2021 Nissan Leaf vs 2021 Chevrolet Bolt

2021 Nissan Leaf vs 2021 Chevrolet Bolt

If you are in the market for an electric vehicle (EV) you have plenty of options to choose from. But two cars, the Nissan Leaf, and the Chevrolet Bolt have risen to the top of the pack due to user-friendly features and affordability. 

Here at Maus Nissan of Crystal River, we know that finding the perfect EV can be a challenge which is why we put together this vehicle comparison to help you decide which eclectic vehicle is right for you. 

Let's take a look!

Power, Range, and Charging

The Nissan Leaf is available in two powertrains. The standard trim uses a 40-kW battery pack which offers 149 miles of range. The Leaf Plus comes with a 62-kW battery and a 214 hp motor and a driving range of 226 miles. 

The Chevrolet Bolt comes equipped with a 60-kW battery with 200 hp and a driving range of 259 miles. 

While the Bolt takes the lead when it comes to driving range it underperforms when it comes to the time needed for charging. It takes around 2 hours to charge the Chevrolet Bolt from empty with a DC fast charger, while the Nissan Leaf can go from empty to 80% charge within 45 minutes. 

Interior + Tech 

Both EVs feature spacious interiors though the Bolt looks like something reminiscent of The Jetsons, while the Leaf looks more like a traditional car inside. 

Heated seats and steering wheel come standard in both vehicles, though the overall look and feel of the Leaf is a bit more luxurious than the Bolt. 

Both vehicles have a push-button start and come standard with Infotainment systems that are compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and plenty of safety features. 

Cargo + Legroom 

The Nissan Leaf offers more headroom and legroom up front than the Bolt, but the Bolt takes the lead in the back seats. 

When it comes to cargo space, the Leaf edges out the Bolt again. 

Speed + Handling 

The Chevrolet Bolt can go from zero to 60-mpg in about 6.5 seconds with the Leaf close behind at 7 seconds. In both Evs, steering is light and aggressive, due to low rolling resistance tires. 

The Leaf beats the Bolt when it comes to comfort though. The Leaf tends to absorb bumps better than the Bolt which feels stiffer on city streets, and interior noise is minimal when driving in the Leaf as compared to the Bolt. 

Both cars utilize standard brake and accelerator pads for braking, but also offer "one-pedal" driving in one way or another. When this mode is engaged, when you take your foot off the accelerator the car will begin to slow and brake on its own. The one pedal function is more user-friendly on the Leaf than the Bolt. 

Charge Times 

Drivers of both EVs say that when you use the climate control in the Leaf, it doesn't noticeably drain the battery while the Bolt loses range. 

Both cars come with charging ports for chargers including:

Level 1
Level 2
Level 3 DC Fast charging 

Both vehicles charge slowly, so installing a 240-volt outlet in your garage so you can take advantage of overnight Level 2 charging is wise. 

Charging the Leaf on a Level 2 charger will take around 11.5 hours while the Bolt will take about 10.5. 

Pricing

The MSRP for the Leaf is $31,620 for the base S model, while the S Plus can be around $38,220. The Bolt costs around $36,500 for the base LT model, and $41,700 for the Premier. 

The Leaf wins when it comes to cost-effectiveness due to its eligibility for the federal electric vehicle tax credit of $7,500, while the Chevrolet Bolt is no longer eligible. 

Bottom Line

Head-to-head, these EVs are quite similar though the Bolt offers a slightly more powerful motor and slightly better range. If 226 miles of charge is enough to get you where you need to go, the Leaf is the better choice pricewise. 

Test Drive the Nissan Leaf 

Ready to test drive the Nissan Leaf? Come visit our showroom at Maus Nissan Crystal River to see what this compact electric vehicle has to offer or call us at (352) 592-6287 to schedule a test drive today!