This is true. I'm still not convinced the Volt is for me due to the smaller back seat and lack of advanced safety features that the Honda comes standard with. I like the idea of the Volt and definitely the price.
My initial test drive had me really impressed. However, at the end of the test drive I turned a little knob on the left of the steering wheel which I think most likely adjusts the dash lighting. The knob felt sooo cheap. Then I opened the hood to get a good look at the engine technology and when I went to push it shut the hood dented (and bounced back), but it felt again really cheap. I think the Honda has the better overall materials. I really do want the Volt. I just can't convince myself its a better buy than the Honda. I was hoping you all could convince me.
That's not how the Volt Owner's Manual states you should close the hood. The correct method is to let the hood close by gravity, let go of the hood at a height of about 10 inches. Works every time. The hood on the Volt is aluminum, saves weight. It can be dented by stones impacting the front edge but it won't rust.
You are wise to go over all of the features of any vehicle you are interested in buying. Open all of the doors, hood and hatch. How much luggage will it hold? If you play golf, will two sets of golf clubs fit in the hatch storage area? Try sitting in the front the passenger seat and the rear seats. Could you be comfortable sitting in the back seat? If so, for how long before your legs or neck would start to feel cramped? Try the audio system. Does the radio tune in your favorite radio station or is static all you hear? If you have a garage, will the vehicle fit inside the garage? If the vehicle has a rear hatch, will the open hatch hit the garage door if the garage is open? I test drove the 2017 Volt on three separate occasions to help me decide:
1st test drive was to get used to the feel of the Volt when in Normal, Sport and Hold modes on local roads and limited highway driving.
2nd test drive to drive in moderate to heavy local traffic, get used to the Volt's brakes. I may have tried driving in Low, don't remember. Drove the Volt with the salesman in the passenger seat to my home to see how the Volt fit in my garage. It fit perfectly, I could even open the hatch with the garage door open.
3rd test drive, because I was interested in Adaptive Cruise Control, had to wait until the 2017 Volt with ACC started shipping to dealers.
There was no need for a 4th test drive, only when to make an offer on the car I was interested in purchasing: 2017 Volt Premier, white, with DC1, DC2 and ACC.