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2017 Chevrolet Bolt Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Ranking

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The Chevy Bolt after its Small Overlap Crash Test

A lot has already been said about the incredible efficiency of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt. With an impressive 238-mile range, the Bolt’s powertrain is able to get you to where you need to go for less. But what of the Chevy Bolt’s safety? Well, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) certainly thinks that Chevy’s all-electric vehicle is safe, as it just named the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt a Top Safety Pick.

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IIHS notes that the Bolt is the first all-electric vehicle it has tested to earn such a prestigious title. When you consider the rising number of electric cars, that is no easy feat. The Chevy Bolt managed to earn a “Good” rating in all five of the IIHS crash tests. These tests include small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and finally head restraints.

The Bolt’s advanced technologies also helped it earn a “Superior” rating for front crash prevention. The Bolt also comes equipped with a forward collision warning. Thanks to this safety system, the Bolt was able to suddenly stop and avoid collisions at speeds of both 12 mph and 25 mph.

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The 2017 Chevy Bolt just barely missed the criteria to achieve a Top Safety Pick+ rating. In order to do so, models must receive a “Good” or “Acceptable” headlight rating. The problem with the Bolt’s headlights wasn’t that they were too dim. Rather, the brightness of the headlights could create excessive glare for oncoming drivers. Still, the Bolt managed to do exceptionally well in regards to safety, especially for a brand-new model. You can watch the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt being tested by the IIHS in the videos below:

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Small Overlap Crash Test

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Moderate Overlap Crash Test

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Side Crash Test