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10 Best Electric Cars for 2022: Reviews, Photos, and More


PUBLISHED FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2022
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Ditch the pump for electric power.

Looking for something a little different on your car search? It's worth considering an electric car. With tons of options, it’s easier than ever to ditch trips to the gas pump and never worry about fuel prices again. In recent years, these vehicles have transformed leaps and bounds and there's something out there for every driving style. Whether you're looking for quick off-the-line acceleration, the height of luxury, or a serene space for your entire crew, there's an EV out there for you. 

To help you in your search, we've compiled a list of the 10 best electric cars for 2022 shoppers based on CarMax sales data from July 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021. 

  1. Mercedes-Benz B-Class

  2. Jaguar I-Pace

  3. Ford Focus Electric

  4. Chevrolet Spark EV

  5. Tesla Model S

  6. Tesla Model X

  7. BMW i3

  8. Chevrolet Bolt EV

  9. Nissan Leaf

  10. Tesla Model 3

10.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Mercedes-Benx B-Clas

Available under the B-Class Electric Drive moniker from 2014–2015, this five-passenger all-electric vehicle represents a great used option. All 2014–2015 models feature plenty of space, including 21.6 cu-ft of cargo room, making it a good option if you're after a hatchback that can carry both passengers and their things. These models are powered by a 174-horsepower electric motor with a 28-kWh battery — offering an EPA-estimated total range of 87 miles on a full charge.1 The B-Class was rebadged as the B250e for 2016–2017.

On all 2014–2015 Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive models you'll find these standard features:

  • MB-Tex premium vinyl upholstery

  • Navigation system

  • Frontal collision warning

Learn more at our Mercedes-Benz B-Class research page.

9.

Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace

This luxury SUV is as high-tech as it is beautiful. Powered by a 394-horsepower electric motor and a 90-kWh battery, you'll get an EPA-estimated 234 miles of range on all 2019–2020 models (with a full charge).1 As well as spirited performance and superb handling on your next road trip, you and your passengers will love the interior technology, too. On all 2019–2020 models, you'll find a 10-inch central infotainment screen that includes navigation and Bluetooth® functionality. On top of that, you'll also get an 825-watt, 15-speaker Meridian surround sound system when you upgrade to the deluxe HSE trim. The I-Pace skips the 2021 model year, returning in 2022 in the high-end HSE trim only.

If that sounds good, you'll be pleased to know all 2019–2020 Jaguar I-Pace models also include these standard features:

  • Panoramic fixed sunroof

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

  • Automated parking system and parking sensors

Learn more at our Jaguar I-Pace research page.

8.

Ford Focus Electric

Ford Focus Electric

With a spacious hatchback design and 14.2 cu-ft of space in the trunk of 2017–2018 models, this is a fantastic daily driver. Whether you're loading up on groceries, picking up the kids, or heading out on a Sunday drive, the Ford Focus Electric has you covered. The 33.5-kWh battery gives you an EPA-estimated 115 miles range on all 2017–2018 models (when fully charged), which is plenty for daily errands and trips further afield.1

Inside 2017–2018 models, you'll find a well-equipped interior with Ford's SYNC® 3 infotainment system. The eight-inch touchscreen is easy to navigate, and you'll also get two USB ports for easy charging.

The 2017–2018 Ford Focus Electric includes these features:

  • Hill-start assist

  • Nine-speaker Sony® audio system

  • Heated front seats

Learn more at our Ford Focus Electric research page.

7.

Chevrolet Spark EV

Chevrolet Spark EV

Perfect for city life, the 2016 Chevrolet Spark EV is a compact companion. Despite its small size, you still get 9.6 cu-ft of cargo space in the back, making it a practical run-about for urban living. All 2016 models have an 18.4-kWh battery, which will achieve an EPA-estimated range of 82 miles on the full charge — plenty for driving to see friends or getting across town.1 No matter where you drive, you'll love the Spark EV's diminutive size as it's easy to park in even the narrowest of parking garages.

Standard features on all 2016 Chevrolet Spark EV 2LT models include:

  • Seven-inch color touchscreen

  • Remote keyless entry

  • StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control System with Brake Assist

Learn more at our Chevrolet Spark EV research page.

6.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

The stunning sedan features a high-tech interior and a wealth of options across the model years. If maximum range is important to you, look out for the 2020 Model S Long Range Plus, which will do an EPA-estimated 402 miles of range on a full charge. If performance is more your style, look out for 2021 models with Ludicrous Mode to get a blistering zero-to-60 time of 2.5 seconds (according to the manufacturer when new).

