Top 10 Best Electric Cars of 2023The future of transportation is electric. It's as clear as the pollution-free sky above a city full of EVs. The days of old gas guzzlers belching clouds of smog are numbered, and we're here to celebrate the champions of this new era: the top electric vehicles of the year.
The Top Ten
1 Tesla Model 3 The 2023 Tesla Model 3 is an electric sedan with a starting price of $41,990. It has a rear wheel drive and is equipped with a 1-speed direct drive transmission. With a seating capacity of 5, the car provides a range of 272 miles on a single charge and has a battery capacity that can be fully charged in approximately 10.4 hours using a 240V power source. The Model 3 is fitted with safety features such as a pre-collision safety system, blind spot warning, and a remote anti-theft alarm system. Its in-car entertainment system includes an AM/FM stereo with 22 speakers and USB connection with external media control. The Model 3 offers comfort features like a rear view camera, wireless charging, front and rear parking sensors, and electric power steering. It has 18 x 8.5 in. painted alloy wheels with all season tires. The basic warranty for the Model 3 is 4 years or 50,000 miles, while the battery warranty extends to 8 years or 100,000 miles.
2 Chevrolet Bolt EV The 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV is an electric vehicle with a 1-speed direct drive transmission and front wheel drive. It has a seating capacity of 5. Its EPA estimated range is 259 miles, and it has a 65 kWh battery capacity that can be fully charged in 7.5 hours using a 240V power source. The Bolt EV's safety features include a lane departure warning, pre-collision safety system, and a remote anti-theft alarm system. It comes with a 10.2" infotainment display and includes wireless Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, AM/FM stereo, and 6 speakers. Power features include 4 one-touch power windows, hands-free entry, and heated mirrors. The Bolt EV's comfort features include keyless ignition, electric power steering, rear view camera, and single zone front climate control. The basic warranty for the Bolt EV is 3 years or 36,000 miles, while the EV battery warranty is 8 years or 100,000 miles.
3 Nissan LEAF The 2023 Nissan Leaf is an electric vehicle powered by a single-speed direct drive transmission. It has a front-wheel-drive configuration and can accommodate five passengers. It's equipped with a 65 kWh battery that offers an EPA-estimated range of 259 miles and can be fully charged in 7.5 hours at 240V. The Leaf comes standard with safety features like a lane departure warning accident avoidance system, a pre-collision safety system, and a remote anti-theft alarm system. It also provides in-car entertainment through a 10.2" infotainment display with six speakers, and AM/FM stereo, plus wireless Android Auto/Apple CarPlay. The car comes with 4 one-touch power windows and heated mirrors. Comfort and convenience are provided by features like keyless ignition, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, electric power steering, and single-zone front climate control. The car rides on P215/50R17 tires. The Nissan Leaf comes with a basic warranty for 3 years or 36,000 miles and an 8-year or 100,000-mile warranty for the EV battery.
4 Hyundai Kona Electric The 2023 Hyundai Kona Electric carries over from the 2022 model year with only minor changes. Its MSRP ranges from $33,550 - $41,550. It is a pleasant and efficient little crossover that conforms to the idea that electric vehicles should be like gas cars, but powered by electrons instead of petroleum. The model replaces the fossil-fuel-burning four-cylinder engine with a lithium-ion battery pack and a permanent-magnet synchronous AC motor. The power output and estimated driving range are reasonable, and the electrified Kona’s price tag holds up well against its small-EV competition. Heated front seats with eight-way power adjustability and lumbar support for the driver become standard along with a rear USB port and auto up-down power front windows. The 10.3-inch display with built-in navigation is now standard on both SEL and Limited models.
5 Ford Mustang Mach-E The 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E is a five-passenger all-electric utility vehicle that straddles SUV and wagon body styles. It offers four trim levels: Select, Premium, California Route 1, and GT. Power outputs and the EPA-estimated range vary by the differing battery and electric motor configurations. The Select trim starts you off with a range of features including 18-inch wheels, keyless entry and start, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-adjustable driver's seat, simulated leather upholstery, and Ford's Co-Pilot360 suite of advanced driver aids. The California Route 1 and Premium trims add more luxury-oriented features and technology. The GT trim, equipped like the Premium, has additional sporty features like 20-inch wheels with wider tires, red brake calipers, and sport suspension.
6 Porsche Taycan The 2023 Porsche Taycan is a high-performing electric vehicle that combines the legendary performance of Porsche with comfort and a tech-forward interior. It has seen a few changes in 2023, with increased range, quicker charging at DC fast-charging stations, and an updated touchscreen interface being some of the key updates. The least expensive version, the Taycan 4dr Sedan, has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $86,700.
7 Tesla Model Y The 2023 Tesla Model Y is a popular electric SUV with all-wheel drive. It has a starting price of $56,990 for the Performance model. The Model Y's electric drivetrain features a 1-speed direct drive transmission and it offers seating for five passengers. It boasts an EPA electricity range of approximately 303 miles and an impressive combined fuel efficiency of 111 MPGe. The battery takes about 11.8 hours to charge at 240V, and it supports Tesla's proprietary Supercharger network for fast charging. Furthermore, it has a basic warranty of 4 years or 50,000 miles and an EV battery warranty of 8 years or 120,000 miles
8 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is an all-electric high-riding SUV alternative to Mercedes' large, slicked-back EQS luxury sedan. With room for up to seven passengers and a luxurious vibe, this SUV represents one of the most compelling models in the EQS line. It comes with a 56-inch Hyperscreen, available on both the 355-hp EQS450+ and the 536-hp EQS580 models. The EQS450+ offers 305 miles of driving range per charge, while the EQS580 provides 285 miles of range. The interior is designed with extra headroom and high-end materials, providing a spacious and luxurious environment.
