Practical and stylish battery-powered rides.
Electric cars have all the creature comforts and conveniences of their gasoline-powered counterparts, but with the added bonus of zero-emission performance to help you lead a more eco-conscious lifestyle. Whether you are thinking of making the switch to an EV or consider yourself a battery-powered pioneer, today's electric cars offer innovative powertrains and lots of tech features to enhance your time in the driver seat.
To help you on your search, we've compiled a list of the eight best electric cars for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from November 1, 2019, through April 30, 2020.
Originally introduced in 2014 as the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive (and renamed the B250e in 2016), this small hatchback provides swift acceleration from a 132-kilowatt electric motor and 28-kWh lithium-ion battery that makes 174 hp and 251 lb.-ft. of torque (2014–2015 models). On a full charge, 2014–2015 B-Class Electric Drives return an EPA-estimated range of 87 miles, which is great for short commutes or around-town errands.1 With room for five passengers and 21 cu.-ft. of trunk volume, the 2014–2015 B-Class Electric Drive is a practical option for daily travel. Standard features on 2014–2015 models include:
- Front-wheel drive
- 16-inch aluminum wheels (2015)
- Power-adjustable front seats
- Driver attention system
- Collision prevention system
If you're shopping for a small electric car to maneuver through city traffic, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is a fun way to get around. Discontinued after its 2017 model year, the rear-wheel drive i-MiEV uses a 49-kilowatt electric motor and a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery to generate 66 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. Range on the 2017 i-MiEV is an estimated 59 miles on a full charge.1 With 13.2 cu-ft of cargo room in the 2017 i-MiEV, you'll have space for groceries or even your golf clubs. Folding the second row expands capacity to 50.4 cubes, which is very generous for a small EV. Standard features on the 2017 model include:
- 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
- Regenerative braking system
- Heated front seats
- 50/50 split fold-down and reclining rear seats
- Six-speaker audio system
Originally named the B-Class Electric Drive for its 2014-2015 model year, the Mercedes-Benz B250e is a five-seater hatchback with an all-electric powertrain. 2016-2017 B250e models get their pep from a 132-kilowatt electric motor fed by a 28-kWh lithium-ion battery to make 177 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque. Like the B-Class Electric Drive, range is an EPA-estimated 87 miles on a full charge on 2016–2017 models.1 You'll also enjoy snappy acceleration with a zero-to-60 mph time of 7.9 seconds (2016–2017). Standard features on the 2016–2017 B250e include:
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Bluetooth® connectivity
- Power-adjustable front seats with lumbar support and memory
- Dual-zone climate control
- Leather multi-function steering wheel
If you want an electric hatchback with lots of standard features, the Focus Electric deserves a spot on your list. This model boasts a comfortable cabin with heated front seats and dual-zone automatic temperature control on 2017–2018 models. A rearview camera and a reverse-sensing system simplify parking maneuvers, while keyless entry with push-button start is included for your convenience.
Power flows from a 107-kilowatt electric motor with a 33.5-kWh lithium-ion battery that generates 143 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque (2017–2018 models). With an EPA-estimated range of 115 miles on a full charge, the 2017–2018 Focus Electric is a great daily driver to get around the city.1 Other standard features include the following on 2017–2018 models:
- High-intensity discharge headlamps
- Electric power-assisted steering
- Six-way manual driver seat
- MyKey® parental controls
- SYNC® 3 infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen
Cute and compact, the four-passenger Chevrolet Spark EV is a small electric car that was discontinued after its 2016 model year but remains a popular option for its easy maneuverability and fun-loving personality. 2016 Spark EVs run off a 105-kilowatt electric motor and an 18.4-kWh lithium-ion battery that creates 140 hp and 327 lb.-ft. of torque. With an EPA-estimated range of 82 miles on a full charge, this 2016 model is a great option for city commuting or a night on the town.1 There's also 9.6 cu-ft of cargo space to carry your groceries or a small suitcase for a quick getaway. Standard features on the 2016 Spark EV 1LT include:
- 15-inch aluminum wheels
- Air conditioning
- Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity
- Power locks and windows
- Heated front seats
Quick and nimble to zip around in, the BMW i3 is a subcompact battery-electric hatchback with eye-catching style and a sporty stance. Its boxy shape adds to its unique presence, while also ensuring 37.2 inches of rear-seat headroom in the four-passenger cabin (2017–2019 models). If you prioritize driving range, the 2019 i3 deserves a spot on your list. With its 42-kWh battery, the 2019 i3 has an EPA-estimated range of 153 miles on a full charge.2 You can also add a 0.6L two-cylinder gasoline generator range extender, which increases the 2019 i3's range to an EPA-estimated 200 miles with a full charge and full tank of gas.2 Base 2017 and newer i3 models come with these features:
- 19-inch alloy wheels
- LED Headlights
- Heated seats
- Multi-function steering wheel
- Rearview camera (standard on 2018–2019, optional on 2017)
Want an electric car with plenty of space, features, and driving range? The Chevrolet Bolt EV has all that and more with a sleek hatchback design. 2017–2019 Bolt EVs get their power from a 200 hp electric motor and a 60-kWh battery that returns an EPA-estimated 238 miles on a full charge.1 With range figures like that, you could take a road trip in the Bolt EV and there's space to carry your luggage in the generous 16.9 cu-ft cargo area (2017 and newer models). You'll also have 36.5 inches of rear-seat legroom for your taller friends (2017–2019 models), plus impressive tech features, like standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration. Other standard features on 2017–2019 LT trims include:
- 17-inch painted-aluminum wheels
- Single-zone automatic climate control
- Infotainment system with a 10.2-inch touchscreen
- Rearview monitor
- Two USB ports
If you're craving a quiet and comfortable all-electric driving experience with lively acceleration, the Nissan Leaf will leave you smiling. Base 2018–2019 Leaf EVs use a 110-kilowatt electric motor with a 40-kWh lithium-ion battery that generates 147 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. The EPA-estimated range on the 2018–2019 Leaf is 150 miles on a full charge.1 If you're looking for more performance and range, the 2019 Leaf Plus version uses a 160-kilowatt electric motor with a 62-kWh lithium-ion battery for an estimated 226-mile range on a full charge.1This variant also delivers more passing power on the highway with 214 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. You can also find 2017 Leaf EVs that use an 80-kilowatt electric motor and a 30-kWh lithium-ion battery that returns an EPA-estimated 107-mile range.1 For the most high-tech features, check out the 2018–2019 Leaf SL, which comes standard with:
- Intelligent Around View® Monitor
- Seven-speaker Bose® Energy Efficient Series Premium Audio System
- Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
- Seven-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
- Navigation system
The market for electric cars is growing, providing conscientious drivers—like you—with more options than ever before. From luxury four-door models to practical compacts, there is a battery-powered car to suit your driving needs, whether that's commuting to the office, carpooling your kids, or getting your errands done.
Looking to learn more? Check out these related articles:
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.
2EPA-estimated 153-mile range based on 100 MPGe combined estimate (electric); additional EPA-estimated 47-mile extended range based on 31 MPG combined estimate (gas). Range figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new and assume a full battery charge and full tank of gas (if applicable). 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.
Unless otherwise noted, information related to these featured vehicles comes from third-party sources, including manufacturer information. Product and company names may be trademarks™ or registered® trademarks of third-party entities. Use of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by these entities.