How Do The Tesla Model 3, Nissan LEAF, & Chevy Bolt Compare? Video

MAR 8 2019 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 83

The Tesla Model 3 comes out on top in just about every way.

Yes, the Chevrolet Bolt EV has a few perks that work to top the Tesla Model 3. It’s sort of cheaper and it offers more miles in its base configuration. The new, upcoming long-range Nissan LEAF is much the same. Of course, we need to compare range, price, features, etc. But in the end, with all things considered, how do these cars really fare?

If you follow the segment, you well know that the Tesla Model 3 is, by far, the most popular competitor. But, the Chevrolet Bolt EV may be much more practical, and MSRP discounts are a plenty. To top it off, relatively inexpensive lease options are available in some areas.

In terms of the Nissan LEAF, the company must be doing something right, as Nissan has sold some 400k LEAFs globally. Is it because it’s cheap? Perhaps that was the case in the past and even with the completely redesigned 2018 model. But, fast-forward and the LEAF’s new longer range battery pack makes it about as expensive (if not more) than the Bolt EV and Model 3.

So, the above video takes all that into account to make an accurate comparison of the “Big Three” competing long-range EVs of today.

What are your thoughts on how these models compare? Let us know in the comment section below.

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83 Comments on "How Do The Tesla Model 3, Nissan LEAF, & Chevy Bolt Compare? Video"

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Except you can easily get an extra $6K off MSRP in California at most dealers. After all the incentives in California ($7500 federal instead of $3750, $2500 state, $1000 Electric company and many Air Quality board incentives), the Bolt is a $20K car compared to $26K for the Tesla.

So for $6k extra you get Supercharging access, better acceleration, better handling, more interior room, glass roof, Autopilot hardware, better audio, and periodic over-the-air free updates? Seems like a fair trade off.

30% cost increase for functions that many don’t need. $6k is a lot of cash for mostly extraneous stuff that most drivers don’t need.
Great to have choices, so we can all pick the vehicle that suits us best. I don’t need faster, 6.5sec 0-60 is plenty for the highway onramp and overtaking etc. Glass roof, no thanks, autopilot not on the crappy roads I drive, audio and updates meh. I do need a hatchback, rear hitch and heated steering wheel for the wife and $6k in my pocket.

For a stripped vehicle with no frills at all, the Bolt is for you. It’s nice to have choices. Or lack of choices in this case. 5 years ago, neither were a choice. We live in good times.

Bolt EV does have some features not available on the Model 3: heated steering wheel, surround view camera, rear view mirror camera, XM Sat radio, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, hatchback, etc. It’s hardly stripped.

You right John

Exactly why I have a Bolt. I would never take a Tesla on the farm and drive in the fields. Hunting gear and guns fit perfectly with the hatchback and folding seats. Just a different car for different uses

(Original James) Very interesting how you use your Bolt as a utilty vehicle somewhat like many would use a pickup truck, 4 x 4 or even a side by side ATV. I used to follow a guy on Facebook who uses his Volt EREV on a ranch somewhat as you do. I saw photos of his Volt with tools and bales of hay inside. Obviously not how GM envisioned the duty cycle of the typical Volt either. But if it works for you…great.

Yup!!!
I have a Leaf that I keep for “trash” duties while the Tesla hauls the family in style and comfort.

The Bolt interior is too econobox for even a chore run.

well apparently, the majority of the world sees opposite of that.

He’s right. Majority of charging is done at home plus EA is out and building up

You forgot to mention better quality and seats you can actually sit in for more than a few minutes. The Bolt’s interior looks like that of a sub $20k import, not to mention seats that came off an econobox Hyundai from 30 years ago!

I’d agree with you, but I’ve already met my max down votes limit for the month!

Tesla offers no lease on their vehicles. Chevy Bolt EV is available on a lease from the very beginning since 2017. It is a big advantage.

And a lot more safety.

Local pricing and the availability of incentives can radically change the value comparison between cars. If you’re getting $11000 (!) off average sale price, then a SMART ED goes from $22k to $11k. At $22k, it’s worthless. At $11k, it could be an alternative to a used LEAF.

Moral of the story? Always make your own localized value comparisons for your own use case. With the Bolt clearance sales going on, the Bolt’s going to be a great deal for the next 23 days for anyone who doesn’t mind the lack of superchargers.

Hold on a minute. Is that $6K off MSRP verified? When my dad bought his Bolt, they were generally selling OVER MSRP. Really, that’s the only thing you got over the Tesla in this comparison, so hopefully that’s not a number that you just pulled out of the ether.

