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Long term review of the Bolt vs. the Mustang Mach-E

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Finally getting around to my review and comparison with the Mach-E. For background, I had over 100k miles between a 2017 and a 2019 Bolt Premier. Chevy bought back my 2019 earlier this year and I ended up getting a Mach-E Select standard range with the comfort/tech package in July. So as of today, I've had the MME for 4 months and over 11k miles on the exact same commute (130 miles/day - mostly interstate at 75ish mph).

Ultimately, I loved the Bolt. Other than the recall and the fact that I wanted more room for a stroller, I had no problems after 100k miles. I probably would've run it to the ground if the buyback wasn't too good to pass up ($22,500 for a $24,000 car with over 50k miles and needed new tires). I have no regrets with either car and the Bolt was/is the best value EV but the MME is bigger, faster, and can be parked indoors :) . Anyways here's what I loved about the Bolt and what I wish it had compared to the MME.

Where the Bolt is better than the MME:
  • Regen paddle. What I miss the most.
  • Software. Probably the biggest complaint of the MME - it's slow and lags even though it's 4 years newer than the Bolt.
  • Charge settings - priority charging and departure charging. On the MME, there's no option for priority and the car charges fully randomly about an hour before the departure time. If I plug in early, it'll charge to full even when I get home instead of waiting to charge overnight.
  • The Bolt's lock horn is a nice chirp. On the MME it's full blast.
  • HUD has better info: instant energy use, trending energy use.
  • Size. The Bolt is compact and easier to park.
  • Huge windshield.
  • Visors. The MME visors don't fold all the way to the windshield and get blocked by the roof way before it should.
  • Noise isolation. The first thing I noticed in the MME was the huge amount of wind noise compared to the Bolt. People new to the car ask me if the windows are open...
  • Adjusting volume on the steering wheel shows up on the HUD.

Where the MME is better than the Bolt:
  • Brake light stays on at stops with one pedal driving.
  • Cupholders have four tabs that adjust to different sizes.
  • GOM is a lot more accurate and a lot less confusing for people new to EVs (i.e. one number vs. high/low/expected range)
  • 0-100 mph. The Bolt is great 0-60 but the MME feels great 0-100.
  • Sunglass holder.
  • Overall a more premium feel/fit/finish. Except for the turn signal and wiper stalks that feel like they're from the dollar store.
  • Auto sensing wipers.
  • BlueCruise option. Though lane centering alone is already pretty amazing and exponentially better than the Bolt's LKA.
  • Size. Sooo much more cargo space.
  • Aesthetics. I love staring at the hood lines inside and outside of the car. I had an early Bolt and drove it for 3.5 years - nobody looked twice. People stop and comment all the time with the MME.
  • EDIT: drainable frunk and handsfree liftgate.
  • And my favorite: the puddle lamp.

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Now that I don't have the Bolt, I also have a bunch of stuff to get rid of: winter tires/rims, heatshield sunshade, and rubber mats. I'll post it in the classifieds for anyone interested.
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Thanks for the review...The Mach-E is currently on my replacement Bolt list as well.

I only have a basic Bolt LT so I don't have a lot of the premium features that the Mach-e has also like 360 camera, all the parking monitors, the navigation, etc...(and we paid more for our Bolts back in 2019)

With the $7500 credit and $2k state, a select with the tech option can be had for around ~36k.
I really don't see the need for the monster hood
I think that was a design decision from some videos I've seen (long hood...compared to MY).

As for out-the-door prices, there is no question the MME is going to cost you more than a Bolt EV, esp comparing a higher end optioned MME vs. the cheapest Bolt, but most would say the MME gets you more car and is compared with the Tesla MY vs. a Bolt so that's a bit of an unfair comparison.

There's still the $7500 credit if nothing passes and if the Bolt qualifies again for a new credit ($12.5k), then the Bolt EV will be lots lots cheaper (assuming they don't raise prices) so new Bolts will be a much better deal. GM did instantly adjust prices when the credit expired back in 2019/2020.

Cheapest before tax/title with incentives in CA will be ~32.6k.
The federal tax credit really plays too much of a factor in these comparisons...Just saw Pelosi put back 4 weeks of paid family leave back in the proposal which Manchin said he can't support already.

The EUV in here is $43,685 MSRP. Wonder what they will sell for once the sales hold is lifted. $5/gas in CA isn't helping any ICE car.

Any prospective Bolt buyer better hope they get the $7500-$12500 again or I can't see people really wanting to buy these at MSRP. The Mach-E I am thinking of is sub 40k after rebates and cheaper than this EUV.
Nice writeup...BUT...comparing a 22 with a 19 Bolt makes little sense especially since the interior has been revamped...many of the differences don't exist in the updated Bolt...and EUV in particular.

I'm also surprised at how many people buy these instead of lease them. I leased my 2022 EUV just three months ago...and am paying $332 a month with zero drive off. That includes 9.5 tax and $500+ registration. And they delivered it to my door! Terms are for 36 months/10000 miles per year.

There was no federal tax credit...just a $1500 California one.

Personally, I lease all my cars. Especially new technology, or a car filled with new tech. The video processor malfunctioned last month...covered by warranty, but would have been a $1200 repair.

It's nice not having a monthly car expense...Not sure how old you are, but we had a car that was 20+ years old, before it died...current ICE is 10+ years. It still works. Was planning to drive the Bolt to the ground before this recall, but our monthly car payment is $0.

Driving cars to the ground is a good way to increase wealth generally since cars are 'normally' a depreciating asset. Once you're old enough to not care what people think about what you drive, you have no issues driving a beater. I personally don't care/need new tech. I got the cheapest, bottom of the barrel Bolt. If you bought your 2022 EUV and the video processor malfunctioned, it'd be still under warranty honestly meaning your cost to fix is still $0.
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