What is the AAA Car Guide?
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV 2LT
PRICE AS TESTED
The Chevrolet Bolt, introduced in 2017, is a no-nonsense, practical electric vehicle with many admirable qualities. The Bolt has a powerful electric drivetrain and smooth transmission, giving it quick acceleration and zippy low-end torque. It’s also highly efficient, producing solid fuel-efficiency numbers (120 MPGe combined) and a decent, 259-mile range. Regenerative braking makes 1-pedal driving a convenient option.
The cabin has been upgraded, with comfortable front seats, an intuitive infotainment interface (including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility) and lots of standard ADAS and tech features, such as LED headlights. Getting in and out of the front seats is easy, and there’s plenty of legroom. Forward and side visibility is good as well.
Some of the Bolt’s shortcomings are inevitable, given its size limitations and price point—but other features could be improved. For instance, in the performance department, the suspension feels harsh over bumps, and the stiff tires are noisy and lack grip. Behind-the-backseat cargo space is lacking, as is interior storage. And unless they’re kids, backseat passengers will experience tight accommodations and stiff, uncomfortable seats. Finally, the transmission shift pattern is a bit quirky and DC fast-charging rates are slow.
Strengths and Weaknesses
- Good overall value
- Excellent EV efficiency (good MPGe and range)
- Good visibility, especially to the front and sides
- Lots of ADAS and other tech features
- Intuitive infotainment system
AAA’s Recommendation: Whether you own an electric vehicle or a gas-powered car is up to you – and you should consider lots of factors in making that choice. No matter what type of vehicle you’re choosing, we recommend visiting a dealership, test driving one, and asking as many questions as possible to make an informed decision.