2018 Chevy Bolt EV Best Car For New Parents best car for parents - Bolt EV


In fact, two cars with plug-in options take the #1 and #2 slots. recently rated their picks for the best cars for new parents. Topping their list was the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV. The electric hatch was highly rated for it’s environmentally friendly nature, long driving range and surprisingly large interior. had also previously praised the Bolt EV in their Car Seat Check. They found the Bolt had plenty of space even for a rear-facing infant seat.

The Chrysler Pacifica was also chosen as a top pick. While it might be overkill for “new” parents, it cannot hurt to plan ahead. InsideEVs would recommend eco minded parents pick up the Pacifica Hybrid. Despite the name, it is in fact a Plug-In Hybrid and has enough electric range for around town driving.

Pacifica hybrid a great car for parents -

Regarding the Bolt EV:

Save the planet one trip at a time by choosing a Chevrolet Bolt EV for your family car. This compact hatchback is an electric vehicle with an EPA-estimated 238-mile range. It also has a surprisingly roomy interior, with plenty of room for a rear-facing infant seat. The Bolt EV earned high marks in our Car Seat Check, too.

Regarding the Pacifica:

Even though first-time parents would have way more room than they’d need (unless they had triplets or quadruplets), a minivan like our Best of 2017-winning Chrysler Pacifica still makes a lot of sense. Power-sliding side doors are helpful when your hands are full of baby gear, and the sliding doors and taller ride height make it easier to use car seats than in a lower-riding car. Plus, minivans have a lot of room for bulky strollers and all the other things that go along with kids.

Check out the link below for the full list. You can also view the top 5 in video form here.


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I can buy that- the Bolt is outstanding. Really, really love the car- the used market on ’em is gonna be awesome in about 2-3 years!

I really like my Bolt. It is underrated by the general public.

Depends. I know the Tesla is flooring it in sales, but in Silicon Valley there are so many Bolts on the street they are hard to count.

Classic case of a non-representative sample 🙂
With 240 miles range and midmarket prices, the Bolt was supposed to be the BEV that breaks out of the few urban EV-loving enclaves and reaches ordinary Americans.

Unfortunately, Bolt (and Volt) sales in the US are down year over year, as this site reminds us every month. This is what I mean when I write the Tesla Model 3 has sucked the oxygen out of the EV room in the US. It is hard to think of another main reason why the Bolt would reach fewer customers now than a year ago, in particular given the continued delays and loss of Federal rebate for the Model 3’s base model.

1,500-2,000 fewer Bolt EVs in inventory than in Fall/winter 2017 doesn’t help. 🙂 Lots of 2018 Bolts have been shipped out of the US the past 2 quarters.

2019s are arriving right now. Several hundred in the last 3 days. I am interested to see how the Bolt performs once inventories reach 2017 levels again!

I thought you owned a Model S, Model 3, and a Model X? Man, it’s good to be you!

Only in his mind!

And we should acknowledge, yet again, that a non-trivial contributor to the public underrating the Bolt is the horrendously bad job many Chevy dealers do when someone walks in and says, “I’m interested in a Bolt.” When I was car shopping about 6 months ago I encountered this, and it was like a bad parody of what’s wrong with car dealers in 2018. Between outright falsehoods and a clear lack of interest by the salesmen (all the people I dealt with were men, just to be clear), it was an awful experience.

There needs to be either a shift away from the franchise model (which I think has about zero chance of happening on a broad scale) or a major cultural change in dealerships. My optimistic side says the second will happen once GM, Ford, FCA, et al. start delivering lots of vehicles with plugs in the next few years, and brute force economic incentive kicks in. It sure would be nice if it happened before then, though…

Lou Grinzo, only way to really fix this is for one of the three to go out of business. Just wait 5 years or so.

Agreed, I gave up and bought a mini instead. All he had to do was tell me how much it would cost.

I’m not sure Bolt being good in used market in 2-3 years. As the tax credit sunset, price will rise. If new Bolts are selling for $38K or more in 2 years and no tax credit vs $22K to $25K now, that will boost used Bolt prices. Unless others come up with something lot better than Bolt but cheaper post subsidy, I suspect used Bolts will hold the value better.

Worst will be if EV tax credit is canceled for everyone (aka, tax increase for us). Then high price for all new EV will boost used EV prices (probably except non-TMS Leaf which will still be turd). With DUMP in office, this scenario has fair shot.

