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Quick Volt questions if you don't mind

3912 Views 58 Replies 21 Participants Last post by  photonburst
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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I'm six foot all legs and it fits great, my son is about 6'4 and he fits fine...but recommend you try it out! I love driving my Volt over the Appalachian mountains. My strategy is to put it in hold mode as soon as I get on the highway and back to electric as I get within range of my destination. This provides some battery umph if needed. I drive in low which means I don't have to worry about the car speeding up in cruise control going down it. I honestly think you will be fine, especially if you are willing to think about how to use mountain mode and hold mode...its a thinking person's car. One possible concern is the backseat...not so roomy. Your son will probably be six foot plus at some point..... Lastly I agree you should consider the Bolt. I have one of those too and the backseat is bigger and the car sits up a bit so it is easier to mess with car seats. Let us know what you decide and please check out all advice during a long test drive of the car.
ONe more thing. The storage will almost certainly be a-OK with the back seats folded. in my opinion just ok if the seats are up and full of passengers.
Agree the volt is a nice car to hand down. Very safe, efficient and dependable
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