Our Top Picks For The Best Electric Car In 2023

If you’ve found this page, you’re probably thinking about switching to electric cars. You’ve come to the right place because we’ve driven many electric vehicles. As technology gets better, ranges get longer, and charging stations become more common, these battery-powered cars will be able to be used every day.

The problem is that there are so many electric cars on the market right now that it can be hard to choose which is best for your needs and budget. Do you want something that costs less and has a shorter range, or do you want to spend a little more on luxury features and a more extended range that lets you go on road trips without stopping to charge? How do you know which electric vehicle is best for you?

We can’t tell you which electric car is best for you, but we can help you choose between a few. We at Roadshow know better than most what’s good and bad about electric cars right now because we’ve driven almost every version of every electric vehicle on the market in the United States right now.

Don’t forget to look at our tips for buying your first EV after you’ve looked at our suggestions.

Mini EV
Mini EV

Even though Mini EV is new to the electric vehicle game, its first attempt is excellent. What it lacks in overall range, it makes up for in driving fun and comfort inside, and all for a price that is surprisingly low. We also really like those wheels that look like electric outlets.

Even though the Mini SE can only go 110 miles on a single charge, it packs 181 horsepower and a lot of engine power into a small package, so those 110 miles will almost certainly be fun. The good news is that a 50-kilowatt fast charger can give you an 80% charge in about half an hour.

Chevy Bolt
Chevy Bolt

The Chevy Bolt is our runner-up because its handling and interior quality aren’t very exciting. However, it has a fantastic range for a car of its size and price.

The Bolt is still one of the best deals on the market in terms of price and range. With a range of 259 miles and a cute-ish hatchback body style, there are many reasons to recommend it. It’s also fun to drive because it has 200 horsepower. If you have the money and need the range, the Bolt is a good choice.

Mach-E
Mach-E 

Ford is also new to the dedicated EV platform game with the Mustang Mach-E. It’s a great start. Even though it has a controversial name, the Mach-E has a good range, a great interior, and great driving dynamics. It also has 29 cubic feet of space for cargo when all the seats are up.

Right now, the Mach-E comes in different versions, including hotter (and more expensive) GT models, but even the base model is a blast to drive and lives up to the Mustang name. With 290 horsepower in rear-wheel drive (RWD) and 346 horsepower in all-wheel drive (AWD), the Mach-E has no trouble getting out of its own way. The frame is great, and the cabin is a nice place to relax. One of the best all-around electric cars on the market right now is the Mach-E.

Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3

Tesla’s Model 3 is a popular choice among people who want to buy an electric car, and for good reason. It’s fun to drive, looks cool, has a great range, and has a very active community of owners. But it had to be our runner-up because it was more expensive (especially with the FSD bundle), wasn’t built as well, and didn’t have service centres in some places.

Even though it’s not perfect, the Model 3 is a nice car to drive. It has enough electric power to make passing and merging easy, and its frame is much more capable and sporty than it should be. The inside is simple, but the two trunks give you a lot of space to store things. Being a Tesla, the Model 3 also has the best range in its class. The cheapest version lets you go 263 miles before you have to charge it again, but the Long Range version lets you go 353 miles. Some of the charging stations will not be used.

Porsche Taycan
Porsche Taycan

On paper, the Porsche Taycan looks like it would be hard to sell. It costs a lot (it is a Porsche, after all), and the estimated range seems to be wrong. When you drive a Taycan, it’s a whole different story, and we’re sure this is the best EV on the market right now. It has more than enough real-world range for all but the most extended road trips, and its build quality and driving dynamics are almost impossible to beat.

Officially, you can only get 227 miles out of a Taycan right now, and that’s with the 4S trim and the performance battery option. Even if it were confirmed in the real world, most people would be happy with that most of the time. Even the base Taycan, which only has 400 horsepower, is much better to drive than any other EV on the market right now. Once Porsche figures out the range thing, the rest of the industry should be on the lookout.

Tesla's Model S
Tesla’s Model S

In terms of range, there’s no doubt that the Tesla Model S is the king of the jungle right now. It’s also an older platform with quality control problems that have been well-documented and often criticised. Since no one has driven the updated version, we can’t say how great it is to drive, but it’s still not as good as the brilliant Taycan.

Even though Tesla may not be able to compete with Porsche in terms of how it drives or how well it’s made, there’s a reason why people like the Model S. It’s still a comfortable, insanely powerful luxury EV, and it’s the way to go if you only want to drive for long distances without stopping to charge.

Also, the new Plaid Plus version takes fast EVs to an entirely new level. Tesla says it can go over 520 miles on a single charge, has more than 1,100 horsepower, and can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than two seconds. Will the things Elon Musk says come true? We don’t know, but if it did, that would be cool.

Hyundai Kona Electric.
Hyundai Kona Electric.

When looking for their first electric car, many people will want a cheap option. Even though electric cars are still more expensive than cars with internal combustion engines, you can get a lot of good ones for less than $50,000. Our favourite of the bunch is the Hyundai Kona Electric. The Kona was chosen because it has a long range, a small SUV body that is easy to use, and a great warranty.

The Kona Electric has a good range of 258 miles and a drivetrain with 201 horsepower. It also comes in a package that most families will like. It has a lot of space for cargo—19.2 cubic feet with all the seats up—and, since it’s a Hyundai, it comes with a lot of extra features. Don’t even bring up the warranty. If you can live with the styling, which we like, and stretch your budget far enough, the Kona is almost the perfect first electric vehicle.

Tesla
Tesla

We’ve talked about how worried we are about the Model 3’s build quality, but in this case, the price is what really kills it. The least expensive Model 3 costs $37,990, but it doesn’t come with any paint other than white or any of the driver assistance features that are now part of the Full Self-Driving package, which costs an extra $10,000. Even with the most basic range of 263 miles, the driving experience is good, and that’s why we came in second.

