Test Vehicle's MSRP: $36,165 (Base Model 1LT: $31,995)
Seating Capacity: 4
Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; a stability control system; a tire pressure monitoring system; automatic emergency braking; front pedestrian braking; pedestrian safety signals; automatic high beam; following distance indicator; a forward collision alert system; rear camera; and OnStar
Standard Equipment (1LT): 17-inch wheels; maintenance 2 years/24,000 miles; electric power steering; two driving modes; rear cargo storage; a manual operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; a manual operated driver’s seat; a remote keyless entry system; in-vehicle Wi-Fi; a push button keyless starter; an 8-inch driver information center; and a 10-inch infotainment system
Options: USB charging only ports; a 7-speaker Bose audio system; in-car wireless charging; and a radar active cruise control system
Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: a 6-speaker audio system with AM/FM/HD with SiriusXM
Bluetooth Connectivity: Standard
USB Connectivity: Standard
Apple/Android Connectivity: Standard
Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles
Standard Engine/Horsepower: no engine/200-hp
Recommended Fuel: All Electric
Standard eMileage Range: 127 city/108 hwy
What’s New: After being on the market since 2020, the Bolt has gone through its first refresh. The front fascia has been redesigned and there has been some interior upgrades too.
· A full charge provides a 262-mile driving range
· Requires no gasoline
· A low maintenance vehicle
· Smooth and quick acceleration (200-hp)
· Available for a DC Quick Charger
· Comfortable seating
· Spacious rear seating and legroom
· Rear fold down center armrest
· Easy-to-use infotainment system
· Environmentally friendly
· Could be eligible for tax credits locally or via one's employer
· Equipped with a host of safety features
· Apps like the Wall Street Journal that reads to you
· A clear sounding optional sound system
Chevy is offering a free level 2 home charger
· It takes a moment to adjust to the one pedal drive mode
· Bland exterior styling
No sunroof available
· No in-vehicle navigation system available
No federal credit for GM vehicles; GM exhausted their credits in 2020
The zippy Chevy Bolt is also available as a crossover too for the 2022 model year. Being that the driving range on our test model was capable of achieving over 260 miles, when fully charged, range anxiety is no longer a concern of ours. We weren't too concern about having access to charging stations, as we traveled throughout metro Atlanta.
More importantly, with the refresh of the Bolt, the design team has been able to balance a comfy ride with the latest technological advancements, all while pushing the green theme.
Furthermore, the 2022 Bolt, which can be charged up using a standard or a DC quick charger, demonstrates that the four seater is ready for the mainstream market to get on board despite the lack of infrastructure being in place. During our review, we were able to use both a level 2 and a DC quick charger. In order to boost our mileage quicker, within a shorter time frame, we had to stop by a local Chevrolet dealer. Ironically, the dealer's two DC quick chargers were only reserved for their in-house use only. On the other hand, they did make special provisions for us. However, there were several level 2 units in an open location for the public to use. A number of utility companies also offer discounts for level 2 units at home.
Lastly, there were also several grocery chains and malls that provided level 2 units for the public. Some were free, while others required you to pay. Fortunately for us, we were able to circumvent paying for electricity.
Competition: Kia Niro; Nissan Leaf; Tesla Model 3; and Volkswagen ID.4