As more consumers turn to electric vehicles, Chevrolet is working to make the market more accessible. It offers the two most affordable new electric vehicles: the 2023 Chevy Bolt EV sedan and the 2023 Chevy Bolt EUV crossover. Both start at less than $30,000.
If you’re considering either of these models, you might assume you’ll get more for your money with the Bolt EUV. It’s the larger of the two, with a 2.9-inch longer wheelbase and 6.3-inch longer body. It also costs a bit more than the Bolt EV.
However, in some areas the EUV doesn’t offer much of an improvement over the smaller Bolt. In fact, you might be surprised to learn how these two EVs stack up. Here are four of the ways the 2023 Chevy Bolt EV beats EUV.
1. Cargo space
Surprisingly, the smaller model comes out on top in this category. Although the 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV is just over six inches longer than the Bolt EV, that extra length doesn’t go towards the cargo area. According to MotorTrend, the EUV has 16.3 cubic feet of cargo space, which is 0.3 cubic feet less than what you’ll find in the Bolt EV.
2. Fuel economy and range
Because the EUV is larger, it’s no surprise that it’s slightly less efficient than the smaller Bolt. According to the Department of Energy, the Bolt EV boasts 120 MPGe, while the EUV gets 115 MPGe. The sedan also has slightly better range than the crossover: 259 miles on a full charge versus 247 miles.
When it comes to purchase price, you can’t go wrong with any of the Bolt 2023 models. Both are remarkably affordable. But the original Bolt also leads the EUV in this category. Its starting MSRP is $26,595, while the EUV will set you back at least $28,195. The $1,600 difference might be worth it for some buyers.
4. Passenger space
The only place you’ll see the 2023 Chevy Bolt EUV’s extra length is in the back seat, where it offers 3.1 inches more legroom than the 2023 Chevy Bolt EV. Other than that, the tailgate slightly outpaces the crossover in most passenger space measurements.
For example, the EUV has 0.1 inch less headroom in the front and back rows. Shoulder room is 0.8 inches smaller in the rear. And while you’ll find a mere 0.1 inches more hip room in the EUV’s front seats, you’ll lose 0.6 inches of hip room in the rear seats compared to the Bolt EV.
The 2023 Chevy Bolt EV wins in this comparison
When you compare the 2023 Chevy Bolt EV and EUV in the above categories, there is clearly a winner. Both have generated considerable consumer interest as affordable electric vehicles, and expert reviews of both models are generally good.
The EUV has a lot to recommend it, and it compares well to other EVs, like the Toyota bZ4X. But compared to the Bolt EV, the crossover loses to the hatchback significantly.
When it comes to Chevy Bolt EVs and EUVs, this might be one of those rare situations where you come out ahead by spending less money.
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