The market for electric vehicles is expanding with the availability of more emissions-free options. The 2022 Nissan LEAF and the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt are the latest in the lineup of these EVs. Their newest models are affordable, reliable, and safe. If you’re thinking of purchasing a new car in Plano, Texas, one of these is what we recommend. But given you probably won’t be getting both, let’s find out which one could be the best option for you.
2022 Chevy Bolt vs. 2022 Nissan LEAF
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV by Greg Gjerdingen is licensed with CC BY 2.0
The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt and the 2022 Nissan LEAF are both compact electric hatchbacks that come in various color options. The Chevy Bolt EV offers two trims, 1LT and 2LT, while the Nissan LEAF models include the regular LEAF and the LEAF Plus and three trims — S, SV, and SL. You can get the S and SV trims with the LEAF or LEAF Plus configurations. However, the LEAF Plus is only available with the SL trim.
Chevy Bolt EV Trims
The Chevy Bolt EV 1LT features LED headlights, DC fast-charging capability, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The 2LT has all these and adds roof rails and a surround-view camera system for top-down views of the EV and its surroundings.
Nissan LEAF Trims
The S trim runs on 16-inch wheels with steel covers for the LEAF and alloy for the LEAF Plus. It is further adorned on the outside with automatic headlights, a rear spoiler, an illuminated and locking charge port, and a CHAdeMO fast-charging port. Besides these amenities, it has fog lights, heated mirrors, and a surround-view camera system.
Despite their compact frames, the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt and the 2022 Nissan LEAF have stylish, relatively spacious interiors. You get wide-opening doors, generous windows, and good headroom and legroom in either EV. Their seats are comfortable and use soft-touch or leather materials. While you can install rear-facing seats in the back of the Nissan, tall folks might find it a bit awkward to settle into its driver seat, as it is adjustable only to an extent.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV has 16.6 cubic feet of storage space behind the rear seats, which expands to 57 cubic feet when you fold them. There is a floor panel with hidden storage to complement the storage spaces in the glove box, center console, and front door pockets. In contrast, the Nissan LEAF offers 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space or 30 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, though they don’t fold flat. You get average-sized storage space in the center console box and glove compartment on board this all-electric hatchback. To see learn more about the Chevy Bolt’s interior, check out this post!
Both vehicles have a responsive touch screen system, with a 10.2-inch screen for the Chevy Bolt and an 8-inch screen for the Nissan LEAF. Our featured automobiles are equipped with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration systems for entertainment and navigation. The Chevy Bolt EV has a telescopic steering wheel, but the real tech highlight is its Driver Information Center. This configurable digital panel allows you to check your driving history, power output, and battery range in real-time. Also, you can get rear USB ports with the 2LT trim along with the two standard USB ports in the front.
The Nissan LEAF has an excellent Bose premium audio system with seven lightweight speakers.
The driving aids you get with both vehicles can make driving stress-free. The Chevy Bolt EV includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and automatic high beams. Distance indicator, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and forward collision mitigation are prominent safety add-ons. If you have teenage kids, you will appreciate the programmable Teen Driver key.
All the Nissan LEAF trims have the Safety Shield 360, along with automatic emergency braking, rear door alert, and automatic high beams. They also get rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, and blind-spot monitoring. Each SV trim offers ProPilot Assist with advanced adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. The Nissan LEAF also has a keyless start and automatic climate control.
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The 2022 Chevy Bolt uses a lithium-ion battery pack, under the floor, with an 8-year or 100,000-mile warranty. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that this SUV can get a maximum range of 259 miles on a single charge at around 28 kWh of electricity per 100 miles. There is an 11 kW onboard charger and a dual-level charge cord for 120-volt Level 1 and 240-volt Level 2 charging. It can take up to 7 hours to fully charge the 2022 Chevy Bolt with a wall charger.
The regular Nissan LEAF offers 149 miles of range on a single charge, while the Leaf Plus’ 62-kWh battery has a 226 miles range. The car can take up to 12 hours for a full charge.
Since both hatchbacks are electric, there is zero tailpipe emission. Both cars boast good steering, automatic transmission, quick acceleration, and smooth braking. The 2022 Chevy Bolt EV features regenerative braking to deliver one-pedal driving capability to speed up, slow down, or stop. You can bring the car to a halt in Low mode by lifting your foot from the accelerator or holding the Regen on Demand paddle behind the steering wheel. The 2022 Nissan LEAF uses the e-Pedal mode for routine braking and driving control.
The 2022 Bolt EV’s MSRP starts at $31,500, while the Nissan LEAF has a more affordable MSRP of $27,400. Remember that you don’t get a federal tax credit with the Chevrolet Bolt, while the Nissan Leaf gets a federal tax credit of $7,500.
Both EVs are excellent cars for getting around in urban settings. You will find the driving manners quiet, smooth, and controlled on straight and curved roads. And with their compact size, these vehicles are easy to maneuver.
Still can’t choose? Then talk to one of our knowledgeable team members at Huffines Chevrolet Plano. We can help you find the right EV for your needs.