power mirrors; kind of essential. Not really, but not something you want to do without when spending over $30k on a vehicle.
there's no cool tech available except in the powertrane. It's a real shame.
It did kind of feel that way. It really felt like I was driving an econobox that happens to have a nice electric power train. Compared to other hybrids in the same price range (loaded camry hybrid or avalon hybrid), it's frankly just a really tough sell. Either of those get the same gas mileage, and with gas as cheap as it is now, it's barely worth the hassle of even plugging a car in (and we all have to be honest it IS a tiny hassle to do it every car trip, beginning and end, particularly when you have stuff to carry). For what it's worth I went back to Toyota and bought a new hybrid from them yesterday. I wanted to like the Volt, and it was okay, but that vs a full size sedan with more power and still excellent gas mileage, I just couldn't.
The Malibu Hybrid gets way better fuel economy, (48 vs 41 MPG). I think the 2017 Volt will get this new technology (cooled EGR/external heat recovery) which will improve thermal efficiency and bring the gas consumption closer to the 50 MPG mark.
Sorry, there is no way in the world this will happen. 2016 is a complete refresh of the Volt, Chevy is not going to change its power train yet again for 2017.