Tesla Model 3 Vs Chevy Bolt From An Owner’s Perspective

JAN 8 2019 BY DOMENICK YONEY 74

Real talk about real life experience

Tesla is at the center of most electric vehicle conversation nowadays. And, with the dominance of its Model 3 in the marketplace, it’s easy to forget there are other battery-powered vehicles out there to choose from. Until the longer range Nissan LEAF e+ or Hyundai Kona Electric arrives in showrooms, the Chevy Bolt remains the main long-range alternative to the mid-size sedan from California. If you’ve ever wondered how these two compare from an ownership perspective, we have the video for you.

Marc Benton has owned both the Chevy hatchback and a Model 3 for about a year — regular readers may remember he recently upgraded his Tesla to a Performance version and made a video talking about a number of cool mods he added. Over that time, he’s had plenty of opportunities to experience all that both cars have to offer.

In the video above, he goes over some of the pluses and minuses of each one. For example, and like many, he has some complaints about the seats in the Bolt. But, he has praise for its overhead camera view while reversing too. He also takes some time to compare each car’s app and shows us some revealing side-by-side screenshots.

At the end, he gives a final verdict, but if you’re making that decision yourself, it may come down to how well whichever vehicle fits your needs and budget. We imagine most people —  and this is reflected in sales figures — would choose the Tesla Model 3. But not everybody has the resources to park one of those in their driveways and, unlike Tesla stores, Chevy dealerships are a place where you can try to haggle a price down to more affordable price.

As always, let us know how you feel in Comments about the comparison and which way you would lean when deciding between these two. Enjoy!

Video description:

Since owning and driving both the Tesla Model 3 and a Chevy Bolt, I have received a lot of questions regarding whether I would choose one over the other and/or what the difference are. I tried my best to be fair to both of these cars and these opinions are just that, my opinion after driving these cars for over a year. There are quite a few things I did not go into, time just didn’t allow but I hope this gives you a good overview of both cars.

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74 Comments on "Tesla Model 3 Vs Chevy Bolt From An Owner’s Perspective"

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I agree. Some other wins for Model 3, ride quality smoother suspension, better premium sound system, I like Tesla NAV better than Android Auto and phone NAV app.

NPNS! SBF!
Volt#671 + BoltEV + Model 3

That sound system! Wow!

And in addition, you forgot the biggest perk of them all. Tesla model three is the only car that improves with time. Just since I bought mine in July, it has added dash cam functionality, blindspot monitoring, energy display and improved auto pilot.

I cannot overstate how important this is compared to every other car out there.

Having used Android Auto and Tesla’s nav, I heartily disagree with your nav statement. Not to mention, with Android Auto, I can do things like have Waze running int he background for alerts while I navigate with Google Maps. In short, I have choice, and Tesla not supporting Android Auto or Car Play is a deficiency.

I would also have both. The Bolt for weekday urban commutes, the Model 3 for the weekend trips.

Why is that? Tesla 3 is more efficient. If I had both, I’d use Bolt during weekends due to easier parking.

Commuting has a lot to do with stop and go traffic, parking, etc. All things that the Bolt excels.

Weekend trips are basically long hours spent on the highway, and the Model 3 is the best in that environment.

I assume you didn’t buy Autopilot then, because it’s ideal for stop and go traffic. Bolt on the other hand doesn’t even offer basic adaptive cruise.

For work, there’s parking lot and no worries either way. But on weekend trips, it’s almost always street parking and tight spaces. Shorter Bolt is lot better parking when going to new places.

Of course, if you’re going for really long trips (400+ miles), Tesla 3 is better. But I don’t do that on weekends, maybe once a year or so.

