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2019 Chevrolet Bolt Review | CarMax

The Chevrolet Bolt help to pave the way for electric cars and can suit your needs if you'r a green-conscious driver. The 2019 Chevy Bolt also has a layout and features that are appealing if you're looking for the right compact car. The 2019 Bolt comes with many standard tech features and offers upscale options like leather seats. Its back seat is large enough for adults, making the Bolt a great small car that also happens to be electric.

Here's what you'll learn in this 2019 Chevrolet Bolt Review:

Key Specs and Features

  • 200-horsepower fully electric engine
  • An EPA-estimated 238-mile range on a full charge1
  • Standard back-up camera
  • Standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ with 10.2-inch touchscreen
  • 36.5 inches of legroom in the back seat
  • 16.9 cubic feet of cargo space


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5 Reasons To Buy


The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt can drive for an EPA-estimated 238 miles on a single charge.1 This will take you far if you're running errands or going on a day trip. If range-anxiety has kept you from making the leap to electric, the Bolt is a good option for making the switch from a traditional vehicle.


The 2019 Chevy Bolt offers plenty of features to help you get where you're going. It comes standard with a rearview camera and teen driver technology, which is designed to set speed and volume limits. The Premier trim level comes standard with blind-spot monitoring, lane-change alert, cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors, all of which are also optional on the base LT trim. Lane-keep assist and automatic emergency braking are available options on both trims.


2019 Chevrolet Bolt Review: Tech Dash | CarMax

The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt keeps drivers and passengers connected while they're on the road. The Bolt has a 10.2-inch display screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. The Bolt is also available with SiriusXM® Radio and WiFi hotspot.2 A six-speaker audio system with an optional Bose® premium audio system is available on the Bolt's Premier trim.


When you're driving the Bolt you won't hear the engine roar but you'll definitely feel its power. Like most electric vehicles the Bolt has zippy handling. The one-speed transmission means that you can accelerate quickly since the electric motor doesn't need to switch through various gears. Instead, it gives you instant torque that will make accelerating a thrill. When you want the power, it's available as soon as you put the pedal down.


2019 Chevrolet Bolt Review: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

The Bolt is a small car; however, it has a surprising amount of space, especially if you choose the hatchback design. With the rear seats in place, the 2019 Bolt has 16.9 cubic feet of cargo space. However, if you need more room you can fold down all or some of the back seat, which has a 40/60 split. With the rear seat folded entirely flat, the Bolt has 56.6 cubic feet of cargo space. That's enough to carry suitcases, boxes, and similar items that you might need to transport.

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What You Need to Know

2019 Chevy Bolt Trims

The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt is available in two trims, LT and Premier.

  • LT: Includes cloth seats, a rearview camera, six-way adjustable front seats (with heated seats as an option), and a six-speaker audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
  • Premier: Includes leather seats, heated seats (except rear middle), blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, rear parking assist, and a heated steering wheel.

2019 Chevrolet Bolt Colors

The 2019 Chevy Bolt is available in the following colors:

  • Cajun Red Tincoat
  • Green Mist Metallic (Premier trim only)
  • Kinetic Blue Metallic
  • Mosaic Black Metallic
  • Nightfall Grey Metallic
  • Shock
  • Silver Ice Metallic (Premier trim only)
  • Slate Grey Metallic
  • Summer White

2019 Chevy Bolt Interior

2019 Chevrolet Bolt Review: Front Seats | CarMax

The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt is a hatchback car with seating for five people. The front seats have 41.6 inches of legroom and are six-way power-adjustable. The rear seats have 36.5-inches of legroom—enough for adult passengers. Behind the rear seats, there are 16.9 cubic feet of cargo space, which increases to 56.6 cubic feet when the seats are folded flat. The LT trim comes with cloth and optionally heated seats, while the Premier trim comes with leather seats which, except for the middle rear seat, are heated. The Bolt has a 10.2-inch touchscreen.

Similar Vehicles

If you are considering the 2019 Chevy Bolt, you should also consider these similar vehicles.

Chevrolet Volt

You'd be forgiven for confusing the similarly-named Volt and Bolt. The Volt, which is being discontinued after the 2019 model year, is Chevy's plug-in hybrid option with a 149-horsepower hybrid engine. With a full charge, the 2019 Chevy Volt can run for up to an EPA-estimated 53 miles on purely electric energy and up to 420 miles with a full charge and full tank of gas.3 Inside, the Volt has seating for five, with 42.1 inches of legroom in the front row and 34.7 inches in the rear. The Volt has 10.6 cubic feet of cargo space and is available in two trims, LT and Premier. The 2019 Volt comes with an eight-inch display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a rearview camera.

Nissan LEAF

The Nissan LEAF is an all-electric vehicle with seating for five people. The 2019 LEAF comes with two battery options, a 40 kWh battery with an EPA-estimated 150-mile range or a 62 kWh battery with an EPA-estimated range of 226 miles.1 The LEAF is available in six trims; they start basic, with cloth seats and Bluetooth connectivity, but add features as you move up the levels. Top trims have leather-appointed seats, a Bose® Energy Efficient Series Premium Audio System, and much more. The LEAF has great cargo volume as well, with 23.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats.

Hyundai Ioniq

The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq offers plenty of options since it comes in hybrid, plug-in, and fully-electric versions. The Hyundai Ioniq's hybrid engines produce 139 horsepower, while the fully-electric model has 118 horsepower. The higher trim level Ioniq has luxurious features like leather seats and a sunroof. The Ioniq has lots of cargo space, with 23 cubic feet on the fully-electric models and 26.5 cubic feet on the hybrid models. All models of the 2019 Ioniq come with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.

The Bottom Line

The Chevy Bolt benefits from the perks of electric technology, like great acceleration. In addition, standard tech features and a comfortable interior make the 2019 Bolt an excellent choice if you're looking for versatility in your next ride.

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1Range figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new.Range will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition, and driving conditions.Battery range may decrease with time and use.Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
2Wi-Fi hotspots require a data plan to activate and may also require a compatible device.  See the owner’s manual or manufacturer website for more information.
3EPA-estimated 53-mile range based 106 MPGe combined estimate (electric); additional EPA-estimated 367-mile extended range based on 42 MPG combined estimate (gas). Range figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new and assume a full battery charge and full tank of gas (if applicable). Range will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition and history, driving and charging habits, accessory use, and driving conditions.  Battery capacity may decrease with time and use.  See fueleconomy.gov for more info.
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