You have to work pretty hard (at not price shopping) to find a dealer selling Bolts for OVER MSRP. Did your dad buy his Bolt in 2016?

Look at the Northridge California Chevy Dealer website. All $6K off MSRP. I had a friend of mine buy one from there last week no problem.

Well, you are right. wwwdotchevynorthridgedotcom has huge discounts on all their Chevy Bolts with their “Rydell Discount” (see dealer for details). This discount ranges from $2,500 to $3,700 on various Bolts. The discounts for other Chevy products vary from $400 to $1200. I highly suspect that if you talk to the dealer to “get the details” on the discount, you will find that it includes the $2,500 California rebate. I did not find a $6k discount but typically $5k with other qualifiers like fully paid in cash before the end of this month.

Yes. Here in Ohio they marking it down $7000 since model 3 base

Acevolt. The good news, what you say about the Bolt is all true. Lots of incentives. The bad news, soon enough GM will meet the 200K incentive threshold and then it will get worse.

IMO, the crux of the matter is, incentives are a short term boost and eventually ZEVs have to stand on their own, despite Big Oil’s continued nourishment. Ultimately, the M3, Bolt, and Leaf will have to compete on their own merits against each other and others

Now that Tesla and GM are seeing their credits cut in half, it may be time to set the phase out of the credit for all car makers. Why reward the laggards?
The idea was to try and jump start the electric car industry and the credit has succeeded in doing just that. Time for it to sunset soon.

Nope 👎

“$7500 federal instead of $3750”

That is only true for the next 3 weeks. That ends on March 31st.

The difference in incentive doesn’t seem to be helping Bolt US sales so far this year. For every 1 Bolt sold, 5 people decide the incentive gap isn’t worth it, and buy the Model 3 instead.

Big error in Bolt. It goes to $3750 federal rebate on April 1

Bigger error no one pays MSRP for a Bolt EV.

true. With sales so low, no wonder that prices are low.

For context: the Bolt is currently the #2 BEV and #4 EV overall in US sales for 2019.

When people talk about how terrible the Bolt is selling, remember to keep in mind that nearly all the competition is doing far, far worse.

The “competition” you speak of is the Leaf and other compliance cars, all trying desperately to get people into ICE showrooms where sales people can convince them that a gas or diesel car would be a better buy. None of those companies are even trying to be as high as second place. Maybe next year that will change, but don’t hold your breath.

There are many here who consider the Bolt a compliance vehicle. I think that’s total BS, but it’s nice to remind people that it sells very well compared to most of the competition.

Still competition.

Hardly a horse race with a couple of nags in the field against a thoroughbred.
Here is a bit more than a mention of Insidevs, from Bloomberg:
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/musk-endorsed-blog-says-tesla-130513784.html

This article is typical of those in Business insider and a passel of other on line rags- They hate the dominance of Tesla in this market and they try to promote FUD at every chance – they barely mentioned that a big chunk of sales were diverted to Europe and China so the resultant US numbers were a lot lower. Because Tesla doesn’t advertise and participate in the big oil cabal they do their best to dismiss the company. These clowns and their ilk -Automotive Insider and most online car columns, are all responsible for the crater of the stock this month. Despite their obstruction the Model 3 dominates and will continue to dominate for at least another year.

True. In fact, what you’re saying is so obviously true that I have a hard time understanding how some people can’t see it.

People see what the want to see, and vice versa.
They don’t see what they don’t want to see.
Generally people hate being told they’re wrong, more than they dislike being wrong.

So how do the BMW 3-series, Honda Fit and Ford Focus compare? Well, they are all very nice cars, all with their strengths and weaknesses. However offer them all at the same price and some will see noticeably more demand than others. My take: with Model 3 down to $35K it’s up to Tesla’s competitors to strike a new balance in their pricing.

(Original James) A big plus 10 for your comment.

Why these endless comparisons that don’t make any sense? Especially when they start stretching to find good points for the compliance subcompacts and compact whose manufacturers and franchised dealers have to heavily discount to get them off their lots?!

Plain and simple = “Hey, I got a GREAT DEAL to buy an EV from a dealer who doesn’t want to sell them and a manufacturer who feels forced to make them AT A LOSS!”

You think that this is true, that they are selling cars at a loss, do not be so naive.
That statement i purely because they have more profit at ICE cars.
Without Tesla we wouldn’t have EVs from legacy automakers, so to be fair lets first Tesla grow to 5milion+ car company
then we should consider buy EV from other car companies that still produce ICE vehicles.

