Compare Electric Cars and Plug-in Hybrids By Features, Price, Range

Check out the growing list of cars powered by electricity! A few years ago, you could count the number of available plug-in cars on one hand, with a couple fingers left over. Today, there are about 40 models offered from more than a dozen different brands—in a range of sizes, styles, price points, and powertrains to suit a wide range of consumers. (Okay, other models have been discontinued, failing to emerge from concepts.) But EVs are here to stay. The cars on this list all offer the sweet speedy-but-silent driving experience only available from battery-to-motor power. Which one of the following plug-in models has your name on it?

Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

13 miles (electric + gasoline)
$82,000

The Porsche Cayenne is now available with two different plug-in hybrid options. The $82,000 E-Hybrid packs a wallop with 455 horsepower and 516 pounds-feet of torque. That comes courtesy of a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 gas engine and a 134-hp electric motor. Its 14.1-kilowatt-hour pack is good for about 13 miles of all-electric range. Well-heeled Porsche fanatics can opt for the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, an over-the-top $163,000 model using a 4.0-liter twin-turbo 541 horsepower V-8 engine to deliver 670 horsepower.

Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

14 miles (electric + gasoline)
$104,000

If you’re looking for an all-electric halo car from Porsche, then consider the $152,000 Porsche Taycan. But if you’re an auto enthusiast who wants a more practical, spacious (and slightly more affordable) plug-in Porsche, then the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid could be the ticket. The plug-in hybrid Porsche sedan combines size, comfort, luxury appointments, and performance—with enough plug-in battery capacity for about 20 miles of all-electric driving before resorting to internal combustion.

Mercedes-Benz GLC350e

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

15 miles (electric + gasoline)
$51,600

The Mercedes-Benz GLC350e is the best-selling plug-in hybrid luxury crossover. In early 2020, the GLC350e gets even better with a significant upgrade with a battery that’s 50 percent bigger. The all-electric range should jump to about 15 miles, if not higher. You still get the same excellent ride quality, comfort, and high-end interior ambiance.

BMW 745e xDrive

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

16 miles (electric + gasoline)
$96,000

BMW’s lavish and roomy flagship sedan is now available as a more efficient plug-in hybrid version. The luxurious plug-in hybrid combines a 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine with an electric motor for a total system producing 322 horsepower. You won’t be lacking for power in this capable luxury vehicle. It’s quiet and smooth.

Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

17 miles (electric + gasoline)
$35,000

Don’t be fooled by its name. The 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid might sound like a conventional no-plug hybrid, but it’s only available as a plug-in with an estimated all-electric range of 17 miles. The Crosstrek utilizes Toyota’s plug-in hybrid system found in the Prius Prime. Choosing the Crosstrek over the Prius Prime adds several thousand dollars to the price and reduces the EV range. But compared to the conventional Crosstrek, the capable, all-wheel-drive plug-in elevates the fuel efficiency for local commutes to 90 MPGe.

BMW i8

Plug-in Hybrid Coupe

18 miles (electric + gasoline)
$148,000

The i8 is BMW's expensive sleek futuristic plug-in hybrid supercar. The car is powered by a one-two punch by a powerful 96-kilowatt (129-horsepower) electric motor driving the front wheels—and an efficient 230-horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine motivating the rear wheels. The car has a delightful split personality: switching on command between virtuous EV silence, and a delightful Porsche-like engine note when driven as a sports machine.

Volvo XC90 T8

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

18 miles (electric + gasoline)
$67,000

The Volvo XC90 T8 is a luxury, high-performance, seven-seat plug-in hybrid SUV. It offers comfort, safety, and a level of efficiency previously thought impossible in an all-wheel-drive people-mover. It offers18 miles of all-electric range, and an equivalent fuel economy of 55 miles per gallon during those electric miles.

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

18 miles (electric + gasoline)
$37,700

The stylish MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 provides a spirited ride while relying purely on electricity for about 18 miles and at speeds up to 78 miles per hour. The all-wheel-drive car is not only zero-emissions for local driving, but it’s fun to pilot. Its 224-horsepower powertrain delivers zero-to-60 mph acceleration in less than seven seconds. If you’re looking for more electric range, the MINI lineup will be joined by a 150-mile all-electric Cooper SE in early 2020.

Volvo XC60 T8

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

18 miles (electric + gasoline)
$52,900

The XC60 plug-in hybrid, which arrived in showrooms in mid-2017, is a smaller alternative to the XC90 full-size plug-in SUV. The crossover XC60 is a compact, stylish, and powerful sport utility. While somewhat pricey at $53,000, the XC60 T8 is another sign that Volvo is serious about phasing out internal combustion over the coming years.

BMW 530e

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

21 miles (electric + gasoline)
$54,900

The 2020 BMW 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid is nearly identical to the internal-combustion version of the 5-Series. It uses BMW’s eDrive system combining a turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-liter inline-four with an electric motor and a 12-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Remarkably, the 2020 530e has an identical sticker price to the 530i. After a $5,836 federal tax credit and local rebates, the 69-MPGe plug-in variant becomes the smart economic choice.

