Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV OVERVIEW
The Chevrolet Bolt EV is an electric vehicle from the same manufacturer that brought us the EV1 two decades ago. This time, GM is committed to the market, delivering a mainstream model with an EPA-estimated 238-mile range. The front-wheel drive Bolt EV seats five. National availability will increase as production builds and more regions are covered.
What's New for 2017
The Chevrolet Bolt is an all-new vehicle. Despite sounding like the Chevrolet Volt, this is an entirely new vehicle and is typically referenced as the Bolt EV to help avoid confusion.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Bolt EV
Our editors laud the Bolt EV for its huge interior and small footprint. It is the first mass-market all-electric car and comes in two trims: LT and Premier.
The 2017 Bolt EV starts at $37,495 for the LT and $41,870 for the Premier. Both prices include the destination fee.
Chevrolet is banking on federal tax credits to help the average consumer afford one. That credit is $7,500, funds that reduce the owner’s tax burden. State and local incentives may apply, further reducing the cost of this vehicle. With a DC fast charging unit, owners should gain 90 miles of range in as little as 30 minutes.
All models are equipped with 10 airbags, Bluetooth connectivity, and are Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible. A six-speaker audio system is standard across the model line.
The base model offers a pair of packages. A Comfort and Convenience package ($555) adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel. A Driver Confidence package ($495) is comprised of rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning.
The Premier trim also offers a pair of packages. An Infotainment package ($485) brings in a Bose audio system with seven speakers, including a subwoofer. This package also adds wireless device charging and a pair of USB ports for rear passengers.
A Driver Confidence II package ($980) incorporates the Infotainment package and adds intelligent high beams, lane keeping assist, forward collision alert, a following distance indicator, and front pedestrian braking.
You may need to special order your Bolt EV to obtain one this model year. California and Oregon dealers are getting this EV first, with subsequent waves satisfying demand throughout 2017. Contact your local Chevrolet dealer for availability in your area.
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