2017 Chevrolet Bolt Ev
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Love the concept of the car but a few quarks.

by from on March 2, 2017

Car drives and handles very well but some packaging decisions that I question. I owned a Fiat 500e and loved having an electric car. But sine I bought the car the family grew, so I need something wi...
Car drives and handles very well but some packaging decisions that I question. I owned a Fiat 500e and loved having an electric car. But sine I bought the car the family grew, so I need something with 5 seats and a small run about. I was very excited about the Bolt coming out. I test drove it and something just did not feel right. The seat seemed narrow and felt that I was leaning in towards the Salesman. I commented to the salesman about the seats and he said he felt the same way. Later I found out that it was designed that way on purpose the Outer side of the seat has a larger bolster to accomidate the side seat airbag and the inner side is smaller to allow access to the center cubby. So if you have broad shoulders you will need to but seat cover on it and add your own bolster unless GM comes up with a better idea.
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Does recommend this car!!

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2017 Bolt Premier

by from San Diego, Ca on March 16, 2017

Great car. Went 250 Miles on the first charge. I need to be cautious when driving the car from a dead stop. The acceleration is intimidating.
Great car. Went 250 Miles on the first charge. I need to be cautious when driving the car from a dead stop. The acceleration is intimidating.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Affordable & Stylish

by from Hermosa Beach, CA on April 21, 2017

Although I've only had the car for a couple of weeks, it has met all my expectations for driving an all electric vehicle. It has good speed, easy handling and most important to me, very good range on...
Although I've only had the car for a couple of weeks, it has met all my expectations for driving an all electric vehicle. It has good speed, easy handling and most important to me, very good range on a single charge. I look forward to saving thousands of dollars from driving this vehicle.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Range anxiety is gone!

by from Pittsburgh, PA on May 26, 2017

With the increased range, compared to my Leaf, I no longer worry about range. Drive fast, drive cold weather, drive long distances, I don't worry about EV range anymore. It's powerful, not just 0 t...
With the increased range, compared to my Leaf, I no longer worry about range. Drive fast, drive cold weather, drive long distances, I don't worry about EV range anymore. It's powerful, not just 0 to 40, but it accelerates very well from 40 to 60, too. With a top speed over 90 mph, it is not just for city driving. Excellent technology with a very large touch screen. All the latest driving assistance with Apple CarPlay and other apps. My only gripe is the front seats are small have no lumbar adjustment.
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Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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Excellent Supplemental Car

by from Mullica Hill on May 7, 2017

Purchased this car as a supplemental car to my gas guzzling Ram. I love my ram but needed something more fitted for city commuting. The bolt fits the bill precisely. I love the technological advances ...
Purchased this car as a supplemental car to my gas guzzling Ram. I love my ram but needed something more fitted for city commuting. The bolt fits the bill precisely. I love the technological advances of this car along with the economy of electric. Granted, I'm not sure that the true savings is quite there yet between electric and gas, but it works for me. The car rides great and I don't have any type of range anxiety with 240 miles per charge. With that being said, if you want to make this your daily driver you need fast charging capabilities as this only charges 4 miles as hour with the bundled AC cord. I have to admit, as dorky as this car looks I haven't had this much fun driving a car in years! Definitely recommended!
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Does recommend this car!!

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Peppy Car

by from Bel Air, MD on June 20, 2017

I test drove the Chevy Bolt on 16 June 2017. The car has excellent body lines and the interior has plenty of head room. All features are user friendly. On the driver's side it could've used a little m...
I test drove the Chevy Bolt on 16 June 2017. The car has excellent body lines and the interior has plenty of head room. All features are user friendly. On the driver's side it could've used a little more side-to-side leg room. The handling wasn't too bad, a little bouncy after driving over bumps. It had plenty of pep, no problem merging onto the highway.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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Fast as my 5.0 liter Mustang was

by from Los Angeles on April 13, 2017

Chevy Bolt is every bit as fast as those loud cars trying to keep up with me. Only thing I don't like is the my Chevy app that is supposed to tell you where to get a charge. That part of the app is a ...
Chevy Bolt is every bit as fast as those loud cars trying to keep up with me. Only thing I don't like is the my Chevy app that is supposed to tell you where to get a charge. That part of the app is a huge waist of time. I get stranded on the 5 freeway and had to have AAA tow me 188 miles home because roadside assistance and on star could not figure out where to get a charge either after my salesman told me I could charge it at any Tesla charge station. I got home and found PlugShare app and it filters out all the charge stations that I was told to go to and now I know where to get a charge - for $9.95 for 1/2 hour of supercharge which gets you 90 miles. I get free charge at work and will be getting solar panels for my house wit a home charge station so the only worries I have is those long trips that will cost me as much as gas.
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Does not recommend this car

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Love everything but the seats

by on July 10, 2017

I truly love this car. It's my first EV and I have to say the responsiveness is incredible. Coming from big SUVs for my last few cars it's been a blast to drive a car with sporty handling and great ac...
I truly love this car. It's my first EV and I have to say the responsiveness is incredible. Coming from big SUVs for my last few cars it's been a blast to drive a car with sporty handling and great acceleration. The tires aren't all that grippy as they are designed to decrease rolling resistance so you definitely squeal the tires with ease. The tech is amazing and I like the interior. While there is some hard touch plastic I have to say it is nice to see a car that is more than just a carbon copy of everything else out there. It is very modern and futuristic. It is nice to see design that takes some risks and gives a car some unique character. Now about those seats....truly some of the most uncomfortable seats I have ever had in a car. I test drove it and it didn't bother me but after any real seat time you can feel the wings on the seat pan designed to hold you in place and the wings on the seat back dig into my ribs. The seats are very narrow and offer minimal padding. Let me say that I am only 5'11" and 183# so not a big guy by an stretch. There are minor annoyances on a car that costs this much like not including telescoping sun visors, Android auto only works plugged in via USB instead of wireless (which is frustrating since I have the wireless phone charging option that is rendered moot by having to plug the phone in), no usb port next to the phone holder under the infotainment system but these are all livable issues but the seats are really bothersome. Make sure you spend plenty of time in the seats on your test drive before you buy. Also check out some of the Chevy Bolt forums to see others that are experiencing similar issues.
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Purchased a new car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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Super car

by from Scituate MA on May 29, 2017

Fully satisfied with all aspects of performance. Only negatives are 1 No in car ability to program garage door opener. 2 No electrical capability to adjust seats only clunky mechanical adjustments.
Fully satisfied with all aspects of performance. Only negatives are 1 No in car ability to program garage door opener. 2 No electrical capability to adjust seats only clunky mechanical adjustments.
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Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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Good technically but not great value

by on July 13, 2017

This car worked well, performed briskly and clearly has managed to get sufficient miles to a charge. I drove the premium car which had a sticker at 44,000. It's quite a bit for the amount of car and...
This car worked well, performed briskly and clearly has managed to get sufficient miles to a charge. I drove the premium car which had a sticker at 44,000. It's quite a bit for the amount of car and luxury and that you get . Disappointing thing is that it consumes roughly .3 kWh of electricity per mile. Considering that electricity in my neighborhood costs over $.20 per kilowatt hour this car costs roughly 6 cents per mile to operate. Many good performing economy gas sport utilities cost less per mile and may be more luxurious. Overall you are getting a nice car but at a premium price. Many will choose the Bolt for the new technology. Overall you are getting a nice car but at a premium price.
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