6. Ford Mustang Mach-E
Range: 270-300 miles
Horsepower: 266 to 459hp
Starting At: $42,895
We'll admit, when we first heard that the Mach name was coming back for the Mustang as an SUV, we were a little... confused. The addition of Mach"-E" to the end of it didn't really clarify much but the fact that the car was electric. Still... why Mach?
If we were Ford, I guess we'd do whatever we wanted to and bring back some heritage into the modern world. The new Mach-E brings a modern twist on a classic muscle car, without any of the usual muscle car drawbacks. While we're still not (and may never be) fully sold on the idea of an SUV branding the Mach name, we can put aside our purist ignorance and truly appreciate what a great EV Ford has built.
Priced reasonably for its class and competitively with its main rival, Tesla, the Mach-E base model delivers on 230 miles of range (but if you use your federal tax credit on an EV purchase, that can take $7,500 off the MSRP). However, there are plenty of upgrade models, and going up just one model to the "California Route 1" can increase that range to an estimated 305 miles.
Our rating: 7.8/10
5. Polestar 2
Range: 249 - 265 miles
Horsepower: 231 to 408hp
Starting At: $45,900
Objectively, we're breaking in the top 5 with the Polestar 2. Personally, for anyone that cares, the Polestar 2 (or perhaps, the idea of owning a Polestar 2) is a top 3 EV on our list. We think this EV is spectacularly well made, striking to look at, spacious and luxurious inside, and a true pleasure EV on the weekend (for those familiar of Volvo's performance division involved in Polestar).
Objectively, for your non-consumer advice and our writing pleasure, it isn't a particularly pretty car to look at (says the majority online). And yes, the way it sits, its proportions, are quite unusual. The Tesla Model Y, the Polestar's main rival, get's significantly better range in the same pricing range. Really, this EV is about the interior, the driving performance, and discretion in a greyscale-neutral paint job.
But for some reason, we really don't care that it lags in range compared to Tesla, or sits odd or may not be pretty to most. We think it's for people who simply don't care either.
Our Rating: 7.9/10
4. Porsche Taycan 4S
Type: Sports Car
Range: 180-200 miles
Starting At: $103,000
Right off the bat, yes this car is down-right gorgeous, faster than land-speed rockets, and well-endowed with luxurious features inside. It's a truly successful performance EV (minus the range), and a truly successful Porsche in every regard.
Of course, the starting price of $103,000 can quickly escalate to over $130,000 with battery upgrades and accessories. The Taycan 4S is an every day luxury commuter with the ability to become a Sunday pleasure driver at your heart's desire. The 3.4 0-60 time will leave you gasping for breathe and plenty of on-ramp merging room to the interstate.
We could go on and on about the Taycan 4S and its performance packs. However, if you have $100,000 and change to spend on a luxury EV sports car, and the Audi E-tron wasn't to your taste, we'd rather just recommend you go take it for a test drive yourself.
Our Rating: 8.4/10
3. Volkswagen ID.4
Type: Compact SUV
Range: 240-260 miles
Horsepower: Not really what this car is about
Starting At: $39,995
At a public DC charger, the Volkswagen ID.4 will charge swimmingly at a rate of 62 miles every 10 minutes. On the surface, we think this commuter EV is absolutely stunning. However, when stuck in traffic behind one once, the bottom half of the back -end looks as if the designers ran out of time, and was quite distracting from the brilliant blue paint job the rest of the car endorsed.
Still. It's a great looking car by anyone's standards at the tune of $40,000 and boasts more room inside than you would think. It's not sparce, either, like other Volkswagens. The interior is very well done, and practically laid out for driver comfort.
All in all, if we can snag a new ID.4 for less than $40,000 with tax credits, this is our new go-to EV.
2. Nissan Leaf (Redesigned, 2018)
Type: Compact Car
Horsepower: A-B Driver, C'mon
Starting at: $27,400
Supposedly, you can walk away with a brand new Nissan Leaf S for $19,900 with tax credits. We REALLY like the sound of that for as established an EV the Leaf is. While it may get only 149 miles of range, motor upgrades that go into the low $30,000s can get you a 226 mile range battery. We don't think that's bad at all!
The Nissan Leaf is for the everyday 10-20 mile commuter, priced super economically, and does everything a car should do. If your commute is longer, all of this still holds true with an upgraded battery. The interior may be plain, but really, what more do you need than what you're already used to?
1. Tesla Model Y: Long Range
Range: 326 miles
Starting At: $57,990
Never disappointing, Tesla continues to lead the EV market, especially with the Model Y Long Range. The dual motor carries you 326 miles on a single charge and seats a full family of 5. The cleverness of the car - its tech, its features and space optimization make this EV our number one overall EV on the market today. The price might prove to be a little steep with add-ons, but we think the range and quality well justify it.
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