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Chevrolet Bolt vs. Nissan Leaf


PUBLISHED THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2021

Electric hatchbacks to go the distance.

Chevrolet Bolt vs. Nissan Leaf: Hero | CarMax

If you're looking for a compact, easy-to-park electric car, you might find yourself considering the Chevrolet Bolt or Nissan Leaf. Both are all-electric hatchbacks that are great for city drivers but also have a range that can support commuters. The hatchback option gives you flexibility when it comes to cargo space, which is ideal if you have children or are a sports enthusiast who travels with equipment.

Wondering which electric vehicle is right for you? Learn more in this comparison of the Chevrolet Bolt vs. Nissan Leaf.

Side-by-Side Comparison

2019 Chevrolet Bolt

2019 Nissan Leaf

Average Price

Less than $21,500

Less than $21,500

Performance

Base Motor

Electric motor powered by a 60 kWh battery

Electric motor powered by a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery

Horsepower

200 hp

147 hp

MPGe

EPA-estimated 119 MPGe

EPA-estimated 112 MPGe

Interior

Seating

5

5

Cargo Space

16.6 cu ft

23.6 cu ft

Front-seat Legroom

41.6 inches

42.1 inches

Rear-seat Legroom

36.5 inches

33.5 inches

Overall Interior Space

94.4 cu ft

116 cu ft

Rating

Tailpipe Emissions

10 grams per mile

10 grams per mile

NHTSA Safety Rating

5/5

5/5

Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Features and Trim Options

Both the Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf are small hatchbacks. They each have five doors and seating for five passengers. Both are all-electric, meaning they must regularly be plugged into a charging station in public or at your home. The Chevrolet Bolt has a 200 hp electric motor across all model years, while the Nissan Leaf has a 147 hp motor on model years 2018-2021, and a 107 hp motor on model years 2017 and earlier.

Chevrolet Bolt

Chevrolet Bolt vs. Nissan Leaf: Chevrolet Bolt Features #1 | CarMax

The Chevy Bolt is a great choice if you want a bit more power and many standard tech features. The Bolt, which was introduced in 2017, comes in two trims: LT and Premier. The LT trim comes standard with connectivity features, while the Premier trim offers more driver-assistance features as well as leather seating.

All 2017-2020 Chevrolet Bolts have:

Chevrolet Bolt front view
  • 200 hp electric motor

  • 60 kWh lithium-ion rechargeable energy storage system (66 kWh on 2020 models)

  • Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto, and Bluetooth® connectivity

  • Two USB ports

  • Backup camera

  • Available lane-departure warning and automatic braking

  • Keyless entry

Nissan Leaf

Chevrolet Bolt vs. Nissan Leaf: Nissan Leaf #1 | CarMax

The Nissan Leaf was introduced in 2011, and its second generation began with the 2018 model year. The 2018-2020 Leaf comes in three trims: S, SV, and SL. In 2019, Leaf Plus models were introduced.

Here are the standard features you'll find on the 2018-2020 Nissan Leaf:

Nissan Leaf front profile
  • 40 kWh lithium-ion battery (available 62 kWh lithium-ion battery on Plus models from 2019)

  • Automatic emergency braking

  • Blind-spot warning, lane-keep assist, and more (standard on SV and SL trims)

  • Bluetooth integration

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity (standard on 2020 models)

  • Heated front and back seats

Powertrain Options

Both the Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf offer only one motor option each. All Bolt models have a 200 hp electric motor powered by a 60 kWh battery, increasing to 66 kWh for 2020. When fully charged, the 2017-2019 Bolt has an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles (259 miles for 2020).4

Chevrolet Bolt vs. Nissan Leaf: Chevrolet Bolt Engine | CarMax

The 2018-2020 Nissan Leaf comes with a 147 hp motor powered by a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery. With this powertrain, the Leaf has an EPA-estimated range of 150 miles on a full charge.4 On model years 2019 and later, you can upgrade to a 62 kWh battery, which increases the range to an EPA-estimated 226 miles on a full charge.4 On model years 2017 and earlier, the Leaf has a 107 hp motor powered by a 30 kWh battery with an EPA-estimated range of 107 miles when fully charged.4

Chevrolet Bolt vs. Nissan Leaf: Nissan Leaf Engine | CarMax

Fuel Economy

The Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf are good cars if you're looking for something that works with your eco-conscious lifestyle. The 2017-2019 Chevy Bolt with the 200 hp motor and 60kWh battery has an EPA-estimated combined fuel economy of 119 MPGe.††

The 2018-2019 Nissan Leaf with the 147 hp motor and 40 kWh lithium-ion battery has an EPA-estimated combined fuel economy of 112 MPGe.†† With the 62 kWh Leaf Plus battery option, the 2019 model gets an EPA-estimated combined fuel economy of 108 MPGe.††

Tech Features

Both the Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf have numerous tech connectivity and driver-assistance features. Here's what you can expect from each.

2017-2020 Chevrolet Bolt:

Chevrolet Bolt vs. Nissan Leaf: Chevrolet Bolt Tech | CarMax
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity

  • Bluetooth connectivity

  • Two USB ports

  • Available Wi-Fi hotspot3

  • Eight-inch display screen

  • Rearview camera

  • Teen driver technology

  • Available lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear park assist

2018-2020 Nissan Leaf:

Chevrolet Bolt vs. Nissan Leaf: Nissan Leaf Tech | CarMax
  • Bluetooth connectivity

  • One USB port

  • Seven-inch display screen

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration on 2018-2019 SL and SV trims (standard from 2020)

  • Rearview camera

  • Intelligent cruise control (SL and SV trims)

Cargo Space

Both of these electric vehicles benefit from a hatchback design, which offers some great cargo space—but the Leaf ultimately offers more room. Both have a 60/40 split-folding back seat, so you can combine passenger space and cargo space.

