Our picks for the best used EVs out there.
Electric cars have come a long way in the last handful of years. Today, they can drive farther than ever on a single charge. Their batteries can be topped off faster than ever, too, depending on your charging equipment. And, more drivers aren’t just choosing electric cars and hybrids, but also searching for used hybrids and EVs.
If you’re thinking about making the switch, knowing where to start — or even knowing what to look for in an electric car — can feel like a challenge. There are things like cargo space and comfort features to consider, as well as battery life and the range of electric cars.1
Here are our seven best electric cars of 2018, based on vehicle data and store sales between November 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018.
- Nissan LEAF
- Chevrolet Spark EV
- Ford Focus Electric
- Volkswagen Golf Electric
- Chevrolet Bolt EV
- Fiat 500e
- Mitsubishi i-MiEV
There’s a lot to look at on this list, from really small, two-door sedans like the Spark EV and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, to the all-electric hatchback eGolf (that looks just like a standard VW Golf), to our best-selling EV at CarMax, the four-door Nissan LEAF.
The LEAF is a very budget-friendly EV, and certain models and trims of this car can often be found on our lots for less than $10,000.2
The 2013 LEAF S, for example, offers passengers front and rear heated seats, which is a rare set-up even for gasoline-engine passenger cars. There’s Bluetooth® connectivity here, too, and the option to hook up an aftermarket Level 2 charger that is designed to drastically reduce your charging times.
Helpful tip: when you’re selecting an electric vehicle, take the time to consider how you’ll be using the car, and how far you plan to travel between charge-ups. You can also take a look at the results of our 2017 hybrid and electric cars survey, where we asked EV and hybrid owners how they felt about driving an electric vehicle.
In case these seven best electric cars don’t spark your interest, check out these additional resources during your hunt for alternatives to everyday transportation.
- Used Electric Cars at CarMax
- Best Used Cars
- Best Hybrids of 2018
- Ford Focus Electric Review
- BMW i3 vs. Nissan LEAF
1 Range will vary based on, among other things, battery age, vehicle condition, and driving conditions. Battery range may decrease with time and use.
2Based on prices at carmax.com. Actual prices may vary based on your selected features and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
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