Bolt with a bag over my head for every day use, don’t care about dents and scratches.
Model 3 on weekends and leisure

I think your conclusion isn’t quite right “We imagine most people — and this is reflected in sales figures — would choose the Tesla Model 3.” Actually what the current sales of the Model 3 are showing people with more disposable income and can afford the model 3 will buy the model 3 over the Bolt EV. That makes complete sense and is what happens every day in car buying. If I can afford a BMW I’m not going to buy a Civic. If I do then either I’m frugal or I’m not comfortable with the amount of disposable income I have. Even the stories about people trading in Prius or Civics don’t really mean much because the person could still afford a $50k brand new car. For the Bolt EV, Volt and Leaf – people with less money are not as willing to spend their hard earned money on an EV when a traditional ICE or hybrid represents a better value given the low gas prices. In short EV’s are for the rich right now and Tesla is doing nothing about that image. I personally think the tax rebate should have been for cars under $35k. It wouldn’t have… Read more »
(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Tax rebate should be for everyone. If they only allowed the poor the rebates EV’s wouldn’t be selling like they are right now. Setting a price cap means setting a sales cap and punishing those who made smart/wise decisions with their funds yet reward those who didn’t.

It is NOT a tax rebate, but a tax credit that is only fully available to those with a minimum tax liability. It excludes lower income buyers (including those that have made smart/wise decisions and are retired) and thus is unfairly biased. If it was indeed a rebate that applied equally to all income levels, your argument would be valid.

The tax credit is an incentive to buy electric, not to buy more car than you can otherwise afford (but it works out that way). A few states do offer incentives that are capped via income limits.

Since it’s a credit against taxes paid, if you don’t pay taxes you cannot get the money back.

You seem to want people who don’t pay taxes to get a refund for buying an EV.

“…a tax credit that is only fully available to those with a minimum tax liability. It excludes lower income buyers (including those that have made smart/wise decisions and are retired) and thus is unfairly biased.”

You completely misunderstand the purpose of the tax credit. It’s not intended to make it easier for struggling or poor people to buy an EV; it’s intended to encourage auto makers to make EVs. How would limiting the credit to only low-priced EVs help any? The one company doing far, far more to push the EV revolution forward — Tesla Inc. — doesn’t make low-priced EVs. It only makes “premium” EVs. Companies which have tried to make low-priced EVs have all failed to find much of a market, at least outside China.

We’ll never get low-priced EVs until there are enough EVs made and sold to bring down the price to where large auto makers (which Tesla isn’t) will make and sell them in large numbers. The one company doing far more to bring the price down is Tesla. The one company which should benefit (and, fortunately, has) from the tax credit more than any other, is Tesla.

Currently hard to produce an electric car people want for under 35K, but in time with mass production and improved battery tech, it will happen.

That depends on your definition of “want”. Bolt is outselling VW GTI. From hot-hatch perspective, Bolt EV is what people want more than gasser.

The forced $5K PUP is still a thing and you can’t lease them yet…

I disagree with Tesla doing nothing. They got the whole market going. And the price of their cars has been going down with time while maintaining profitability.
No other western manufacture can say that except Nissan with their Leaf
Tesla is leading on value right now and continually improving.

I don’t mean Tesla has done nothing. But you would be fooling yourself to say Tesla couldn’t have made a car cheaper than $45k without the need to make some production threshold. Basically they planned to make a $45k car and through time and production volume the cost of making the car would become cheaper allowing at $35k car. For all the criticisms of the Bolt and Leaf they both show the compromises necessary to make a cheaper EV. GM more than likely targeted a $30k-$35k car and the compromises necessary to get there with an EV drivetrain.

With the amount of Bolts being produced, it looks an awful lot like a compliance car. As such, are you sure it makes a profit? Tesla planned to do something at a scale that is way above compliance car. No one else has really done that, although I do applaud Nissan’s steady commitment to the Leaf.

The only cost that really can be reduced from GM’s standpoint is the battery. I’m sure given their volume the normal car parts are going to be cheaper than Tesla.

GM may get some parts for the Bolt EV cheaper because they make and sell so many cars, and some of the parts for the Bolt EV will be used in other models. But I seriously question GM has an overall per-part cost advantage in a model produced at only ~30k per year, vs. Tesla’s Model 3, which last year sold nearly 140k, and growing.

