Best Electric Cars of 2024 and 2025

The Edmunds experts test electric car contenders on our test track and in the real world. Our ratings assess performance, comfort, technology, utility, value and more. How we rank

Best Electric cars

Mainstream electric cars are the entry point for many EV shoppers, providing a driving range of anywhere from about 100 miles to well over 200. Expect spirited acceleration, too.

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The Chevrolet Bolt boasts quick acceleration, a very approachable price and 278 miles of range when driven on Edmunds real-world EV range loop. Even with more competitors now, the Bolt is certainly worth checking out if you're in the market for an affordable EV. Read full review

MSRP
$26,500 - $29,700
Edmunds EV Range Edmunds' real-world range test measures the distance an electric vehicle can travel on a full charge. More info
265 mi
2nd
Redesigned in 2018

Nissan LEAF

Edmunds Rating
7.9/10
About Nissan LEAF

In the world of cost-effective EVs, the Leaf's game is strong. Along with a host of standard advance driving aids, the Leaf also delivered a respectable 237 miles of range on a single charge when driven on Edmunds' real-world EV test route. Read full review


MSRP
$28,140 - $36,190
Edmunds EV Range Edmunds' real-world range test measures the distance an electric vehicle can travel on a full charge. More info
237 mi
3rd
Redesigned in 2017

MINI Hardtop 2 Door

Edmunds Rating
7.3/10
About MINI Hardtop 2 Door

The Mini Cooper SE is an electric version of the regular Hardtop 2 Door. This means less cargo room and rear seat space compared to other EVs, but also some classic Mini benefits such as quick acceleration and nimble handling. Range is more modest than most, however, traveling 150 miles in Edmunds' real-world range test. Read full review


MSRP
$30,900
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150 mi

Best Electric SUVs

The line between SUV and hatchback gets blurry in this segment, but you can count on versatile cargo space and an elevated driving position.

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The Niro EV isn't the best in any one particular area, but it does a lot of things very well. It's comfortable, packed with in-car tech, and has impressive real-world range. It's not the cheapest EV out there, but Kia's long list of standard features and excellent warranty help offset that. Read full review

MSRP
$39,600 - $44,600
Edmunds EV Range Edmunds' real-world range test measures the distance an electric vehicle can travel on a full charge. More info
280 mi
2nd
Introduced in 2022

Chevrolet Bolt EUV

Edmunds Rating
8.0/10
About Chevrolet Bolt EUV

The Chevrolet Bolt EUV is the iPhone MAX version of the Bolt. In this slightly larger package you get slightly more space, comfort and amenities. The EUV trades a marginal amount of speed and nimbleness for its gains, and it also costs a bit more, but we think its worth it. Read full review


MSRP
$27,800 - $32,300
Edmunds EV Range Edmunds' real-world range test measures the distance an electric vehicle can travel on a full charge. More info
265 mi
3rd
Introduced in 2021

Volkswagen ID.4

Edmunds Rating
7.8/10
About Volkswagen ID.4

The Volkswagen ID.4 is a relatively affordable EV and offers competitive range and cargo space. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite match rivals on performance, comfort or interior quality. It's not our top-ranked electric SUV but it's worth a look if you find the price is right. Read full review


MSRP
$39,735 - $57,055
Edmunds EV Range Edmunds' real-world range test measures the distance an electric vehicle can travel on a full charge. More info
299 mi

Best Luxury electric cars

Luxury electric cars tend to cost a lot more than mainstream models, but you also get a lot more, typically including sports-car acceleration and the latest interior tech.

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The BMW i5 is a great pick for an electric luxury sedan thanks to its classy design, comfortable and quiet cabin, and extensive collection of helpful technology features. In fact, we think the i5 is better than the regular 5 Series and one of the best EVs on the road today. Read full review

MSRP
$66,800 - $84,100
Edmunds EV Range Edmunds' real-world range test measures the distance an electric vehicle can travel on a full charge. More info
321 mi
2nd
Introduced in 2022

BMW i4 eDrive40

Edmunds Rating
7.8/10
About BMW i4 eDrive40

The BMW i4 is a comfortable and spacious EV with good real-world range and impressive in-car tech. However, it lacks standout design and features and has a relatively high base price with middling standard equipment. Read full review


MSRP
$52,200 - $69,700
Edmunds EV Range Edmunds' real-world range test measures the distance an electric vehicle can travel on a full charge. More info
307 mi
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Edmunds Rating
7.8/10
About Polestar Long Range Single Motor

The Polestar 2 boasts excellent driving dynamics, strong tech backed by Google, and a user-friendly interface. But it's on the cozier side in terms of interior space. Read full review


MSRP
$49,900 - $63,000
Edmunds EV Range Edmunds' real-world range test measures the distance an electric vehicle can travel on a full charge. More info
228 mi

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FAQ

What are the best electric vehicles on the market?

Our top rated mainstream electric vehicle is the Chevrolet Bolt EV for its excellent range, drivability, and practicality. Buyers looking for something with more performance and premium features should take a look at the undefined, our top-rated luxury electric SUV, or the BMW i5, our top-rated luxury electric car. Learn more

What is the top-rated electric vehicle for 2019?

2019 saw the introduction of the Kia Niro EV, which jumped immediately to the top of our EV rankings. A long-range electric car with a roomy and practical cabin, the Niro EV is a good choice for small families. For luxury buyers, the Audi e-tron launched in 2019, providing an all-electric alternative to a two-row luxury SUV. The e-tron tied the Tesla Model 3 for first place in our luxury EV rankings. Learn more

What is the top-rated electric vehicle for 2018?

In 2018 the Tesla Model 3 had little competition in the EV space, offering plenty of range, performance, and technology. For more budget-minded EV buyers, the Chevrolet Bolt delivered zippy acceleration and multi-day range in a commuter friendly package, while the second-generation Nissan Leaf launched with a budget-friendly base model and longer-range Leaf Plus model. Learn more

What are the best used electric vehicles to buy?

Used electric vehicles can be an excellent value because of steeper-than-average devaluation in the first few years. Look for "CPO" or certified pre-owned vehicles if you're shopping for used EVs, and check how long the warranty on the vehicle's battery pack has left (a high-cost item should maintenance be required). Unless you've researched the pros and cons, we recommend against buying an older or higher-mileage used EV, as aging battery technology creates unique challenges. Learn more

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Am I Ready for an EV?

  • EV ownership works best if you can charge at home (240V outlet) This typically means a 240V home installation, or other places your car is parked for several hours each day. Don't expect a regular household outlet (120V) to suffice.
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