The Volt really is the perfect commuter car. If your commute is over 20 miles, you should look into charging at work. That way you can stay pure electric and avoid the gas stations and oil changes. You might even be able to talk your company into installing an EV charging station.
(You can of course buy and install your own)
As for the driving experience of the Volt. It has a smoother ride than my old 2001 Impala, the acceleration is silky smooth and never hesitates, and it is of course whisper quiet. There's barely any body roll in corners and the steering is pretty well balanced. If you test drive one, take it on some quiet suburban streets, roll down the window and turn off the radio. It's so eerie the first time you come to a stop and hear absolutely no noise and feel no vibrations from an idling engine.
Are you looking at new or used Volt's? The Gen 2 might be able to get you home on battery without having to charge at work. It may say 53 miles when you first get it, but with in-town driving, those miles easily hit 60+. Since the weather is warming up, my Gen 1 is currently at 50 miles after a full charge. It'll likely climb to 54 like it did last year.