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Nissan LEAF vs. Chevrolet Bolt EV

In comparing the Nissan LEAF to the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the Nissan LEAF has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, interior volume and overall quality score. The Chevrolet Bolt EV has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Nissan LEAF versus the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the Nissan LEAF is a better car than the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Nissan LEAF versus Chevrolet Bolt EV Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Nissan LEAF ranges from $22,585 to $34,984 while a used Chevrolet Bolt EV from the same model year range is priced between $23,996 to $30,999. For a new model, the Nissan LEAF's price is between $28,836 and $41,927, with the Chevrolet Bolt EV priced between $28,591 and $43,641.

Nissan LEAF versus Chevrolet Bolt EV Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Nissan LEAF is 8.1 out of 10 while the Chevrolet Bolt EV's quality rating is 8.0 out of 10. This results in the Nissan LEAF being ranked 2 out of 15 Best Small Electric Cars and the Chevrolet Bolt EV being ranked 3 out of 15. Out of 25 Best Electric Cars, the Nissan LEAF is ranked 25 and the Chevrolet Bolt EV is ranked 4.

Nissan LEAF versus Chevrolet Bolt EV Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency

For engine performance, the Nissan LEAF’s base engine makes 147 horsepower, and the Chevrolet Bolt EV base engine makes 200 horsepower.

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2023 Nissan LEAF

2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$28,836 - $41,927

Used Asking Price:

$22,585 - $34,984

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

65.1%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$28,591 - $43,641

Used Asking Price:

$23,996 - $30,999

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

60.9%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.1 / 10

Reliability:

7.6 / 10

Retained Value:

6.6 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.0 / 10

Reliability:

7.1 / 10

Retained Value:

6.8 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

2 / 25
2 / 15
2 / 15
3 / 25
3 / 25

iSeeCars Rankings

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

Summary Review

Nissan’s four-door hatchback Leaf was the original battery-electric vehicle of the modern age. This ground-breaking EV has topped sales charts globally for affordable EVs for years. The Leaf offers many shoppers an attractive package that's hard to ignore.

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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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Pros and Cons

  • Impressive interior space given its small size
  • Excellent availability nationwide
  • Strong EV commitment from Nissan means widespread service support

  • Limited range on older models
  • Lackluster performance on first-generation cars
  • Safety ratings from IIHS less than stellar

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)

Available Body Styles

Hatchback

Available Body Styles

Hatchback

Available Drivetrain Options

Electric

Available Drivetrain Options

Electric

Trim Levels

SV PLUS, S

Trim Levels

2LT, 1LT

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 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:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

147 hp

Torque:

236 foot-lbs

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

0.042 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

200 hp

Torque:

266 foot-lbs

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

0.056 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

MPGe:

Not yet available

Range (city/hwy):

150 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Not yet available

Battery Size/Capacity :

40 kWh

Maximum Charging Rate:

8 hours (240V)

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)

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

N/A

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

N/A

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

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

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:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

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

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

41.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.1 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

54.3 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.3 inches

Rear Leg Room:

33.5 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

52.5 inches

Cargo Space:

23.6 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

116.0 cubic feet

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

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3509 lbs

Width:

70.5 inches

Height:

61.5 inches

Length:

176.4 inches

Wheelbase:

106.3 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.9 inches

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

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

P205/55R16

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted aluminum

Tire Size:

P215/50R17