2020 Chevrolet Bolt

Original MSRP Range
$36,620 - $41,020
Available Style(s)
Hatchback
MPG
Unavailable
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2020 Chevrolet Bolt

What We Like

  • Roomy interior
  • 250-plus mile range on a single charge
  • Affordable price after tax credit
  • Cost of the 240 charging station (around $750) can be financed with the car
  • Available in all 50 states

What We Don't

  • Charging times still too long compared to the time it takes to fill a gas tank
  • No backup motor/generator option
  • Drab interior colors
  • Lacking some driver safety features such as adaptive cruise control and high-speed autonomous braking

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.7/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.7/ 5

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Overview

What's New in the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt?

The Bolt EV gains two new colors: Oasis Blue and Cayenne Orange Metallic. Both the rear vision and surround vision cameras are upgraded with HD quality cameras. See the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt models for sale near you

Which Bolt is the Best?

If you only need the basics, the LT's low price makes it the better deal. Toss in the two Driver Confidence Packages and you have a nicely equipped electric at a good price. Find a Chevrolet Bolt for sale

How Much Does a 2020 Chevrolet Bolt Cost?

The 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV is offered in two trims: LT and Premier. Both cars qualify for a $1,850 tax credit from the federal government that ends in March of 2020. There may also be further savings offered by GM and at the state level.

The Bolt LT ($37,495) includes 17-in alloy wheels with self-sealing tires, auto HID headlights, power adjustable heated outside mirrors, keyless entry with push-button start, Teen Driver, automatic climate control, 10 airbags including side-curtain and driver and passenger front-knee airbags, 8-in driver information center, 6-speaker audio with 10.2-in color touchscreen and Chevrolet MyLink, dual USB ports, OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, power door locks, power windows, a rear vision camera, remote start, cruise control, Bluetooth and a tilt-and-telescopic steering column.

Options for the LT are bundled into three packages. The Comfort and Convenience Package adds heated front seats, an autodimming rearview mirror and a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel. The Driver Confidence Package brings blind spot monitoring and lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors. The Driver Confidence II Package adds collision avoidance with low-speed automatic braking, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist, pedestrian detection braking and automatic high beams.

The Bolt Premier ($41,895) adds contents from the LT's Comfort and Convenience and Driver Confidence packages plus leather seating, upgraded 17-in wheels, roof rails, heated outboard rear seats, a Surround Vision 360-degree camera, ambient lighting and a rear seat armrest. Optional packages for the Premier include the Infotainment Package that adds a 7-speaker Bose audio upgrade, wireless charging pad and rear-seat dual USB ports. Also optional is the Driver Confidence II Package.

The Bolt comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty and an 8-year/100,000-mile battery, a thermal-management system, a charging system and electric drive component warranty.

Bolt Trims

HatchbackOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Bolt EV 5dr Wgn LT$36,620 / $35,301Electric200N/AAutomaticFWD
Bolt EV 5dr Wgn Premier$41,020 / $39,543Electric200N/AAutomaticFWD
Chevrolet Bolt Safety

Is the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt a Safe Car?

All 2020 Chevrolet Bolts comes standard with 10 airbags including side-curtain airbags, front-knee airbags, front-side airbags plus a rear view camera and GM's OnStar telematics system. Optional on the LT and standard on Premier are a blind spot monitoring system, lane-departure warning and rear cross-traffic alert. The LT and Premier trims offer the Driver Confidence II package that brings forward-collision warning and low-speed emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning and auto high beams.

In testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Bolt earned five stars overall, with four stars in the front crash test and five stars in the side and rollover tests. The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Bolt its highest rating of Good in all but the small overlap front passenger crash test, which scored an Acceptable rating.

Behind the Wheel

We recently tested the Chevrolet Bolt. Here is what our Autotrader expert reviewer had to say about the experience:

"The best compliment we can pay to the Bolt is to say driving it is pretty unremarkable. If you've never driven an electric car, you're in for a surprise -- and that surprise is that there are no surprises. The big difference you'll notice is that there's no engine noise (since there's no engine), so you notice road and wind noise a lot more than in a gasoline-engine car. But mostly you just get in the Bolt and drive. And drive. And drive. Chevy reports acceleration from zero to 60 mph at 6.5 seconds, which is pretty quick for a compact hatchback.

"The Bolt has an independent front suspension and a semi-independent rear suspension. The new chassis is pretty rigid, and the suspension is non-adjustable, so the ride is pretty firm. That's good for handling but not as good for comfort -- always a delicate balance, but nicely managed in this case. Sophisticated electric power steering delivers good response, with a light weight at low speeds and heavier feel at higher speeds. The low center of gravity (thanks to the battery placement in the chassis) lends a sense of stability around the curves. It's even possible to wring a little bit of fun out of the Bolt on a winding road.

"The Bolt offers a level of engagement that you can enter into, or not, as your personality and tastes dictate. If you're into the gaming aspect of EVs, you can interact with the car to maximize range -- it gives you feedback in the instrument panel to let you know how you're doing. Or you can ignore that and just pay attention to your state of charge and range like you would with a fuel gauge. A wide range of advanced safety features are available on the Bolt, too.

"Unlike the interior of its competitor, the BMW i3, the Bolt's interior is simple and familiar-looking rather than jarringly modernistic. The most prominent feature is the big 10.2-inch touchscreen display at the top of the center stack. It's rectangular and set into the dash in landscape orientation. The center console is low and open, which makes the cabin feel a little bigger and less cramped. Soft-touch plastics are in the right places, and build quality appears solid. Several calming color schemes are available to keep the Bolt serene."

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5 Year Cost to Own

$46,081 ($0.61 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own
Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases
Corrosion3 Years/36,000 Miles
Rust-Through6 Years/100,000 Miles
Hybrid/Electric Components8 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases
Maintenance1 Year/1 Visit

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • HID Headlights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Interior Protection Pkg
  • Winter/Summer Floor Mats Pkg
  • Infotainment Pkg
  • Driver Confidence II Pkg

Competition

2020 Chevrolet Bolt vs the competition

2020 BMW i3 -- The BMW i3 isn't as roomy inside as the Bolt, and its styling is rather radical both inside and out. The i3's cruising range isn't as long as what the Bolt can do, but it does offer an optional on-board gasoline motor generator that extends its range to about 180 miles.

2020 Nissan Leaf -- The Leaf offers a new 62-kWh battery that extends the Leaf's range to 226 miles. The base Leaf S costs nearly $7,000 less than the Bolt LT, but it is not as well-equipped nor can it go as far.

2020 Volkswagen e-Golf -- Volkswagen's e-Golf looks just like the gasoline-powered Golf, which some people may prefer to the Bolt's futuristic styling. The e-Golf's range is limited to 125 miles. Enticing lease deals may make the e-Golf a tempting alternative.

2020 Hyundai Kona EV -- The Kona EV may be the Bolt's closest competitor, with similar pricing size and range.

Used Tesla Model 3 -- While a bit pricier than the Bolt, a used Tesla Model 3 will give you more range and interior room and more cool features like autonomous driving and all-wheel drive (AWD).

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