*THE CAR: 2016 Volt Premier Hatchback

When starting this car it feels like you’re behind the controls of the Starship Enterprise. It feels ultramodern or futuristic.

Captain’s Log: This car is hella cool! This car ROCKS! This car is sporty! This car looks good and handles well! When the lights come on, some really cool sounds consume the cabin and it’s a party!

As soon as you pull off, it’s clear you’re not going to have just an ordinary ride. It’s going to be amazing.

This particular car has a mosaic black metallic exterior and a jet black/brandy interior. Not only does it drive well, it looks good!  Heads turn and for good reason – they are wondering why they’re not driving the 2016 Volt!

There are tons of reasons why. It’s eco-friendly! Low fuel costs!! The panel is user friendly. The sound is full and engulfs the front and the back. It’s roomy. It’s both classic and contemporary. Its gasoline-hybrid powertrain presents a notable all-electric range, more efficiency and improved acceleration. When you put it in sport mode, that puppy can get up and GO!!!

If you want to drive using the electric range, you will get about 53 miles. Of course, it will then click over to the gas engine. But the best part is, it will recharge the battery. What? Yes! The total driving range is 420 miles. Not bad. Not bad at all. To fully charge the battery takes 13 hours on the 120V and about 4.5 hours on the 240V.

This car is quiet. When getting out of the car you have to remember to push the button to turn it off. The quiet engine and battery won’t remind you.

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This car is a winner!!

VEHICLE AT A GLANCE: 8 year/100,000 mile battery and Voltec limited warranty, 5 year/60,000 miles powertrain limited warranty, roadside assistance, Chevrolet complete care, 4-wheel tire rotation, 27 point inspection, engine, range extender, 1.5L, Regen on Demand, location based charging, tire sealant and inflator kit in place of spare tire, charge cord, 120V portable, airbags, dual stage frontal, and knee for driver and front passenger, anti-lock brake system, remote keyless entry with remote start, pedestrian safety signal, daytime running lamps, theft deterrent system, rear vision camera, tire pressure monitor, keyless access, air conditioning, inside rearview mirror, auto dimming, steering column, tilt and telescoping, Chevrolet Mylink Radio 8” screen Apple Carplay capability provided by Apple, available with compatible smartphones, wireless device charging, XM radio and service, BOSE premium 8 speaker audio, Onstar includes 5 yr basic plan plus three years service with automatic crash response, navigation, USB ports, 4G LTE WI-FI® hotspot with limited data trial and more.

MSRP: $39,830

FUEL ECONOMY: All Electric – 106 MPGe / Gas – 42 MPG

THE DRIVE: E-Z!

 

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Darlene Donloe is a seasoned entertainment and travel journalist whose work has appeared in People, Ebony, Essence, LA Stage Times, LA Watts Times, Black Meetings and Tourism, Los Angeles Sentinel, EMMY, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Grammy, BlackVoices.com and more. Contact her via: [email protected]