After 13 months of living with the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, Motor Trend calls GM's all-electric car worthy of its award.The Chevy Bolt took home Motor Trend's 2017 Car of the Year award way back in November of 2016. It was chosen for a wealth of reasons, but MT points out that, most of all, it's not only the first affordable long-range EV, but also just a really good car.
MT racked up some 17,000 miles on its long-term Chevy Bolt over the course of the last year or so. This means the team had plenty of time to really get to know the car, address any concerns, and come to a consensus on whether or not the Bolt EV was truly deserving of such a coveted honor. The short of it is ... the Bolt is worthy to a high degree and mostly free of flaws.
Let's take a brief look at what Motor Trend has to share. MT's Scott Evans writes:
Everyone who drove Chevy’s EV came to a familiar conclusion: The Bolt is a solid hatchback which happens to be battery powered. Whether providing ample room to take my in-laws out to dinner, hauling four half-barrel planters and four bags of potting soil home from the store in one trip, taking me on an 800-mile road trip, or saving me from setting foot in a gas station for the past year, the Bolt made few demands and never let me down.
He admits that it had its issues, however. The first problem was the infotainment screen freezing, and the only other issue of note was the power steering failing to boot. Each was fixed with a software update. The car's shifter was also replaced as part of a recall. All-in-all, MT spent $0 on maintenance for the car.
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Charging costs - with a grand total of 154 charges at various locations - added up to $630.58, for a whopping 16,730 miles. This sits almost precisely on par with EPA estimates. Evans says his commute was less than 20 miles roundtrip and he found himself plugging in about every five days (while always keeping the battery above a 50 percent charge).
- Steering-wheel paddles for regen "seriously reduce braking distance" compared to L mode
- One-pedal driving is the way to go
- Summer performance tires help immensely with handling and braking
- Summer performance tires mean 30 miles of range loss, road noise, and inferior ride quality
- Front seats are narrow and uncomfortable
- Back-up camera is low resolution
- Electronic shifter is frustrating
- Nav with public charger locater would be helpful
- Roof rails don't allow you to secure cargo without purchasing $549 cross bars
. . . nearly as good as our tested $60,000 Tesla Model 3, while costing $15,000 less. And you can buy a Bolt on Chevy dealer lots, right now. Great deals. No lines.
. . . the Bolt proved itself the everyday replacement for a gasoline-powered compact car we predicted it would be. If you’re ready to make the switch to electric, it’s the best EV for the money you can buy today.
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Source: Motor Trend