Kenneth Bokor (EV Revolution Show - YouTube)
John, I hear where you are coming from, however in order to impact positive Climate Change and Air Quality quicker, since the world is way behind emissions targets, we simply can’t rely on just one auto manufacturer like Tesla to carry that weight. Global car and light truck consumer sales for 2018 was just over 78 Million vehicles. The EV market was about 2 Million. We need to focus on displacing new ICEV sales with EV (PHEV and BEV) sales and no one company can ever make enough to satisfy the global market demands. Even if Tesla made 5 Million+ cars a year (which they are very far from doing that realistically), that is still a drop in the bucket for the number of EVs we need to sell to make a difference and make it faster. We always have to think globally, not just USA-centric (or any other Country only). That is why we should not argue what is better and pit one BEV against another, but help people interested in EV adoption and explain all the options that would fit their use case, budgets, needs, etc. Like many have said in the comments above, even a $6K difference… Read more »

True, we need more than one manufacturer of EVs, but you’re not advocating that. Hybrids (plugin or not) are a tool used by ICE makers to delay the switch. Encouraging that helps them stall. Don’t do it.

Kenneth Bokor (EV Revolution Show - YouTube)

The reality Chris is not the manufacturers but buying public. Many no matter what will not make the leap to full battery electric initially. A PHEV is a good stepping stone for the short future, not the long play. In another 5-7 years, we will have enough choice, infrastructure, good enough range, etc. that we won’t need PHEVs any more.

Your EV purist attitude is hopeful but not realistic at this time. So don’t slam me. At least I am doing something about affecting change with my Channel and public outreach efforts.

I applaud those efforts. I’ve watched a bunch of your ev revolution, and previously Model 3 owners club, shows.
So, yeah, definitely, keep up the good work.

In regard to the question, above. I think what people are saying is Tesla got the ball rolling, of course the Leaf was out there too, but not one or two manufacturers can carry the load, but legacy auto have been slow and ineffectual participants in the ev revolution. We still need phev for a while yet, as the are better than pure gas cars.

Agree the comparison to these vehicles is ridiculous. It’s should be ev vs ice.

Would be nice, and appropriate to add the Kia Niro and Hyundai Kona to the comparison when prices for those cars are known and when they are actually available to purchase. Assuming they are in a similar price window, it would appear that it’s bye bye to the Leaf and Bolt. Or at least they are going to have to seriously discount those products to get any market share. Even then it’s smaller SUV hatchback vs cushy sedan, a more personal “this is what I need” choice instead of “take what’s available.” Then one must consider what will be available next year, to lease or to buy. Dealing with that personally as my Volt lease is up next month. If I can negotiate a buy out at 17K, that’s my win-win. Hold for a year and then trade. (A Niro EV).

(Original James) I agree, Larry, the Niro and Kona EVs are efficient and interesting (as is Kona EV and Ioniq EV). Problem is, do we EV fans wish to prosper ICEmakers who eke out a few thousand examples per year to comply with CARB and collect ZEV credits?

One argument/justification is: “Yeah true, but maybe if I buy a Hyundai/KIA/Chevy EV it will signal them there is market demand and they will make more”. This answer would only indicate that this person doesn’t understand the automobile industry at all.

There is only one carmaker today who wants EVs to prosper and dominate the market – and it’s not Hyundai/KIA, GM, Ford, Nissan, Toyota, Jaguar, Mercedes or BMW.

Volkswagen has the potential to blow the market wide open if it follows through on it’s promises to build 100,000s of models on it’s MEB EV platform. So believe a proven liar to propagate EVs to the masses. It may happen. But the bottom line is that there is a $35,000 Tesla here now, and likely a $45,000 crossover Model Y in the not-too-distant future from an AMERICAN company THAT WILL spend your money to make ELECTRIC TRANSPORTATION MAINSTREAM.

