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Chevrolet Bolt EV vs. Tesla Model 3

When we compare the Chevrolet Bolt EV to the Tesla Model 3, the Chevrolet Bolt EV has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and interior volume. The Tesla Model 3 has the advantage in the areas of overall quality score and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Chevrolet Bolt EV versus the Tesla Model 3, the two cars are fairly comparable.

Chevrolet Bolt EV versus Tesla Model 3 Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Chevrolet Bolt EV ranges from $23,996 to $30,999 while a used Tesla Model 3 from the same model year range is priced between $41,999 to $61,797.

Chevrolet Bolt EV versus Tesla Model 3 Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Chevrolet Bolt EV is 8.0 out of 10 while the Tesla Model 3's quality rating is 8.7 out of 10. This results in the Chevrolet Bolt EV being ranked 3 out of 15 Best Small Electric Cars and the Tesla Model 3 being ranked 1 out of 15. Out of 25 Best Electric Cars, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is ranked 25 and the Tesla Model 3 is ranked 2.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s base engine makes 200 horsepower, and the Tesla Model 3 base engine makes 201 horsepower. Both the Bolt EV and the Model 3 are rated to deliver an average of 127 miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe), with highway ranges of 259 and 267 miles respectively. Both models use electricity. The charge time for the Bolt EV is 7 hours (240V), while the charge time for the Model 3 is 10 hours (240V).

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are electric compact cars, the Chevrolet Bolt EV has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front leg room, rear head room and rear leg room. The Tesla Model 3 has the advantage in the areas of front head room, front shoulder room, rear shoulder room, and trunk space.

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2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2022 Tesla Model 3

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$28,591 - $43,641

Used Asking Price:

$23,996 - $30,999

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

60.9%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

-

Used Asking Price:

$41,999 - $61,797

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

48.2%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.0 / 10

Reliability:

7.1 / 10

Retained Value:

6.8 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.7 / 10

Reliability:

7.2 / 10

Retained Value:

9.0 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

3 / 25
3 / 15
4 / 25
5 / 15
6 / 25

iSeeCars Rankings

1 / 25
1 / 15
2 / 25
2 / 11
2 / 11
3 / 15
4 / 25

Summary Review

The Chevrolet Bolt is a compact four-door hatchback EV. Now heading into its fifth year of sales, the Bolt has just received a styling refresh, and an EUV version with added rear-seat legroom is joining the model line.

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Summary Review

The Tesla Model 3 is widely regarded as the best electric sedan in the world. The Model 3 is also the top-selling EV in the US market by a wide margin. This compact/midsize sedan offers a thrilling driving experience and advanced technology.

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Pros and Cons

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • Widely available both new and used
  • Modern interior design

  • Seat comfort is a recurring owner complaint
  • Only available in front-wheel drive
  • Common driver-assist technology not standard (through 2020 model year)

Pros and Cons

  • Excellent range
  • AWD available
  • Attractive styling
  • Amazing performance with Performance trim

  • No Android Auto or Apple CarPlay
  • Pricier than its reputation (mid-$50Ks is the typical price point)
  • No spare tire on any trim
  • Interior design and materials don’t match premium pricing

Available Body Styles

Hatchback

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Drivetrain Options

Electric

Available Drivetrain Options

Electric

Trim Levels

2LT, 1LT

Trim Levels

Long Range, Base, Performance

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

8 years / 120000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years / 50000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

200 hp

Torque:

266 foot-lbs

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.056 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

201 hp

Torque:

258 foot-lbs

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.052 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

MPGe:

127 / 109 / 120

Range (city/hwy):

259 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Electricity

Battery Size/Capacity :

66 kWh

Maximum Charging Rate:

7 hours (240V)

Engine Specifications

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD / AWD

MPGe:

127 / 126 / 127

Range (city/hwy):

267 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Electricity

Battery Size/Capacity:

60 kWh

Maximum Charging Rate:

10 hours (240V)

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Standard

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

N/A

Sunroof/Moonroof:

N/A

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

N/A

Android Auto:

N/A

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Available

Pedestrian Detection:

N/A

Lane Departure Warning:

N/A

Lane Keeping Assist:

N/A

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

N/A

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.1 inches

Front Leg Room:

44.3 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

54.6 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.9 inches

Rear Leg Room:

36 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

52.8 inches

Cargo Space:

16.6 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

111.3 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.3 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.7 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56.3 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.7 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.2 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

54 inches

Cargo Space:

22.9 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

97.0 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3589 lbs

Width:

80.3 inches

Height:

63.4 inches

Length:

163.2 inches

Wheelbase:

102.4 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.4 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3880 lbs

Width:

82.2 inches

Height:

56.8 inches

Length:

184.8 inches

Wheelbase:

113.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.5 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted aluminum

Tire Size:

P215/50R17

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 8.5 inches

Wheel Type:

aluminum

Tire Size:

235/45R18