On a per-part basis, the economy of scale surely favors the Model 3.

But Tesla has another advantage, and that’s the ability to use one part where GM would use multiple parts. Sandy Munro raved about how Tesla is using one single heat exchanger in the Model 3, for battery heating/ cooling, HVAC (cabin heating/ cooling), and motor cooling, where other auto makers would use three separate units.

Keep in mind that so called multiple parts are often shared with other GM models which increases the volume. Bolt’s seat, steering wheel, ventilation system, review view mirrors, display..etc are clearly from the stock GM parts bin.

One of the reason that Volt is killed is because the platform sharing Cruze is getting killed. That increased the cost for GM and combined with loss of federal incentives, there will be no margins left for GM to sell the Volt. Cruze was a ~200K per year car in the US alone.

While this may be true, engineers have taken apart Teslas and pointed out lots of places where the manufacturing was inefficient or overly complex. For example, the rear wheel well on a Model 3 has NINE pieces of metal riveted/welded together whereas the Bolt as a single, stamped piece of metal. So, while Tesla is good at some things, it’s got a bit to learn (particularly in body manufacture).

Compliance cars get GM to 200,000 federal tax credit cuts right after Tesla! Sham argument.

Actually, you’re completely wrong.

Sales are showing that basically everyone prefers a Model 3 even though it is more expensive.

Given the price disparity, Bolt should be outselling Model 3 by at least 2 to 1. Rather Model 3 is outselling Bolt by more than 10 to 1. Put another way, Bolt barely even shows up on the sales graph.

Lol, that’s only if people know about and can actually purchase the Bolt. You’re kind of forgetting the “supply” side of the equation. This is a problem not with demand, but with Chevy and how they’re building and selling the Bolt.

“Actually what the current sales of the Model 3 are showing people with more disposable income and can afford the model 3 will buy the model 3 over the Bolt EV. That makes complete sense and is what happens every day in car buying.”

Sorry, you missed it. Tesla cars are so compelling, such a pleasure to drive, that lots of people are spending far more to buy a Tesla car than they ever have on any other car. That’s why so many are trading in their Honda Accord or Honda Civic on a Model 3.

Yesterday I watched a much-too-long video in which Sandy Munro described his “conversion experience”, transforming from a Tesla skeptic to a Tesla fan. It was doing a test drive of the Model 3 that did it for him. He says two of the guys on his testing team bought a Model 3 for themselves after their testing was over.

Apparently that’s a pretty typical reaction from people who get to test drive a Tesla car.

Elon said it himself at the Model 3 reveal 2 years back, “Tesla don’t make slow cars”.

That is why. Tesla makes cars that raise your heartbeat, in an exciting way.

You have a basic misunderstanding of who buys brand new cars.

New car buyers are already a subset of more financially secure people compared with the general population. The median income of new car buyers is roughly 50% higher than the median US income.

Poor people don’t buy brand new cars. They buy used cars. There is zero value in getting people who can’t afford to buy a new car, when they simply can’t afford to buy a new car at all, whether it is gas or electric.

The best way to get EV’s into the hands of people who can’t afford to buy brand new cars, is to use a tax incentive that effectively gets passed on to the second owner due to the tax incentive being pass through to the second owner.

What about people like me who are wealthy but bought a use EV? .With a lower income mindset,I became wealthy.

True for gasser, but there are those willing to stretch it to get Tesla. There are probably some who stretch Bolt and others, but people REALLY stretch it for Tesla, sometimes to scary degree.

