cwerdna wrote:I've scheduled a 1 day Turo rental of a Bolt for Tuesday. Unfortunately, there are only two in my area and both are '17.
Ok. Turo rental's in my garage and needs to be returned tomorrow afternoon.
I dislike the fact there's no % SoC display, just a GOM along w/min and max values + 20 fuel bars. Displays overall are pretty nice. Apple CarPlay combined w/the large (10.2 inch) LCD, OMG! Apple Maps and/or Google Maps (satellite view works on it) on it are pretty awesome compared to the primitive nav system on my Leaf. (Yes, '18+ Leaf can have CarPlay but the screen's smaller.) The ergonomics of the controls (knobs and buttons) in the center are not bad. Bose stereo is decent, maybe a bit worse than in my Leaf.
The '17 front seats are terrible. Although I'm of ok width and they seem contoured well enough, they're just really hard and something is off about them. I didn't find the ride to be particularly bad. Seemed not far off from Leaf which isn't as smooth as my 02 Maxima was (which subpar handling and brakes).
Intellibeam is interesting but has some quirks. There seems to be less trunk space than my '13. Drivetrain seems noisier than my '13 Leaf. Acceleration is GREAT! Besides the interior quality being poor (cheap hard plastics), car feels less refined than my Leaf. The strip of blue lighting at night is kinda nice. I liked L mode (basically like e-Pedal on '18+ Leaf). You can come to stop w/o pressing any pedals. There's no forward creep in L.
GM definitely does quite a bit of stuff differently than Nissan from a controls and interior POV. There seems to be no way to fully close any vents or adjust their output. Nissans and Toyota usually have that. People who hate the piece of hard plastic on the '18+ Leafs between the shifter and center stack would love the Bolt. It doesn't have a piece like that.
I'm worried about all the extra cycles the car seems to put on the HID headlights. I didn't see a way of disabling the auto-headlight behavior and how much it likes turning on the headlights by itself. Will need to dig into that if I buy.
This is the first car I've driven (AFAIK) where it lets you set a speed limit (you set the speed) warning chime speed.
Man... if only Nissan or Toyota had a refined EV with 238 mile EPA range back in Dec 2016 w/battery thermal management, cells that didn't degrade rapidly, reliability, CarPlay and Android Auto w/as big a screen and interior quality comparable to '18 Leaf...
If I get one... @Turbo3 needs to get a Bolt so that he can write Bolt Spy.