We have seen many reviews of the Chevrolet Bolt, ranging from amateur videos, to quick test drives, to more in-depth automotive website pieces. It seems everyone is starting to ramp up their coverage of the EV segment. However, we have yet to see something as in-depth as U.S. News' Best Cars full review on the Bolt EV.
Chevy Bolt Interior
If you aren't familiar with the site, these reviews are substantial. Sometimes we have to wait a bit for them, as they are put together with upwards of 50 or more pieces of automotive press data, to come up with mixed information for scores and rankings.
Thus far, the Bolt review is comprised of information from 11 significant sources. As more sources come in, the review will change, as well as scores and rankings. It is an ever-evolving system with periodic updates and add-ons, so check back from time to time.
The full reviews at U.S. News Best Cars are going through a transition to a new format. As you will see, if you click the link below, the setup is "question based" and "comparison based." So, it answers all of the typical questions most people would have regarding a new vehicle (which is especially advantageous for new EV owners), and the vehicle is compared to the most logical competition. In the case of the Bolt, comparisons are featured for the Nissan LEAF, BMWi3, Chevrolet Volt (which is interesting as we have had lots of discussion about it here), Tesla Model S, and yes ... the Tesla Model 3.
U.S. News gives the Chevrolet Bolt an overall 8.7 out of 10, landing it at No. 4 of 25 compact cars reviewed to date. It receives a Critics' Rating (recommendation) of 9.1. Is performance score is at 8.9, with interior score of 8.3. Of course, safety scores aren't yet in. J.D. Power gives it 3.5 out of 5 Power Circles for predicted reliability.
The publication mentions pros such as long range, fun driving characteristics, quiet, roomy cabin, and lots of tech features. Cons include low-rent cabin materials and the price (when compared to compact car rivals in general). The review is way too lengthy to regurgitate here. It includes a wealth of info, clickable sections, etc. There is also a good amount of professional photos. Check it out for yourself at the link below.
Source: U.S. News & World Report