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Best 2019 Electric Cars


PUBLISHED FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2021

Electric power for your daily drive.

Best 2019 Electric Cars | CarMax

Whether you're looking for a car that fits your green-conscious lifestyle or you want to get behind the wheel of something with instant torque, an electric car is a great choice. The smooth power of electric can be helpful when you're maneuvering in and out of city traffic, and electric vehicles (EVs) can be great for long-distance trips, too. If you're looking for a quiet ride that also has the potential to be a lot of fun, read on.

2019 was an excellent year for electric cars, with some solid options that may suit your lifestyle. Whether you're looking for the serene comfort of a Tesla or the practicality of a small crossover, you're in the right place.

To help you on your search, we've compiled a list of the best 2019 electric cars, based on CarMax sales data from October 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021.

  1. 2019 Tesla Model 3

  2. 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV

  3. 2019 Nissan Leaf

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2019 Tesla Model 3

Best 2019 Electric Cars: Tesla Model 3 | CarMax

The Tesla Model 3 offers a great entry into the world of electric car ownership. For 2019, the Standard Range model will take you an EPA-estimated 240 miles when fully charged.1 If you want a bit more battery power, shop for the Long Range model, which will take you an EPA-estimated 310 miles on a full charge.1

The 2019 Tesla Model 3 is a high-tech machine, filled with the latest driver conveniences and features. This EV features a large central screen that tells you just about everything you want to know about available range, nearby superchargers, and more. You can even use the screen to watch videos while you're parked and charging.

If you love taking road trips, you may be impressed by the 2019 Model 3's cargo space. It boasts 15 cu ft of trunk space, which is plenty for a short trip away. You can even fold the rear seats to expand cargo capacity. You'll also get a front trunk—affectionately known as a “frunk"—that's big enough for another small bag or two, with 2.7 cu ft of space. Combine this with the fact that you can camp in a Model 3 using a few available accessories, and you've got the makings of a great trip.

All 2019 Tesla Model 3s feature:

  • Available Wi-Fi hotspot2

  • Rearview camera

  • Forward collision warning

  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats

  • Blind-spot monitoring

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2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Best 2019 Electric Cars: Chevrolet Bolt EV | CarMax

If you're looking for a crossover with electric power and a compact footprint, the Chevrolet Bolt is a great choice. While its muscular lines stand out, this little EV looks more like a standard car. It retains a front grille, even though it doesn't really need one, which means it's not instantly recognizable as electric. But don't let that fool you—2019 models get an EPA-estimated 238 miles on a full charge, which is plenty for the commute and your daily errands.1

The 2019 Bolt EV is designed around simplicity and ease of use. The battery placement maximizes interior space for your passengers and their things. The deep trunk gives you a total of 56.6 cu ft with the rear seats folded, too. You also have a false floor that lifts up for additional storage.

The base LT trim boasts plenty of tech and driver-assistance features as standard, including a rearview camera and a large touchscreen display. You can also find some great available features across both trim levels, including forward collision warning, wireless device charging, and more.

Standard features on the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT include:

  • Roof-mounted shark-fin antenna

  • StabiliTrak® electronic stability control system

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto compatibility

  • 10.2-inch touchscreen display

  • Teen-driver technology

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2019 Nissan Leaf

Best 2019 Electric Cars: Nissan Leaf | CarMax

At the top of our list is the 2019 Nissan Leaf. This spacious EV offers two battery-size options so you can find the one that fits your lifestyle. If you're just zipping around the city, with the occasional longer trip, the 40kWh battery may be plenty. On 2019 models, this gives you an EPA-estimated range of 150 miles on a full charge.1

If you take longer trips on a regular basis or have a hefty commute to work, take a look at 2019 64kWh models, which get an EPA-estimated 226 miles on a full charge.1 If you're looking for a larger battery, set your sights on the S Plus, SV Plus, and SL Plus models.

Base 2019 models of the Nissan Leaf boast plenty of standard features, but jump up to the top SL trim and you'll get a Bose® audio system, leather seats, and driver-assistance features including blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. In all 2019 models, you'll find 23.6 cu ft of cargo volume in the trunk, which expands to 30 cu ft with the rear seats folded. That's plenty for family vacations and trips to the DIY store.

The Leaf's interior is plush and comfortable without being over the top. The soft seats mean this is a car you can comfortably spend plenty of time in as you commute to work or head out for a weekend away.

Standard features on the 2019 Nissan Leaf base trim S include:

  • Bluetooth® streaming audio

  • Five-inch central display

  • 60/40 split rear seats

  • Automatic climate control

  • Rearview camera

  • Automatic emergency braking

If you want an easy-to-drive vehicle that offers a little calm away from the chaos of life, an EV is a great choice. One of these 2019 models may be just right for you.

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1Range figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new and assume a full battery charge. Range will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition and history, driving and charging habits, accessory use, and driving conditions. Battery capacity may decrease with time and use. See fueleconomy.gov for more info.
2Wi-Fi hotspots require a data plan to activate and may also require a compatible device. See the owner's manual or manufacturer website for more information.

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