There has been a lot of pure drivel about the Volt's engineering and performance over the last year. Motor Trend, however, can be counted on for an objective review, after test driving the 2011 Volt for one year and 26,000 miles. Here is its review that matches pretty well my sister's experience: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/oneyear/alternative/1208_2011_chevrolet_volt_verdict/.
Kim Reynolds writes that, "...the real headline here is nothing ever went wrong with the car. Zip. Zero...it was breathtakingly reliable, given the Volt is...the biggest quantum jump in automotive technology in decades."
It's good to know that an American car company developed this cutting edge vehicle. Motor Trend says the price must come down for it to be a big commercial success and predicts it will.
Motor Trend ends its review by taking a big shot at the "political pundits" cheering for the car's failure and reminding them of the sales history of the Prius, the last car to make the kind of technology jump the Volt has made. The full Motor Trend review is well worth the few minutes it takes.