Chevy's 238-mile electric hatchback faced some tough competition in our testing. The 2017 Acura NSX, with its advanced hybrid system, was certainly the performer of the bunch, while the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class impressed our judges with its many integrated technologies, including some of the best self-driving capabilities on the market and new NFC functionality to communicate with smartphones.
In the end, we selected the Bolt because it marks a big step forward in technology and value and has the potential to affect the greatest number of people. At a starting price of $37,495, it is the least expensive long-range EV on the market today, and it requires very little adjustment from what people consider a normal driving and ownership experience. For those who were on the fence about making the EV leap, the Bolt provides a comfortable entry into a new gas-free world.
So congrats to the Bolt on the win. For more on this year's finalists and winners, check out our awards page.