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More idiotic Volt design choices

I already dissected the godawful UI of the Volt's main control panel in a previous post. But the fearless designers at Chevrolet didn't stop there! They took great care to create problems that others solved a decade earlier.

The car has two states - turned on and turned off. (Okay, there's a third one, but we'll get to that later. It's stupid). If the car is turned on, it's ready to roll as soon as you shift it into drive. If it's turned off, it's basically a brick. You can't even roll down the windows.

To turn the car on, you have to put your foot on the brake and press the power button. Now let's say you're in the passenger seat, the car is turned off, and you want to roll down the windows. What do you do? That's right, fucking VOLT YOGA! Lean over the center console, left hand on the brake pedal, right hand on the power button.

I promised you a third mode, and there it is: After you turn off the car, it's basically in off state ag…