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The Volt still feels surprisingly heavy for a car its size. That's because the car's lithium-ion battery pack more than makes up for any weight saved by the lack of a transmission. Turn the wheel without letting up enough on the gas pedal, and you can feel physics working against you. Not wanting to make history as the first man to crash a Chevy Volt, I didn't push the experiment too far.

The ride is soft. The Volt's suspension is tuned more for cruising than cornering. As with most of GM's more recent products, the steering is crisp and nicely weighted, though.

The Volt is clearly intended for family-car duty, at least for small families. Sports sedan handling isn't what most Volt customers will be after. The Volt feels more enjoyable to drive than a Toyota Prius. That's more than enough driving pleasure especially considering you're not using gasoline for 40 miles.

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