2022 Chevy Bolt EV: Attractive Price and New Look

The 2022 Chevy Bolt looks better both inside and out and has a new low price. Is it time to plug it in to your lifestyle?

What’s New for the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV

2022 Chevy Bolt EV - chevrolet.com
2022 Chevy Bolt EV - chevrolet.com

Maybe it was the success of the Tesla 3 or the lack of sales in general for the last Bolt, but whatever the cause, the revised 2022 Chevy Bolt EV looks more normal. Sort of. It no longer screams, “I’m a loud and proud EV owner,” or at least not at such a high decibel.

For 2022, Chevrolet has toned down the over-the-top interior, making it more subdued and in line with a typical automobile. We suspect that focus groups had something to do with that. But this iteration began in 2017 and, with a few exceptions, the exterior, mechanical, and EV parts remain the same. In addition, the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV received an increased Level 2 maximum charging ability with a matching dual-level cord to assist with charging speed.

The big story, however, is the $5500 price drop from last year’s model. So, for around $30,000 (before further discounts, of course) you can snag a 2022 Bolt EV. However, with the EV market still in the niche mode at under 2% of car sales and even Chevrolet’s introduction of the all-new and larger Bolt EUV, we’re unsure if that lower price will move the needle.

But competition is fierce, and the Bolt EV is still a competent and friendly daily driver. So, have the new changes made it better? Let’s find out if you’ll get charged up by what you see in the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV.

2022 Chevy Bolt EV - chevrolet.com

2022 Chevy Bolt EV – chevrolet.com |  Shop 2022 Chevy Bolt EV on Carsforsale.com

Body Style

Starting Price

MSRP $31,995

Drivetrain

Drivetrain

FWD

Drivetrain

Fuel Economy

EV Range up to 259 miles

Number of Seats

Seating

Seats 5

The Breakdown

The refreshed design helps

Provides a comfortable interior

Decent battery range

Price drop makes it more appealing

Some features not immediately available

Maybe Chevy needs an all-new Bolt

2022 Bolt EV Specs

Trims & Pricing

1LT - $31,995
2LT - $33,195

2022 Chevy Bolt EV Powertrain

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2022 Chevy Bolt EV battery pack - Bachman Auto Group on YouTube.com

If you’ve driven an EV recently, especially the previous year’s Bolt, you’ll be familiar with the instant acceleration. You won’t need to wait for torque to ramp up while the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV gathers itself, it’s instant go. It’s not Tesla’s Ludicrous mode type acceleration, but it will do 0-60 in less than 7 seconds.

While on the highway, the Bolt does well. We wouldn’t mind getting more than the available 200 horsepower though, as you won’t get the same rocket-style acceleration around vehicles. Riding around town, the Bolt works wonderfully and Chevy has given drivers actual one-pedal driving. The brakes help regenerate electricity for the battery, so when you release the throttle, the car slows down quickly on its own. Then, all you have to do is push the center console button, and the car does the rest.

For actual autonomous driving, the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV will eventually have Chevrolet’s Super Cruise autonomous hands-free driving setup, but, due to the recent chip shortage, implementation has been delayed. So, if you plan on buying the Bolt EV, you’ll have to wait till next year’s model to get the hands-free driving, because it isn’t going to be available currently.

2022 Chevy Bolt EV Battery Charging and Range

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2022 Chevy Bolt EV - media.chevrolet.com

The EPA says a 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV can get an estimated MPGe of 131 city and 109 highway all while being able to go 259 miles on a full charge. That’s not bad when compared to the 263 miles on one charge that a standard RWD Tesla Model 3 receives.

Unlike last year, the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV is supposed to come with dual-level charging capability, but there’s an implementation delay like other chip-related technology. DC Fast Charging will pump your EV at 100 miles for 30 minutes – just not at a Tesla charging port. But thankfully, Chevy will install a level 3 charger at your home, free of charge. And, as a reminder, the slower you drive, the better your range.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo Space

2022 Chevy Bolt EV - chevrolet.com
2022 Chevy Bolt EV - chevrolet.com

The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV has taken away the swaths of white speckled and textured plastics and brought the interior more in line with the other Chevy models. Other than the exciting and animated 8.0-inch digital gauge screen, the 2022 Bolt dash would fit in any of Chevy’s sedans. You’ll find soft-touch plastics in the appropriate places, and the front seats have a considerable amount of cushion this year compared to the previous year’s cheap airline seat style.

