Jerrybreaks down the 2017 Bolt EV versus the 2019 Bolt EV and determines which one is the better buy.
The Chevrolet Bolt’s beginnings
When creating the Bolt, Chevrolet wanted to maintain some of the Spark EV’s affordability, but expand the car to be bigger, have a much longer range, and more appeal to a wider audience.
The Chevrolet Bolt became GM’s first mass-produced, mass-market electric car, and blew buyers away with its impressive 238-mile EPA range.
If you’re shopping around for an electric car of your own, you might be tempted to check out what Chevy Bolt models are available on the used car market.
Second-hand EVs are more popularthan ever, but keep in mind that when shopping a newer model doesn’t always mean better.
Some model years may have recalls or other issues not found in an older model. The two could even be relatively equal in performance, but a slightly older model could go for thousands less.
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The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt vs. the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt
Kelley Blue Book, at the time of the Chevy Bolt’s release, it was one of the most impressive mass-produced EVs to date. The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is fitted with a 60-kWh battery pack, which at the time was the biggest to appear in any non-luxury electric car.
In terms of raw specs, both the 2017 and 2019 Chevrolet Bolt are equipped with the same impressive electric drivetrain. A 60-kWh lithium-ion battery pack produces 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. The EPA estimated range per full charge for both is 238 miles.
Both the 2017 and 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT have a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $37,495, while the Premier was priced at $41,780.
The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV does come in a few additional colors, and Tie Fill Alert was made standard.
The Driver Confidence II package was also made optional for the LT trim. 2019 Bolts will also get an automatic-heating steering wheel should you choose the LT’s Comfort and Convenience package.
Which one is the better buy?
Between the two model years, both versions of the Chevrolet Bolt offer the exact same specs. They are equally good buys, which gives you more options when shopping around for a used electric car.
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