If you only need the basics, the LT's low price makes it the better deal. However, it's hard to look away from the Premier's optional driver assist features, especially since most Bolt EVs will be pulling duty in crowded city bumper-to-bumper traffic. If you can swing the extra $6,500, we'd say go for all the bells and whistles.
The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV is offered in two trims: LT and Premier. Both cars qualify for a $7,500 tax credit from the federal government. There may also be further savings offered at the state level, so be sure to check with your local motor vehicle department before you buy.
The Bolt LT ($34,495) includes 17-inch alloy wheels with self-sealing tires, auto HID headlights, power adjustable heated outside mirrors, keyless entry with push button start, Teen Driver, automatic climate control, 10 airbags including side-curtain and driver and passenger front-knee airbags, 8-in driver information center, 6-speaker audio with 10.2-in color touchscreen and Chevrolet MyLink, dual USB ports, OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-Fi,Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, power door locks, power windows, rear vision camera, remote start, cruise control, Bluetooth and a tilt-telescopic steering column.
Options for the LT are bundled into two packages. The Comfort and Convenience Package adds heated front seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror and a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel. The Driver Confidence Package brings side blind spot and lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors.
The Bolt Premier ($41,780) adds all the LT standard and package features plus leather seating, upgraded 17-in wheels, roof rails, heated outboard rear seats, Surround Vision 360-degree camera, ambient lighting and a rear seat armrest. Optional packages for the Premier include the Infotainment Package that adds a 7-speaker Bose audio upgrade, wireless charging pad and rear-seat dual USB ports. The Driver Confidence Package adds collision avoidance with low-speed automatic braking, lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist, pedestrian detection braking and automatic high beams.
The Bolt comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty; a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain; and an 8-year/100,000-mile battery, thermal-management system, charging system and electric drive component warranty.
All 2018 Chevrolet Bolts comes standard with 10 airbags including side-curtain airbags, front-knee airbags, front-side airbags plus a rear view camera and GM's OnStar telematics system. Optional on the LT and standard on Premier are blind spot monitoring system, lane change alert and rear cross-traffic alert. The Premier trim offer the Driver Confidence II package that brings forward collision warning and low-speed emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning and auto high beams.
In testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Bolt earned 5 Stars overall, with 4 Stars in the front crash test and 5 Stars in the side and rollover tests. The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Bolt its highest rating of Good in all but the small overlap front passenger crash test, which scored an Acceptable rating.
2018 Chevrolet Bolt vs the competition
2018 BMW i3 -- The BMW i3 isn't as roomy inside as the Bolt, and its styling is rather radical both inside and out. The i3's cruising range is about half what the Bolt can do, but it does offer an optional onboard gasoline motor generator that extends its range to about 180 miles.
2018 Nissan Leaf -- The Leaf is all new this year, with a sportier design and a 150-mile range. Later in the model year, Nissan will release a higher capacity battery with a range exceeding 200 miles. The base Leaf S costs nearly $7,000 less than the Bolt LT, but it is not as well-equipped.
2018 Volkswagen e-Golf -- Volkswagen's e-Golf looks just like the gasoline-powered Golf, which some people may prefer to the Bolt's futuristic styling. The e-Golf's range is limited to 125 miles. Enticing lease deals may make the e-Golf a tempting alternative.
2018 Chevrolet Volt -- The Volt is not a pure electric, but it can run solely on battery power for up to 53 miles, after which a gasoline engine kicks on to act as a generator for charging the battery pack. The Volt is a bit more stylish than the Bolt, but it also cost a more.
Used Ford C-Max Energi -- A 2013-2016 Ford C-Max Energi is a plug-in hybrid that can run short distances in pure EV mode. It features similar quasi-SUV styling like the Bolt, and has a total cruising range of about 620 miles.
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