Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt Among Coolest Cars Of The Decade

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On the Business Insider ‘Coolest Cars’ list, electric cars dominate the 2010s

Have you ever wondered to yourself “What was the coolest new car on the market the year I was born?”

Most likely, you haven’t. But Business Insider thinks you should know. So the publication recently compiled a list of the coolest cars for each year since 1950.

They suggest that cars are a “reflection of culture and the national zeitgeist.” So it is no surprise that as electric vehicles are rapidly growing in popularity, EVs and PHEVs dominate the more recent years of the list. According to Business Insider:

(…) the 2010s were an era when plug-in hybrids like the Chevy Volt and all-electric vehicles like Tesla’s Model X appeared in the market, demonstrating a new eco-conscious shift as the ramifications from climate change became an increasingly prominent force in our lives.

For the past 3 years, electric vehicles get the nod. Here’s what Business Insider had to say about each one:

2016 Tesla Model X

Tesla’s second major all-electric car, the Model X was an eye-catching crossover SUV that could be had with a 100 kilowatt-hour battery pack and a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system.

2017 Chevy Bolt EV

An all-electric subcompact hatchback, the Bolt won 2017 North American Car of the Year award and 2017 Best Car to Buy Award.

2018 Tesla Model 3

The car that may make or break Tesla, the Model 3 has been called “completely brilliant” and features “high-caliber semi-self driving.”

These aren’t the only plug-in vehicles to make the list either. The BMW i8, Tesla Model S, and Chevy Volt also earned the honor for their debut years.

So, what was the coolest car in the year you were born? Check out the link below for the complete article.

Source: Business Insider


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23 Comments on "Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt Among Coolest Cars Of The Decade"

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The Bolt is the lowest price one among the 3. Because $36K Model 3 is still not available yet.

It’s also by far the least cool of them. Plain and fairly cheap, unfortunately in other places than the US it is plain, expensive and unavailable

If GM had put Volt quality standards in place for the Bolt, it would have cost them $500 more to build each Bolt. Better interior, better seats, and a bit better shape to make the Bolt less clown car’ish. And the Bolt would be a MUCH cooler car. But it looks like a Honda Fit that got hit with the ugly stick, repeatedly. And the interior feels like a Chevy Aveo.
GM, with another crippled plug in offering. Fail.
I love my Volt, but it needs roomier back seats, slightly peppier acceleration and faster charging. The back seats are really the biggest fail for the Volt. It is a mid-sized car with compact car back seats. Seating for 4 is acceptable, limited leg room is not.

The cheap @$$ed live axle rear suspension can be dangerous with our torn up streets.
That and widen it enough to make up for the battery pack and it would have cleaned up.

Regardless, it’s still the best economy car I’ve ever had.

Only GM has access to the advanced materials and know how necessary to make a car interior feel cheap. It’s amazing how they manage to do that so much more effectively than anyone else.

True on price, but most people won’t call Bolt a “cool car” despite what some journalists think.

Sadly, most American drivers don’t want cars at all, cool or not. They want SUVs and pickups.

That is unfortunate, but also the wrong way to look at it. It is a big market, enough Americans want an easy to drive and maintain car that actually fits in their garage or urban parking.

Some small cosmetic fixes can make it cooler. The swirly tailights and shiny chrome and plastics have to go. So does that grille. Also DCFC has to become standard and the car needs adaptive cruise control.

For me, one of Hyundai Kona Electric/Kia Niro EV/etc. will become the coolest more affordable EVs in this decade. It’s also because they have 70kW CCS charging (faster CCS charging than Ampera-e (50kW) and Model 3 (0kW)) in combination with the biggest battery available of that vehicles that can charge with CCS).
Audi e-tron seems to be more cool (much bigger battery, 150kW CCS, up to 22kW Typ2, tow-bar available, …). But that one is to large for me (especially in length) and at roughly double price.


CCS is what defines a cool car? Kinda arbitrary if you ask me…

Being able to drive your car as you need does define it as cool, otherwise just get a poster of it, it’d be much cheaper 😉

CCS = better charging network for higher charging power (usually >=50kW) – without needing a adapter, which will be usually missing like in rented cars (BTW: Couldn’t find that kind of adapters on the German Tesla website). Already have one with 100kW one my route when I’m driving home from work.


Bolt is cool? Since when?

I second that! I really liked my Volt. Hardly ever put gas in it, and it looked great and handled well. If my Tesla hadn’t come along, I’d still be driving it. But the Bolt is just downright ugly. And if I’m only gonna have one car, it’s going to have to drive across the country, which the Bolt can’t do without long charging times.

It is crazy that the Bolt charge rate peaks at less than 1C. Talk about babying the pack….
75 kW charge rate and a later taper point would make the Bolt a much better road trip car. Wouldn’t cure the ugly look and the cheap interior, but it would be a start.

I wouldn’t call Bolt ugly, just plain. If you want ugly, look at Prius Prime and Lexus with that hideous grill. Off topic, I’m curious if you practice 40 hours a day.

I wonder if the volume of cool matters.

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Business Insider declares the Chevy Bolt cool.

Yeah, I mean, I guess it’s cool if you’re part of the socks and sandals crowd.

I can’t check out what was the coolest car of the year I was born, I guess, since I was born in 1948.

A lot of the comments below are critical of the Bolt, but do any of you own one? I do, and I love it!! I think it’s just perfect!

The Model 3 is a deal of the century. Half the cost of the Model X/S with the same options and performance. Just think what the next generation will bring. Amazing how a new company just sprouted up with all their cars making history. The other car manufacturers got caught with their pants down. Almost like the 1970’s with the oil embargo. GM was building muscle cars and the Japanese were offering fuel efficient cars. Small cars took over a large segment of the Big 3 and continues.

The Bolt is the coolest car precisely because it accessible to most new car buyers. It is practical transportation in a BEV format and in this regard arguably the only one of its kind. I own one and I and all of my neighbors, including most of the young people in my neighborhood, think it is one of the most exciting cars we have driven.