The Bow Tie brand’s entry-level electric vehicle, the Chevy Bolt EV, has been recognized by the Automobile Association of America (AAA) in its 2023 Car Guide as the winner of the small vehicle category.
The 2022 Bolt EV was one of 10 category winners, and was given a score of 87 out of 130 by the AAA. Notably, there were six all-electric vehicles, one hybrid, and three gasoline-powered vehicles on the list. The 2022 BMW iX xDrive50 was AAA’s highest regarded vehicle overall, and received a score of 102 out of 130.
“EV sales gain more traction each year, but we know that consumers still have a lot of questions about them, such as battery life and ease of charging,” said AAA manager of the Automotive Research Center Megan McKernan. “That’s where the AAA Car Guide comes in handy. It’s an easy-to-understand resource that takes some of the stress and guesswork out of car-shopping by providing the vital information consumers need to make the right choice.”
It’s worth noting that the Bolt EV was also a 2021 AAA Car Guide winner.
In order to come up with winners for each category, which includes three categories based on price alone, AAA looks at factors like the number of ADAS safety features, fuel or energy efficiency, emissions, braking, handling, ride quality, and acceleration. In addition, vehicles are tested, scored, and placed in one of six vehicle type categories by the Automotive Research Center (ARC) of the Automobile Club of Southern California, which is a member of the AAA federation of motor clubs.
As a brief reminder, the Chevy Bolt EV, as well as the Chevy Bolt EUV, is equipped with a 65 kWh battery pack, which supplies power to the front-mounted electric motor. Total output is rated at 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, while both models utilize the GM BEV2 platform for structure.