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Quick Volt questions if you don't mind

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I'm sorry I haven't read through to see where the appropriate place to post might be. I feel in "crisis mode" - although I have to laugh at myself (first world problems).

I had my heart set on a Tesla Model 3. So much so that I pretty much ignored or dismissed other possibilities. The big 'reveal' was tonight and I was sorely disappointed. I remember the Volt was probably my #2 choice (although distant). I'm wondering if you wouldn't mind providing some insight that I can't really look up with facts and figures.

#1 - I live in a mountainous region. Long steep grades (8.5% - so not insane, but significant) and high speeds (120kph / 75mph). When the electric range is used up, how is this thing in the hills? I drive a Honda Fit now and it is woefully underpowered and I often can't hold the speed limit. More bothersome, however, is how bloody loud it is from the engine noise. That's a main reason I wanted a BEV.

#2 - It is listed as having a tiny 10.5 cubic foot cargo space... surely it isn't really that little, is it? When the seats are folded, etc... can you make a trip to Costco of any significance? Or is it as useless in that regard as the specs indicate?

#3 - How is it for tall guys? I'm 6'4, mostly in the legs. For anyone that's driven a Honda Fit... that's about as tight as I can go. I wouldn't call it comfortable, but I manage.

#4 - One problem with the Fit is that my kid... er... no longer "fits" (pun avoided as best as I could). He's 5 and still in a child seat and he's getting cramped. Again, can anyone relate to the Fit?

I'm really hoping someone's got experience with both the Volt and the Fit and can advise if I'm looking at a significant upgrade or not.

Thanks so much.
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The big 'reveal' was tonight and I was sorely disappointed. I remember the Volt was probably my #2 choice (although distant). ...
With the answers from here in mind, go look at and test drive both a Volt and a Bolt, sounds like you have will have a good gut feel one way or the other.

The Volt should seem like a LEXUS compared to the FIT, but tell us what you think.
If you don't fall in love with either of the Volt or Bolt, I would hold off a year or two. While bigger than the FIT, or at least a more conventional form factor, the Volt is certainly not a "large" car.

EVs and PHEVs are evolving quickly. Another approach might be to wait.

Why did you say it would not work up north? I think there have been posts from Volt drivers in the very harshest of climates, including Alaska. The battery range is winter reduced, but it works normally with the range extender. The lowest we get here is -25 F to -30 F, no problems so far.
The side mirrors do fold manually, they pivot when you pull on them, but that part is not motorized
Gen 2 fold manually too. I had no idea, so many tidbits here ...
So... LT or Premier? Any insights? ...
I think if you like the VOLT, you will be very happy with a LT.
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