I understand. You and others need to keep in mind that in different parts of the country/world the need and desire and also availability of PHEVs and EVs varies. Around here (So Cal) you park in a Trader Joes lot and I’d bet 25-30% are hybrid or better. In some neighborhoods 25-50% of the homes have solar photovoltaic systems. There are FAR too many Prius around here, not to mention a lot of Volts (not many Bolts but a decent number), many mostly aging Leafs and all of the Teslas. Lots of them. This is a fairly affluent, environmentally conscious community where gas prices are pretty high ($3.20-4.00/gal). So yes, it is awesome that VW is actually coming to the plate in a big way with a global focus. But so is Ford (in order to remain in business), Honda (they are not stupid and past failures are no guarantee of future ones), and Hyundai/Kia surely have plans for mass marketing PHEV and EVs. Just not in the USA. The failure of the current automakers here (except Tesla) is a huge disconnect in connecting with prospective buyers. The sales staff always seem to know nothing about their electrified models. Intentional?… Read more »

I’ve owned a 2012 Leaf, currently leasing 2 Bolts. I think all three are wonderful vehicles and miles ahead of comparable ice cars, and either would be a great choice for different reasons. However, if I have to choose, and in about a year and a half I will have to because our first Bolt lease comes due, my vote goes for Model 3. I love my Bolt, particularly the ride height, spaciousness of interior, practicality of hatch, apple car play, it’s quick and handles fairly well. However, the decider for me is access to Supercharger network for long trips, that will make those long drives so much more pleasant and practical. With the announcement of even faster superchargers it just reinforces that choice. It doesn’t hurt that I enjoy the Model 3’s design and peformance numbers are even better. So yes, Model 3 and then maybe keep the 2nd Bolt as car #2 (of course by then, hopefully will be able to cross shop Kona and Niro).

Hey, what’s this?? Someone else who think the Bolt and Model 3 are BOTH great cars- but one is a bit better than the other??

At least he admits to being completely ignorant.

Tesla fanboy video with lots of gaps and misinformation.

Forgets to mention that any color Model 3, other than black, is $1500 to $2500 more. Which is insane for paint.

Bolt has 4 standard colors for $0 and 3 colors for only $500.

I almost stopped watching as soon as he mentioned not comparing the Kona EV.

It’s very comparable to the Bolt and Leaf as a FWD hatchback.

( Original James) Live outside California? Located outside a CARB state? Where are you going to buy your Kona, Niro, Soul or Ioniq EV? OK, so you searched and searched and then bought one at up to a $5,000 price gouge at the dealer. Then you had to have the car shipped to your state.

Good on you, mate (as our Aussie brothers say). But where are you going to service that compliance EV?

Now can you see the ridiculous times we are in?

On the Bolt EV at the lowest trim with 240 miles range, to get heated seats, only cost ~$500.

For model 3 you gotta spend $2000+ for heated seats and 240 miles range.

If you are going to bring up range, You forget to add in the cost of the optional DC fast charging for the Bolt. Range means very little when you can’t fast charge without buying the fast charge option.

You have to pay $750 dollars as an optional extra just to get max 50 kW DC (before taper) fast charging on the Bolt (if you can find an 80 kW charger). Meanwhile Model 3 gets 120 kW to 250 kW (before taper) fast charging on the Model 3. Up to 5X faster charging at No charge vs. having to pay $750 extra to get just a fraction of the DC fast charging rate.

In the real world, even a 220 mile range battery with access to fast charging would be MUCH more usable for long distance travel than a 238 mile range EV without ANY access to DC fast charging (Bolt without the $750 option).

Local dealer has a Bolt EV Premier with heated front and rear leather seats, lane keep assist and collision warning, for $33k. Minus $7,500 fed tax rebate is $25,500.

That’s significantly cheaper than the Model 3.

So why not encapsulate all of your insights into one post, instead dribbling out your nuggets of gold drip by drip, by a drip.

There is no comparison between these three. Tesla Model 3 is the better car by far. Anyone who thinks there’s a comparison to be made don’t understand anything about electric cars or Tesla’s charging infrastructure.

The Model 3 can’t access the Electrify America fast charging network which is very comparable to the supercharger network (no CCS or Chadmo adapter made available by Tesla), the M3 doesn’t have a heated steering wheel, ridiculous costs involved to have a different paint color or to get heated seats, the M3’s sits too low to the ground compared to the Bolt and it’s range of 220 miles is less than the Bolt. There are plenty of reasons that the Bolt is a much better vehicle when looking at the $35K to $40K EV landscape.

The Model 3 doesn’t need the EA network. It uses a much better network that was specifically tailored for it. It’s 20 mile less range is more than replaced by its ability to charge twice as fast.

But hey, sounds like the Bolt has a heated steering wheel. So there’s that.

But hey, the Model 3 seats less people comfortably, sits too low to the ground, has less legroom, has less range, costs thousands of dollars more if you want a different paint color and/or heated seats, and still doesn’t have a heated steering wheel. So there’s that.

