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It used to be that admirers of electric cars who wanted a 200-miles-plus range had to get in line for a Tesla and spend upward of $70,000. The Chevrolet Bolt changed all that. Don't let the Bolt's mundane appearance deceive you and mask the car's advanced technology.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"It is kind of fun to drive... instant torque makes it like driving a go cart."

David W., TX (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Extremely rapid exceleration. One Pedal driving is awesome... handling is sport like..."

G M., NJ (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"This vehicle has incredible acceleration. You can zip around so quietly and smoothly like nothing I have experienced before in a car."

Jim O., CA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Acceleration is exhilarating (pushes you back in your seat). Steering is positive but cornering is hampered somewhat by the tires and vehicle weight."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Acceleration is outstanding, instant, silent and smooth. Handling is phenomenal. One pedal driving is revolutionary and easy to learn. Fantastic car."

Steve S., ON (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Great acceleration, especially in sport mode. Regenerative braking is implemented excellently. Front wheel drive and vehicle height lead to marginal handling. Turning radius is poorer than expected."

Anonymous, MD (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"easy, smooth and safe"

Anonymous, MA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Acceleration is very good. When you step on the accelerator, the car just goes. Handling is also very stable due to the low center of gravity with battery in the floor of the car, even though the car looks relatively tall."

Benson W., CA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Peppy and fun to drive"

Cherie M., TN (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"It has very quick pickup and is fun to drive."

Anonymous, MD (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Using the "Low" mode allows one peddle driving (easing up on gas peddle activates regenerative breaking) that is both very smooth, saves on brake pads and so far has increased the range from 238 to 270 miles."

Andy C., CA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Instant torque and very good handling considering the low rolling resistance tires"

Tim J., BC (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"I like the one pedal driving, the instant and rapid acceleration. I like the firm European suspension and the way it corners. Can have some torque steer at times."

Anonymous, OR (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"It has great acceleration, handles great, and is fun to drive."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Usual fast acceleration, as with all EVs. Good handling. Feels good driving in the city or on the highway."

Robert P., ON (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"The Bolt is a blast to drive. The stock tires aren't super-grippy (they're designed for LRR, not high-speed performance), but it's still great fun. They autocrossed this car against the Golf GTI, and it was pretty much neck-and-neck. Don't let the tall stature fool you, this is a fun, quick car that handles like a dream."

Quinton L., OH (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"I can't believe the acceleration - it's so fast."

Diane L., VA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Absolutely great acceleration and handling. I feel the road but without the vibrations and noise that usually accompany such feel."

David P., MO (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"It is fun to drive. Its acceleration and cornering are great."

A T., MA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Whisper quiet and strong acceleration with no lag or dead spots. Excellent cornering with little body lean and overall very stable handling."

Anonymous, CO (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"The 2 liter engine with the 9 speed transmission is very smooth and peppy."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Very comfortable to drive using one pedal driving. Quiet. Air cooling very good. Quick acceleration. Very easy to park in close spaces."

Mary O., CA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"This car is fun to drive. Zippy, sure footed, quick to stop. I almost always use the regen lever on the back left side of steering wheel to slow down and stop under normal conditions. This is a great feature as it puts electricity back into the battery pack."

Charles M., FL (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Acceleration is immediate and strong. The low center of gravity due to the batteries helps handling curves."

Anonymous, CO (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"great acceleration than most of more expensive cars. Handling is great."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"This car is a pleasure to drive with a smooth ride and good acceleration. The one-pedal driving feature is much better than I would have expected. It takes a little getting used to, but quickly becomes very intuitive."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Most fun driving experience I've every had."

Jim D., FL (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Being able to drive using only 1 pedal."

Stephen T., GA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Seat comfort is just okay. No seat memory. Very quiet, no engine noise. Ride is good, a bit of lean because of car height."

Anonymous, MD (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Front seats, particularly drivers seat, are very thin (no padding) and very narrow. Tolerable for getting around town but I'd never try to go on an extended trip with them..."

David W., TX (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"The seats seem to be a bit too small for the average adult and could be better padded or less hard.. the suspension is pretty stiff so seat comfort is very important."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Leather seats and quiet"

Cherie M., TN (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"The Bolt is quiet and comfortable. Some people have complained about the seats, so you should try them for yourself. In my car, however, I find them quite comfortable (I'm 6'1, 235 lbs.), and so do my passengers. The ride is very smooth, and I'm very happy with it."

Quinton L., OH (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Would love a more high-end feel. Ride is rather ragged and noisy. Handling is great, though."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"I think the seats overall are well made. I would like to have more support, lumbar adjustment, possible electric driver adjustable seat. The ride is solid but sometimes bumpy. Noise control is excellent. This car runs silent."

Charles M., FL (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Very quiet inside and out and extremely comfortable. Very smooth ride."

Anonymous, CO (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"A silent ride, smooth and energetic. Fantastic tech experience. Missing : moon roof & electric seats."

Steve S., ON (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"i know you want to save energy but electric seats are really nice. my wife and I have different height setting...a bit of pain changing"

James G., WA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Seats ok for short rides but become uncomfortable for rides of > 1 hour. Road noise high - probably from choice of tires."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Have only had this car a few days. Car is very quiet and rides pretty nice. The seats have been complained about by others but I would say they are acceptable for a car that is not going to be driven across the country. All manual seat adjustments on a car this expensive were unexpected."

Richard B., CA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Seats could be a little bigger and softer. Car is quiet, handles well, and accelerates instantly and fast"

Anonymous, OR (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"The seats are just okay--lack lumbar support (but not so badly my back hurts in an hour's drive) and are a bit narrow. We are both normal-sized (not the usual American plus-sized people), so the seats' size are fine. The interior is, as all note, too reliant on hard, cheap plastic for a car of this price range. However, it still feels pleasant to be inside. I would prefer electrically adjustable seats, though--again, especially for the price of the car. Overall, though, we love this Bolt."

Anonymous, OR (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Seats are reasonably comfortable. Not as bad as reported on some videos observed on Youtube..."

G M., NJ (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Front seat, particularly the driver's seat is uncomfortable. There is a hard plastic rim on the side of the seat that can press into the hip."

Fick R., KS (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"the ride is smooth and quiet, the seats are more comfortable then I thought they would be"

A T., MA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Comfortable heated seats. Ride is pretty good for a small car and there is only the slighted hum for engine noise."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"The front seats are not the most comfortable. There is lack of lumbar support and the backrest feels narrow on my back. The seat feels good but I am a very thin 6' tall. The floor of the car is a little high due to the battery so you need to step up a little to get in the car."

Benson W., CA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Range, Apple car play is awesome"

Anonymous, OR (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Best range car for this money. Only car, right now with better range is a Tesla at more money. That plus low maintenace costs of driving electric. Cheaper fuel and next to no maintenance."

Robert P., ON (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"I love driving by gas stations and knowing that I’m not contributing to air pollution since it’s charged with my solar panels at home."

Anonymous, CO (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"So far I have only used a fast charge twice. I charge my car at home with my solar panels. It's zero emissions, handles great, and has great get up and go."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"Multiple rebates/discounts (car dealer, MA drive green promotion, State and Federal) made the car an attractive purchase option."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)

"drive an electrical car with zero emission and super fast start speed. Bolt has the best full charge range ~220miles."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Chevrolet Bolt)
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