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Best Electric Cars | CarMax

These days, more drivers than ever are choosing electric vehicles — and for good reason. They've come a long way in the past few years, with their batteries able to last longer than ever before. Many electric vehicle manufacturers have also been improving their battery charge times in recent years, making it possible for these cars to be charged and ready to hit the road more quickly. Electric vehicles are available in a wide range of designs and configurations — so whether you're looking for something with lots of passenger and cargo space or something compact, you've got options.

If you've been thinking about making the switch from a "traditional" vehicle to an electric car, we’re here to help you on your search. Browse our list of the best electric cars of 2018 based on CarMax vehicle and sales data ranging from November 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018:

  1. Mitsubishi i-MIEV
  2. Fiat 500E
  3. Chevrolet Bolt EV
  4. Volkswagen Golf Electric
  5. Ford Focus Electric
  6. Chevrolet Spark EV
  7. Nissan LEAF


Mitsubishi i-MIEV

Best Electric Cars: Mitsubishi iMiev | CarMax

If you're looking for a simple, smaller electric vehicle, the 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is worth a look. This four-door hatchback can seat up to four people, and is equipped with an all-electric motor. It comes in one trim option, the ES, which offers standard equipment including:

  • 15-inch wheels
  • power accessories
  • folding rear seats for added cargo space
  • a quick-charging port

Although this vehicle comes in just one trim option, there are additional packages available, such as the optional Navigation Package. The 2017 i-MiEV's base electric motor has a driving range of 59 miles, and according to the manufacturer, the battery takes anywhere from 14 to 22 hours to reach a full charge on a standard household outlet.1


Fiat 500E

Best Electric Cars: Fiat 500e | CarMax

The 2017 Fiat 500e has quite a personality for such a small car, so if you're looking for an electric vehicle that will catch eyes as it passes, this may be the one for you. The 500e comes in one two-door hatchback trim that is equipped with an 83-kilowatt electric motor. Standard features on the 2017 500e are pretty generous and include:

  • rear parking sensors
  • power accessories
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • five-inch touchscreen interface

Furthermore, the 500e comes with other options to enhance your driving experience, including a sunroof and an eSport appearance package.


Chevrolet Bolt EV

Best Electric Cars: Chevrolet Bolt EV | CarMax

When driving range is a high priority, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is a top contender. This redesigned model for 2017 comes in a four-door hatchback design and two trim levels from which to choose: the LT and Premier. Both trim levels come with the same mechanics under the hood, and standard features across both trim options include:

  • a rearview camera
  • keyless entry and ignition
  • a large 10.2-inch touchscreen interface
  • smartphone integration

Opt for the Premier trim level and you'll enjoy additional features such as roof rails, heated rear seats, and ambient mood lighting for a more enjoyable ride.


Volkswagen Golf Electric

Best Electric Cars: Volkswagen eGolf | CarMax

When it comes to electric vehicles that don't skimp on power or standard features, the 2016 Volkswagen Golf Electric really stands out. This four-door hatchback is available in two trim levels: the SE and the SEL. With the base SE trim, drivers will enjoy generous features such as:

  • all-season tires
  • a rearview camera
  • dual-zone climate control
  • Bluetooth connectivity


Ford Focus Electric

Best Electric Cars: Ford Focus Electric | CarMax

If you're looking for something with a sportier design and plenty of high-tech options inside, the 2017 Ford Focus Electric is worth a look. This hatchback vehicle also has a slightly larger capacity of up to five people, making it a great option for those with greater passenger space needs. Available in a single trim, the Focus Electric is well appointed with such standard features as:

  • remote start
  • a sporty rear spoiler
  • heated steering wheel and front seats
  • LED taillights
  • large eight-inch touchscreen

Add-on options for the Focus Electric include an optional power driver seat and leather upholstery.


Chevrolet Spark EV

Best Electric Cars: Chevrolet Spark EV | CarMax

Loaded with impressive tech features, the 2016 Chevrolet Spark EV is a sleek four-door hatchback. The 2016 Spark EV is available in two trim levels: the 1LT and 2LT. Both trim options include features such as:

  • a seven-inch touchscreen
  • remote start/keyless ignition and entry
  • Bluetooth connectivity

What really sets the Spark EV apart is its in-car WiGi/4G LTE capacity, which is available in both trim levels.2 Space-wise, the Spark offers 9.6 cubic feet of cargo space that expands to 23.4 cubic feet when rear seats are folded back.


Nissan LEAF

Best Electric Cars: Nissan LEAF | CarMax

Topping our list of best electric cars of 2018 is the Nissan LEAF, which was also the first battery electric vehicle to hit the market. Available in a generous three trim levels (the base S, SV, and SL), the 2017 LEAF has plenty of add-on that make it easy to customize. For example, the Charge package, which adds a 6.6-kW onboard charger that is designed for ultra-fast charging of its lithium-ion battery. Regardless of the trim you select, you'll enjoy the following features:

  • steel wheels
  • an 80-kW synchronous motor
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • a rearview camera
  • a five-inch display

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1 Range will vary based on, among other things, battery age, vehicle condition, and driving conditions. Battery range may decrease with time and use.
2 Requires data plan and compatible devices.
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