Best Electric Cars for 2021
If you are thinking of switching to an electric vehicle, you are in luck. There is no shortage of good options, and more are on the way. Now I understand that not everyone agrees, and that’s okay. But the advantages are quite surprising. You can say goodbye to gas stations unless you need tire air or a bag of jerky.
Charging can also be unpredictable where you are, but installing a charger is easier than ever with tax breaks and incentives for homeowners and homeowners. So these are some of the best electric vehicles you can buy, rated and ranked by the entire Edmunds team during our comprehensive review process.
Just a word in advance. Prices do not include state and federal tax breaks or incentives, as these change based on where you live. And the range obviously varies depending on how you drive.
The Tesla Model 3 is one of the best options in the category of non-luxury electric vehicles.
Prices start at around $ 38,000 for the Standard Range Plus model, which is rated for 263 miles on a single charge. It is the furthest range in this class by a small margin. It is important to note that Tesla recommends charging 90% with regular use and 100% only when necessary to preserve battery life.
Therefore, the actual range is closer to 240 miles. Furthermore, our results never seem to agree with these estimates. But these estimates can also change over the course of the property with occasional updates throughout the year.
Like all the other vehicles on this list, this is also not a low-gravity golf cart. It reached 60 miles per hour in 5.3 seconds. And the delivery of energy is instantaneous. If you pony another 10 miles, you can get the long-range model that extends the range to 353 miles. Then there’s the performance model that hit 60 mph in just three seconds.
There are also many technologies available, including Tesla’s so-called Autopilot driving system. We’re not fans of the central touchscreen, which can be awkward to use, and we’d also like to see Apple Car Play and Android Auto as options.
The Chevy Bolt receives an honorable mention for its range of 259 miles, its price tag of $ 38,000, and its spacious interior. Had it had a nicer interior and smoother ride quality, the Bolt probably would have been placed higher.
There’s also a shout-out for the most affordable Nissan LEAF on this list for just $ 32,000. But that’s for the 149-mile range base model. The LEAF Plus increases this to 226 miles but also costs $ 7,000 more.
Now if you’re looking for a little more sophistication, power, and prestige for an electric vehicle, you’re in luck too. Before you wonder why a Ford is in the luxury class, it’s for the price.
Ford Mustang Mach-E
The Mustang Mach-E starts in the mid $ 40,000 range and is expected to go 230 miles. At the top of the range, the high-performance GT will cost you more than $ 60,000, putting it squarely against rivals like the Tesla Model Y and Polestar 2. The high-end mid-range model we reviewed.
It amazed us on many levels, with all-wheel drive it had 346 horsepower and 428 pounds of torque. And I felt like I was capitalizing on each one of them. It’s insanely fun to drive and deserves the Mustang name. And yes, I have owned Mustangs in my life. At the same time, it is very practical, with the kind of cargo and passenger space you’d expect from a small SUV And despite its sporty potential, it’s very comfortable.
To top it all, the interior is reasonably luxurious. And its infotainment system is as stylish as Tesla’s but much easier to use. Personally, I was amazed at how much I am Mach-E, and I’m sure you’ll agree when you get behind the wheel.
With a starting price of over $ 100,000, the Taycan definitely belongs in the luxury class, and that’s also one of the reasons it’s not number one. But the numbers are quite misleading with this car. Porsche’s options are notoriously expensive, and it will certainly add more to match the content of luxury features and some non-luxury vehicles.
However, not all numbers are negative. Despite EPA estimates varying to a paltry 203 miles for the Taycan 4S, we managed to get an impressive 323 miles on a single charge. It’s a big problem. It’s no wonder the Taycan is a lot of fun to drive. After all, it is still a Porsche.
It continues to score more points with its comfortable seats and ride quality. But points were also deducted for its unnecessarily complicated infotainment system which also experienced problems.
Pricing for the Audi e-Tron starts around $ 67,000. But its range is estimated to be quite a disappointing 222 miles, making it not a great option for long road trips. I also think your infotainment system can be as entertaining as the Teslas.
