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2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV

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$36,620 — $41,020 MSRP
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2-5 Seats
120 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Excellent range for the price
  • Spacious cabin
  • Quick acceleration
  • Adds 25 miles of range per hour (240-volt charging)
  • Packed with multimedia technology

The Bad

  • Front-seat comfort
  • Busier ride quality than competitors
  • Modest cargo room
  • Low-resolution backup and 360-degree cameras
  • Gimmicky regenerative handbraking
  • Fewer standard features than competitors
2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV
  • Five-seat compact electric car
  • 238-mile EPA-estimated range
  • Eligible for federal tax credit
  • 10.2-inch touchscreen standard
  • DC fast charging optional

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV?

With a future-is-now approach, Chevrolet's all-electric Bolt EV hatchback delivers 238 miles of range on a full charge, according to the EPA, which should go a long way toward eliminating the kind of range anxiety drivers experience in electric cars with shorter driving ranges. Unlike the Chevrolet Volt, which has a small range-extending gas engine, the five-seat Bolt EV is a battery-electric car that offers optional DC fast charging in addition to 120- and 240-volt charging. Competitors include the Nissan Leaf, Hyundai Ioniq Electric, Volkswagen e-Golf and Tesla Model 3.

What's New on the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV?

A new tire fill alert beeps the horn when an underinflated tire reaches the correct air pressure.

What Features in the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV Are Most Important?

Standard features include LED headlights, a digital instrument panel, Bluetooth connectivity, a 10.2-inch touchscreen multimedia system, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity. Options include front and rear heated seats, a heated steering wheel, wireless device charging and a Bose premium stereo.

Available active safety features include forward collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert.

Should I Buy the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV?

The Bolt EV is a good step forward in the development of electric vehicles that are affordable for average car shoppers. The car offers plenty of driving range on a full charge, plus hatchback utility with its 56.6 cubic feet of maximum cargo room. Ride quality is a bit busier than the competition, but the car accelerates quickly. The Bolt EV is eligible for a federal tax credit, but it's already begun to phase out, so be sure to check the schedule before buying.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
19 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

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(5.0)

An Electrifying Experience

by Granite Statement from Orange, NH on April 21, 2019

This is an amazing car. Fun to drive and excellent handling. No issues with battery range covering the State from one end to the other. Comfortable and quiet. One-pedal driving is a piece of cake and ... Read full review

(5.0)

Love driving fuel free

by MacGyver's Wife from Grand Rapids, Ohio on April 17, 2019

After owning two Volts and loving them, I was ready to go all electric and the Bolt EV fit my needs. With a range of roughly 235 miles between charging, it more than suits my lifestyle. The torque is ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Chevrolet

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Bolt EV received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker

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