How Funny is the Chevy Volt? The Washington Post’s Professional Skeptic Gives It a Going Over

BY Paul Solman  January 31, 2011 at 11:47 AM EDT

As a preview to our Tool$ Tuesday feature (spoiler alert: we’ll be looking at your car’s carbon emissions), here’s a truly surprising “review” of the Chevy Volt, the electric darling of the Detroit Auto Show earlier this month and the subject of a piece of ours last week and another airing this week on the NewsHour.

Written by the Washington Post’s humor columnist and professional skeptic Gene Weingarten, you’re in for a riotous ride though, as the author warns:

This won’t be a conventional automotive review. First, I’m not qualified to write a conventional automotive review, inasmuch as I know next to nothing about automobiles. Second, I am nakedly biased. I very much wanted to hate this car. It challenges my worldview.

Life is bewildering — essentially, it’s a fatal disease of uncertain course and unknown duration. If we are to make any sense of it, if we are to tame our existential terrors, we must gratefully cling to those few established truths on which we know we can rely: Day follows night. Sex causes babies. To lose weight, eat less. American cars suck.

Weingarten will be online Monday, January 31 at 12 ET from the Post’s offices to take questions and comments about his story, the Volt and more.