Chevrolet Bolt vs. Nissan Leaf: Nissan Leaf Cargo Space | CarMax

The 2017-2020 Bolt has 16.6 cu ft of cargo space behind the third row, with additional available under-floor cargo space. The 2018-2020 Leaf has 23.6 cu-ft behind the back row.

Chevrolet Bolt vs. Nissan Leaf: Chevrolet Bolt Cargo Space | CarMax

Pricing

The Chevrolet Bolt has been largely unchanged since it was introduced in 2017. The Leaf, on the other hand, has had two generations, one from 2011-2017 and another that launched in 2018. See below for average CarMax prices for model years of the Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf.

Chevrolet Bolt:

  • 2017 - Average prices less than $18,500

  • 2018 - Average prices less than $20,000

  • 2019 - Average prices less than $21,500

  • 2020 - Average prices less than $23,000

Nissan Leaf:

  • 2017 - Average prices less than $11,000

  • 2018 - Average prices less than $18,000

  • 2019 - Average prices less than $21,000

  • 2020 - Average prices less than $27,000

Safety Ratings

The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt and 2020 Nissan Leaf both achieved overall five-star safety ratings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2019 Nissan Leaf was not rated. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Chevrolet Bolt (2019 Hatchback FWD models)

Chevrolet Bolt front view

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Test: A head-on collision between two similar vehicles traveling at 35 mph.

Overall: 4/5

Side Barrier Crash Rating Test: A vehicle standing in an intersection sustains driver-side impact from a vehicle moving at 38.5 mph.

Overall: 5/5

Side Pole Crash Rating Test: A vehicle slides sideways at 20 mph and impacts a tree or telephone pole.

Overall: 5/5

Nissan Leaf (2020 models)

Nissan Leaf front view

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Test: A head-on collision between two similar vehicles traveling at 35 mph.

Overall: 4/5

Side Barrier Crash Rating Test: A vehicle standing in an intersection sustains driver-side impact from a vehicle moving at 38.5 mph.

Overall: 5/5

Side Pole Crash Rating Test: A vehicle slides sideways at 20 mph and impacts a tree or telephone pole.

Overall: 5/5

Reliability

RepairPal has not rated the Chevrolet Bolt. RepairPal gave the Nissan Leaf an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as above average.

Nissan Leaf

Cost: RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Nissan Leaf is $748, compared to an average of $471 for alternative fuel vehicles and $652 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

Frequency: According to RepairPal, Nissan Leaf owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.2 times per year, compared to an average of 0.4 times for alternative fuel vehicles and 0.4 times for all the vehicle models RepairPal considered in its dataset.

Severity: RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 10% for the Nissan Leaf, compared to an average of 9% for alternative fuel vehicles and 12% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010-2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features.

*RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 12/31/2018. Learn more.

Performance

Both the Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf benefit from the zippy acceleration of electric vehicles. The 2019 Chevy Bolt with the 200 hp electric motor and 60 kWh battery has an EPA-estimated combined fuel economy of 119 MPGe.†† When fully charged, the 2019 Bolt has an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles.4 With the same 200 hp electric motor and 60kWh battery, the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt can go from zero to 60 in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 91 mph (according to the manufacturer, when new).

Chevrolet Bolt vs. Nissan Leaf: Chevrolet Bolt Performance | CarMax

The 2019 Nissan Leaf with the 147 hp motor and 40 kWh lithium-ion battery has an EPA-estimated combined fuel economy of 112 MPGe.†† When fully charged, that powertrain gets an EPA-estimated range of 150 miles.4 With the 62 kWh Leaf Plus battery option, the 2019 model gets an EPA-estimated combined fuel economy of 108 MPGe and has an EPA-estimated 226 miles on a full charge.††,4 With the 62kWh battery option, the 147 hp 2019 Nissan Leaf can go from zero to 60 in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 89.5 mph (according to the manufacturer, when new).

Chevrolet Bolt vs. Nissan Leaf: Nissan Leaf Performance | CarMax

Emissions

Both the Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf have fewer tailpipe emissions than cars with internal combustion engines. According to EPA estimates, the 2019 Chevy Bolt's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 10 grams per mile. According to EPA estimates, the 2019 Nissan Leaf's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 10 grams per mile, with either the standard 40 kWh battery or increased 62 kWh battery that comes on Leaf Plus models.

These estimates are based on a brand-new model. Visit fueleconomy.gov for more details.

The Bottom Line

If you're looking for an electric hatchback, both the Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf are good options. The Bolt comes with a longer range and more standard tech features, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, which makes it a standout for people who have longer commutes. The Nissan Leaf has more cargo space, making it appealing to parents, musicians, and others who regularly transport lots of gear.

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Based on prices on CarMax.com between October 1, 2019, and March 1, 2021. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features, and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
††Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Actual mileage 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.
3Wi-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.
4Range figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new and assume a full battery charge. 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.

* Price excludes taxes, title, registration, and fees. Applicable transfer fees are due in advance of vehicle delivery and are separate from sales transactions.

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