It’s often expected for new models to receive low reliability ratings, but Chevy has bucked that trend with the Bolt. In Consumer Reports’ new reliability ratings released yesterday, while Chevy as an overall brand scored relatively low (18th place), the Bolt came in as the most reliable car the manufacturer sells, out of 15 models (the highest number of models of any manufacturer ranked by CR).
This is great news, because the Bolt is a great car in pretty much every other way too. It won Motor Trend’s Car of the Year and many other awards, and we really like it, even though it’s not without its quibbles. Despite all these awards, sales initially lagged (though they’re picking up as the car is made more available nationwide), so perhaps CR’s rating will help GM sell some more Bolts – if they actually want to. We’ll see if Chevy puts the Bolt, their most reliable car, front and center in its national ad campaign about winning awards for reliability.
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