2019 Chevy Bolt EV – still charged and ready


We first reviewed the Chevrolet Bolt EV in June 2017, and were impressed. I gave the Bolt two thumbs up in 2017, and I’ll repeat that assessment for the 2019 model. The Bolt has plenty of range for a driver’s daily needs, it handles well, and it has enough power to surprise the hell out of any ICE driver who might be next to you at a traffic light.

Modern vehicles come packed with features, and every model has its handy pros and its annoying cons – some consumers buy (or get rid of) cars because of these little details. In this day and age, one would think that, like computers (and to a lesser extent, phones), cars would have somewhat customizable user interfaces. However, so far the only cars I’ve driven that allow any substantial personalization are from Tesla. If you don’t like the fact that your car won’t turn the lights off automatically (my Toyota will, my Nissan won’t), too bad – live with it, or buy another model that does.

I found no features on the Bolt that annoyed me personally. Some reviewers have found it odd that there is no built-in navigation system. However, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard, and in my experience, onboard nav systems tend to be clunky anyway, so that didn’t bother me.

On the contrary, there’s one little detail of the 2019 Bolt that I like very much. Every door has a little button on the handle, so it can be unlocked and opened individually. On my Prius (for example), you can’t unlock the rear doors without unlocking one of the front doors first, and even after years as one of the Pious, I can’t get used to this.

A finicky little detail? Yes, and one that you may not care a whit about. I don’t recommend that you choose a car based on how the doors or the lights work. However, I’d like to see GM and other automakers introduce some options for personalizing little details for us finicky felines.

In any case, if you want a pure EV at a mid-market price, and you live in the US outside of California, you probably shouldn’t quibble about door handles, because the Bolt is one of only three viable options. By all means, check out the Nissan LEAF Plus and the Tesla Model 3, but you won’t go wrong with the Bolt (don’t just take it from me: Car and Driver, Motor Trend, Kelley Blue Book and CNET’s Roadshow each gave it a thumbs-up).

The 2019 Bolt sports a 60 kWh battery pack, and has an EPA-rated range of 238 miles and combined efficiency of 119 MPGe. It packs 200 hp and delivers a 0-60 time of “under 7 seconds.”

The base LT trim comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, LED taillights, an 8-inch instrument panel display, a 10.2-inch center touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports, and remote start. It starts at $37,495.

The Premier trim adds roof rails, leather seats, front and rear heated seats, heated steering wheel, surround-view camera system, ambient interior lighting, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and rearview mirror camera. It starts at $41,895.

  • Daniel

    Chevy is not the best, but they always provide consumer satisfied product. Also in Ev era. Buick has unveiled several hybrid EV and Bev in China, Chevy will follow in the future. As a EV driving motor manufacturer in China, we just talked about a hybrid project the GM.

  • Troy Frank

    I want to see all EV’s succeed, but I don’t get why anyone would buy a Bolt. For less money you can get a Tesla Model 3 SR+ with similar range, better features, and far superior highway charging. Bolt’s been out 2 years now and GM has improved it in essentially zero ways that matter.

    • Mark N

      Really – I paid $28415 for mine excluding tax credits.

      • Troy Frank

        What model year is it? This article just said the 2019 msrp starts at $41,895. I remember prior years having starting msrp’s around $38,500. Did you get yours used or new?

    • traumadog

      “I want to see all EV’s succeed, but I don’t get why anyone would buy a Bolt.”

      Since the same can be said of every other EV besides Tesla, this comment boils down to “Why would anyone buy anything but a Tesla?”

      But hey, people may have other needs that a Model 3 can’t provide. Just saying.

      • Troy Frank

        That’s why I ended up getting a Tesla. I’d be happy to consider other EV’s if they had the same benefits. What “other needs” exist that Tesla can’t provide, but others do? Genuinely confused what those would be.

        • traumadog

          Until the Model Y comes out? Carrying bulky cargo internally. Sure, there’s a pass-through in the Model 3, but a hatchback does have some benefits over a car with a trunk.

          • Troy Frank

            I guess, in some corner cases. I’ve already carried a full sliding patio screen in my Model 3, so there’s not much typical cargo that wouldn’t fit in there. For the 1 time every 5 years I really need better cargo capacity than that I just rent a $20 van or truck (or bribe a friend).

          • traumadog

            Sure, for you. You generalizing your experience to “everyone should just buy a Tesla” is what I was commenting about.

            And there is a level of irony saying “I’d just use someone else’s ICE in that case” here.

          • Troy Frank

            I’m not saying “everyone”. I’m saying most could get by. Yes, for the minority that absolutely must have a bigger hatch opening, you have to either get a Bolt, or wait for a Model Y. Bolt is compromising on highway travel though.

