2021 Nissan Leaf Vs. 2021 Chevrolet Bolt
Both above hatchbacks offer various tech tools and confident acceleration, although they don't have the same appeal as the Tesla Model 3. However, the differences or similarities between the two electric vehicles are better highlighted by the following comparison:
- MSRP- The 2021 Chevrolet Bolt LT is significantly more expensive than the 2021 Nissan Leaf S. Consequently, buyers will have to change their budgets. In terms of cost per mile, however, there's not much choice between the two, which is only marginally better for the Bolt.
- Engine and Transmission- Both vehicles have electric motors coupled to single-speed automatic transmissions. A 147 hp electric motor and 40 kWh lithium-ion battery pack come standard on the Leaf LT. It might not seem like much power, but a more powerful 62kWh lithium-ion battery is also available in higher versions. Models are said to develop 214 hp. Compared to the LT, the Bolt has a 200hp electric motor for quick acceleration at higher trims, propelling it from 060mph in under 7 seconds.
- Driving Range- While the lower-powered battery in the 2021 Leaf can travel 149 miles on a full charge, the other covers that distance up to 226 miles. The 2021 Bolt again scores top marks with a range of 259 miles.
- Drivetrain- Both vehicles are available in only FWD (Front-Wheel-Drive), with no option for AWD (All-Wheel-Drive)
- Curb Weight- There’s not much to choose in terms of curb weight for the two hatches. While the Chevy Bolt reigns in at 3,563 lbs., the Nissan Leaf weighs 3,538 lbs.
- Combined Fuel Economy- For most buyers, the main reason for choosing an electric vehicle is high mileage. Expect the Bolt to be able to offer a combined fuel economy of 118 MPGe compared to 112 MPGe for the Leaf.
- External Styling- Most customers will find the 2021 Nissan Leaf's exterior design to be more upmarket than the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt. The V-Motion grille at the front of the Leaf really makes this hatch stand out. While the Leaf looks sleeker and more streamlined, GM's engineers tried to give the Bolt a muscular look.
- Safety Technologies- Automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning are standard safety features as part of a Leaf safety program called ProPilot Assist. While imperfect on a few fronts, it reduces the stress of driving in congested areas. Unfortunately, the Bolt doesn't even have adaptive cruise control; Standard Leaf security features are optional here.
- Trunk Space- The Leaf clearly beats the Bolt in terms of trunk volume. Behind the second row of seats, the Bolt has just 16.9 cubic feet of capacity. That's less space than the 23.6-cubic-foot Leaf. Interestingly, the Bolt's cargo space increases to 56.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, which is significantly more than the Leaf's 30 cubic feet.