In its December issue, Consumer Reports magazine bestows its recommendation on the Chevrolet Volt, General Motors' plug-in electric car -- a coveted endorsement from a magazine that doesn't recommend very many American cars. Already lauded as the Motor Trend Car of the Year and North American Car of the Year, the Volt could see its sales rise even more now that it has gotten the nod from such a widely-read publication as Consumer Reports.
The Volt is purely electric for its first thirty five miles of driving, after which a gasoline-powered motor drives an electric generator and extends the car's range to more than three hundred miles. The magazine notes that running on electricity alone, the Volt costs about four cents per mile at national-average electric rates. Here's what else Consumer Reports is saying (click through to watch their video):
Consumer Reports now recommends the Volt plug-in hybrid after new data from our 2011 Annual Auto Survey shows it earned much better than average reliability.
Very few of the 116 Volt respondents had any serious problems in the first few months of ownership. To be recommended a vehicle must do well in our testing, have average or better reliability, and perform adequately in independent safety tests (if included).
In our testing we found the Volt, which uses an electric motor and a gas engine, delivers quick, quiet acceleration, very low running costs in electric mode, and the equivalent of 99 mpg overall. But it has limited visibility and seats only four people.