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After reading a number of posts where people have said "I love my Volt". While it's no surprise we love our Volt it got me to thinking about how others perceive the Volt. The number of people who have complimented me on how much they love the look of the Volt was surprising. I've comments to the effect "That's a nice looking car" or "Really love the look of your car" and similar. I especially enjoy those comments of "Sure doesn't look like a hybrid".

Anyone else receive similar compliments on their Volt?
 

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I've actually noticed the opposite. When I had my 2015 Challenger SRT, I couldn't go anywhere without getting compliments. People would walk up to me at the post office and talk about the car, I couldn't go through a drive-thru without the cashier saying "nice car", etc.

With the Volt, after one year, I have not gotten a single compliment. I thought I got my first when going through the bank drive-thru last week when the teller said "that's a really nice car"..... and then proceeded to try to sell me a loan and called it a Malibu. ;)

I don't mind; it actually got a bit annoying with all the people walking up to me when I had the Challenger. I enjoyed talking to people but sometimes you're in a hurry and don't have time to chat, but don't want to be rude either. And half the time when they walked up, the question was "Is that a Hellcat?" :D

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The Gen 2 Volt sure looks better than a Prius. The Volt is a good looking car, and the only true plug in electric car
you can buy in the U.S. All the rest of the plug in's are not 100% pure electric when full propulsion power is needed with a full
electric charge...
 

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I seem to get them all the time.
Most people seems to especially like the colour (Blue)
 

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I think where you live has a lot to do with it. Being in a relatively high income town in FL, it's kind of a hot rod town. So we mostly see muscle cars, Lambos, Escalades (for the soccer moms), and maybe a bus carrying seniors. :)

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I’ve gotten quite a few compliments about how nice it looks in the Kinetic Blue, and I see people looking at it. I think the color makes a huge difference in the Volt. To me the Summit White, silver, etc all blend in with the rest of the cars to an extent. I’m partial to the blue and Tricoat Pearl White myself.


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We get a few compliments and I agree it is probably the Kinetic Blue. The color was my wife's choice but it is growing on me.
I think the Volt is nice looking, but I am totally sold on its driving quality and features. I wish it were pure electric and a range of at least 300 miles, but I can live with it until Telsa or someone else builds my dream car at a price I can afford. IF there was a fast charging network already built out for the Bolt I would consider it because I think it is a pretty decent car too.
 

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Most of the complements I get are after people find out it's an EV. Usually it's then along the lines of wow, I thought EVs were ugly (they're thinking Prius and Leaf). Then they ask how it performs and are again surprised because they associate them with the Prius.
 

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I guess I am spoiled for other better looking rides. As much as I like driving my 2017 Volt (summit white, black/brandy interior) I've never thought much about my Volt's styling. My Volt reminds me of the Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic hatchback. Unexciting.

Cars I like:
Model 3 (but only in certain colors.)
Jaguar iPace
Mustang GT
Jaguar F-Type
 

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We get a few compliments and they mostly refer to the Kinetic Blue also. We had planned on getting the no extra cost white, but when that was apparently delayed in shipping we took this one.

I can see getting compliments with the Pearl White too. The depth to that paint is real nice.

That's me next to my Volt. In my dreams!
 

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I think the Volt looks good for what it is, which is a practical compact commuter car. Of course it's not going to turn heads like a Mustang GT or Challenger. I think people also tend to like it, thinking that it looks good "for a Chevy." I think it looks a little nicer than a Cruze with more aggressive angles and body lines and the Chrome grille pieces that I prefer to the Cruze. To me it's more attractive than most others in the compact sedan class. It's sleek like the Civic but without some of the boy-racer faux aggressive accent and fake plastic vents and such. It's definitely more attractive than a Corolla (though the new Corolla hatch looks okay, we'll see how it translates to a sedan). It looks cleaner than the Cruze, Elantra, outgoing Forte, Focus, and many others. I do like the Mazda3's looks, but I think the Volt is at least as nice-looking, maybe a bit better.

Compared to the other "class" of vehicles it's in, the "eco-conscious", sub 40K group, it's no contest. The Volt is hands down sleeker and more attractive than any variant of the Prius, Clarity, or Bolt. While I have no beef with either the Ioniq or the Niro, they're just kind of bland and round in styling. I have to say I do like the looks of the new Insight from what I've seen online.

My favorite reaction to it was my grandfather's. He's a former American Motors/Chrysler employee and kept jesting me about my "Chevy Amp thing" until he saw it in person and really got to understand how the powertrain works. After years of driving Chrysler 300s, he said "that's a really sharp car" and said he could see the convenience of it for everyday travel.

Mine's black, which (when clean), really looks nice in the sun.

I really have no idea why they killed Kinetic Blue for 2019.
 

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Most of the complements I get are after people find out it's an EV. Usually it's then along the lines of wow, I thought EVs were ugly (they're thinking Prius and Leaf). Then they ask how it performs and are again surprised because they associate them with the Prius.
I like the third generation Prius but I have no love for the current one. The new Leaf is a very nice looking car. What an improvement over the first generation.
 

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We get a few compliments and they mostly refer to the Kinetic Blue also. We had planned on getting the no extra cost white, but when that was apparently delayed in shipping we took this one.

I can see getting compliments with the Pearl White too. The depth to that paint is real nice.

That's me next to my Volt. In my dreams!
Are you sure that's not your wifes dream :D
 

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They killed off the kinetic blue? I have silver and white on ours and of course I would love to have had that color. My wife gets more compliments on the white than I do on my silver which seems to blend in as someone else said.


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I've had a total of one random parking lot compliment on my Gen 2 Volt -- and it was on the Siren Red color. I've had friends say "nice car" and "nice lines" etc. but I think they were just being courteous.

On the other hand, my black Gen 1 with the Sport Wheels and ceramic white accented seats got TONS of random compliments. People would walk up to me all over the place, wanting to know more about it, check it out, etc. When I traded it in, it sold in 2 days off my dealer's lot because someone drove by, saw it, and wanted it right away. Crazy.

While I like the range and new features, I think the generic Gen 2 styling is underwhelming and unoriginal. At night, the lights resemble an elantra from the front and a civic from the back. I can spot another Gen 2 anytime--but most don't notice cars enough to tell these subtle differences among subcompact sedans.

Gen 1 was immediately identifiable as "different." Whether that made it "better" is subject to interpretation.
 

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I like the third generation Prius but I have no love for the current one. The new Leaf is a very nice looking car. What an improvement over the first generation.
New Leaf is definitely an improvement but I disagree on it being nice looking. Looks like "Honey I shrunk the minivan". Volt is sportier looking to me.

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I call the Volt's aesthetic "Hello Kitty" styling. It's a little hip, but overall - it looks like it came from a pile of stuffed animals.

I remove my personal bias in this assessment by taking people on rides. I put them in the passenger seat, mash the accelerator, spin the tires, and let them feel the G forces of EV acceleration and they are shocked. The experience is not AT ALL what they expect after looking at the car...
 

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After being told I was driving a vagina on wheels, when I drove Prii, any comment about the Volt was an improvement.
 
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