10 Best Electric Cars 2023

Electric Car Charging Plug

Each year more and more electric vehicles hit the market, and as the technology around these vehicles improves so do the features in each vehicle. There are tons of all-electric vehicles on the market today, and we’ve highlighted ten of the best for you here.

Whether you’re looking for an electric vehicle to purchase for yourself or want to see what the newest all-electric vehicles have, these are some of the best of the best out there.

1. Hyundai Ioniq 5

Hyundai Ioniq 5 Electric Car

There’s a reason the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is at the top of this list and so many more. The base model SE Standard Range Ioniq 5 has a 220-mile range and 168 horsepower, but it’s all the other models that put the Ioniq 5 at the top of our list.

If you are getting a 2023 Ioniq 5 do yourself and get the SE trim level or higher. First, it unlocks a much longer range, taking you up to 303 miles on a single charge if you stay in rear-wheel drive. But if road conditions are a bit rougher, you can switch to the all-wheel driving mode, which will drop the range to 266 miles.

While in rear-wheel drive the Ioniq 5 pushes 225 horsepower and in all-wheel drive, it has an even more impressive 320 horsepower.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 also comes with tons of safety features. These safety features include a blind-spot collision-avoidance system with a rear cross-traffic assist, a rear parking distance warning system, a forward collision avoidance system with pedestrian and cyclist detection, and so much more.

It’s a great electric vehicle and easily earns the top spot on our list.

2. Chevrolet Bolt

Chevrolet Bolt EV

The 2023 Chevrolet Bolt doesn’t have quite all the same features as the Hyundai Ioniq 5, but it’s also significantly less expensive. If you’re in the market for a more budget-friendly electric vehicle, the Chevrolet Bolt is an outstanding choice.

It comes with a 247-mile range and is only available in rear-wheel drive, and it charges and provides 95 miles of range in just 30 minutes.

The 2023 Bolt still comes with tons of safety features including automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, a lane departure warning system with lane-keeping assistance, and tons of optional safety features to pick from.

Still, the 2023 Chevrolet Bolt’s claim to fame, and the reason for its spot so high on our list, is the price. It’s the most affordable electric vehicle in the country, and that alone makes it worth checking out.

3. Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 with mountains background

There are quite a few Model 3 options for you to pick from in 2023. The standard version comes with a 272-mile range, the Performance version has a range of 315 miles, and the Long Range version has a super impressive 358 miles!

The Model 3 also has some super-impressive performance specs depending on which model you go with. The standard Model 3 goes from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.1 seconds, the Long Range version covers the same acceleration range in just 4.0 seconds, and the Performance version pushes your head against the seat as you fly from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds.

The Model 3 also has optional upgrades, including its full self-driving mode and the enhanced autopilot feature, although you will need to spend $15,000 to get both of those features on any Model 3.

Finally, we can’t mention the Model 3 without mentioning the massive Tesla charging network throughout the country. There are over 40,000 chargers all over the place making it much easier to take your Tesla on road trips across the country.

4. Polestar 2

Polestar 2 Electric Car

The Polestar doesn’t have quite the same following as many other car brands, but it’s an impressive vehicle you’ll want to check out. There are two motor options available, a long-range single motor with a front-wheel drive system and a long-range dual motor system with all-wheel drive.

The single-motor system has a range of 270 miles and a 0 to 60 mile-per-hour time of 7 seconds, while the long-range dual-motor system has a 260-mile range and can take you from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 4.5 seconds.

No matter what option you go with, it comes with tons of standard safety features including automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, and a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alerts.

The Polestar 2 isn’t a vehicle that’s going to blow you away in any one area, but it’s solid all around and isn’t lacking in any area either.

5. Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf Electric Car

The Nissan Leaf is another super affordable electric vehicle option you’ll want to check out if you’re on a tighter budget but want an all-electric vehicle. However, while it’s undoubtedly one of the most affordable electric vehicles on the market today, there are a few areas that make us take a bit of a step back.

First is the range. The standard Leaf S comes with a 149-mile range, and while the SV Plus upgrade increases that range to 215 miles, it’s still on the shorter side of things. Not only that, but the charging system with the Nissan Leaf isn’t compatible with many chargers you’ll find while you’re out and about.

The Leaf does come with standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection and blind spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alerts, but most of the other safety features require an additional upgrade.

Additionally, the 2023 Leaf isn’t blowing anyone off the line. It has a 7.4 second 0 to 60 mile per hour time, which is the slowest time on our list. Still, it’s in the middle of the pack because of the price. While we prefer the Chevrolet Bolt at this price range, you can’t find too many electric vehicles for less than $30,000 before you factor in any discounts.