A Tesla ad thinly disguised as a comparison review, complete with “Please use my referral code if you buy a Tesla” at the end. A ridiculous conclusion. The RWD, MR in black with zero options is about the same price as a Bolt Premier with every option… MSRP. In reality you can buy or lease (leasing N/A with Tesla, a little factoid the reviewer leaves out as he goes and on about what a great lease he got on his Bolt) the fully loaded Bolt for under $40,000, so it’s really about a $5,000 difference. However, I do realize that most Tesla fans consider $5,000 just a rounding error. The huge point the “reviewer” leaves out is, while the fully loaded Bolt and the absolutely stripped down TM3 cost kinda, sorta the same at MSRP, the Bolt offers the buyer the option of spending way, way less than this. I get it though, when buying a car, one should never think about being frugal with your money. One should always get as many bells and whistles as one can and here Tesla excels. BTW, the Bolt DOES OFFER wireless device charging. It’s an option that obviously this guy’s $200 a… Read more »

While its still difficult to fairly compare apples to oranges as the Tesla is still significantly more at the moment, a Bolt EV Premier isn’t exactly what most would call “fully loaded”…Most owners have called the display mirror a complete gimmick they never use…GM added ACC and later a power seat to the now dead Volt yet neither are anywhere to be found on the Bolt EV and there isn’t any sunroof or garage door opener either…

You just don’t get it. Money matters to some of us regular folk.

You haven’t tried that mirror. It’s amazing when you have the hatch fully loaded to the ceiling, and every single person I’ve talked to that actually owns a Bolt loves the feature, and I’m a member of 2 owner’s groups.

While I can understand some concern trolling over the heated rear seats, the Model 3 is clearly the superior vehicle. Even the fully loaded Bolt EV, doesn’t have a decent interior, comfortable seats, adaptive cruise control, or any sort of driving automation. Tesla has added a bunch of things that weren’t listed originally as features: auto wipers, in-car DVR, video games, etc. No other car manufacturer does this after delivery.

You REALLY just don’t get it. Money matters to some of us regular folk.

The Model 3’s interior is awful. It lacks ergonomics, and the interface is kind of garbage. To be clear, I’m a pretty big Tesla fan, but I’d never buy a 3 based on the interior alone.

Some of us don’t want driving automation (me).

In-car DVR? Really?

The Bolt also supports OTA updates. Whether or not it adds significant features, eh, I doubt it. However, I’d argue that paying for stuff you can’t use is just silly. Couldn’t they lower the price of the car, then sell you the equipment later to make it work if you WANT it? For example, I’d rather pay less money than get heated rear seats.

I agree that this isn’t a very objectively informative comparison. In the end these cars are $10k apart in MSRP price – minimum. If you don’t mind black etc. The difference is greater because of tax credit issues. The Bolt has been available and the base M3 has not been, meaning I’ve had the benefits and savings of EV driving for 18 months for a price I’m willing to pay. And have no issues so far. The seats? I’ll go with whatever people say. I thought they were narrow first time I sat in them and not sure why GM chose to make that first impression. On the other hand, I’m used to them and I can travel further more comfortably with them than my Dodge Ram (good seat) and a full size car with buckets I still own. I’m 6′ tall and 190 lbs. I can’t say why this is but I do a lot of long distance driving. The part about OTA updates regarding Tesla’s braking is very illustrative though both cars have it. Tesla had a problem with braking distance. They brought it into line. GM didn’t have that problem. The Bolt was a finished car when… Read more »

+1 on all of this.

So weird that with all of that the Model 3 outsells Bolt by more than 10 to 1.

I can only imagine how much cognitive dissonance you must feel.

You just don’t get it. It’s not a competition with Tesla vs. GM. There never was a race, or contest. Who gives a damn about sales numbers other than Tesla investors?? Being on the “winning” team obviously matters to you, but money matters to some of us regular folk.

If what I see in internet comments is any indication, it’s almost always about us vs them rather than objective metrics. Goes with white supremacists vs everyone else as much as Tesla supremacists vs everyone else.

Sure, Tesla 3 is great. But if you replace Tesla badge with Chevy badge, it will sell like Cadillar ELR.

*sigh* just scroll up and read my other comments about supply and marketing. Simply put: GM has built fewer Bolts and demand is, mostly, outstripping supply. If they were to make more and advertise more, they’d sell more. Hard to vote with your wallet if the vendor doesn’t let you use it.

