Electric vehicles

Mainstream electric cars are either battery- or hydrogen-powered, offering a driving range of anywhere from about 60 miles to 200-plus. They tend to be small but practical cars, many with hatchback bodies.
2020 Tesla Model 3
1
Top Rated vehicle
Introduced in 2017

Tesla Model 3

MSRP
$37,990 - $54,990
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
kWh / 100 mi.
30
2020 Kia Niro EV
2
Introduced in 2019

Kia Niro EV

MSRP
$39,090 - $44,590
Edmunds Rating
8.3 out of 10
kWh / 100 mi.
30
2021 Volkswagen ID.4
3
Introduced in 2021

Volkswagen ID.4

MSRP
$39,995 - $48,175
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
kWh / 100 mi.
35


Luxury electric cars

Luxury electric cars tend to cost a lot more than mainstream models, but you get a lot more, too, typically including sports-car acceleration and the latest interior tech.
1
Introduced in 2020

Porsche Taycan 4S

MSRP
$79,900 - $185,000
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
kWh / 100 mi.
42
2
Introduced in 2017

Tesla Model 3 Performance

MSRP
$37,990 - $54,990
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
kWh / 100 mi.
30
3
Introduced in 2012

Tesla Model S Performance

MSRP
$79,990 - $139,990
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
kWh / 100 mi.
Not available


Luxury electric SUVs

Given the popularity of luxury SUVs, it's no surprise that luxury electric SUVs are on the rise. Versatile interior space, cutting-edge technology and impressive power are par for the course.

RankVehicleAdditional Information
1
Introduced in 2021

Ford Mustang Mach-E

The Mustang Mach-E is Ford's first electric vehicle built from the ground up, and they knocked it out of the park. From an engaging driving experience to a comfortable interior brimming with technology, the Mustang Mach-E is simply the most well-rounded luxury EV on sale today.
MSRP
$43895 - $59300
Edmunds Rating
8.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
Not available
RankVehicleAdditional Information
2
Introduced in 2019

Audi e-tron

Among the small but growing class of electric vehicles, the Audi e-tron has a lot going for it. This is a legitimately luxurious and spacious five-passenger SUV just happens to be powered by electricity.
MSRP
$65900 - $79100
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
Not available
RankVehicleAdditional Information
3
Introduced in 2020

Tesla Model Y

The Model Y is a stylish and roomy electric SUV with strong appeal. In Performance trim, it's also extremely quick and dynamic but the optional sport suspension and large wheels make for a relatively uncomfortable ride. The Y also lags the rest of the industry when it comes to smartphone integration.
MSRP
$39990 - $60990
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
111 - 125



Edmunds' experts test 200 vehicles per year on our test track. We also test them using a 115-mile real-world test loop of city streets, freeways and winding canyons. The data we gather results in our ratings. They’re based on 30-plus scores that cover performance, comfort, interior, technology, utility and value.



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Edmunds took ownership of a 2020 Tesla Model Y Performance last year as part of our long-term test program. Now, one year later, Carlos Lago shares the team's experience after approximately 9,000 miles of use.

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FAQ

What are the best electric vehicles on the market?

Our top rated mainstream electric vehicle is the Tesla Model 3 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 EV. And if you're concerned about range anxiety, we recommend the undefined, our top-rated plug-in hybrid, which combines limited all-electric driving with the security of a gas-powered engine. 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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