The Nissan Leaf is a safety model despite its relatively low base price. Advanced driver assistance features include Automatic Emergency Braking, Automatic Rear Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring and Blind Spot Intervention System. In addition, the Leaf SV Plus has a surround view camera, adaptive cruise control, driver attention warning, and Nissan’s ProPilot Assist semi-automatic driving system.
On the other side of the fence, the Bolt EUV is not to be outdone by its standard Chevy Assist System. This advanced driving assistance package includes forward collision mitigation, lane departure mitigation and automatic headlights. In addition, the top-of-the-line Bolt EUV Premier has parking sensors, blind-spot warning, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross-traffic warning. GM’s Super Cruise hands-free driving system is also available on Bolt EUV Premier trim.
According to Nissan, the Leaf seats five and offers 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the split-folding rear seats. If you fold down the rear seats, you get up to 30 cubic feet of space to transport large items.
The Chevy Bolt EUV, meanwhile, has a longer wheelbase than the regular Bolt EV, which translates to more rear legroom in its five-seat cabin. It offers 16.3 cubic feet of storage space with rear seats upright, but it grows to 56.9 cubic feet when folded down.
Nissan Leaf vs. Chevy Bolt EUV: The Verdict
It’s hard to go wrong with the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Bolt EUV. Both electric vehicles start under $30K and are packed with advanced features and driver-assist technology. Additionally, buyers may pay less depending on local incentives after accounting for available tax credits from the updated US Inflation Reduction Act.
For the money, we’d pick the Chevy Bolt EUV for its combination of style, adequate performance, and increased driving range, not to mention that it starts at a lower base price than the Nissan Leaf.