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    Default Consumer Reports Likes the Volt

    http://editorial.autos.msn.com/consu...d=autos_5410#1

    Maybe the tide is starting to turn even if GM isn't interested in promoting it.
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    The owner reviews on Consumer Reports were pretty instrumental in convincing me to leap from Toyota to the Volt. I also found their review pretty accurate. I think price (especially for those who don't make enough for the tax credit to kick in and don't lease) and awareness are the main things standing in the way of mass uptake.
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    It was the Consumer Report's review that caused me to purchase the Volt. It was fair and pointed out its shortcomings as well as its benefits. When the 2013 model came out with slightly better range I pulled the trigger.

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    It is interesting to me that CU rates the Model S as their best over-all pick with a user rating of 9.4, whereas both the Volt and the Cadillac ATS have user ratings of 9.5.

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    They list the Volt with 35 battery miles (true for 2011-2012) even though that changed to 38 when 2013 arrived. It's little things like this that show CR still has it's thumb on the scale when it comes to the Volt.
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    They missed the 2014 Chevrolet Impala as the top Pick Full Sedan, already chosen by other automobile magazines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steverino View Post
    They list the Volt with 35 battery miles (true for 2011-2012) even though that changed to 38 when 2013 arrived. It's little things like this that show CR still has it's thumb on the scale when it comes to the Volt.
    CR does some pretty rigorous testing. I wouldn't be surprised if they came up with the 35 miles through those independent tests. I'd check, but I let my CR subscription lapse a while ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SodaPopinski View Post
    CR does some pretty rigorous testing. I wouldn't be surprised if they came up with the 35 miles through those independent tests. I'd check, but I let my CR subscription lapse a while ago.
    Nope, 35 miles is the EPA label from 2011. The new Volts are rated 38.

    If they did testing, then they should be saying 48-52 summer, 30-35 winter. That's what many, many, many volt owners are seeing. Of course that varies, which is why they use the EPA label, just not the current one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steverino View Post
    Nope, 35 miles is the EPA label from 2011. The new Volts are rated 38.

    If they did testing, then they should be saying 48-52 summer, 30-35 winter. That's what many, many, many volt owners are seeing. Of course that varies, which is why they use the EPA label, just not the current one.
    According to the Consumer Reports website, they do their own testing. They even mention EPA testing tends to give higher MPG than they get in their testing. So I'd be very surprised if they're simply copy/pasting EPA numbers.

    In a comparison between cars, as long as all the cars are tested under similar conditions, they should remain comparable.

    Although, I'm too cheap to get another subscription to check this, so I don't really know either way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BAZINGA View Post
    http://editorial.autos.msn.com/consu...d=autos_5410#1

    Maybe the tide is starting to turn even if GM isn't interested in promoting it.
    I don't see any love for the volt at all in the link. the top linked CR article (top vehicles in 10 categories) (click the hyperlink in the text with the first photo.) praises the Prius, impressa, 4 cylinder Accord, oddessy and the Tesla. I think those are fine cars, but that the 4 cylinder accord, the Imprezza and the Oddessy are not as good as other cars in their respective classes, pedestrian and heavy I would say. (I have a sienna, which I liked better than that Oddessy when we tested them. The prius is a fine green car, but isn't half the car my volt is as far as driving quality or petroleum usage go....

    Maybe this is not the link you intended...

    no wait, I checked, the MSN scroll photos list different cars than does the linked CR article-- I think the Linked CR article is what they really think, the MSN scroll photos are just click bait..
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