            And I’m just being realistic about corner cases. It’s great that EV cuv’s and trucks will be out soon. But currently there’s no avoiding an ICE on rare occasion. I’ll be the first to cheer when that’s not the case anymore.

          • soldierboy001

            Tried getting a fridge or washing machine in yet?

          • Troy Frank

            You’d be lucky to get either of those into even a cuv. You’d likely need a truck or a full size suv. How often do you need to do that anyway?

          • soldierboy001

            Quite often and you can do it in a Golf size car with space to spare. You don’t know much about cars do you.

          • Troy Frank

            Well congrats, you’re in the .001% of people that has to do that a lot. Most people haul something like that once every 7-10 years.

            You must be talking about something other than what I’m thinking of. It seems unlikely you’re fitting a full-size fridge into the back of a golf with room to spare. My laundry washing machine is also not fitting into anyone’s compact hatchback. Maybe a dishwater?

          • soldierboy001

            You are talking a lot of shit, a washing machine is 600 by 600 by 800 long, and I know lots of people, more than your .001% that carry items of this size regularly. You obviously don’t live in Europe. Stop trolling and go look up some facts.

          • Troy Frank

            Boy you’re an angry guy for no reason. No, I don’t live in europe. I’m only talking about people I know and see in the US. So if it’s different there, good for you. Just not sure why people are hauling big stuff around so frequently over there. We typically keep major appliances for 10+ years, so there’s not often a need to haul such things.

          • soldierboy001

            I am not angry just sorry for you being so simple minded. If you live in America or Australia you have pick up trucks to do this, in Europe hatch backs have become popular so when we go to the store we can bring back large items to save delivery charges or have them instantly.

          • Troy Frank

            Well luckily your opinion about me doesn’t matter. I never claimed anything for europe. You just seem hell-bent on throwing insults around. Bad day at the office, troubles at home?

          • soldierboy001

            No just giving out the truth.

      • dogphlap dogphlap

        There are offerings from South Korea with good range and price apart from the the Bolt (which is over 50% South Korean itself). We have reached the stage where alternatives exist although wait times can be considerable. That has to be good. With scarcely 2% of the market EV sales have plenty of room to expand. I like Tesla, Hyundai, Kia and the LG Bolt (I won’t consider Nissan until they employ some thermal management for the battery). The iPace and the German offerings are too expensive for their range for me (despite the large batteries they have) but they might suite folks with different priorities.

      • VazzedUp

        You can’t get a Tesla for anywhere close to a Bolt. The Tesla is $39k, you get a base Bolt for $32 after Chevy Discount, and that will likely come with options added, like a heated steering wheel that you can’t get on a Model 3.
        Utility over speed and image, fine by me.

    • https://plus.google.com/112369196781110564035 Brian W

      Mine was 25k after fed incentive. Last I looked you could still get one close to that. SR+ is I think about 37k after incentive.

      Pre incentive you’re talking 29ish vs 39.

      I agree on the other points but for a lot of people 10-12k is a lot of money, so I thought it was worth pointing out that the Bolt doesn’t sell for it’s MSRP.

  • http://www.votopia.com Mike Suding

    I’ve had a Chevy Bolt for over 2 years and the biggest annoyance for me is the super narrow front seats. Apparently lot’s of people complain about that.

  • Mark N

    The chrome strip above the infotainment system is a sun reflector but can be fixed. Otherwise it is a great car.

  • Vincent Wolf

    Buyers of the Bolt are Dolts. It’s strictly a city car.

    • https://plus.google.com/112369196781110564035 Brian W

      No, it’s not. It goes city-to-city very well, and I’ve done a couple several hundred mile road trips on it fine. You do have to run a charging plan before leaving if you are going hundreds of miles; I don’t find it difficult.

    • VazzedUp

      And Tesla buyers are ego polishers who feel the need to dis every other vehicle and owner not in their gang. Get over yourself, drive what you want and let the rest drive what they want.

  • Brent Jatko

    Can you even find one on a dealership lot these days?

  • jstack6

    Any Vegan interior?
    Any Nationwide charging?
    When will they up production to beat their other gas cars at 100-200+K a year?
    http://gmauthority.com/blog/gm/chevrolet/cruze/chevrolet-cruze-sales-numbers/

  • Quick Quote

    I paid less than $20K after dealer discount and incentives and I’m consistently getting over 350 miles of range per charge. I’m glad I didn’t buy a much higher priced lower range Tesla. I absolutely love my Bolt. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d6302248d892c7c7a7b8e463602ccbe8401dc62306b6a6fafa91fc65b79a5fb9.jpg

    • daniel michael

      Why wouldn’t Chevy advertise 350+ mile range if it can do that? Wouldn’t that make them sell better?