Car & Driver Lists Chevrolet Bolt Among Its “2017 10 Best Cars”


Car and Driver has posted its “10 Best Cars” list for 2017 and only one plug-in vehicle made the cut (actually, only one plug-in made it into the C&D test)…the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt.

Chevrolet Bolt In LA - Image Credit: InsideEVs / Tom Moloughney

Chevrolet Bolt In LA – Image Credit: InsideEVs / Tom Moloughney

This is but one of several notable awards captured by the new Bolt, which recently grabbed the Motor Trend Car of the Year award too.

You  might recall that the Tesla Model S was listed among Car and Driver’s “10 Best Cars” list for both 2016 and 2015. By C&D guidelines, that automatically qualifies the S for a chance at defending its crown. However, Tesla refused/declined to supply C&D with a test vehicle this year and, therefore didn’t make the cut the for this year’s award.

Here’s what Car & Driver said of Tesla’s refusal:

“The Bolt was also the only EV in this year’s test. We would love to tell you how it compared with the pricier and glitzier Tesla Model S, but despite our repeated requests, Tesla refused to supply us with a car and thereby failed to defend its 10Best berth. We’ve since changed our cologne and started to chew mints.”

Back to the Bolt…here’s what Car & Driver had to say:

“The Bolt isn’t an excuse-free electric car, but it earns its place on the 10Best list by being the one that comes closest to rebutting two of the biggest criticisms that have been levied against the genre: expense and range.”

“The Bolt is a car that inspires respect rather than poetry. Its presence here is justified on the strength of its engineering rather than its looks or performance numbers. It advances the EV game further than anything since the launch of the Model S.”

The rest of the “10 Best Cars” for 2017 are listed below:

  • 2017 BMW M240i
  • 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
  • 2017 Chevrolet Camaro
  • 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 / GT350R
  • 2017 Honda Accord
  • 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • 2017 Mazda 3
  • 2017 Porsche Boxster / Cayman
  • 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Follow this link for Car and Driver’s full write-up on the award winning Bolt.

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Its noteworthy that the Chevrolet BOLT is the only BEV on the list. I always respected C & D more than other magazines since they can see past raw performance and concentrate on things that really matter, like comfort and handling. They were one of the few who said the ‘sports suspension’ of the ELR made it worth the money (- and said that the car ‘feels’ really quick – something I verified by letting others at the Drive Electric event test drive it. They all said, ‘wow – thats quick enough for me!”), especially if you only paid $50,000 for it as I did.

Several lucky owners here got theirs for even less cash.

Pretty soon, there will be EV from Nissan hopefully for 2018 (COTY 2018?), followed by Tesla 3 (COTY 2019?), then maybe Bolt 2.0 (COTY 2020?). At this rate, the list may be dominated by EV in a decade! 🙂

Tesla refused to give them a car…

Someone at C&D must have pissed in Elon’s cheerios or something. That, or Elon knew the Bolt would edge out the Model S for a spot in the top 10, so he didn’t even bother giving them a tester. :p

On that subject, here’s a comment from Michael P. that will get all the stuffed-shirts upset:

“…Staffer: Hey Elon, C/D wants us to send them an electric S for their 10 Best Comparo!

Musk: Sure. Why not. There’s no real competition in the voltage market, right? So how can we lose? Just make sure and run the diagnostics on the door software before we send it out, so they can get into it.

Staffer: Ummm…eh…I heard it’s going up against an under 30K little Chevrolet this year.

Musk: (Sweating and shaking uncontrollably in anger) A thirty thousand dollar Chevy? Tell Alterman to piss off. Where we’re going, Mars, you won’t need roads…”

I remember the pic of when Sergio Marchione looked at the preliminary BOLT with extreme dread – he looked like he just saw a Ghost.

He’s semi-redeemed himself with the Pacifica – something dawned on him that HE NEEDED to stay competitive in the PHEV market.

Musk I’m sure likewise is, for somewhat different reasons, taking the BOLT very seriously. Unlike magpies here.

Oh, sorry now I remember it was Carlos Ghosn. Makes sense since the latest is there’s gonna be just a big battery Leaf in the indefinite future.

How did Nissan go from being so far ahead to so far behind? Maybe the crappy battery issue is finally catching up with him.

I looked into the Leaf before settling on my Spark and Volt. I won’t comment on the Leafs looks because… well I have a Spark EV. 😉 They are both very very unique.

The leaf is a nice, roomy car. Very smooth, felt like a large sedan. I enjoyed the test drive, but made the decision on the Spark which was more fun to drive and easier to park in my urban area. If we had a garage and a few kids, I may have gone with a leaf, volt combo.

Sales wise the Leaf is still far ahead world wide. But right now the 107 mi Nissan Leaf is expensive compared to the current competition.

And from what I have read and heard talking to owners at charging stations, the lack of proper cooling makes it difficult to take even the longer range leaf on road trips since the battery temperature gets too high for fast charging. The early leafs also had fairly rapid battery degradation in hotter climates like Texas, although that seems to be less of a problem now.

But the 200 mile leaf should be coming up very soon. 😀 Which is good for everyone.

It’s funny how humans can create scenes in their minds to explain things, ascribing actions, words, and attitudes, about which they have no clue.

Are they doing test drives at the LA Auto show?

Tesla has more awards than Carter has pills. So why bother trying to get more? Everyone knows, or should know, it is the best car on the planet. But good for the Bolt and Chevy getting it out slowly, like molasses in January, but still they deserve credit.

I wonder if it will win as many awards as the Volt won? The list there is just about literally too large to count.

Here’s the Volt’s whole list. 😉

The 2011 Volt swept MotorTrend/Green Car Journal/North American CotY awards as well. The Bolt is 2/3 so far, and #3 is all but in the bag.

Good Job Bolt!

You are starting to live up to your older Brother Volt’s award accomplishment.

I hope you sell better than your brother Volt.

I know that you will easily leave your big bro in the dust in 0-60mph for sure.