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I traded in my 2013 Volt for a 2017 Volt this morning.





Im sure I'll add more, but here are my initial findings...


Pros:

Significantly more power.
Much more linear throttle response in standard mode.
Controls are so much nicer. Gen 1 console is a nightmare. Physical dials are nice.
Navigation is surprisingly good.
Adaptive cruise control works well.
Lane keep assist is interesting and seems to work. It seems to only work if you are touching the steering wheel and only gives a warning if your hands are off the wheel.
Trunk area seems slightly larger.
Car is quieter, with much more isolation from what the ICE is doing.
Nose doesn't dive nearly as much as Gen 1 when decelerating.
I love the all-black interior.
Seat heaters!
Steering wheel heater! 馃槑



Cons:

Visibility out the back is worse than Gen 1 due to the missing lower window.
Gen 1 seats are a bit more comfortable for me, but Gen 2 seats aren't bad.
Seems to have a bit more body roll than the Gen 1.
 

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I may be interested in making the move to Gen 2 after a few more years with my 2013 Volt Premium. Aside from increasing lifetime cost by trading-in my existing Volt, I see the increased electric range as a burden of longer plug-in times.
 

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After driving one for a week, my impressions are similar. Noticeably better in virtually every way. A great car overall. I did not mind rear visibility. The rear camera worked well. I don't find the extra window very useful with the camera.

Only note is the seating position was not as comfortable for me. That is a personal thing. In particular, the head restraint is a little more forward. I think if I made an adjustment for that, I would be very glad to upgrade to one. But meanwhile, I am also still happy with my 2013.
 

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I also just traded my 2013 in for the exact same car as you!! Color and all except for the Brandy accents.

My reasons for trading are somewhat different than yours. While I wanted the same things in range, power, etc. I also felt I needed the safety offered by the car. I am getting older (mid 70's) and age will cause my reaction time to decline and the forward braking was important.

One of the things that bothered me on the 2013 was backing out of a parking spot as it always seemed that a large vehicle would park next to me making it difficult to see around them. The rear cross traffic warning is great!!!

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Yes, the safety packages are one of the big reasons I wanted to upgrade. I did notice that the mirror lane change warning came on when I had a semi two lanes over. It made for an awkward lane change moment.
 

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We owned two Gen I Volt's (2012 and 2013)


Before we bought our fully loaded 2017



While we loved the Gen I there is nothing we miss or would want changed in our 2017.
 

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I may be interested in making the move to Gen 2 after a few more years with my 2013 Volt Premium. Aside from increasing lifetime cost by trading-in my existing Volt, I see the increased electric range as a burden of longer plug-in times.
You've got to be kidding with the burden of longer charging.

If you're not, here is a very easy workaround for you: stop charging the car before it's full. 2.5 hours ought to get you about the same range as a Gen1. LOL
Is that supposed to be sarcasm? It can be hard to tell via text. :p

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Congrats on your new car. I have the older generation but agree with your observations. The new generation is better in just about every way. Enjoy it!
 

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Spent a good half hour looking at Gen2 the other day. It is a good looking car! Keeping my Gen1 and ordering the wife a Pacifica Hybrid (order banks just opened). IMHO, GM really dropped the ball by not introducing a Voltec next-gen Enclave/Traverse or 7 passenger Cadillac CUV. The CT6 hybrid is going to sell in small numbers given the move to SUVs/CUVs and its price point (why wouldn't one just get a Tesla for $80-90k?).
 

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Congratulations. I have the same Volt in and out. Once I got the water spots polished out it blew me away at how great this siren red gleams.

I did learn that I really am an awful driver with how frequently the lane assist nudges me. My husband always said I was a lousy driver and probably wishes he could have lane assisted me for years.

During the mild weather I was averaging 60 to 63 miles per charge. Now that we are getting chilly I still get at least 50-53.

This was my first new car purchase and a gift for myself for surviving to 50. It continues to be a gift in many ways.
 

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If you're not, here is a very easy workaround for you: stop charging the car before it's full. 2.5 hours ought to get you about the same range as a Gen1.
Actually, the Gen 2 charges at a faster rate (more miles/hour of range) than the Gen 1, at least on the 120V/12A charge setting. I think 240V charging is faster too. So with the same charge time, you could end up with more miles than on a Gen 1.
 

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I think my gen 2 functionally beats my gen 1.

The only things I miss on my gen 1 are 1. More comfortable drivers seat on gen 1, 2. I perfer the cleaner styling of the gen 1 (personal preference), 3. Miss homelink, 4. Phone charger does not work on my approved phone so I use a cable and MUCH preferred usb port in console to hide phone.

Safety features on my gen 2 a BIG PLUS.
 

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I drove a red with black interior while shopping for my new Volt. It was a beautiful car. I ended up with black with black and brandy interior. I think the gen 2 Volt is one of the best-looking cars on the road. I love the shiny black. I like about everything about my new Volt. One thing about the rear visibility: at night it's hard to tell how far away a car behind you is because all you can see is the roof.
 

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Actually, the Gen 2 charges at a faster rate (more miles/hour of range) than the Gen 1, at least on the 120V/12A charge setting. I think 240V charging is faster too. So with the same charge time, you could end up with more miles than on a Gen 1.
I was being facetious for the most part. I don't know how fast a gen 1 charges, and really didn't care enough to Google it. This wasn't about comparing the charge rates of the two generations, it was about pulling the plug early on a Gen 2 in an effort to crippled it down to Gen 1 range.

My Gen 2 charges 55-60 miles in about 4 hours, a Gen 1 goes about 40, so 2.5 hours on a G2 will get you about the range of a Gen 1, right?

Just silly because the guy I replied to said longer range at the burden of longer charge time.

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Still haven't found all the user-customization settings, but the owners manual says it in the radio settings somewhere, so I'll have another look after work today.

First trip from our home to my work location for the week (187 miles), display read 72.4 mpg average. I had the cruise set for 65 mph the whole way, other than a 10-mile freeway stretch at 75 mph.

I'm very happy with this car. :)
 

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Actually, the Gen 2 charges at a faster rate (more miles/hour of range) than the Gen 1, at least on the 120V/12A charge setting. I think 240V charging is faster too. So with the same charge time, you could end up with more miles than on a Gen 1.
Eh, that's very nitpicky for L1. 120V x 12A = 1.4kW for either car. Sure, gen2 is slightly more efficient while running (and perhaps has a slightly more efficient charger), so you might get a tiny bit higher miles / charge at the same charge rate. Now for L2, gen1 was 3.3kW max while gen2 is 3.8kW, so yes it charges at a faster rate on 240V.
 
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