Another month, another award for the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. This time, Popular Mechanics found much to love with the Bolt EV. It didn’t just earn praise, it earned the publication’s Car of the Year title.
Much like all other tests, the Bolt EV shocked (pun intended) with its surprisingly agile driving characteristics, premium amenities and, of course, its 238-mile all-electric range. PM drove the Bolt EV in a fast and fun manner and still ended the day with 150 miles of juice left in the battery.
And the torque is good, too. Like all electric cars, instant torque delivery means the Bolt EV scoots with PM calling it akin to the feeling of a Volkswagen GTI. Is it faster than a GTI? No, but it has the character.
Then there’s the value. If range is the highest priority, the Bolt EV takes the cake. Similar range can only be found in a Tesla Model S, which costs twice as much. The Bolt EV starts at $37,495 before federal tax credits are applied.
And it’s with that the Bolt EV takes home another prominent award.