Personality meets practicality.
Electric vehicles are the future but it's not a future you have to wait for; there's no better time to switch to an EV, especially given the variety of EVs on roads today. Hatchbacks, sedans, and crossovers; these days just about every vehicle class has an EV equivalent. And all the comforts you've come to expect from gas-powered vehicles, like tech and driver convenience features, all-wheel drive, and seating for up to seven passengers, are options on modern EVs.
To help you on your search, we've compiled a list of the six best electric cars for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020.
If you're looking for a peppy subcompact car to get you along your daily commute, check out the Chevrolet Spark EV. It features eye-catching style and provides a fun driving experience with good acceleration and handling. And best of all, its EV power unit means that on 2016 models, you get an EPA-estimated range of 82 miles on a full charge.1 The ideal city runabout for commuting and grabbing groceries, the 2016 Chevrolet Spark EV is also well-equipped; the following features are all available from standard:
- Air conditioning
- Cruise control
- Heated front seats
- Keyless entry and ignition
- Seven-inch touchscreen display
- Available in-car 4G LTE Wi-Fi2
For a practical family EV that can seat up to five people, take a look at the Mercedes-Benz B-Class. If you're on the hunt for a midsize crossover that couples everyday utility with EV power, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz B-Class should have what you want. That everyday utility translates to five seats and space for up to four adults and one child under 10 (in the middle rear seat), as well as 17.7 cubic feet of luggage volume in the rear. And that EV power gets you an EPA-estimated range of 87 miles on a full charge.1 You can also expect plenty of equipment from standard on 2017 models, like:
- 10-way power-adjustable front seats
- 60/40-split folding rear seats
- Bluetooth® phone and audio connectivity
- Mercedes COMAND™ interface
- Cruise control
- Forward collision mitigation
If you're looking for a compact sedan or hatchback that offers plenty of electric power, the Ford Focus Electric deserves a test drive. With its power unit capable of achieving 143 hp and an EPA-estimated range of 115 miles for 2018 models on a full charge, as well as its quiet and comfortable interior, you'll find your dream daily commute behind the wheel of the Focus Electric.1 And you can expect plenty of tech features on 2017–2018 Ford Focus Electric models too, including:
- Heated front seats and steering wheel
- Ford SYNC® 3 infotainment system with eight-inch touchscreen display
- Xenon headlights
- Ten-speaker Sony® sound system
For a great subcompact EV with real presence and style, look no further than the BMW i3. First introduced in 2014, the i3 is a solid pick for your daily city commute. Not only does it look stylish, but its subcompact size means tight urban driving and parking is no problem for this small yet sleek subcompact. And the real ace up the i3's sleeve? An EPA-estimated range of 153 miles on 2019 models when fully charged.1 Additionally, the 2017–2019 i3 models offer plenty of features from standard, including:
- Keyless entry
- Automatic headlights (LED headlights only on 2017 models)
- Rear parking sensors
- Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay® compatibility (CarPlay on 2019 models only)
- 6.5-inch display screen
Ever wondered if it's possible to have all of the above in one vehicle? Wonder no more—the Chevrolet Bolt EV manages just that. With 94 cubic feet of passenger volume and 17 cubic feet of luggage volume, the Bolt EV can handle transporting your passengers, groceries, and even sports equipment with ease. An EPA-estimated range of a whopping 238 miles when fully charged (on 2019 models) means the Bolt can handle longer journeys as well as errands around town.1 And the best part is, you and your passengers won't be wanting for tech features along the ride; 2017–2019 models come standard with:
- Automatic climate control
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™ smartphone integration
- Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot (2018–2019 models only)2
- 10.2-inch touchscreen display
- Rearview camera
Style, practicality, and convenience all in one sleek four-dour hatchback package, that's what you can expect from the Nissan Leaf. With a new generation introduced in 2018, the Nissan Leaf remains popular—and the moment you're in the driver seat you'll see why. A smooth and comfortable driving experience is matched with space for you and four other passengers inside, plus an impressive 24 cubic feet of cargo volume in the trunk—ideal for grocery shopping or vacation luggage. The 2019 Nissan Leaf gets an EPA-estimated range of 150 miles when fully charged.1 For your city commute, shopping trips, or family excursions, get ready to tackle them all in style with the Nissan Leaf.
And if it's tech features you're after, the Leaf has plenty to offer you. The previous-generation 2017 model includes as standard:
- Rearview camera
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Five-inch display
More recent 2018 and 2019 models feature the above equipment as standard, and add:
- Keyless entry and ignition
- Automatic climate control (2019 models only)
- Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking
- NissanConnect® connectivity and remote access system (SV models up)
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration (SV models up)
The versatile options of EVs on the market are increasing. And, electric cars are a great pick not just if you're after a green-conscious lifestyle, but even if you're simply interested in a vehicle that's as practical as it is stylish. From a small compact that's ideal for city driving to a bigger midsize sedan with a spacious interior, there's an EV waiting 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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