The Tesla supercharger is ubiquitous and much more available than Charge America so who cares? To even put the Bolt in same conversation with a Model 3 is a joke. It is like comparing a Honda Fit to an BMW M3 – get real.

Not sure where you are getting your information about seating. Bolt specs show an inch more leg room in the back, but an inch less leg room in the front. So since front seats move, it is a wash. Both have 78 inches total front/rear leg space. For all other measurements, they are either within a 1/4 of an inch, or the Tesla is bigger by up to a couple of inches.

https://www.caranddriver.com/chevrolet/bolt-ev/specs
Front Head Room : in 39.7
Front Leg Room : in 41.6
Front Shoulder Room : in 54.6
Front Hip Room : in 51.6
Second Head Room : in 37.9
Second Leg Room : in 36.5
Second Shoulder Room : in 52.8
Second Hip Room : in 50.8

https://www.caranddriver.com/tesla/model-3/specs/2019/tesla_model-3_tesla-model-3_2018
Front Head Room : in 40.3
Front Leg Room : in 42.7
Front Shoulder Room : in 56.3
Front Hip Room : in 53.4
Second Head Room : in 37.7
Second Leg Room : in 35.2
Second Shoulder Room : in 54
Second Hip Room : in 52.4

I think the Model 3, and Tesla in general, have been the catalyst for kick-starting the EV revolution. Many people are aware that EVs even exist because of Tesla’s success at being an only EV company. However, there are plenty of reasons to pick the Bolt over the Model 3. The $35k price is still quite a bit of a unicorn for a Model 3…add $2K if you want a color other than black and add over another $1K if you want heated seats. A heated steering wheel is not even available in any Model 3 trim level!? It’s only about $600 to get heated steering wheel and seats for the Bolt. The Bolt has more legroom for rear seat passengers, a better view of the road for the driver (higher seating position), better headroom for all, can actually seat 3 people in the back seat comfortably, and the hatch makes it easier to carry & access gear in the cargo area. Not to mention that you can lease the Bolt. Acceleration of 6.5 seconds 0 to 60mph in the Bolt is plenty fast and the 238 mile range in the Bolt is more than you’ll get in the base… Read more »

Who cares about a heated steering wheel ? I don’t.

I have a bias. I buy cars sold local to where I live. Love cars, can’t stand to waste time on their servicing or repair.

The real difficulty is not judging Tesla based on their owners with Youtube accounts. Tesla deserves better. This presenter is reading the other web sites to us! He has no personal knowledge about anything except his Tesla. Unfortunately, very typical.

Since all the cars sell, they all speak to different people’s needs and wants.

If you like the low sleek car style, are willing to buy without a test drive, and willing to drive perhaps hours for service, by all means get a Tesla. Good car.

If you want a local dealer, and want to test drive before buying, get a Bolt or Leaf. Both are good cars.

All three cars work well. In some cases the decision isn’t as much about the vehicle itself but rather the marketing and service surrounding the vehicle.

Social media bubble.
Tons of useless youtube videos with the title Tesla something. Most are just showing the author yapping away trying to make a fast buck by posting with a deceptive title.
“Real cost of a Tesla”
“Supercharger in my garage”
“Inside a Tesla powerwall”

Kenneth Bokor (EV Revolution Show - YouTube)

Yup, that is why my Channel is objective and I look at all the manufacturers on a global view. This market is bigger than just one vendor (Tesla) and they can’t satisfy global demands or wants. I don’t use Tesla as link bait for my stuff but do report on them when it makes sense.

It’s finally refreshing to see some comments from people that see this and are not infusing the cool-aid.

(Original James) Name another manufacturer of EVs that has not constricted production runs of their EV product to extremely small fractions of their ICE cars built on that same platform. Examples: Nissan LEAF, originally based on their B0 platform, and now, in second generation form, their V platform. Bolt EV is built upon a slightly stretched version of the Chevrolet Spark platform (according to Sandy Munro of Munro & Associates, Inc.) . Munro was quoted on Autoline Detroit as saying two seperate companies paid his firm to dissassemble and analyze the Bolt EV. Volkswagen is the only corporation I am aware of besides Tesla that is outside China planning 100,000s of units into the mass consumer market that are built upon a proprietary EV platform. Their ID products are still 2 years out last I checked. Tesla and Volkswagen MEB are based upon skateboard designs. I’m aware you are or were a LEAF owner and enjoy your EV. Yet to point a finger directly at Tesla owners and car fans calling true fact: ” Kool Aid”, only reflects an innaccurate/biased view of the state of the EV market as it exists today. Yes, even Nissan’s EV offerings are extremely limited… Read more »

Great points, agree with you completely.