If you’re on a tighter budget, it’s worth checking out both vehicles and going with your favorite.

6. Ford Mustang Mach E

Ford Mustang Mach E Car

When you think Mustang, you likely don’t think of an all-electric vehicle or even a car that looks like the Mach E. But do yourself a favor and put those preconceptions to the side while you’re looking at the Mach E. Because while it doesn’t fit into the stereotypical Mustang look, it’s still an impressive vehicle.

The Range of the Mach E starts at 224 miles for the base package, but there’s an available long-range option that increases the range to an impressive 312 miles on a single charge. You should take the time to invest in the Ford charge station if you’re getting a Mach E, and it can add 32 miles of range per hour and completely recharge the battery overnight.

Horsepower for the Mach E ranges from 266 to 346 with non-GT models, while the GT and GT Performance push 480 horsepower. At this price range, it’s one of the most powerful and fast all-electric vehicles on the market.

7. Tesla Model Y

Did you think the Tesla Model 3 is the best-selling Tesla model? Think again, that distinction falls to the Model Y, and there’s a reason it’s so popular. There are two Model Y versions to pick from, and both of which have outstanding features.

The first is the Model Y Long Range, which has a 330-mile range and can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 4.8 seconds. Meanwhile, the Model Y Performance has a 303-mile range and can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour and a blazing 3.5 seconds.

You can also purchase an Enhanced Autopilot or a Full Self-Driving Capability feature, although it’s an additional $15,000 upgrade.

And that ties right into why the Model Y fell so far on our list despite all these awesome features – the price. Sure it offers more than many other vehicles on our list, but it also costs more. In fact, with the full self-driving mode the Model Y Long Range costs just under $70,000, meaning you could purchase two of some of the other self-driving cars on our list for the price of one Model Y.

8. Ford F150 Lightning

Ford F150 Lightning Electric SUV

The Ford F150 Lightning is the only truck option on our list, and that alone makes it worth checking out. The standard range F150 Lighting comes with a 230-mile range, but with the larger battery pack, the range goes up to 300 miles.

It also has an extremely fast charge time, going from a 15 percent charge to an 80 percent charge in just 44 minutes. This truck also doubles as a backup generator which is a pretty nifty feature in case of an emergency.

The standard range trucks have a 7,700-pound towing capacity and a 2,000-pound payload, but keep in mind this dramatically reduces the range. Meanwhile, the extended-range options can tow up to 10,000 pounds and have a 1,800-pound payload.

Car and Driver tested the range of the 300-mile version while towing a 6,100-pound trailer, and it reduced the range to just 100 miles. It’s a great truck for hauling things in town, but it’s not quite ready to handle cross-country trips.

9. Kia EV6

When you think of a Kia, the EV6 isn’t the first vehicle that comes to mind. But with everything it offers, it probably should be! The EV6 has three different battery packs to pick from, the smallest battery pack gives you a range of 232 miles while the larger version ups that range to 310 miles.

Meanwhile, there’s a performance model that comes with the GT versions, and this model has the shortest range of just 190 miles.

With three different battery pack options, it’s no surprise that the performance numbers vary quite a bit too. The base rear-wheel drive model with the smaller battery pack pushes 167 horsepower, while the extended range option ups that number to 320 horsepower.

Meanwhile, the all-wheel drive versions up that number to 320 horsepower, and if you get a GT model you get an impressive 576 horsepower that can take you from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds. But perhaps the most impressive feature of the KV6 is the ability to go from a 10 percent to an 80 percent charge in under 18 minutes and add 70 miles of range in less than 5 minutes.

10. Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen ID.4 electric card\

The Volkswagen ID.4 is a great electric vehicle to check out, but only if you invest a little more to get the long-range version. The smaller battery option only has a range of 208 miles, while the larger battery pack ups the range to 275 miles.

Neither option leads the pack, but 275 is a more respectable number than the rest of the electric vehicles on the market today. Either option can charge from 10 percent to 80 percent in about 30 minutes, which is about middle of the pack for modern electric vehicles.

The horsepower numbers for the 2023 ID.4 start at 201 horsepower for the rear-wheel drive model, while the all-wheel-drive version ups that number to 295 horsepower.

Neither model is the fastest electric vehicle out there, but they both provide plenty of power to get you from point A to point B.

Final Thoughts

Each year great new electrical vehicles hit the road, and the ten we’ve highlighted here are among the best. Whether you want to get one for yourself or you just want to know what’s out there, these are the best of the best!

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