2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
- Has double the electric range of most other EVs
- Cabin is spacious because the battery is hidden under the floor
- Coordinated steering, handling and braking make it enjoyable to drive
- Easy smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
- Ride comfort loses its polish on rougher roads
- Seats feel small and lack depth of cushioning
- Touchscreen has no built-in navigation maps, relies on paired smartphone
- Lackluster carpet and interior panel quality
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Bolt EV does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4.5 / 5
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is the low-cost electric vehicle we've all been waiting for. You can drive a Bolt more than 200 miles on a charge, which is double the range of most rivals. Plus, it's functional, more spacious inside than it looks, and fun to drive.
One thing we're not convinced of is that Volt and Bolt are the best names Chevrolet could have picked for its pair of plug-in vehicles. Their names sound virtually the same, but these are fundamentally different vehicles.
The Volt is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) with 53 miles of electric range. That's more range than any other PHEV you can buy offers, but it's also less than any pure electric vehicle. It gets around its range limitation and erases the idea of "range anxiety" by having a 1.5-liter gasoline engine and a gas tank big enough to make it as useful as any normal car.
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has no need for a gasoline engine because it gets around range anxiety another way: It has a humongous battery. In technical terms, its capacity is 60 kilowatt-hours (kWh), but all you really need to know is the Bolt EV will go more than 200 miles on a full charge. The EPA's official estimate is 238 miles. That's Tesla territory.
But the Bolt's price certainly isn't Tesla territory. Its as-new purchase price is less than $40,000 before you figure in the tax credits that are available. The best part is the Bolt EV is functional, fun to drive and remarkably spacious. And it promises to be more reliable than either of the two Teslas we've tested for a year. Who needs to wait around for the Tesla Model 3 when you can buy this right now?
Trim levels & features
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is an all-electric four-door hatchback that is offered in just two trim levels: LT and Premier. Both share the same mechanical running gear, including the 200-horsepower electric motor and the large 60-kWh underfloor battery that is good for about 238 miles on a full charge.
Standardized 240-volt charge equipment will fill that battery from empty in about 9.3 hours. But it's unlikely you'll ever run it down that low between charges, so it's better to think in terms of the Bolt's 240-volt Level 2 charging rate, which is a healthy 25 mph-c (miles added per hour charging). Don't plan on subsisting on the included 120-volt Level 1 power cord because it can only recharge at 3 or 4 mph-c.
With the LT, you'll get 17-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, a rearview camera, and keyless ignition and entry. Inside, you'll find height-adjustable cloth seats, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a configurable gauge cluster display, automatic climate control, a 10.2-inch touchscreen, OnStar, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and a six-speaker sound system with two USB ports.
Options for the LT include the Comfort and Convenience package, which consists of heated front seats, a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Driver Confidence I package brings in blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors. Another noteworthy LT option is a cargo area floor cover for extra storage capability.
Step up to the Premier and you'll get everything described above, including the LT options. You'll also get cargo roof rails, leather seats, ambient interior lighting, heated rear seats, a center rear armrest, a top-down parking camera system and an upgraded, camera-based rearview mirror.
Premier options include the Infotainment package, which has a seven-speaker Bose audio system, wireless smartphone charging and two charge-only USB ports for rear seat passengers. There's also the Driver Confidence II package, which consists of a forward collision warning system with pedestrian detection and low-speed automatic emergency braking, a lane departure warning and intervention system, and automatic high-beam headlamp dimming.
The only significant option that's common to both of them is DC fast charging capability, which allows the car to use SAE Combo 400-volt Level 3 charge stations that can fill the battery to 80 percent in little more than an hour. Think in terms of a charge rate upwards of 150 mph-c and you can see the benefit. We consider this option to be essential for a car with as much range as the Bolt because, as more of these stations get built, DC fast charging will open the door to interstate travel.
Noise & vibration5
Ease of use5
Getting in/getting out5
Child safety seat accommodation5
Audio & navigation2.5
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Bolt EV safety features:
- Forward Collision Alert
- Scans the road ahead and warns the driver of potential rear-end collisions in case the driver has not already identified the risks.
- Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
- Applies the brakes in cases where the driver has not responded in order to avoid or minimize the severity of certain impacts.
- Lane Keep Assist w/Lane Departure Warning
- Warns the driver that the car may be drifting from its lane and can apply corrective action to nudge it back into line.
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV for Sale
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is a remarkably functional and engaging electric vehicle that offers an astounding 238 miles of electric range. This much roaming capability puts it in the same league as the Tesla, but it's nowhere near as expensive. In fact, a nicely equipped Bolt EV costs less than half of what most owners paid for their Model S.
There aren't many tough decisions to make when buying a Bolt EV. There are only two trim levels, and both of them share the 200-horsepower electric motor, large 60-kWh battery, 17-inch wheels and tires, and other mechanical bits that make it a pleasure to drive.
The LT comes with cloth seats yet is chock full of useful gear such as xenon headlights, LED daytime-running accent lights, keyless entry with pushbutton start, automatic climate control, and a large touchscreen audio system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The first of two option packages lets you add a heated leather steering wheel and heated seats, and a second one offers blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and parking sonar.
Move to the Premier and you'll get all of that — including the LT option packages — plus dressier wheels, roof rails and turn-signal mirrors. The seats are leather trimmed, and the rear ones get seat heaters. And the Premier is where you need to start if you want to add options such as a Bose premium audio system with a subwoofer and extra USB power jacks or a higher level of active safety gear such as forward collision alert, automated emergency braking or lane keeping assistance.
Neither version is terribly expensive when considering the size of the battery and the amount of available driving range. It's hard to overstate how far that 238-mile range vaults the 2017 Bolt EV ahead of the pack. Similarly priced and similarly sized electric vehicles offer only around 120 miles of range, give or take a few miles.
And don't forget that like all EVs, a new Bolt will wind up being more affordable than its sticker price suggests because it qualifies for a significant $7,500 federal credit, with the additional possibility of state credits or rebates. On the flip side, even though the Bolt comes with a 120-volt charge cord, an EV with this much battery makes it advisable for any potential owner to consider installing 240-volt charge equipment at home. Chevrolet dealers that sell the Bolt can almost certainly help arrange that (with the cost possibly built into the financing) or you can buy the charging equipment yourself from one of several online sources and work with an electrician to have it installed.
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is a compelling electric vehicle that has enough range to make the fear of running out a relic of the past. Whether you intend to buy or lease — an option to consider because the technology is continually evolving — check out Edmunds' configuration and shopping tools to sort through the details and find one near you.
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Overview
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric DD), and LT 4dr Hatchback (electric DD).
What do people think of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV?
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What's a good price for a New 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV?
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $43,905. The average price paid for a new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) is trending $4,862 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $4,862 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$39,043.
The average savings for the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) is11.1% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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Should I lease or buy a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.