“…the fully loaded Bolt and the absolutely stripped down TM3 cost kinda, sorta the same at MSRP…”

The fully loaded Bolt EV still isn’t nearly the car that a stripped down TM3 would be… not that we have yet seen a stripped-down TM3. All TM3s sold thus far have included the PUP (Premium Upgrade Package).

In fact, it’s almost embarrassing just how much better the TM3 is than the Bolt EV. Pretty much all the reviews of the Bolt EV complain about the cheap, hard plastic interior. Perhaps GM did finally do something about the uncomfortable front seats for the new model year, but it’s quite clear that GM had no intention of the Bolt EV ever selling in large numbers. It’s far from compelling.

I didn’t really understand just how much better the TM3 is than the Bolt EV until yesterday, when I watched the “Autoline After Hours” video discussion with Sandy Munro. I don’t generally watch long videos (other than movies), but this one was worth the time invested. Sandy is an enthusiastic speaker, and very eager to share what he has learned from his teardown and test drives of the Model 3!

https://insideevs.com/munro-tesla-model-3-china-profit/

You’re right, the Bolt and M3 DON’T compete. AND they’re not the same price. And they don’t share the same goals. Tesla can’t build a cheap car and GM hasn’t built a sport sedan EV. For all the acumen wasted here the apples and oranges thing escapes the fanboys!

I’m probably the perfect example of a Bolt buyer. I’ve had what I wanted for 18 months. I don’t want what Tesla currently offers and they can’t give me what I want. Been through this enough already. BSing which is ‘better’ is a childish attempt to justify ones self as far as I can tell. Maybe Tesla will one day build what I want and GM will build a sports sedan.

It really doesn’t matter if pretending oranges are apples is what gets you off. Especially when the grip on facts is so very weak by so many that have a strong ooinion. Maybe it’s a requirement nowadays.

And so it goes.

You just don’t get it as usual. Money matters to some of us regular folk.

That’s a poor argument. If money is the only consideration, you’d be driving SparkGas (or worse, Mirage). Value is what matters, and both Bolt and Tesla 3 offer similar value in objective metrics (ie, compare to similar priced cars).

But Tesla’s value is much more due to the Tesla badge, which is more valuable than any car on the planet at this time, more than any European supercar maker.

Let me amend that statement for the previous poster:
Money matters to some of us regular folk, and we want to buy an EV.
(wasn’t hard to figure out)

I stand by this statement: the Model 3’s interior is terrible . . . almost objectively so. You come talk to me when you can look straight ahead and see your speed.

This is a non-issue by any objective standard. There is no car where you can look “straight ahead” at the road and see your speed with central vision, simply because the gauge cluster is always below road level. So on a normal car you have to shift your gaze up and down to see your speed, instead of left and right. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but a normal human’s eyes have much more space to manuever left and right than up and down. Anyone who actually drives a Model 3 for more than two seconds instead of just parroting other people’s talking points knows this. The placement of the speedometer in the center right is actually helpful more often than not, because as a driver you sit in the left side of the car and look towards the center of your driving lane. When you look towards the center of your driving lane, your line of vision is not literally straight ahead, because you’re not sitting in the center of the car! It’s skewed slightly to the right, exactly where the speedometer is. Furthermore, by not having a gauge cluster, the dash space in front of the driver… Read more »

I’m surprised Tesla still hasn’t implemented a top-down camera view. It seems like with eight cameras, even if they’re not at an optimal angle for it, they could still add that feature with an OTA update and use software extrapolation to get at least a pretty good simulation. Maybe there are blind spots?

But I’m currently on AP1, so it wouldn’t help me for now anyway.

I agree. Surround view is the one thing I have on my other car that I miss on my Model 3. I think it would require cameras under the side view mirrors, which the Model 3 doesn’t have.