Kia Nio EV is coming out so. That will eat into the Bolt. I see price reduction happening soon. $2k off on the hood

Bolt has already been selling at a typical dealer discount of $4-5k for many months, see

If DUMP increase our taxes, NiroEV will be priced around $40K. Even if some dealers discount it by $7.5K, people are not going to pay such premium when far better gassers are available. Rather than $40K for new EV (vs about $25K now), used EV demand will increase, especially ones with good TMS (eg. Bolt). More demand = higher price.

Holy crap, I upvoted a John comment. The apocalypse must be near.

and I see is still on his crusade downvoting every single comment of mine. Lol

Yeah, I did the same for you recently. As I always remind you every so often, we’re on the same team (I think). As I’ve told you before, I own a Volt, so our vehicles wear the same badge.

(And I thumbs-ed you up again)

Agreed. Love my Bolt!

It all depends on the number of children new parents have. I would venture to say that Bolt is not the right car for quadruplets.

Probably not! lol

In that situation the Pacifica Hybrid is a much better way to go. 😉

If you have quadruplets, the choice of car is the least of your concerns.

I have a family of 4 (2 kids, 8 and 10). The Bolt serves us very well as an everyday car (and we’ve taken several 500+ mile road trips in it as well, with some small compromises made). Even when the kids are older, the Bolt should be fine due to the deceptively spacious rear seats. For someone with 3 kids, the Pacifica hybrid is likely the “best” affordable (<$50k) plug-in option on the market at the moment. There really is a huge gulf in the plug-in segment between the Bolt and Pacifica. The Outlander PHEV is the only real option for an in-between, but the EV range on that thing is so puny. I don't count the '18 Leaf due to its overheating battery issues while fast charging.
If the SR Model 3 is ever released, we can lump it in there as well.

Yup, the Bolt is a great car. We bought ours because of the good reviews and the unbeatable practicality of a hatchback design. And it drives great. We’re almost empty nesters, but I can easily see how it would be a good car for new parents.

What it’s not is huge, or extremely powerful, or exceptionally sexy in its design. None of these things are important to us. But they are for a lot of people in our society. That’s unfortunate for many reasons, but it’s a reality.

People seem to forget that there was a time when you could pretty easily buy and drive a really crappy car. It’s very hard to do that these days. That is good, but it also sets the bar higher for quality. So the fact that that the bolt is well above average in the current environment is truly impressive.

Almost bought one, but with three kids the backseat is too narrow. We have narrow carseats but the doors hit the carseats when we closed them. Consdering a Pacifica Hybrid rather than our C-Max Energi. Model X isn’t in the budget.

Had the Pacifica 2017 PHEV for more than a year now as the family car. My commute car is also BEV, on dual-head load balancing charger. Pacifica utility turned out to be unbeatable for an EV, not even Tesla MX comes close, which was the 2nd runner up for a family car. (well, it’s pretty low riding, so some roads on a country trip may be a problem compared to an SUV of course). Overall the PacHy has been close to 90% in pure electric miles according to our stats (the rest is in hybrid mode). For all intents and purposes, it has been an EV without limitations of EV and utility of a minivan. Also had installed Tesla PW a year ago (still waiting for SGIP rebate though) to load-shift the peak rates of PGE EVA tariffs, effectively having house on EVA off-peak rate too. The Pacifica had 2 recalls, both of which were handled with a software update in my case. It looks like YMMV, but our copy so far was problem free. When problem free, it is an amazing car for family purposes and utility. I mostly drive it in L (one pedal driving) so it barely… Read more »

That’s fantastic to hear! Seems like a great option for families. Out of curiosity, what BEV do you drive for your commuter?

We will hopefully be installing solar in the next year so we have looked into powerwalls. Haven’t decided yet if it (or a similar battery home install) would be worth the additional investment or not. How do you like it?

2014 spark ev, M3 awd pending to replace it this year.

That’s our setup too. PacHy and 2014 SparkEV.

I definitely drive the spark in L, but the PacHy in L seems pretty jarring when you come of the gas pedal.

Have you noticed any range improvement driving the PacHy in L?

Can’t say i did notice, but i did not keep comparison. If it is, it is probably splitting hairs. My wife sometimes makes several trips with kids during the day which may be in the area of 40-50 miles, but again thanks to Tesla PW TOU, she is able to charge up during the day without peak rate penalty. That’s pretty much how we manage to keep the high EV miles ratio, and the hybrid miles are pretty much vacation trips. In the end it just seems a bit more important to just keep it running in EV mode most of the time, rather than worry about the actual range.