9 Ford F-150 Lightning The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning is an electric version of Ford's popular pickup truck. It houses two electric motors powered by either of two battery packs, with the larger Extended-Range battery offering a powertrain that produces an impressive 580 horsepower. The Lightning's electric motors deliver instant, massive torque that can accelerate the truck to 60 mph in just 4 seconds. The interior and exterior closely resemble that of the conventional F-150, and it offers an EPA-estimated driving range between 230 miles with the base battery and 320 miles with the larger one. However, towing a trailer can quickly deplete the battery and require frequent stops for charging. Despite this, the Lightning is an excellent choice for truck owners who infrequently tow or only tow for short distances.
10 Lucid Air The 2023 Lucid Air is a sophisticated and high-performance electric vehicle with several new features, including a Stealth Look appearance package and a Sapphire performance model with a three-motor drivetrain offering over 1200 horsepower. Depending on the model, the Air has a variety of horsepower ratings, with the Grand Touring making 1050 horsepower and achieving a top speed of 200 mph. The Touring model offers 425 miles of estimated driving range per charge. The Air has the longest range of any electric vehicle currently on the market, with the Grand Touring and Grand Touring Performance models offering up to 516 and 446 miles of range, respectively. The sedan can regain 300 miles of range in 21 minutes when plugged into a fast charger, and new owners also receive three years of free fast charging at Electrify America charging stations.
11 Volvo XC40 Recharge The 2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge starts at $54,645 and it's a stylish and practical electric SUV. It features a powerful electric powertrain with two motors that deliver 402 horsepower. The XC40 Recharge maintains the practicality of its gasoline counterpart, offering ample cargo space and thoughtful interior design. It underwent a slight design update in 2023, including a revised front bumper and grille. However, compared to some of its competitors like the Tesla Model Y, its driving range is not as expansive. The car has a host of standard safety and convenience features, including a semi-autonomous driving mode
12 Audi e-tron GT The 2023 Audi e-tron GT is a premium all-wheel-drive electric sedan with a starting price of $104,900 for the Premium Plus model. This high-end vehicle has a 2-speed automated manual transmission and can accommodate five passengers. It offers an EPA electricity range of 238 miles and an efficiency of 82 MPGe combined. Charging the e-tron GT's 93 kWh battery at 240V takes approximately 10.5 hours. The vehicle supports SAE Combo for fast charging. In terms of warranty, Audi provides a 4-year or 50,000-mile basic warranty and an 8-year or 100,000-mile EV battery warranty
13 BMW i4 The 2023 BMW i4 is an electric sedan that offers a combination of luxury, performance, and environmental responsibility. Starting at $72,500, the i4 is designed to compete with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz EQS. It features a sleek design that bears the unmistakable BMW aesthetic while integrating futuristic elements suitable for an electric vehicle. Unfortunately, I ran into technical issues while trying to retrieve the specific technical specifications, such as range and charging times, for the BMW i4. I'll attempt to gather this information again, along with details for the Mercedes-Benz EQS and Kia EV6.
14 Mercedes-Benz EQS The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS is a luxury electric sedan that boasts impressive power and long range. The model line-up includes EQS450+, EQS580 4Matic, and EQS450 4Matic, offering a range of power outputs from 329 to 516 horsepower and a torque range from 406 to 611 pound-feet. The EQS450+ model has a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 5.4 seconds, while the more powerful EQS580 hits 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. The car features an adaptive air suspension and a rear-axle-steering system to enhance maneuverability and stability. All models come with a 107.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, offering an EPA-rated range of 350 miles for EQS450+ and 340 miles for EQS580. The EQS interior is lined with high-quality materials and equipped with luxury amenities, including ambient interior lighting, headrest pillows, and a feature called Hyperscreen: a wall-to-wall panel of glass across the instrument panel. The car also comes packed with standard driver-assistance technology, including adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring.
15 Kia EV6 The 2023 Kia EV6 is an electric vehicle that comes in RWD and AWD configurations. The RWD model offers 225 horsepower, while the AWD model provides up to 320 horsepower. The vehicle uses a 77.4 kWh lithium-ion battery and offers fast charging capabilities that can replenish 70% of the battery in about 18 minutes using a 350kW EVSE. The EV6 can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds in RWD configuration and 5.1 seconds in AWD. The EV6 has a spacious interior with ample headroom and legroom. It utilizes MacPherson type suspension for the front and a 5 Multi-link suspension for the rear. The EV6 also features Rack-Mounted Electric Power Steering and has been awarded a 5-star safety rating from Euro NCAP.
16 Hyundai IONIQ 5 The Hyundai IONIQ 5 is an electric crossover that is part of Hyundai's new electric sub-brand, IONIQ. The IONIQ 5 comes in three versions: the Standard Range RWD, Long Range RWD, and Long Range AWD. Each version features a Lithium-Ion battery with a battery energy of 58 kWh for the Standard Range and 77.4 kWh for the Long Range. The IONIQ 5 can charge from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes using a 350 kW charger. In terms of performance, the IONIQ 5 Long Range AWD accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds. The exterior is striking with a unique retro-futuristic design, and the interior is spacious with state-of-the-art technology and sustainable materials.
17 Rivian R1T The R1T comes with a 135-kWh battery pack and offers an impressive range of about 314 miles. It's equipped with four electric motors that deliver a combined output of up to 800 horsepower, enabling it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in a swift 3.0 seconds. Inside, the R1T features a high-tech and luxurious cabin, with a 16-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. The truck offers a maximum towing capacity of 11,000 pounds and a payload capacity of 1,760 pounds. On top of that, Rivian offers a comprehensive warranty package that includes a 5-year/60,000-mile comprehensive warranty and an 8-year/125,000-mile battery warranty.
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