Tesla probably has implemented the bird’s eye view and have it now, just owners of the TM3 don’t know it yet and they won’t get it until Tesla decides to turn it on and “delight” them with an OTA update.

At the risk of sounding crazy, I actually prefer the Bolt seats to the M3. Then again, I’m 5’6″ and have a very unusual build: tall upper body, short shorty short legs. It’s the legs that give me problems in the M3, with its deep-set pedals. I’ve adjusted my seat position again and again in the M3 and am honing in on something that works well. Also, I totally get how in general the M3 seats are way better. Just not necessarily for my weird body configuration.

I agree on the overhead Bolt view: it’s magic and quite useful! Tesla has enough cameras that they could probably do it.

I’ve driven both a decent amount at this point, and think both are fantastic cars. I’d give the Model 3 an A (misses out on A+ thanks to terrible rear visibility and a few other quirks; note: front visibility is best I’ve ever experienced) and the Bolt an A-.

Some people find the Bolt EV’s front seats perfectly comfortable. A lot of other people don’t. When they say “One size fits all”… they lie! 😉

Reports are that GM has improved the Bolt EV front seats for the new model year. So hopefully that will be less of a problem going forward.

Bro1999- Look, 2 different EV manufacturers CAN coexist under the same roof! (Remember how I always say that we’re supposed to be on the same team?)

Correlation is NOT Causation.

We have both a Bolt and a Model 3. Before taxes my Model 3 LR AWD was just over 10k more than my girlfriend’s Bolt; both are pretty well loaded with options. We both agree the Model 3 is nicer. Better seats, better sound, faster, smoother, quieter, handles better, stops better, has a longer range, charges faster at home, much faster on the road, comes with a L2 charger, has more storage and is AWD. The Bolt is less expensive, can hold taller things in the cargo area, has a heated steering wheel and the birds eye view is nice.

Overall the Model 3 is a better car and is probably more than 10k better. If someone was in the market for an EV I would recommend the Tesla. If they couldn’t afford a new 3, then settle for the Bolt because it is actually a very good car, the 3 is just better.

“Before taxes my Model 3 LR AWD was just over 10k more than my girlfriend’s Bolt”

Your girlfriend must be a sucker to pay the FULL MSRP for the Bolt.

Even tougher when with the full tax credits the Bolt only cost $28k.

GM is losing their tax credits too. That issue doesn’t actually play very well for GM, because the Bolt will likely be hit much harder by the tax credit issue over the long term, because the Hyundai/Kia competitors to the Bolt are much more of a direct competitor, and will be much more price competitive.

Every time Bolt fans think they cleverly have thought out how the tax credit sunset will somehow be good for GM, they seem to forget the big picture.

Every one of these comparisons without fail states how lousy the BOLT’s seats are. To repeat ad nauseam: Only the PREMIER seats have the problem. I sat in the optional Leather seats at an auto show, and hated them – BUT, and its a BIG BUT, the $4,000 cheaper BOLT LT has somewhat larger Cloth seats which are extremely comfortable – even after hours at the wheel (I usually drive straight through and never stop – battery permitting). I’ve never had any passenger state they found the slightest discomfort, and I was asking them to be exceedingly critical. – And of course, the rear seating in the Bolt Ev is superior to the Model 3 – but then again – there is more room in the back seat of the BOLT than there is in the front, surprisingly. As semi-mentioned by others – the BOLT LT (I really can’t see spending $4,000 extra for the Premier since you really don’t get that much, and to me – you get nothing that I want – things like MORE RANGE) is much, much less expensive than the Model 3 – and if this is strictly a NEW CAR to NEW CAR comparison… Read more »

Seats, space, parking, cameras – these are all small things.

The BIGGEST difference between the two (true for NorCal) is that one is only good as a city/daily driver.

CCS stations here (Bay Area being the worst) are next to useless.
2 lousy bays.
A crap-load of Bolt Uber drivers, even met 2 that denied they were Uber drivers.
All hogging stations forever just to get that last 5% charge.
All that plus the freebie Nissan Leaf no-charge-to-charge folks.