And it doesn’t seem to take full advantage of regenerative braking to give you even more range.
and it makes up for these shortcomings with its spacious interior, high levels of comfort, and a long list of standard and available technical features.
It doesn’t hurt that it’s also a hoot to drive. There’s also a new sports backpack version that looks a bit sleeker, but its sloping rear roofline reduces cargo space.
Jaguar I-PACE caused a sensation when it first debuted but has crept into obscurity ever since. Maybe its $ 70,000 price tag has something to do with it. Also, its range is only slightly better than the Audis at 234 miles. Like most Jags, it is a pleasure to drive and the interior is a feast for the senses. We think it could also have more powerful regenerative braking.
And that happens, the physical brakes tend to be a bit catchy and rough Or you do, you could probably get one for an awesome deal, so act fast if it’s on your list.
Pole Star 2
Next up is the Polestar 2, Polestar is new to the scene, but it’s basically a Volvo. Unlike the Jaguar and Audi, it is more of a large sedan than an SUV. I was able to drive one with the optional Performance Package that adds sport suspension and sticky tires, and it was almost as lively and fun as the Mach-E.
Prices start at just over 60,000 and the range is estimated at 233 miles, which is not that impressive. But it is worth mentioning that it comes with two engines for all-wheel drive. As you know, I appreciate the strong design, and the Polestar 2 gives me joy inside and out. I want infotainment However, the system was easier to use for Apple products. As is, it runs on a Google Android platform. As with the Volvo system, it takes a little more time to become familiar with it.
Tesla Model Y
The Tesla Model Y is a bargain compared to the previous luxury EVs, with a starting price of around $50,000 and a range of 316 miles. If you opt for the more expensive performance model, the range drops slightly to 303 miles. But it’ll hit 60 miles an hour and a ridonculous 3.7 seconds.
The Model Y for the convenience of Tesla’s Supercharger network and its spacious interior. Like the Model 3, we wish it had Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, though. Also, as thrilling as the performance model is, its negative effects on ride comfort may steer shoppers more towards the long-range version instead.
As we head into the next decade, there are plenty more EVs to look forward to.
Volvo XC40 Recharge
The Volvo XC40 is one of my favorite small SUVs, so it makes sense that the electric version has my interest piqued. With 402 horsepower and 200 miles of range, its mid $50,000 starting price seems reasonable. It sets itself apart from the rest with its distinctive style, and its sized right if you don’t have kids.
Near the end of 2021, we expect to see the all-new Nissan Ariya debut. It should start around the $40,000 mark for a 63-kilowatt hour battery. There will also be an 87-kilowatt hour version that is estimated to return 300 miles of range.
The Ariya’s exterior styling is more graceful than current Nissans. And the same holds true for
the interior that has echoes of Mercedes MBUX screens. 2021 may also mark the year of the electric pickup.
GMC Hummer EV
The new Hummer EV is a huge departure from the gas-guzzling Hummers from years past. Even better, it’s projected to have an output of a whopping 1,000 horsepower and hits 60 miles an hour
in only three seconds.
On top of that, it should be a serious off-roader. And it’ll have a ton of tech, including a version of the Cadillac Super Cruise self-driving system. All of this won’t come cheap, though. Prices start above 100 grand in the first year. A base model will be available for about $80,000 in the following years.
We’ve been excited about the Rivian R1T since it debuted in 2018. It splits the size difference between full-sized and mid size trucks and has a dedicated electric motor for each wheel. That enables it to perform the tank turn where the right and left sides drive in opposite directions, allowing it to turn in place.
Rivian claims it can reach 60 miles an hour in 3 seconds, have a 400-mile range, and tow as much as 11,000 pounds. We’ll see for ourselves how accurate those estimates are soon. And I, for one, can’t wait.
Ford F-150 EV
Sometime in mid 2022, we expect to see the next evolution of the current top-rated pickup truck- the Ford F-150 EV. This electric variant claims to be the most powerful F-150 ever yet, will also be the least expensive in regard to operating and maintenance costs.
Great news for the many owners who rely on them for work. And there we have it. We should have more information on the upcoming models throughout the year.