Model: Villager 2+2 LSV
Manufacturer: Club Car
Seating Capacity: 4
4-Passenger Transportation Vehicle
Top speed: 23 mph
Exterior color: N/A
Interior color: N/A
Power source: Electric
Power: 5 Horsepower
Fuel capacity: N/A
Oil capacity: N/A
Drive system: 2*2
Length: 110 inches
Width: 50.8 inches
Height: 49.8 inches
Frame: Aluminum I-beam
Front Body: Impact-resistant ABS
Rear Body: ArmorFlex® with UV protective coating
Brakes: 4-wheel drum
When you are looking for a low-speed vehicle (LSV) that is sporty, stylish and affordable to get you and your family or friends around the neighborhood, a solid choice is the Club Car Villager 2+2 LSV. This model provides you with all the features of the Villager 2, but it has two additional seats to comfortably carry up to four passengers and cargo. Driving the Club Car Villager is not only fun and exciting but also airy and social. You will have a great time behind the wheel whether you are commuting to work or simply enjoying the weather on a Sunday afternoon.
Club Car introduced the Villager 2+2 LSV in 2009, and soon afterward, I had a chance to test one for a full week. At this time, not a lot of people were driving golf carts around my neighborhood or workplace, so I got a lot of stares, but I also received plenty of compliments and questions born of genuine curiosity. I even gave a few people rides just for a little additional fun and for some company during my commute to the office.
One of the most intriguing aspects of the Villager 2+2 LSV is that this was the first LSV Club Car designed for consumer use off the golf course, and this is a big deal for the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles. The quickly growing market was just too large to ignore any longer, and offering an option for economical, energy-efficient transportation was a no-brainer. Another factor that helped push sales through the roof was that the federal government began giving out a tax credit at this time that ended up paying for half the cost of the vehicle.
I had been testing several electric cars before jumping into the Villager 2+2, but the others were all standard vehicles rather than LSVs. The offering from Club Car was very enticing because the price was right, and it would cost less money to operate since it is lightweight and has a smaller motor. In addition, it has a smaller carbon footprint than nearly any other four-wheeled, electric vehicle.
Although most people who drive LSV or neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) stay within gated communities, it was not as bad driving it among regular traffic on city streets as I thought it would be. In this state, it is legal to drive on any road with a speed limit of 35 mph or less. It is perfect if you only work a short distance from home but a little too far to walk, and it is great for quick trips to the store and to visit friends.
What surprised me most about the Club Car Villager was that it accelerates quickly from a dead stop. However, after it gets up to about 13 mph, acceleration is much slower as it reaches its maximum speed, which is around 25 mph. This means that if you are on a busy street, you’ll have just enough time to pull ahead of the crowd and get over to the right before all the traditional cars start passing by.
Another aspect of the Villager 2+2 LSV is that it provides a much more social driving experience than a standard car does. Since the vehicle moves relatively slowly and has neither doors nor side windows, pedestrians and other drivers feel compelled to talk to you or make comments while you continue to go about your way.
At 110.1 inches, the Club Car Villager 2+2 is longer than the average LSV by more than 1 foot. Its overall width of 50.8 inches is also impressive, but it is only 49.8 inches high. Although it has a wheelbase of 67.3 inches, the vehicle’s ground clearance is only 4.5 inches, which means it should be driven only on flat, level surfaces. The tires are only 8.5 inches in diameter, but they come with premium, DOT-approved tread and seven-spoke wheel covers that make them very attractive.
The Villager 2+2 LSV has a dry weight of 1,129 pounds with batteries, which makes it very stable, and although Club Car lists the forward speed as 20 mph to 23 mph, it will actually get up to 27 mph going downhill. As stated previously, it seats four people, and the vehicle has a total load capacity of 800 pounds.
The body of the Villager is made of Armorflex impact-resistant ABS with a UV-resistant coating, and the AlumiCore chassis is rustproof and resists corrosion. The front and rear suspensions are independent leaf-spring systems with dual hydraulic shocks. It has mechanical drum brakes all the way around and self-adjusting rack-and-pinion steering. In addition, a foot-operated parking brake is on the floor.
The motor in the Villager 2+2 is a 48-volt DC with 14 peak horsepower and 5 continuous horsepower. It directly drives a double-reduction, helical-gear axle at a ratio of 10.3:1, is powered by six 8-volt batteries and has a 350-amp controller.
Being an entry-level vehicle, the Villager 2+2 is short of special features, but it has enough of them to keep you safe and comfortable. It is available in black, white, beige, green, red and blue, and three premium metallic colors are offered: Diamond White Pearl, Titanium Silver and Sand Luster Metallic. The standard canopy for the car is white, but black or beige are also available. Other features include bench seating, side view mirrors, windshield wipers and four cup holders.
For safety, three-point seat belts with hip restraints are provided for all passengers, and the vehicle has headlights and an illuminated rear license plate holder for night. In addition to an onboard charging system for the batteries, it comes with a 12-volt accessory charger for cell phones and other electronics. The custom dash on the Villager 2+2 LSV includes a speedometer, a battery warning light and a battery capacity meter.
The following optional accessories are also available:
The Villager 2+2 LSV is a great little car for traveling short distances. It has all the basic features you need, and the ride is very smooth and comfortable. In addition, it meets all the standards set forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).