Kenneth Bokor (EV Revolution Show - YouTube)

These 3 vehicles are really different and will have pros/cons for many buyers. They are all good choices and we need much more choice in order to spur EV Adoption and make the difference we need to make, to get rid of tailpipes.

Model 3 Standard Range Plus at $37,000 is the best for the money. Good performance/handling, nice looking exterior and spacious interior, Supercharger network for long trips … What’s can be better ? None so far.

The video mistakenly states LEAF Plus range is 226 for all 3 trims. It is 226 for S and 215 for SV and SL.

“EPA range up to 226 miles for Nissan LEAF S PLUS only. EPA range of up to 215 miles for Nissan LEAF SV PLUS or Nissan LEAF SL”

From footnote 2 at the bottom of this page: https://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/releases/maker-of-the-world-s-best-selling-electric-vehicle-announces-pricing-for-the-new-longer-range-nissan-leaf-plus

Model 3 is nice if you always drive on pavement and don’t need to haul too much. I drive my Bolt back dirt roads to trailheads, haul bicycles in the back, as well as a haul a large telescope that just fits in the height of the rear opening.

The Leaf and Bolt are fine if you want an EV solely to do the right thing environmentally and you really don’t care much about driving. If you are a car enthusiast a Model 3 makes more sense – even the base trim has pretty good performance with a 0-60 of 5.6s.

I am actually scheduled to get my model 3 this week and the reason I went with it over the others is the rear wheel drive with traction control. My Leaf was so bad on my 1.7 miles of dirt road, that I travel to get back to my house, it was unbelievably bad. If there was a small patch of snow on the road and one of the front wheel hit it the wheel would spin and the other wheel would not do anything to pull the vehicle along.

Lease the Leaf e-PLUS (when it arrives soon),

Buy the Bolt (hopefully before 04/01/19),

Or, for the best bet yet,

Get a real no compromise, non-hatchback road trip EV, by going with the Model 3.

It’s purely apples and plums – both may be fruit but the the EV motors are marketed at different niches entirely.
If ya have pounds you’ll buy the tesla. If if ya don’t, you’ll be stuck with a budget-blues motor

When you take into account the far better charging rate and fast charging access, the Model 3 is a much better value overall.

We really liked our 13 Leaf SV (great interior space, heated seats and steering wheel), love our Bolt premier (good utility, around-view camera and rear-view camera are awesome, once you get a heated steering wheel in VT there really is no going back), and hopefully our next car in five years or so will be a lightly-used Model Y to replace our CMax Energi PHEV.

The Supercharging network is what we’ll need to give up gas completely. Trips around New England in the Bolt are do-able (and we do it) but it’s still a frontier-like experience and its tepid charging rate/taper make one instantly envious of Teslas.

I have nothing bad to say about Tesla. Love the cars. Love all the amazing things Elon musk is doing to advance civilization. But I bought a Bolt because that was the better choice for me personally. At the time (almost a year ago) the least expensive Tesla was about $15k more than what I ultimately paid, including dealer discounts, for my nicely equipped Bolt LT. Today there is at least a $5k difference in price. I spent a lot of time in the seats before buying. I (5’9”, 185) have no problem with the seats. None. They are perfectly fine to me. The car is, as every review notes, a complete hoot to drive. The regen braking is better than Tesla. It’s a hatch with a surprisingly large amount of room behind the fold-flat seats. It isn’t “showy”. I like that. I work at a public high school in the inner city. I’d rather look like a dork than an ass. Yes, the supercharger network is amazing, but millions of people don’t need it. My wife has a big suv. That is what we take on long trips. I don’t ever need to take the Bolt on long trips.… Read more »

The problem with the review is he compares his 2013 Leaf driving experience to his 2018 Tesla (I assume an advanced trim). Then says there’s no comparison. Duh… There’s no comparison between a 2013 Leaf and a 2019 leaf 40kwh let alone a 2019 leaf plus.

Then he completely overlooks manufacturers incentives that will drive town the price. That $2,000 difference becomes $5000. Then, there’s also the fact that Chevy and Nissan will, at some point this year, have 72 month zero percent financing. So, your car payments will be $100/mo less than a Tesla 3.

That being said, of course the 3 is a better car. It should be if you’re pay 20-25% more.