Standard features on the 2019–2021 Tesla Model S include:

  • 17-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation

  • Automatic emergency braking

  • Adaptive air suspension

Learn more at our Tesla Model S research page.

5.

Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X

If you're after a Tesla but need SUV space, look at the Model X. All 2018–2021 models include vegan leather seating, a 17-inch touchscreen, and a panoramic windshield. This makes it a comfortable and exciting ride no matter where you're going. The range is good too, with the 2017–2019 75-kWh battery base trim models achieving an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range when fully charged.1 If that's not enough, the 2020 Long Range models can go an EPA-estimated 328 miles when fully charged.1

This is an SUV that turns heads thanks to its stunning good looks, but the cabin is a serene space to be in as you make use of all that electric instant torque — perfect for making passing maneuvers or merging onto the highway.

Here's what you find on all 2017–2021 Tesla Model X:

  • Falcon wing rear doors

  • Tri-zone automatic climate control

  • Automatic emergency braking

Learn more at our Tesla Model X research page.

4.

BMW i3

BMW i3

This quirky EV is one you'll love to look out at in your driveway, but it's also suited to city-dwellers thanks to its compact shape. Don't let those dimensions fool you, though. 2018–2021 BMW i3 models can still fit four adults with 15.1 cu-ft of cargo space to spare. This is a great choice if you want the luxury of a BMW with the high-tech nature of an EV. 2019–2021 i3 models have a 42-kWh battery, which will do an EPA-estimated 153 miles of range on a full charge.1

Here's what you find on all BMW i3 from 2018–2021:

  • DC fast-charging capability

  • Cloth upholstery

  • Heated front seats

  • Navigation system

Learn more at our BMW i3 research page.

3.

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Chevrolet Bolt EV

If you're looking to go further from each charge, take a look at the 2017–2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV and its 60-kWh battery. It'll do an EPA-estimated 238 miles on a full charge, which is more than enough for any trip the day might throw at you.1 There's plenty of space inside for all your passengers and even those in the rear seats will be treated to 36.5 inches of rear-seat legroom. Look to the Premier trim if you want additional features beyond the base model.

2017–2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT models include these standard features:

  • 10.2-inch color touchscreen

  • Teen Driver monitoring technology

  • Interior ambient lighting

Learn more at our Chevrolet Bolt EV research page.

2.

Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf

The ever-popular Nissan Leaf earns the second spot on our list thanks to its wealth of options. It's been around since 2011 and is now in its second generation (2018–present). This means you're bound to find a model that suits your needs. Look for 2019–2021 models if you'd like maximum range. The S-Plus models with 62 kWh battery will do an EPA-estimated 226 miles of range on a full charge.1

You'll also get 23.6 cu-ft of space behind the rear seats on all 2017–2021 models. That's more than enough room for a stroller, sporting equipment, or luggage for your next vacation.

All 2017–2021 Leaf S models include as a standard:

  • Bluetooth hands-free functionality

  • Automatic emergency braking

  • Cloth seat upholstery

Learn more at our Nissan Leaf research page.

1.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

Topping our list is the Tesla Model 3. This good-looking EV has both style and substance thanks to its sleek front fender and minimalist interior styling. Alongside the Model 3's impressive range numbers and instant torque, you have a five-seat sedan with excitement in its DNA.

The 2019–2021 Standard Range Plus achieves an EPA-estimated 240–263 miles of range when fully charged. For the same years, Long Range Model 3 achieve an EPA-estimated 310-353 miles of range when fully charged.1 The 2019–2021 Model 3 Performance trim achieves an EPA-estimated 299-315 miles of range when fully charged.1

This is a great choice if you're looking to take advantage of Tesla's vast supercharging network but need an EV that's not too over the top. This makes it perfect for road trips with friends or lengthy work trips where you need a little peace and quiet.

Look out for these standard features on all 2018–2021 Tesla Model 3:

  • Rearview camera

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

  • Front and rear parking sensors

  • 15-inch touchscreen

Learn more at our Tesla Model 3 research page.

Driving an electric car is a fantastic experience. You get smooth, quick acceleration, lots of high-end features, and a wealth of amenities across a range of model years.

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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.
* Price excludes taxes, title, registration, and fees. Applicable transfer fees are due in advance of vehicle delivery and are separate from sales transactions.

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