Chevy Bolt EV Vs. Nissan LEAF: Electric Vehicle Comparison

By Justin Cupler | December 14th, 2018

Boy has the EV world grown leaps and bounds lately. Gone are the days of hideous and slow EVs with super-limited range, as today’s electric vehicles can commute from Freeland to Saginaw, Michigan several days a week without a recharge. Plus, they are surprisingly quick, especially the 2019 Chevy Bolt and 2019 Nissan LEAF. Which is better for our Saginaw EV shoppers? Keep reading to find out.

Exterior

The Chevy Bolt EV was once the new kid on the block, but the Nissan LEAF took that crown with its 2018 redesign. Despite having an older look, the Chevy Bolt EV is still a great-looking EV thanks to its toned-down appearance that stands out from the wildly styled EVs of yesteryear. The 2019 Nissan LEAF is also far less in your face as in previous years, but it is still more over the top than the Bolt EV due to its sharp creases and inflated proportions.

The 2019 Bolt EV also features more upscale features from its base trim. Sure, it is about $8,000 more than the base LEAF, but it makes up for this price difference with standard alloy wheels, HID headlights, and more.

The 2019 Chevy Bolt EV’s body measures 164 inches long, 69.5 inches wide, and 62.8 inches tall. It rides on a 102.4-inch wheelbase. The LEAF is longer and wider at 176.4 inches long and 70.5 inches wide, but it is lower at 61.4 inches tall. The 2019 LEAF’s wheelbase checks in at 106.3 inches.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Bolt EV

  • Compact footprint makes parking a breeze
  • Toned-down looks for an EV

Advantage: 2019 Nissan LEAF

  • More dramatic appearance for the extrovert

Interior

Inside, the 2019 LEAF and 2019 Bolt EV do great jobs remaining toned down without abandoning the overall ambiance of an EV. They have traditional dashboards, seating, and steering wheels, but the Bolt EV shows off its tech advancements a bit more with its standard 10.2-inch touchscreen and digital gauges. The LEAF’s standard 5-inch touchscreen pales in comparison to the Bolt, but some buyers may prefer this more understated look.

Inside, the 2019 Chevy Bolt EV’s front seats have 39.7 inches of headroom, 41.6 inches of legroom, 54.6 inches of shoulder room, and 51.6 inches of hip room. The 2019 LEAF has 1.5 inches more headroom, 0.5 inches more legroom, and 0.1 inches more hip room, but its shoulder room is 0.3 inches tighter.

In the rear, the 2019 Bolt EV has 37.9 inches of headroom, 36.5 inches of legroom, 52.8 inches  of shoulder room, and 50.8 inches of hip room. This beats the LEAF’s rear seats by 0.3 inches in headroom, 3 inches in legroom, 0.3 inches in shoulder room, and 0.8 inches in hip room.

In the cargo area, the 2019 Nissan LEAF can haul 23.6 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats up and 30 cubic feet with the seats folded. The 2019 Bolt EV can tote 16.9 cubes with the seats up and a crossover-like 56.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Bolt EV

  • Loads more rear-seat room
  • Cavernous cargo area
  • Additional standard features

Advantage: 2019 Nissan LEAF

  • Roomier front seats
  • Smaller touchscreen may be a preference to some

Performance

Years ago, EVs were sluggish and not much fun to drive, plus they had minimal mileage rewards for these huge performance sacrifices. Well, the 2019 Chevy Bolt EV and 2019 Nissan LEAF leave these old issues in their emissions-free dust.

The 2019 Chevy Bolt EV rolls in with an electric motor that churns out 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque and is fed by a 60-kilowatt-hour battery. This combines for a 238-mile range and a surprising 6.3-seconds 0-to-60-mph sprint, according to independent testing. The 2019 Bolt EV regains its juice in 9.5 hours on a 240-volt charger. The EPA rates it at 128 mpg-e city, 110 highway, and 119 combined.

The 2019 Nissan LEAF is not far behind the Bolt with its electric motor whirring out 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. This zips the LEAF to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, which is slower than the Bolt but still respectable for its class. Fueling this torquey motor is a 40-kilowatt-hour battery that delivers a 150-mile EV range. The EPA rates the LEAF at 124 mpg-e city, 99 highway, and 112 combined. Charging takes just 7.5 hours on a 240-volt charging station.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Bolt EV

  • Surprisingly quick acceleration
  • Outstanding fuel economy

Advantage: 2019 Nissan LEAF

  • Two-hour-quicker charging time

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV is available in just two trim levels — LT and Premier — and starting prices range from $37,495 to $41,780.

The 2019 Nissan LEAF is available in S, SV, and SL trims. Their starting prices range from $29,990 to $36,200.

2019 Chevy Bolt Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LT: $37,495

  • 120-volt portable charging cord
  • 60-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery
  • 7.2-kilowatt onboard charging module
  • On-demand power regeneration
  • Keyless ignition
  • 17-inch painted aluminum wheels
  • Body-color door handles
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • Intermittent front and rear wipers
  • HID headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • Black, heated side-view mirrors
  • Tinted glass
  • Deluxe steering wheel
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Driver information center
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Chevrolet Infotainment System
  • 10.2-inch color touchscreen
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Cruise control
  • Drive mode selector
  • LED interior ambient lighting
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Power locks
  • Power windows
  • Rearview camera
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Remote ignition
  • Automatic climate control
  • SiriusXM
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Teen Driver
  • Dual USB ports
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot

Premier: $41,780

  • All LT features, plus
  • 17-inch Ultra-Bright machined aluminum with painted pockets
  • Body-color door handles with chrome strip
  • Mirror-integrated turn signal indicators
  • Roof-mounted side rails
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Automatic heated steering wheel
  • False cargo floor
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear outboard seats
  • Lane-change alert
  • Blind-zone alert
  • Rear camera mirror
  • Rear parking sensors
  • 360-degree camera
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

2019 Nissan LEAF Key Features and Pricing by Trim

S: $29,990

  • 110-volt charging cable
  • 40-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery
  • 6.6-kilowatt onboard charger
  • Hill-start assist
  • Three drive modes
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • 16-inch steel wheel with hubcaps
  • Power mirrors
  • Chrome outside door handles
  • Automatic-on/off halogen headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Rear spoiler
  • Bio Suede material
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Four-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system
  • 5-inch color touchscreen
  • Bluetooth with streaming audio
  • SiriusXM radio
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Power windows
  • Power door locks
  • Automatic climate control
  • Rearview camera
  • Hands-free text messaging
  • Rear door alert
  • Automatic emergency braking

SV: $32,490

  • All S features, plus
  • 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
  • Quick-charge port
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • 7-inch color display
  • Navigation
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Adaptive cruise control

SL: $36,200

  • All SV features, plus
  • Heated mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • LED low-beam headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Leather seating
  • Heated front seats
  • Seven-speaker Bose premium audio system
  • Hybrid heater
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • 360-degree camera
  • HomeLink universal home remote
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Intelligent driver alertness

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chevy Bolt EV?

Buyers who need more range or cargo room, or those who must have a zippy hatchback will love the 2019 Bolt EV. They must have deeper pockets, though.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Nissan LEAF?

Just want an EV for the lowest cost possible? The 2019 Nissan LEAF is your best bet in today’s market.

The 2019 Chevy Bolt EV is an amazing electric vehicle for our Saginaw, Michigan buyers. Whether you’re commuting to Saginaw or heading to Freeland to see family, the 2019 Bolt EV will get you there in style and fuel-free. Come by our showroom serving the Saginaw, Michigan area today for a test drive. If you can’t make it in, you can see what 2019 Bolt EVs we have in stock today via our online inventory.