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Best Electric Cars | CarMax

These days, many drivers are choosing to buy electric vehicles—and for good reason. Electric vehicles are available in a wide range of designs and configurations—whether you're looking for something with lots of passenger and cargo space or something compact, you've got options.

If you're thinking about making the move from a fuel-powered car to an electric vehicle, we're here to help. Check out our list of the top 10 best electric cars based on CarMax vehicle sales data from November 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019. You'll notice we've included three Tesla models on our list. While these vehicles were top-sellers, CarMax no longer sells Teslas.

  1. Mitsubishi i-MIEV
  2. Tesla Model 3
  3. Tesla Model X
  4. Chevrolet Spark EV
  5. Tesla Model S
  6. Ford Focus Electric
  7. Chevrolet Bolt EV
  8. Mercedes-Benz B-Class
  9. BMW i3
  10. Nissan LEAF


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Mitsubishi i-MIEV

Best Electric Cars: Mitsubishi i MIEV | CarMax

One cool fact about the Mitsubishi I-MiEV: The pint-sized car was the first all-electric automobile sold in the United States when it was introduced in 2009. This model has since been discontinued as of 2017, but it's still a good small electric car to hop around town in.

The 2017 Mitsubishi I-MiEV includes the following standard features:

  • Heated front seats and side mirrors
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Remote system to pre-activate air conditioning and timer charging
  • 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

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Tesla Model 3

Best Electric Cars: Model 3 | CarMax

Seeking Tesla prestige and class-leading performance? The Model 3 is an electrifying option. Performance trims with dual-motor all-wheel drive can fly from zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds (2019 models) when new, according to the manufacturer. That's faster than some high-performance sports cars! The luxury sedan also features an intelligent design that maximizes interior space to fit five adults with 15 cubic ft. of cargo space.

The 2018 Tesla Model 3 comes standard with:

  • 15-inch center touchscreen display
  • Navigation
  • WiFi hotspot
  • Cloth upholstery

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Tesla Model X

Best Electric Cars: Model X | CarMax

The Tesla Model X is the only SUV to make our list of best electric cars. It was also the first electric SUV to enter the market in 2016. The futuristic falcon-wing doors open up to reveal a spacious cabin with an available three-row configuration, offering comfortable seating that's great for long drives. 2019 Model X's are also well-equipped with cool standard features that include:

  • Automatic keyless entry with a self-presenting front door
  • Heated steering wheel and seats throughout the cabin
  • Power liftgate
  • Custom audio system with 17 speakers

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Chevrolet Spark EV

Best Electric Cars: Chevrolet Spark EV | CarMax

Chevrolet's Spark EV was General Motors' first all-electric car sold in the U.S. since its experimental electric vehicles in the 1990s. Spark EV model years run from 2013 to 2016. The first generation of the Spark EV was discontinued in the U.S. when the Chevrolet Bolt became available. A 2016 Chevrolet Spark EV 1LT includes:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Available in-car WiFi (4G LTE) and Bluetooth® capabilities
  • Seven-inch color touchscreen and Siri® Eyes Free

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Tesla Model S

Best Electric Car: Tesla Model S | CarMAx

The Model S is the luxury leader of Tesla's advanced all-electric line. Its combination of performance, high-tech, and interior and exterior design have it sitting near the top of our list. The Model S has a well-crafted, stylish interior and unlike some sedans, 2018-and-earlier models can seat up to seven passengers with optional third-row rear-facing jump seats.

The 2019 Model S includes the following standard features:

  • 17-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • WiFi and cellular internet capability
  • 12-way, power-adjustable, heated front seats with memory
  • Retracting door handles and power-folding, heated side mirrors with memory

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Ford Focus Electric

Best Electric Cars: Ford Focus Electric | CarMax

If you're seeking something with a sportier design and plenty of tech options inside, the Ford Focus Electric is worth a look. This hatchback, which spans from 2012 to 2018 model years, has a slightly larger capacity for up to five people, making it a great option if you require passenger space. Available in a single trim, the 2018 Focus Electric offers the following standard features:

  • Remote start with cabin air pre-conditioning
  • Sporty body color, rear spoiler, and LED taillights
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™

Add-on package options for the 2018 Focus Electric include a THULE® charge-cord bag, full vehicle cover, and leather-trimmed seats with an eight-way power driver seat.


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Chevrolet Bolt EV

Best Electric Cars: Chevrolet Bolt EV | CarMax

Unveiled in 2017, the Chevrolet Bolt EV takes all-electric driving to a whole new level with an EPA-estimated 238-mile range on a full charge, no matter which model year or trim you choose.1 Boasting modern, clean lines and an airy cabin with impressive head- and legroom, this hatchback is available in two trims—LT and Premier—with a single, high-capacity electric motor under the hood. Standard features on the 2017 Bolt EV LT include:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Rearview camera
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • 10.2-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

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Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Best Electric Cars: Mercedes-Benz B-class | CarMax

Spanning 2014 to 2017 model years, the Mercedes Benz B-Class is a four-door compact electric hatchback, offering a roomy interior for five passengers and 21.6 cubic ft. of cargo volume behind the rear seats (across all years). This EV is a great choice for drivers seeking good acceleration and a stylish, comfortable interior. Standard features on the 2017 B-Class include:

  • Seven-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and audio connectivity
  • Leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel
  • 10-way power front seats with lumbar support and memory
  • Dual-zone climate control

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BMW i3

Best Electric Cars: BMW i3 | CarMax

BMW's i3 is a small, luxurious, four-door electric hatchback that gained a sport option—the i3s—in 2018. You can also find models with the optional gasoline Range Extender to prolong the EV's distance if you often take longer trips. The 2019 i3 is equipped with a larger 42-kWh battery pack that provides an EPA-estimated 153 miles of range.1 The i3's functional and welcoming cabin is a comfortable spot to spend your commute. Base 2018 models include the following standard features:

  • Rearview camera
  • LED headlights
  • Navigation system with a 6.5-inch display screen
  • 19-inch alloy wheels

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Nissan LEAF

Best Electric Cars: Nissan LEAF | CarMax

Topping our list of best electric cars of 2019 is the Nissan LEAF, which was also the first battery-electric vehicle to hit the mass market in 2011. Since then, it has spawned two generations, along with a Plus version for 2019, which extends the 2019 LEAF's range to an EPA-estimated 226 miles.1 Well-loved for its mix of driver-assist features and smooth acceleration, the mid-trim 2019 LEAF SV comes with:

  • 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Fog lights and LED taillights
  • Quick charge port
  • Seven-inch color display navigation
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Intelligent cruise control and automatic emergency braking systems

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1Range figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Range will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition, and driving conditions. Battery range may decrease with time and use. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
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