Editor’s note: You may also want to read Autotrader’s 2017 Chevrolet Bolt review.
Automotive marketers like to throw around hyperbolic catch-phrases and terms like "game changer" — even though it rarely fits the car in question. This time, however, the description is perfect, because, as our editor Ben said, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is "the car of the future." A brand-new, fully electric hatchback, the Bolt touts an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-estimated range of 238 miles between charges — more than all its EV competitors, except for Tesla. But the Bolt doesn’t have a Tesla price, as it starts at a surprisingly reasonable $37,500 with shipping and before tax incentives. More importantly, it finally feels like a car worthy of that "game changer" description, making it an obvious choice for our 2017 Must Test Drive list. Our editor Dwight also noted that anyone can drive it daily, a function of its impressive range, which we easily exceeded. And for drivers who aren’t sure if they can fit their lifestyle into a hatchback, Tara — our managing editor and mom to two young kids — called it "way more versatile than you might think." Among EVs, the Chevy Bolt is a worry-free car that simply works in the real world exactly as Chevrolet says it should. If you’re looking for an EV or even a hybrid, test drive the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV.