3 Small Gas-Powered SUVs the Chevy Bolt Is More Popular Than
Despite boasting decent range and an affordable starting price, the Chevrolet Bolt EUV often gets overlooked for other electric vehicles. However, outside the EV market, the Chevy Bolt EUV outsells several other small crossovers. Here are three SUVs that failed to beat the Bolt EUV in sales last quarter.
Hyundai sold 7,756 Venue SUVs in the second quarter of 2023. The Chevy Bolt EUV was slightly more popular, selling 8,518 units. Also, the Venue lost 25% of buyers compared to the same period last year, whereas Bolt EUV buyers nearly doubled.
With a base MSRP of only $19,650, the 2023 Hyundai Venue is attractive to frugal shoppers. A fully loaded Limited costs under $23,000. Though the Chevy Bolt EUV is cheap by segment standards, a new model costs at least $27,800.
In addition, the Hyundai Venue is fuel-efficient, rated for 33 mpg city/highway combined. However, it has a puny 121-hp four-cylinder engine. On the other hand, the Chevy Bolt EUV has 200 hp on tap and an estimated electric range of 247 miles. The Bolt EUV is also 10 inches longer than the Venue, giving passengers more space to stretch.
The Cherokee garnered slightly over 6,000 sales in Q2 2023, losing a third of its popularity over one year. For this model year, Jeep limited the Cherokee to only two trim levels.
Both have standard four-wheel-drive, which the Chevy Bolt EUV doesn’t provide. The Cherokee Trailhawk trim is off-road-ready with a special suspension setup, all-terrain tires, and Active Drive Lock for the 4WD system. A 270-hp turbo-four engine rounds out this appealing compact SUV.
However, even without an electrified powertrain, the 2023 Cherokee is more expensive than the Bolt EUV. The Cherokee starts at $37,695 and offers no EV tax credits. It also costs more to refuel, thanks to its 21/29 mpg city/highway. However, this Jeep SUV is highly reliable and will likely last longer than most of its siblings and the Chevy Bolt.
Likewise, Jeep sold only 5,020 Renegade SUVs in Q2 2023 despite the latest models boasting standard 4WD. Also, like the Cherokee, the Renegade is overpriced, and its poor gas mileage might deter buyers. Both Jeep SUVs have identical base highway gas mileage, though the Renegade can get 23 mpg in the city.
The Renegade is about the same size as the Bolt EUV, but the Jeep’s rear row of seating is more than three inches shorter. Buyers might also prefer the Bolt because it has a higher maximum cargo capacity and a larger infotainment touchscreen.
For a while, the Chevy Bolt EUV’s ranking over those SUVs looked grim. Until recently, the EV was set to retire after the 2023 model year following persistent battery quality issues. However, the latest Ultium battery technology, which doesn’t carry a potential fire risk, powers General Motors’ latest EVs. That includes the next-generation Bolt.
Outselling gas-powered rivals is an impressive feat for an EV. According to GM Authority, the Bolt EUV’s year-to-date sales in 2023 are 356% higher than in 2022. We’re glad this little EV got a new lease on life.