I'm thinking this is the right forum, but I'm not quite sure. I went to the Philadelphia Auto Show today, and wanted to share some thoughts from that experience...
Saw this as soon as I got off the elevator in the parking garage. Philly Car Share (distributed automated rent a car by the hour company) has apparently adopted the Volt, and had this beautiful Crystal Red one sitting right where most of the show traffic would walk past it. Assuming they also outfit some of their "pods" (groups of reserved places for the car share cars) with Level 2 chargers, this seems like a great match to me.
Most of the electrics and hybrids were in attendance - Fisker even brought two Karma's, though the were roped off. (It looks like the GM 2 liter is aligned longitudinally - not what I would have guessed.) No sign of VIA, though, and the lone C-Max Energi was locked up tight.
The show definitely shrunk from the last time I went (2 years ago?) - it's on maybe half the floor space, with all of the manufacturers in one big hall.
I've always felt the Volt's tight interior was the biggest challenge (along with large blindspots) - I barely fit behind me (that is, in the back seat with the driver's seat set where I'd want it.) To my surprise, only the Leaf was any better. The Leaf's trunk is smallish and awkwardly shaped - the charger hump means folding the seats won't be nearly as effective as on the Volt. Beyond that, though, I liked the interior space. The instrument panel was nicely laid out and informative (though I gather the range meter isn't terribly trustworthy.) Personally, I still think the exterior is ugly.
Most of the others were worse - very few hybrids have any rear seat headroom at all (including the Volt, which at least benefits from extra space under the hatch itself.) Even the Prius V surprised me with how little space it seemed to have - driven largely by a higher rear floor I think. Actually, the other car that came close to being comfortable in the front and back seats was the MiEV. It's tiny, and didn't impress me with its build quality (seemed like lots of things were waiting to break,) but the front and rear seat head and leg room were surprisingly large.
I was also surprised by how different the Delta 2 siblings are from one another. I actually don't fit behind me in the Cruze - with the front seat set to my tastes, the rear leg room isn't enough to fit my thighs between front seat back and rear seat back. I did immediately notice the additional headroom in front on the Cruze (not surprising - I think the specs say it is two inches taller.) The back seat headroom is marginally worse than the Volt - about as bad, but without the hatch space at the rear. The Verano back seat I did fit in (similar limited headroom,) and I liked the interior decor. The Buick's 2.4L barely fits in the engine compartment, where the Cruze's 1.4L turbo looks lost in the same space. I'll be very interested to see what GM dreams up for the (hopefully inevitable) Buick Electra when it shows up.