2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV vs. Its Competition

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Chevrolet Bolt EV fits into the market as one of the most affordable ways to go all-electric with a long driving range.

The Nissan Leaf is the only other rival that’s widely available nationwide, and in Leaf Plus form it is rated up to 226 miles.

The Hyundai Kona Electric is more refined in every respect and has more refinement in its ride and handling, with a 258-mile range.

The Kia Niro EV has a 239-mile range, and a roomier interior and quiet ride, at a slightly higher price.

However all of these other brands are eligible for the federal EV tax credit of up to $7,500.

The only brand that isn’t, like GM, is Tesla.

Starting a little bit over $40,000, the Tesla Model 3 offers a more sophisticated proposition at about $41,000, but it can come up short in fit and finish..

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Quick Specs
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6.6
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7.0
The 2020 Nissan Leaf has outgrown its nerdy, commuter-car phase and steers now toward mainstream.
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MSRP From    
$36,500$37,190$39,090$31,600$35,000
Gas Mileage    
Engine    
ElectricElectricN/AElectricElectric
EPA Class    
Small station wagonSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDN/AMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name    
5-Door Wagon LTSEL FWDN/AS HatchbackStandard Range RWD
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55N/A55
Passenger Doors    
4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
WagonSport UtilityN/AHatchbackSedan
Transmission    
NAAutomaticN/AAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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