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Chevy Bolt EV driver since May 17, 2017; 23K miles; just got back from an 840 mile trip. I still love my Bolt! However, my wife bought a Kia Niro Hybrid and it has many features I wish were in my Bolt. The nearest sales/service for a Niro EV would be >200 miles away in Cincinnati and this fact made her skip that option.
 

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Chevy Bolt EV driver since May 17, 2017; 23K miles; just got back from an 840 mile trip. I still love my Bolt! However, my wife bought a Kia Niro Hybrid and it has many features I wish were in my Bolt. The nearest sales/service for a Niro EV would be >200 miles away in Cincinnati and this fact made her skip that option.
If the Kia needs the same service most Bolts do, distance to the dealer is not a deal breaker. We're only five miles from our dealer and haven't been there since we bought it two years ago.

And yes, the Koreans are following the strategy Toyota used positioning the Lexus; by taking a loss early on, they built the Lexus 400 reputation as being a much better value than the Germans. Then, once the Lexus brand was positioned as a status symbol, Toyota sold tens of thousands of Camrys with Lexus badges for 25% more than they cost as Toyotas.

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It's interesting that some readers poo poo the ease of entry into Bolts. Younger readers don't understand or can't comprehend that this makes a major difference for older folks. I also suspect that the demise of the sedan is related to an increasingly aging driving populace. Being older, I also appreciate the lack of maintenance required by electrics. And the great acceleration? I love it for maneuvering in traffic.
 

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It's interesting that some readers poo poo the ease of entry into Bolts. Younger readers don't understand or can't comprehend that this makes a major difference for older folks. I also suspect that the demise of the sedan is related to an increasingly aging driving populace. Being older, I also appreciate the lack of maintenance required by electrics. And the great acceleration? I love it for maneuvering in traffic.

For many years now I've driven an SUV. I like just swinging my legs out to the ground. In sedans, it seems like I'm crawling up from the floor.
 

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It's interesting that some readers poo poo the ease of entry into Bolts. Younger readers don't understand or can't comprehend that this makes a major difference for older folks. I also suspect that the demise of the sedan is related to an increasingly aging driving populace. Being older, I also appreciate the lack of maintenance required by electrics. And the great acceleration? I love it for maneuvering in traffic.
I wish the back seat doors opened more widely, but I definitely like the vertical seating positions.
 

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We're getting way OT, as is our wont here, but it is horses for courses. When we were buying our Bolt, there were six Corvettes on the showroom. Once inside the Vette, the low seating position was extremely comfortable and one can easily imagine enjoying a four-hour blast from Spokane to Seattle. However, as mentioned earlier, climbing up and out is a chore for we gomers. Trying to use a 'Vette to run errands, in and out a half-dozen times within an hour, would be no fun, even if there were any place to haul the groceries, dry cleaning, hardware, et al.

Conversely, we see myriad quad-cab-4WD-pickups riding so high external steps are required to mount the seats. They mostly run empty, all that space and weight going mostly unused.

Bottom line, the Bolt does really well what most drivers really need done. Someday, some of them will realize that. Unfortunately, the oversized and impractical trucks and SUVs will still sell in larger numbers.

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Yep. These things handle better than they have any right to.. as if 0-60 in 6 seconds wasn't enough a reason.
 
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