Chevy also moves the shifting to a trendy push-button style. Love it or hate it, that’s what you get. Regardless, the single-speed automatic is silent, and the ride is quiet. Even with the lack of sound, nothing creaks, groans, or rattles.

2022 Chevy Bolt EV - chevrolet.com
2022 Chevy Bolt EV - chevrolet.com

Besides adding a flat-bottomed steering wheel that matches something in a sports car, Chevy has kept the interior the same design it’s had since the beginning. Even then, we don’t blame them for it since it comfortably holds four people and up to five if you need them.

When running errands, you can store 16 cubic feet of sacks and things behind the rear passenger seat or fold the seats flat and give yourself up to 57 cubic feet of space. That’s two cubic feet shy of a Mazda CX-5‘s 59 cubic feet of cargo space, which isn’t bad.

2022 Chevy Bolt EV Entertainment & Technology

2022 Chevy Bolt EV - chevrolet.com
2022 Chevy Bolt EV - chevrolet.com

Chevy’s infotainment 3 Plus system is standard on the 1LT and 2LT. Both 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV trims also have a very nice-looking 10.2-inch touchscreen in the redesigned dash. We’re happy that Chevy included physical knobs to assist the touchscreen capabilities and the operating system is quick-acting. Chevy includes a nice perk with available wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus you get a 4G WIFI hotspot with up to 10 connections, but you’ll have to buy a monthly data plan.

Safety Features

The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV has automatic high beams, and you get Chevy’s 360-view camera system with the 2LT trim. The Bolt comes standard with forwarding collision mitigation, automatic emergency braking, lane departure, and lane-keeping assistance. Available safety options are rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and front pedestrian detection.

2022 Chevy Bolt EV Trims & Pricing

2022 Chevy Bolt EV - chevrolet.com
2022 Chevy Bolt EV - chevrolet.com

1LT – $31,995

The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV 1LT trim comes with a leather heated steering wheel, cloth seats, and front and rear passenger multi-level heated seats. A 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system is also the hub for a six-speaker sound system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2022 Chevy Bolt EV - chevrolet.com
2022 Chevy Bolt EV - chevrolet.com

2LT – $33,195

The 2022 Bolt EV 2LT trim adds leather seats, Chevy’s complete safety system with driver-assist features, phone charging, and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Warranties

The 2022 Chevy Bolt doesn’t provide many innovations in warranties. You get a standard 3-year/36,000-mile basic and 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. You also get 8 years or 100,000 miles of Electric Vehicle & Propulsion Battery Component Warranty Coverage, according to Chevrolet. No complimentary scheduled service for this EV.

What we think

2022 Chevy Bolt EV - chevrolet.com

2022 Chevy Bolt EV – chevrolet.com |  Shop 2022 Chevy Bolt EV on Carsforsale.com

More EVs are saturating the small EV market and it’s a buyer’s choice market these days with discounts galore. Although the Tesla has some of the best vehicles in this segment, Chevrolet is wheeling and dealing for your dollar and will offer you additional discounts. This small appliance of an EV is well built, quick, and very comfortable – especially if you’re commuting with it. We would buy the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV, but we’re also wondering what Chevy has in store for its future.

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Steven Mitchell

Steven Mitchell began his automotive journey with a fully restored Triumph TR3B. After earning a bachelor's degree in Marketing and Television from the University of Texas, Steven used his passion for vehicles at an automotive marketing ad agency, and as the Manager of Interactive Marketing for Mitsubishi Motors, eventually winning an Effie for his advertising work. For the past decade, he's been writing car reviews, covering everything from SUVs and electric vehicles to original equipment manufacturer infotainment user interfaces.

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