With their excellent efficiency and exciting technology features, electric cars are an ideal choice for drivers around Ithaca, Cortland, and Elmira, NY. Since the Chevy Bolt and Nissan LEAF are two of the most popular choices available, you've likely found yourself comparing them.

Our Maguire Chevrolet Ithaca team is here to help you decide between these two incredible vehicles with this 2021 Chevy Bolt vs. Nissan LEAF comparison.

2021 Chevy Bolt

2021 Nissan LEAF

EPA-estimated Electric Driving Range

259 miles

226 miles

Standard Horsepower

200 Horsepower

147 Horsepower

Standard Torque

266 lb-ft

236 lb-ft

Seating Capacity



Bolt vs LEAF: Performance Capabilities

The biggest perk of driving an electric car has to be the incredible efficiency and driving range. Either vehicle can get you far with a fully charged battery. The Bolt has an EPA-estimated driving range of 259 miles, while the LEAF only has 226 miles. You can see a similar difference in their efficiency ratings:

  • Chevy Bolt: EPA-estimated 127 city/108 highway MPGe
  • Nissan LEAF: EPA-estimated 123 city/99 highway MPGe

Additionally, the Bolt's motor offers more power than the standard motor in the LEAF. In the Bolt, you'll have 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque under the hood. The LEAF comes standard with just 147 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque.

Both have a regenerative braking system that will capture the energy released during braking and use it to power that battery. However, the Bolt makes sure you can make the most of that available power source with the Regen on Demand™ steering wheel paddle.

Regen on Demand™ can use regenerative braking to capture energy lost when coasting and decelerating without using the brake pedal. You can use the steering wheel paddle to slow down faster and send even more power to the battery.

Chevy Bolt vs Nissan LEAF: Safety Technology

As electric vehicles, you can expect both the Bolt and LEAF to have incredible technology features. When it comes to safety technology, they leave little to be desired.

Both have available camera systems that offer a 360° view around your vehicle-the Chevy has HD Surround Vision, and the Nissan has Intelligent Around View® Monitor-which can make parallel parking easier than ever.

However, only the Bolt comes standard with Teen Driver. This feature allows you to customize certain safety features to activate when your teenage driver uses their key fob. It can also generate an in-vehicle report card about the driver's habits to help them identify areas where they can improve. Nissan doesn't offer a comparable feature.

2021 Bolt vs 2021 LEAF: Comfort and Convenience

When you get on the road and start taking advantage of the incredible features of these vehicles, you'll want to be comfortable. In the Bolt, you'll have slightly more space with its total of 94.4 cubic feet of passenger volume. The LEAF only has 92.4 cubic feet of passenger space.

This means that the Bolt has slightly more interior space, particularly for rear passengers, as you can see with the following measurements:


Chevy Bolt

Nissan LEAF

Rear Headroom

37.9 inches

37.3 inches

Rear Legroom

36.5 inches

33.5 inches

Passengers will be kept warm and comfortable in either ride thanks to the available heated front seats and heated steering wheel. They can both offer you the convenience of standard Push Button Start.

Only the Bolt has an available hands-free power programmable liftgate, which makes it easy for you to load cargo when your hands are full.

2021 Chevy Bolt vs 2021 Nissan LEAF: Which Should You Choose?

When trying to decide between the Chevy Bolt and Nissan LEAF, both rides have a lot to offer. So, check them out in person to see which has the capabilities you need for those Ithaca, Cortland, and Elmira, New York, commutes!

Contact Maguire Chevrolet Ithaca and get behind the wheel today!

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