Looking to make a green-conscious choice for your next vehicle?
These days, many drivers are choosing to buy electric vehicles — and for good reason. They've come a long way in the past few years, with batteries that last longer than ever before. Many electric vehicle manufacturers have also been improving their battery charge times, 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'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 eight best electric cars based on CarMax vehicle sales data from July 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.
One cool fact about the Mitsubishi I-MiEV: The pint-sized car was the first all-electric car sold in the United States when Mitsubishi introduced it in 2009. The car's styling includes a Japanese Manga-inspired front end. The I-MiEV is a good candidate for a small electric car to hop around town in.
2016 Mitsubishi I-MiEV includes the following standard features:
- Heated front seats
- Leather-wrapped steering whee
- Heated side mirrors
- Fog lamps and aluminum wheels
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.
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 Spark EVs was discontinued in the U.S. when the Chevrolet Bolt was introduced. A 2016 Chevrolet Spark EV LT includes:
- Premium upholstery and leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Keyless ignition and remote start
- Available in-car Wi-Fi (4G LTE) and Bluetooth® connectivity
- Seven-inch touchscreen and Siri® Eyes Free
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.
Tesla Model S is the luxury leader of Tesla's advanced all-electric line. Its combination of performance, high-tech, and interior and exterior design helped land it near the top of our list. The Model S has a well-crafted, stylish interior, and unlike many sedans, this vehicle can seat up to seven passengers with an optional rear-facing third row of seats for children.
The 2017 Model S 75D includes the following standard features:
- Adjustable power driver and passenger seats
- Autopilot active driver assistance
- Ludicrous mode (extra 0 to 60 speed)
- Built-in streaming services and over-the-air software updates
BMW's i3 is a small, luxurious four-door hatchback electric car that gained a sport option, the i3s, in 2018. The base i3 adds a small gasoline engine for those looking for a little extra confidence boost on the road. The 2017 BMW i3 has sporty styling and comes with available options, including:
- Back-up camera and adaptive cruise control
- Keyless entry and start
- Automatic parking
- Leather seats
Mercedes Benz B-Class is a four-door hatchback electric car with a roomy interior that seats four and carries ample cargo. The 2015 B-Class comes in one configuration and seats five. Standard features include:
- Deep charging battery mode
- 10-way power adjustable seats with lumbar support
- 60/40 split rear seats
- Seven-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and audio connectivity
Topping our list of best electric cars of 2019 is the Nissan LEAF, which was also the first battery electric vehicle to hit the market. It is available in a generous three trim levels (the base S, SV, and SL). Regardless of the trim you select, the 2017 Nissan LEAF offers the following standard features:
- Steel wheels
- An 80-kw synchronous motor
- Bluetooth connectivity
- A rearview camera
- A five-inch display
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