12-05-2010, 02:40 PM
I'm not seeing any seat memory in the literature so I think not, but with three drivers in the house it would be welcome as this car would be the first choice for all the short trips we do. Three person memory would be really great.
12-05-2010, 02:44 PM
The seats are manually adjusted.
12-05-2010, 03:57 PM
Indeed, that's one of the big "ouch" items in this car. I don't know the back story but I'd bet they'll have that taken car of in the next model year. It's a glaring omission.
12-05-2010, 05:26 PM
Electric seats would add load on the battery as well as add a lot of weight. That is why they didn't include it. I find that to be a good reason.
12-05-2010, 05:40 PM
Weight? I suppose it does add a hundred pounds or so. Battery load? No way. How many seconds a day would those motors run?
There's got to be another reason ...
12-05-2010, 05:45 PM
I don't see it as a big deal anyway. I'm able to adjust the seats much quicker manually than waiting for the electric ones to move. It is that big a deal?
12-05-2010, 05:53 PM
I couldn't care less. But then, I'd be happy manually rolling the windows up and down...
12-05-2010, 08:23 PM
For this high of a trim level, I expect to have at least an 8-way driver's seat. My 5-year-old Dodge has only mid-trim level and it has electric seats (and heated, and leather) both driver and passenger. It also has electrically adjustable pedals.
12-05-2010, 08:30 PM
For this high of a trim level, I expect to have at an 8-way driver's seat. My 5-year-old Dodge has only mid-trim level and it has electric seats (and heated, and leather) both driver and passenger. It also has electrically adjustable pedals.
...but it doesn't seem like it is about the 'trim level'...it is about the battery life. I didn't think the heated seats would be included despite the trim level but turns out they were practical for battery life ... people feel warmer via seats vs the amount of energy to heat all the cabin air to 72 degrees.
I'd venture to guess many volts will mainly be driven by one person in the family. I'll mainly be driving ours. When I drove my wife's Civic (before the Subaru) it was pretty easy/trivial/*fast* to adjust the seat.
12-05-2010, 09:36 PM
Manual seats have one benefit. Fewer electrical items to repair.
The steering wheel can be moved up, down, back and forward, so that will give the driver more flexibility.
The driver's seat felt comfortable at the Auto Show. If rear seat is occupied, the front seat will need to be moved to a centered position to optimize comfort for all passengers.
The manual seats are a piece of cake, they move back and forth, up and down and recline. The handles are easy to find and move.
All my previous cars have had electric seats, but I really dont miss it. As a commuter, I never move the seats anyway, except for test drives. My wife likes the position I have set for me and uses it when she drives.
12-06-2010, 01:55 PM
The seats are manually adjusted.
The only problem I could see with the manual adjustment process when I drove a Volt a couple months back was the height adjustment feature. There is a lever (plastic) on the side of the seat that has (as I recall) three levels. The lever ratchets the seat to the top level and then drops back to the lowest level. It appeared to me that the best way to adjust the height would be before sitting down. But hey, at my age, I am lucky to remember things for 10 minutes, much less 2 months.....