As for the regeneration , spark regen seems to be more aggressive to me than the van’s. I guess if one releases gas abruptly as in a gas car, the deceleration transition could seem a bit abrupt, but i don’t immediately think this is significantly different than in any other EV L driving i tried, spark including. Perhaps i did not pay enough attention.

as for solar, i looked into it too. What i figured, Tesla + SGIP alone is a better deal in a sense that it gets me into “good enough” position without having to spend too much. after sgip rebate, 2x PW2 install ends up being about 4k and effectively gives me EVA off-peak rate for everything plus couple of days backup in case of winter storm power failures. EVA off peak rates are lower than tier I rates, ~ 12-13 cents now (but used to be 8-9 c when i bought the spark). For the solar, i’d have to spend on at least 7 to 10kw system to offset the bill completely for 2 evs. we are looking at $20-$30k after ITC incentives. Besides, I think i would have a problem having that much on my house, and with everything else i would have only a partial bill offset (unless i also install PW anyway). Bottom line, it seemed like a safe first step to spend just $4k on PW and do just the load shift that would offset those 45c peak rates that were killing my house use and have $130 bill to deal with, than spend $20k and… Read more »

PS on how i like it — there were two problems — first it was a bit of a lottery to get SGIP funding secured (wasn’t sure which step i would get, if any), and 2nd Tesla PW 2 had been lagging on the TOU capabilities in the software, which made no-solar PW2 use case problematic. TOU shift would still be possible but i’d have to manually switch off the grid to run from battery.

PW2 TOU became reality only in I think April’18, so for all this time between last september when i installed, to April i had to through switch to start feeding my AC and the rest of the house off PW. Huge inconvenience but it is all automated and resolved by Tesla now. It was a huge nuisance while before (as it added to my daily routine) and was an uncertainty, but now that is’been all good for some time, it seems it has been worth it.

I forget to mention, the PacHy also has an option for lifetime mopar warranty, which is quite reasonable $ if bought online. neither honda or toyota minivans have that option. It doesn’t cover the battery or inverter i think which have factory warranty of 10 yrs/150k miles in CA anyway. With any luck this may be the first and the only minivan i ever had to buy.

You have almost the same story as us! I have a ’13 Volt for my commuter (commute is only 15 miles so it’s electric the entire way) and we have a Highlander Hybrid.

We want to get a bigger vehicle for the family and the Pacifica is really the only choice. The Highlander gets cramped with all the crap for the kids shoved everywhere. Plus it’s mostly used by the wife to tote the kids around town. A perfect situation for 30 miles of electric driving! We’d be filling it up like once a year!

I own a Volt, and am a big fan of the Bolt. I’m also a father of two, and it wasn’t that long ago that they were in diapers, so I still remember what was required. I don’t think the author is a parent, or a recent parent. Today’s rear facing car seats are gigantic. Now hear me out, that’s not a problem directly, the Bolt’s back seat is big enough. The problem is that the stroller that those large car seats snap into is also gigantic. And you’re going to need that stroller for zoo trips, grandma’s house, and going to the mall. With only one kid, you perhaps have a chance of putting that stroller on its side (folded first, of course) and after folding down 1/2 of the rear seat, sliding it in. But it’s going to be a REALLY TIGHT fit, if even possible, to squeeze it behind the rear seat once you’ve got two kids. Where will the suitcase go for your weekend trip to grandmas? What about the portable crib, aka, pack and play??? Or the toilet paper, milk, cereal boxes, etc etc. from the grocery? As a second car – sure! But as… Read more »

Or, just buy a used Tesla and only have one car to purchase. And it checks the EV box. Room for days, seemless road-trip car, you can find them now for mid-$30k’s.

Rooftop cargo box.

We got away with a 2012 Impreza for 6 years with 2 small kids.

About the same interior size as a Bolt.

For camping or longer trips, we put a rooftop cargo box on it.

Bingo. Had to scroll down all the way to the bottom to find an actual parent. A full size stroller doesn’t fit in the back of the Bolt. Good car for parents my ass.

Meanwhile a full size stroller + Costco groceries fits into our Leaf. No contest which car works best for parents.

Just as a data point about another EV — my wife’s BMW i3 fits two car seats and a city mini GT stroller just fine.

Another good win for the Bolt. It had also gotten best new car for recent grads award too.

The Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier was the perfect commuter car choice for my Wife’s 70 mile commute. The M3 was way too much money to risk on these Califmexifornistinian highways clogged and crumbling with uninsured unregistered unlicenseless drivers. All the arguments against the Bolt EV were totally untrue. “You cant drive it to Los Angeles”—-we did, piece of cake. The car is very inexpensive to operate and maintain. I reccomend the Bolt EV over the M3 from a cost perspective alone.