Is the Chevrolet Bolt EUV a Better Buy Over a Tesla Model 3?

The electric car segment is getting charged up with all kinds of rivals. Of course, when you think of an electric car today, you most likely picture a Tesla in your mind. However, there’s more than one automaker pumping out cars with electric propulsion. For example, there’s the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, which is an “electric utility vehicle” that’s packed full of value and a handy list of driver-assist features. In fact, there’s a chance that the Bolt EUV could actually be a better buy than a perennial favorite like the Tesla Model 3.

The Chevy Bolt EUV is cheaper than a Tesla Model 3

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV | Chevrolet

In to consider a car to be a “better buy,” we would first have to look at the pricing between the two cars. The Chevrolet Bolt EUV starts at $33,995 (including destination fees) while the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus carries a starting price tag of $41,190 (including destination). That’s a pretty large jump between the two EVs.

In addition to the large difference in price, Edmunds points out that the Model 3’s price of entry will include amenities like faux leather seating, navigation, and heated seats as well as other items. However, the fully loaded Bolt Premiere trim level will get you all of that plus ventilated seats for less than a base Model 3. Now that’s what we call “value.”

The Bolt’s Super Cruise is cheaper than Tesla’s self-driving suite

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV | Chevrolet

By now, we’re sure you have heard of Tesla’s claim to futuristic fame called “Full Self Driving.” If not, then you just need to know that it’s a suite of driver-assist aids that help keep the car on the road while semi-autonomous driving you to your destination. No, it does not make the car fully autonomous, nor does Super Cruise – which is basically the same thing.

However, the Super Cruise suite of driver-assist features costs $2,200 on the top-trim Bolt Premiere. Compare that to the Tesla Model 3’s “Full Self Driving” option, which costs $10,000 and you’ll quickly see why the Chevy is still a better value.

Electric range can be deceiving

A red 2021 Tesla Model 3 driving along the mountains, the 2021 Tesla Model 3 is one of the best new sports cars with all-wheel drive
2021 Tesla Model 3 | Tesla

One of the most important features that any prospective EV buyer looks at is the electric range that an EV can get. At first glance, it’s easy to be impressed by the Tesla Model 3’s 263-mile range. However, Edmunds pointed out that no Teslas that they have tested on their real-world test loop has achieved the EPA range estimate.

On the other hand, Edmunds has also tested the current Chevy Bolt on their test loop and they were able to exceed the EPA estimate by 7%. Since the Bolt EUV is based heavily on the current model, it’s safe to assume that its 247-mile range could likely be exceeded as well.

The Chevrolet Bolt EUV offers a great value

As we can see, the 2022 Bolt EUV can pack a huge value punch in comparison to the Tesla Model 3. We do realize that the Model 3 has its advantages as well, but considering the Bolt EUV can likely beat it in range, price, and driver-assist features, it could very well be a much better buy.

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