Normal people with a life would find such charging experience to be a time killer.

So yea, the OP is right, Bolt for daily roundabout (don’t care if it gets dinged/scratched), Tesla Model 3 for long trips.

All versions of the Bolt’s old seats had the problem. The leather just makes it worse.

Even GM knows this, which is why they added the extra roughly inch of foam to the seats now.

Well, the extremely ‘Gravity-Challenged’ will have a difficult time with the car, that is true. Hehehe, I’d like to see some of you guys get in and out of an original Roadster.

Forced Volt->Bolt Conversion

Plenty of scratch here to purchase a Tesla (and managed by the skin of my teeth to override domestic pressure on that) but no interest in arguably irrational exuberance such as power door handles. Not to say those are “bad,” nor that people who like them are bad. I’m just not interested in excess complexity and the baggage that comes with that. As well, for-style trades such as the center screen and lack of well-known human factors accounting do not appeal to me.

If I had to choose between a BMW with the annoying and human-factors oblivious iDrive versus a Civic, it would be the Civic every day.

But Tesla M3 are really sweet looking cars with timeless lines and I can well understand why many would prefer ’em.

I could easily afford a model 3, or for that matter an S or X, but I bought a Bolt. I bought the most range for the buck. I also wanted a hatch to haul things, and the Bolt has more ground clearance than the model 3, which is important to me since I regularly drive on dirt, somewhat rocky roads. The model 3 does not appeal to me. It is more aerodynamic, but only a bit more energy efficient than the Bolt, and it is less useful to me. By far its main advantage as far as I’m concerned is the supercharger network, but I rarely do multi hundred mile trips, and I can make due with the Bolt. If the Tesla Y comes out at the speculated price, AWD, and has sufficient ground clearance, I may well sell the Bolt and buy one. The S and X are too big and inefficient. I’m more a Bolt or Kona kind of person.

These kinds of statements bug me:
“We imagine most people — and this is reflected in sales figures — would choose the Tesla Model 3.”

You’re not wrong about the sales numbers, but it’s not as cut and dry as “most people just like the Model 3 better.” Chevy has not advertised, and they simply have not BUILT as many Bolts. If they did, because of the lower price, I’d expect the sales of the Bolt to be much higher. Meanwhile, Tesla has been on a hype train for years, and are pushing as hard as they can (which I applaud them for).

All I’m saying is that no one ever remembers to add, “but Chevy hasn’t made as many Bolts, and they don’t market them,” when talking about the big difference in sales numbers. For a while, you couldn’t find a Bolt if you wanted one (heck, there were waiting lists over a year long in some regions). It’ll be interesting to see if GM changes course with their recent restructure and focus on EVs.

I have or had the Chevy Volt, Chevy Bolt, Chrysler Pacifica PHEV and the Tesla M3. We had the Volt June 2014-June 2017 and reserved our M3 March 2016. We then opted to purchased the Chevy Bolt as we did not know how long our M3 would take. After having the Bolt for 18 months we traded it in for the M3 September 2018. We were only $3,500K out of pocket for 18 months of use of the Bolt after tax and state rebates. If our kids had been older and were ready to drive we would have kept the Bolt for them as it is a great car. For any kids going off to college I would highly recommend the Bolt and once GM looses its full tax rebate the coming Hyundai Kona and Kia Niro. The price point is right and the fact that a college student will not be burdened with car maintenance while they are busy at school are big selling points. Also most colleges and universities have a robust EV charging infrastructure. These EVs should last a long time and will surely take your kids from 17-27y when they are working and can afford to… Read more »

I have both a M3 and a bolt. I am the same size and weight as the video author. I don’t have any issue with the Bolt seats. Nor am I able to feel a pea through the mattress. This is overblown.

You are getting the ‘peanut-gallery’ commentary – mostly from those who will never buy either car, yet are self-described experts on both cars.