The 2021 Chevrolet Bolt is the Highest-Rated EV Tested by Consumer Reports

by Gabrielle DeSantis

The 2021 Chevrolet Bolt has made headlines lately for the concerning recalls regarding batteries and fires, but regardless of issues, it sits proudly as the #1 highest rated electric vehicle according to Consumer Reports. The issues, which have been going on for months, have yet to put a dent in the vehicle’s reputation, and regardless of any issues that the public opinion may see with the vehicle, the pros of the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt seem to manage to outweigh the large, concerning con.

The highest rated electric vehicle is somewhat affordable

2021 Chevy Bolt | Sarah Reingewirtz, MediaNews Group, Los Angeles Daily News, Getty Images

There is a lot to like about the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt — and Consumer Reports scoring seems to agree. To start, it’s an incredibly affordable option compared to many other well-established EV options, with a starting price of $36,500 and the potential to save with the federal tax rebate offered for buying brand new electric vehicles. It has several notable features that make it worth buying even over the competition. The 2021 Chevrolet Bolt is noted for having:

  • Suprisingly agile handling
  • A well-insulated cabin that minimizes road noise
  • Responsive acceleration
  • Decent range, with an overall expected range of 119 miles

Rankings and scores according to Consumer Reports

Websites like Consumer Reports and Edmunds conduct an extensive amount of background research and testing before rating vehicles on a number of traits, features, and qualities, before ranking them against the competition. Each website takes into account different factors, which means they sometimes rank vehicles differently, but according to Consumer Reports, the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt holds the highest overall score among the currently tested vehicles (#1 out of 37 tested electric vehicles). The Bolt received above-average scores in the main categories taken into consideration:

  • Road test: 76 out of 100
  • Predicted reliability: 5 out of 5
  • Predicted owner satisfaction: 4 out of 5

Bad news for the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt — and every other model year of the EV

Recent negative news and PR regarding the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt could result in a decline in public opinion and overall expected reliability ratings of the popular EV. The recent recall has left many owners not only frustrated but also nervous about a 2020 Bolt that recently caught on fire, leading to the discovery of potential issues that could be expensive and time-consuming to resolve and an active recall. The recall is in regards to the battery — which doesn’t leave buyers already apprehensive about EVs feeling all that great, and it has led to some major concerns rising: like 2021 Chevrolet Bolt owners being encouraged to not charge their vehicles in on near their homes or garages. This statement from GM should paired with the situation should substantially decrease the ratings for the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt, especially in the category of expected reliability.

“Until customers in the new recall population receive replacement modules, they should:

1. Set their vehicle to a 90 percent state of charge limitation using Target Charge Level mode. Instructions on how to do this are available on If customers are unable to successfully make these changes, or do not feel comfortable making these changes, GM is asking them to visit their dealer to have these adjustments completed.

2. Charge their vehicle more frequently and avoid depleting their battery below approximately 70 miles (113 kilometers) of remaining range, where possible.  

3. Park their vehicles outside immediately after charging and should not leave their vehicles charging indoors overnight.”


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