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2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

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2021 LT 4dr Wagon
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Price:   -  From $36,500
2021 Premier 4dr Wagon Price:   -  From $41,700
Expert Rating
3.4 (Good)

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Overview

What's New

The 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV gains standard DC Fasting Charging capability on the Premiere model. That's the only change for Chevy's resident EV, which debuted in 2017 and has received periodic updates since then.

A planned refresh has been delayed until the 2022 model year.

Choosing Your Chevrolet Bolt EV

The Bolt is once again offered in two trim levels: LT and Premier. The LT is priced from $37,495, while the Premier starts at $42,695. Federal tax credits on the Bolt have expired.

Engine Choices

The Bolt is power by a single electric motor that develops 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. Power is delivered to the front wheels through a single-speed automatic transmission.

According to EPA estimates, the Bolt can travel up to 256 miles on a full charge. Recharging the lithium-ion battery pack takes 10 hours on a 240-volt Level 2 charger. On a DC Fast Charger, drivers get approximately 100 miles of range for the every 30 minutes of charging.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Bolt is a spacious five-passenger hatchback with 16.9 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seat. With it folded, Bolt offers 56.6 cubic feet of load space, as much as many small crossovers.

The Premier comes with an adjustable cargo floor that permits concealed storage.

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Safety Features

Driver assistance technology is still optional on the Bolt. The Driver Confidence Package for the LT ($495) adds rear parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. These items are standard on the Premier, along with a rearview camera mirror and surround-view cameras.

The Driver Confidence II Package for both trims, also $495, brings automatic high beams, lane keeping assist, a following distance indicator, and front collision mitigation with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking.

Adaptive cruise control isn't offered on the 2021 Bolt. We suspect it will arrive with next year's refresh.

Connectivity

The Bolt's standard infotainment system includes a 10.2-inch touchscreen, six speakers, HD and satellite radio, two USB ports, wi-fi capability, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

The Infotainment Package for the Premier ($595) adds a seven-speaker Bose system, wireless device charging, and two rear USB ports. There's no navigation option yet for the Bolt.

Chevrolet Bolt EV

LT — From $37,495

The Bolts starts out with automatic climate control, proximity key access, remote start, and an 8-inch driver information display. Power seats aren't available on any Bolt. The outside gets heated side mirrors, LED taillights, and 17-inch aluminum wheels. DC Fast Charing capability costs $750.

The Comfort and Convenience Package ($555) rounds out the LT with heated front seats, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Premier — From $42,695

The Premiere includes the LT's options, plus perforated leather seats, heated rear seats, and ambient interior lighting. The exterior gets a lift from extra chrome side trim and bright machine-finished wheels.

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CarsDirect Tip

Even with all available options, the 2021 Bolt EV LT still costs thousands less than the Premier. Upgrading to the Premier makes sense only for buyers who can't live without leather seats or surround-view cameras.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • All-star efficiency
  • Zippy powertrain
  • Excellent EV range
  • Surprisingly spacious
Cons
  • Uncomfortable front seats
  • So-so interior quality
  • Safety tech isn’t standard
Expert Rating
3.4 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Bigger than it looks. The 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV returns for its fifth year on the market, surviving as the brand’s lone eco-friendly offering. A mid-cycle refresh is expected next year, but this year’s Bolt looks much the same as it did at launch.

That’s not a bad thing. The Bolt walks the line between understated and futuristic, with a trendy floating roof and unusual wave-like taillights. The proportions look van-like, but the Bolt is more of a tall-riding hatchback.

The inside feels more like a van than you might expect, given the Bolt’s compact size. Second-row passengers get more than 36 inches of legroom, substantially more than the rival Hyundai Kona Electric. The cabin can comfortably fit four adults (or five in a pinch), which is impressive for the class. The tall ride position makes ingress and egress easy.

Cargo space is another highlight. With the rear seats folded, the Bolt fits up to 56.6 cubic feet of luggage — as much as some compact crossovers.

Best around town. The Bolt’s namesake feature is, of course, its electric powertrain. 266 pound-feet of instantly available torque provides plenty of kick, and the Bolt is a perkier drive than many competitors. The batteries are placed low, which drops the center of gravity for relatively quick and stable handling.

All the same, the batteries help push the Bolt to nearly 3,600 pounds. That’s about half a ton more than a Honda Fit, and the extra mass shows itself when the road gets curvy. The Bolt is great for an urban commuter, but it’s no sports car.

The biggest letdown, however, is the interior quality. The front seats are thin and upright, with short thigh cushions. The cabin is rife with hard plastic surfaces, and the design isn’t particularly welcoming. Despite the Bolt’s impressive space, these flaws make it an unlikely favorite for road trips.


Chevrolet Bolt EV

The tech is a mixed bag. Electric cars have a reputation for modern tech, and the Bolt starts off on the right foot. Infotainment is handled by a 10.2-inch touchscreen, which is bright and responsive. Smartphone compatibility is included, and expected extras like wireless charging are available.

Elsewhere, the features are less impressive. Automatic emergency braking doesn’t come standard, and getting it requires adding multiple packages. When every rival makes this safety tech standard, the Bolt seems almost old-fashioned.

We wish that Chevy would make fast-charging standard, too. The feature can help protect its resale value and makes the Bolt much more capable over long distances. It’s an extra $750 on base models, and we strongly recommend adding it.

Rising competition. The Bolt still makes the most sense in base LT form, but the missing standard features don’t help its value. After adding the safety tech and fast-charging capability, starting price pushes close to $40,000.

From there, it’s an easy hop into a Tesla Model 3. Affordable electric cars are no longer an oxymoron, and the competition is getting sharper. Along with Tesla, the Bolt has to contend with the Hyundai Kona Electric and Nissan Leaf.

The Bolt’s biggest advantage is its 259-mile range, which trumps all but the Tesla. The Bolt’s smaller size means that it requires fewer batteries to achieve the same result, which in turn leads to faster charging (about 10 hours with a Level 2 charger). For drivers who value these attributes, the Bolt remains a strong option.

Final thoughts. The Bolt’s predecessor, the Chevy Volt, helped push the industry toward plug-in and electric powertrains. The Bolt remains a compelling eco-friendly commuter, but it’s no longer an industry leader. The cabin is in dire need of an update, and the lack of standard safety tech hurts overall value. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that Chevy fixes these issues next year.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Horsepower/Torque
200 HP / 266 ft.lbs.
Transmission
1-spd auto
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
127 / 108 / 118 Mpge
Passenger Capacity
5 / 2
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Horsepower/Torque
200 HP / 266 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
key
127 / 108 / 118 Mpge
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
Recommended Fuel Type
Electric
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
56.6 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
94 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
164.0 "
Exterior Width
69.5 "
Exterior Height
62.8 "
Front Headroom
39.7 "
Rear Headroom
37.9 "
Front Legroom
41.6 "
Rear Legroom
36.5 "
Front Shoulder Room
54.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
52.8 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,563 Lbs.
Wheel Base
102 "
Turning Radius
17.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 16.0 " Steel
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
None
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5 / 2
Seat Trim
Premium Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Chevrolet Mylink Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Chevrolet Mylink Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Alert Forward Collision Warning / Automatic Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Change Alert With Side Blind Zone Alert Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist With Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Braking Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Intellibeam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear Park Assist Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / 12,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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