Every year MotorWeek’s editorial staff selects an overall best of the year vehicle from a long list of models in various segments ranging from family sedans to large utilities and luxury vehicles. This year, the Chevy Bolt rolled away with the best of the year award.
No surprise as the Chevrolet Bolt is the first affordable long range pure electric vehicle to hit the streets. For less than $30,000 after taking into account federal income tax credits and other incentives, the crossover a highly practical plug-in with plenty of cabin space.
The average American’s daily commute is only about 40 miles round trip and the Bolt has an EPA estimated range of 238-miles, with MPGe ratings of 128-City, 110-Highway, and 119-Combined. That’s more than enough for most drivers’ commute to and from work with extra leftover for errands.
Chevy didn’t skimp out on drive performance in the name of electric range as the Bolt EV’s 60-kWH battery pack offered plenty of pickup for quick acceleration when needed. With 200-horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque on tap, the Bolt can easily pass or merge onto freeways.
“Pushing boundaries, setting benchmarks, while keeping it affordable; that’s what made the Chevrolet Bolt EV our staff’s unanimous choice as our 2017 MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Best of the Year.”