Even though the Model 3 looks very stylish, it is very useful. It has extra storage space thanks to its two trunks, but some people may prefer the large hatch of an SUV or a hatchback. We haven’t driven the Model Y, so we can’t give it a recommendation. Even though the Model 3 has a simple interior, we worry about how well it will hold up in a family with kids.

Porsche
Porsche

So maybe you’re looking for your first EV and you have a little more money to spend. In that case, the Porsche Taycan is the best EV we can recommend. It’s comfortable, quick, useful, and easy to change. The range in real life is also much better than what the EPA says, so it will work for most people. All of the editors on Roadshow agreed on this one. It’s hard to beat the Taycan.

If you want to live large, the Taycan Turbo S is almost unbeatable when it comes to performance, handling, and the quality of the car’s interior. With 750 horsepower and a 0-60 time of 2.6 seconds, you’ll never be bored behind the wheel. Even if you get bored, Porsche’s great PCCM entertainment system is easy to use and looks good.

Ford Mustang mach E
Ford Mustang mach E

You might be looking for an electric SUV in particular. There aren’t very many to choose from yet, and many of the ones that are out there are pretty small. So, we’re recommending the Ford Mustang Mach-E once more. It has a lot of space for cargo, a lot of room for people, a good range, great handling, and a good infotainment system. It’s also very reasonably priced.

SUVs sell better than anything else right now, so Ford’s plan to make its first dedicated electric car an SUV was a good one. The fact that the Mach-E is so easy to drive and live with is even better for the Blue Oval. Even though it looks like a sports car and has a sporty badge, the Mach-E should be a very useful midsize EV that almost any family could live with. If you want something sporty, Ford will soon have a GT model to meet your needs.

Audi E-Tron
Audi E-Tron

Like the Taycan, the Audi E-Tron is an electric vehicle that doesn’t look as impressive on paper, but after driving it for a while, its price seems much more reasonable. As you would expect from a German luxury SUV, the build quality is great, and the inside is very nice. It’s a well-thought-out first effort from Audi, and even though it doesn’t have a very long range, it’s an interesting car that can do everything an SUV can. With all the seats up, it can hold 28.5 cubic feet of stuff. It didn’t win first place because of how much it cost.

We also liked the Audi E-Tron Sportback, but we had to go with the more traditional SUV because it was more useful. It’s the right size for a family and all their stuff, and it’s easy to drive in a busy city. It looks and feels like an Audi, and you could easily mistake it for a Q5 if it didn’t make that amazing Jetsons low-speed noise. Some people would rather not be noticed than to shout things out. It’s also a blast to drive, with 355 horsepower and all-wheel drive. If you can pay for one, you’ll be happy with it.

Comparison of the best electric cars for 2023

MakeModelRangeCost
Best electric small carMiniCooper SE110$29,900
Best electric small car runner-upChevyBolt259$36,500
Best electric midsize carFordMustang Mach-E211$42,895
Best electric midsize car runner-upTeslaModel 3263$37,990
Best electric large carPorscheTaycan192$79,900
Best electric large car runner-upTeslaModel S412$79,990
Best affordable electric carHyundaiKona Electric258$39,390
Best affordable electric car runner-upTeslaModel 3263$37,990
Best luxury electric carPorscheTaycan192$79,900
Best electric SUV or crossoverFordMustang Mach-E211$42,895
Best electric SUV or crossover runner-upAudiE-Tron222$69,500

Consider this before buying an EV

When switching to an electric vehicle, there are more things to think about than just the car. Things are a little more complicated because you can’t just go to the gas station around the corner, but we can help you with that, too.

When shopping for an electric car, or even before you start shopping, the first thing you should think about is how you’ll charge it. Even though every electric vehicle (EV) comes with an adapter that lets you plug it into any 110-volt outlet (at least in the United States), modern EV batteries are so big that you might have to wait days for a full charge.

If you own your own home, you should think about getting a Level 2 charger installed. These aren’t too expensive on their own, which is good. There are dangerous voltages and currents involved, so you have to hire a professional to install one. However, there may be tax benefits to doing so, especially if you go solar simultaneously.

If you don’t own your own home, you’ll use a charging network. Find out which ones are the most popular where you live and where you drive the most. If you have a Tesla, this is easy. If you have more than one EV, you’ll need to do some research, but Electrify America, Chargepoint, and EVGA are the most common networks that don’t charge a fee. All of them have different apps and prices, but they all work the same way. Through these charging networks, you will be able to do Level 2 charging or DC fast charging. The second option is a lot more expensive, but it is also a lot faster.

The next thing to think about is service and maintenance. In general, EVs require much less maintenance than cars that run on gasoline. Still, if you really want a Tesla but don’t live near a Tesla service centre, you could be in a tough spot if something goes wrong. In this case, you might be better off with a more traditional electric car.

Tax breaks are a big reason why many people decide to switch to an electric vehicle, which makes sense. It’s important to note, though, that not all manufacturers, including Tesla, are eligible for all of the incentives, and not all buyers will be able to take advantage of the total federal incentive, even if it is available. Even if a company tries to include a $7,500 tax credit in the prices they list, you should talk to a tax expert before taking it into account. Also, check to see if you can get any state or local tax breaks.

Lastly, be ready to talk about your electric car. Friends, family, and even strangers will ask you about it, especially if you live in a place where electric vehicles aren’t yet ordinary. Some of those questions may seem silly or even stupid, but you will hear them. Depending on how you answer, you might just convince those people that an EV is a good choice for them, too.

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