2017 Chevrolet Bolt Review

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt sits in the top half of our hybrid and electric car rankings. This roomy, feature-rich car has a capable and efficient electric powertrain, as well as agile handling.  However, it also has some subpar cabin materials. 

Pros & Cons

  • Exceptional electric-only range
  • Fun to drive
  • Quiet, spacious cabin
  • Plenty of tech features
  • Low-rent interior materials
  • Pricier than most rivals

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt's #5 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Hybrid Cars category. It was a finalist for our 2017 Best Hybrid Car for Families award. Currently the Chevrolet Bolt has a score of 8.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 18 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 10.0
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2017 Chevrolet Bolt Overview

Is the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Chevy Bolt is a great choice in the hybrid and electric car class. With this electric vehicle, you don’t have to stop every 50 or 60 miles to recharge. That’s because it’s the first mainstream car to make a significant dent in “range anxiety,” which is the fear of draining the battery before you can find a place to recharge. The Bolt can travel up to 238 miles on a single charge.

This electric Chevy is also a hub of technology. It comes with an abundance of advanced features, including available driver assistance technology. Both rows are roomy, which is impressive for a car of this size. On the road, the Bolt has peppy acceleration, nimble handling, and a comfortable ride on most surfaces. Unfortunately, the cabin materials aren’t as nice as you might expect for the price.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 12 Chevrolet Bolt reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt?

Based on more than 25 listings on our site, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt’s price ranges from $27,900 to $40,000. Its average price is $32,800, which may seem high but is not unusual for an all-electric car. The price you pay depends on the model’s condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Cost to Own?

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are about $18,200. By comparison, five-year estimates for the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime are lower by about $1,200.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Chevrolet Bolt?

The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt starts at $36,620. That’s nearly $3,800 higher than the average price of a used 2017 Bolt. The Bolt was an all-new model for 2017, and the 2018 model doesn’t offer any noteworthy updates. By choosing the 2017 Bolt, you’ll get virtually the same vehicle as the 2018 model for less money.

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There’s no shortage of new compact cars that cost less than the 2017 Bolt. Most are powered only by gas, but some of the Bolt’s fuel-efficient rivals are still worth considering. The 2018 Honda Civic starts at $18,940, and it earns some of the best fuel economy estimates in the class (32 mpg in the city and 42 on the highway), and can travel 446 miles on a full tank of gas. It also features an upscale cabin, lots of seating and trunk space, and a smooth ride.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Bolt Is Best?

The Volt was an all-new model for 2017, so there are no older models to choose from. As outlined above, the 2017 Bolt offers more bang for your buck than the 2018 model.

How Reliable Is the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt?

J.D. Power gives the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt a predicted reliability rating of three out of five. That’s about average for the automotive market, but many hybrid and electrics cars from this model year earn higher ratings.

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt has no reported recalls.    

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Which Used Chevrolet Bolt Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Bolt comes in two trims: LT and Premier. The base Chevrolet Bolt LT trim gives you a lot for your money. It comes packed with tech features like a large touch-screen infotainment system, voice recognition, parental monitor settings, a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, a rearview camera, and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Chevrolet Bolt Premier gives you additional standard safety features. It comes with a 360-degree view camera, a rearview mirror with an integrated camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, and rear parking sensors. Available safety features include forward collision warning, low-speed automatic braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. This trim is also available with a Bose stereo, wireless device charging, and two additional USB ports.

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What Does Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

Chevrolet has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Hyundai, Buick, and Kia are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Chevrolet Bolt?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Bolt a Top Safety Pick, also giving it the highest rating of Good in all five crash evaluations.

The 2017 Chevy Bolt comes with a rearview camera and a Teen Driver system, which allows parents to set limits on things like speed and audio volume. The system also gives a report card of driving habits.

Available safety features include blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, a rearview mirror with a live camera feed, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and high beam assist.

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt or 2017 Toyota Prius Prime?

The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime and Chevrolet Bolt both rank highly in the used hybrid and electric car class. The Prius Prime is a plug-in hybrid vehicle with a 640-mile range (on gas and electric power). That’s much longer than the Bolt’s 248-mile all-electric range. Moreover, you can quickly refuel the Prius Prime at a gas station, while the Bolt requires a charging station and at least a half-hour wait before you can get back on the road. The Prius Prime also has a roomier interior than the Bolt. However, the Prius Prime’s acceleration is rather mundane, and its infotainment system is slow to respond at times. At the end of the day, you can’t go wrong with either car.

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt or 2017 Chevrolet Volt?

If you like the Bolt but aren’t yet sold on an all-electric vehicle, consider the 2017 Chevy Volt. It’s a plug-in hybrid, so its total range allows for significantly longer non-stop trips than a fully charged Bolt. Both cars offer brisk acceleration, a quiet ride, and lots of features. Despite its shorter range, the Bolt is the better car overall. It’s more fun-to-drive than the Volt, and it has more passenger and cargo space.

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt Performance

How Does the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Drive?

The Chevy Bolt is powered by an electric motor that generates 200 horsepower. It has zippy acceleration, with a zero-to-60 time of about 6.5 seconds. Still, some may find the Bolt’s power to be inadequate for highway passing and merging.

With the batteries and other electric components beneath the rear seats and floor, the Bolt has a low center of gravity. This gives it sharper handling than a majority of electric vehicles. Although there isn’t much body lean, the Bolt's low-rolling resistance tires limit its agility on sharper turns. The ride is firm without being uncomfortable. Also, the transitions between the Bolt’s regular and regenerative brakes are smooth, which isn’t true of all hybrid and electric cars.

Does the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Bolt returns 128 MPGe in the city and 110 MPGe on the highway (find out more in our article, What Is MPGe?). It has a 238-mile driving range on a full charge, which exceeds the range of many other electric cars. Replenishing a depleted battery takes nine hours using a 240-volt charger. You can get 90 miles of range with a 30-minute charge at a DC fast-charging station.

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Seat?

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt seats five on cloth upholstery. Manually adjustable seats are standard, but power seats are not available. Leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, and a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel are available. Cabin styling and materials are somewhat disappointing, with hard plastic surfaces throughout.

The Bolt's cabin is surprisingly roomy, thanks to an interior design that maximizes space. Even the back seats are quite spacious, offering enough room to accommodate taller adults. Although the Bolt’s seats have little padding, they provide adequate comfort and support for short drives.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt?

The Bolt has two complete sets of LATCH child-seat anchors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether anchor for the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal. 

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Features

Every Bolt comes with an abundance of standard features, including proximity keyless entry, push-button and remote start, automatic climate control, and an 8-inch driver information display. The standard MyLink infotainment system features a 10.2-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, two USB ports, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, voice recognition, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Available features include wireless device charging, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, and two USB ports for the rear passengers.

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt Dimensions

Chevrolet Bolt Cargo Space

The Bolt has 16.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, and 56.6 cubic feet with those seats folded. While that’s an average amount of space for a hatchback, it’s more than what most electric vehicles offer. In the Premier trim, the Bolt comes with a false cargo floor, which you can use to keep valuables out of sight.

2017 Chevrolet Length and Weight

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is about 13.7 feet long. Its curb weight is 3,580 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Built?

Chevrolet built the 2017 Bolt in Michigan.

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