The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt: What the critics say
Chevrolet’s new four-seat hatchback “could take electric vehicles mainstream in a way we haven’t seen before.” Unveiled a year ago but just beginning a staggered 10-month rollout to dealerships in all 50 states, the Chevy Bolt is the first affordable EV that has a 200-plus-mile range, and it’s “absolutely” fit to be an everyday car for most drivers. Given tax incentives, customers in several states will be able to buy one for well under $30,000.
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“We were a bit disappointed with its interior quality,” though the cabin’s spaciousness and tech features partially make up for the abundance of hard plastics. Better yet, the Bolt isn’t just good to drive for an electric car; “it’s good to drive, period.” Though it doesn’t exactly dance through tight corners, it combines a “satisfyingly firm” ride with tire-chirping peel-out power. And when driven conservatively, it should “far outperform” its EPA-certified 238-mile range.
Until Chevrolet opens more charging stations, you’ll need a $700 charger at home to rejuice the Bolt in under 10 hours. For now, Tesla’s supercharger network is “definitely at an advantage.” But a Tesla S costs almost twice as much as the “broadly appealing” Bolt, a “solid little ride” that’s as ready as the S is to handle long commutes and worry-free road trips.