AutoTrader released its annual best electric vehicles ranking this week, which lists currently available that its editors believe are the most impressive. The 2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup found its way on this list, as we reported earlier this week, but it wasn’t the only GM EV to receive praise from the publication. Both the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV and Bolt EV were also included on the list, with editors offering praise for the recent redesign of the electric crossover.
“The Bolt recently received a makeover and a slightly larger EUV (electric utility vehicle) sibling,” AutoTrader said of the compact EVs. “Its new exterior and interior designs improved on the outgoing model’s minor shortcomings, and the improved battery capacity and motor make the 2022 Bolt even more capable.”
The Bolt EUV’s inclusion here is somewhat important, as rival offerings like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Volkswagen ID.4 were also included on the list. While the Bolt EUV is a bit smaller than these two offerings, the limited number of battery-powered models on the market at the moment means consumers will likely cross-shop similarly-sized EVs. Other vehicles in AutoTrader’s ranking included the 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge, 2022 Tesla Model 3, 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS, 2022 Kia EV6 and the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E.
Unlike some vehicle rankings, this one was based on editors’ own impressions of the vehicles. The editorial team drove and lived with every single one of the vehicles on the list, evaluating them based on how easy they were to live with day-to-day and how well they fulfilled their intended purpose.
“The editors took each electric vehicle through seemingly mundane but important tasks like parking, lane-changing, backing up, and loading cargo space,” AutoTrader said of its study. “They also assessed essentials like acceleration, braking, handling, interior quiet and comfort, as well as materials and build quality.”
The Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV recently re-entered production after GM was forced to issue a stop-sale on both vehicles due to a large-scale recall related to battery fire risks. The compact EVs are produced at the GM Orion Assembly plant in Michigan.