Tesla Model 3 vs Chevy Bolt vs Nissan LEAF: Their Advantages and Weaknesses
This is what current EV owners think about the weaknesses and advantages of Chevy Bolt vs Nissan Leaf vs Tesla Model 3.
Chevy Bolt has a lot more range than the Leaf, but both suffer from a lack of charging infrastructure against the Tesla. But that's changing; CCS chargers keep popping up all the time, so Tesla's big advantage may fade by the time they come to market. But Tesla is also a premium brand, so you get a more "luxurious" versus "practical" car with Tesla. That's certainly not everyone's "thing", so either one would be a great buy. Tesla's not wanting for more buyers and Chevy is, so from a purely promoting EV's, the Chevy might be the better choice. I love my Tesla Model S and wouldn't trade it in for anything.
Kyle Ray O'Donnell
AutoPilot for Tesla 3 + evenly spread supercharger infrastructure. Range for Chevy bolt. The Leaf is now a laggard, which pains me to say since I drive one. Don't get the new one. Pickup used for less than 10k.
Renee agrees with O'Donnell writing that a used Nissan Leaf is a steal right now. "That would be the only real advantage of buying a Leaf right now," she adds.
Try to find a Kia Soul EV. Loved ours but just didn't have the range nor charging infrastructure here for long highway trips.
The current production Leaf is the most affordable EV if you do not require more than 100 miles of range. The upcoming longer range Leaf will probably be in production by the end of this year but there are no details available regarding price, range, performance or even what it looks like. It's a difficult question to answer.
Chevy Bolt has more range than Nissan Leaf. Battery management system is superior also. Used Leaf price is very cheep now. Battery condition can be questionable. Tesla model 3 isn't a know quantity but will have access to supercharging network.
Chevy Bolt has no LVL 3 charging setup as they are not Chadmo. So no reason to buy a Bolt yet.
The Bolt EV is a hatch. The Model 3 appears to be a conventional sedan with a trunk. I asked the lady at the Tesla store to confirm and she said she wasn't sure. Personally, I prefer a hatch.
Tesla Model 3 is quick and has Level 5 autonomous drive. Regarding Chevy Bolt, you get the most bang for the buck and GM's 5th generation EV. Regarding Nissan Leaf, you get the best quick charge. Here I have to say that Tesla Model 3 is very good too.
At the end there is an interesting comment from Robert Malcolm Kay. He wrote that all these electric cars really annoy him because "none of them has anywhere to spill my cigar ash."