Volvo S90 T8

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

21 miles (electric + gasoline)
$65,000

Volvo’s 400-horsepower flagship sedan is available as a plug-in hybrid with an all-electric range of 21 miles. The S90 T8 uses the same, excellent hybrid system found in Volvo’s plug-in SUVs. The S90 T8 provides a few more miles of EV range than the BMW 550e—the top-selling, luxury plug-in hybrid. In its current form, the S90 has more legroom than competing luxury models, such as the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. And with Volvo, you can expect the industry’s highest standards for safety.

Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

22 miles (electric + gasoline)
$36,900

The Mitsubishi Outlander is the best-selling plug-in hybrid in Europe. In the United States, it’s not nearly as popular, despite serving as the only all-wheel-drive, plug-in hybrid SUV not in the luxury market. It’s priced at around $30,000 after federal incentives. The Outlander’s all-electric range, at 22 miles, is enough for a lot of commuters—although the build quality of the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is below the level of most plug-in cars.

Toyota Prius Prime (Plug-in Hybrid)

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

25 miles (electric + gasoline)
$28,700

The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime provides an EV-only range of 25 miles thanks to its 8.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. After those miles, the Prius Prime delivers 54 mpg when running on gas—beating all other plug-in hybrids for efficiency when running on gasoline. The 2020 version of the Prius Prime expands its back row seating to become a five-passenger vehicle while maintaining the generous cargo capacity of its hatchback design.

Ford Fusion Energi

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

26 miles (electric + gasoline)
$33,900

The Ford Fusion Energi offers a plug-in hybrid system providing 26 miles of all-electric driving. The combination of gas and electricity yields an overall EPA rating of 103 miles per gallon equivalent. The Fusion is a competent, attractive, midsize sedan. Unfortunately, the plug-in version has significantly less trunk space due to the extra batteries. The 2020 model will likely be the last year for the Fusion, as Ford shifts its focus to SUVs, many of which will be pure EVs or plug-in hybrids.

Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

26 miles (electric + gasoline)
$29,500

The affordable Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid is a practical, crossover-like hatchback with outstanding fuel economy and ample passenger room. It sports a handsome look and comfortable ride while granting 29 miles of all-electric range before the gas engine is employed.

Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

28 miles (electric + gasoline)
$33,400

Hyundai adds a plug-in hybrid system to its spacious, midsize Sonata sedan to grant 28 miles of all-electric range. The powerful motor and six-speed automatic transmission make for a capable but efficient drive. The 2020 Sonata gets a redesign to convey a sense of sportiness and to add tech, like a smartphone-based key system. The Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is a compelling package, although it doesn’t offer nearly the EV range of the 48-mile Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, its closest competitor.

BMW 330e

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

28 miles (electric + gasoline)
$46,000

If you like the style and road manners of a BMW 3-Series, but want to push the envelope on efficiency, then the 330e could be the answer. The 2020 version of the 330e bumps its all-electric range to around 25 to 30 miles. At the same, a new XtraBoost feature provides bursts of power at nearly 300 horsepower.

Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

28 miles (electric + gasoline)
$37,000

The conventional and no-plug hybrid versions of the Optima are praised for the model’s attractive design and a compliant ride. However, the Optima is in the middle of a crowded pack of midsize sedans—a category led by models such as the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, and Mazda6. Also, the Optima Plug-in Hybrid is more expensive than the Kia Niro crossover and Hyundai Ioniq hatchbacks, as well as the Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, which all offer similar levels of all-electric range for less money.

Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

29 miles (electric + gasoline)
$26,300

The Hyundai Ioniq is the least expensive plug-in hybrid you can buy. The starting price is $26,300 before a $4,543 federal tax credit and local incentives. That’s an excellent price for a fun-to-drive hatchback that can travel its first 29 miles without using any gasoline. Commuters looking for an affordable, comfortable, and emissions-free daily ride should take a serious look at the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid.

Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Wagon/Van

32 miles (electric + gasoline)
$41,500

The Chrysler Pacifica is the only plug-in minivan available today. Fortunately, it’s a class-leader with all the desired comfort and convenience of a great family hauler. The Pacifica matches or beats the style, spaciousness, and handling of its gas-powered minivan rivals. And the Pacifica offers the ability to travel about 32 miles purely on electricity and without emissions.

Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

48 miles (electric + gasoline)
$34,300

Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is a spacious plug-in hybrid that provides 48 miles of all-electric range before the gasoline engine is used. Then it becomes an efficient hybrid sedan offering 42 miles per gallon. Pure EV and fuel-cell versions of the Clarity are also available—but only in California and Oregon. With the demise of the Chevy Volt, the Clarity becomes the king of EV range among plug-in hybrids.

Honda Clarity Electric

Electric Vehicle Sedan

89 miles (pure electric)
$36,600

The Honda Clarity Electric is a spacious, well-equipped five-passenger sedan. However, the pure battery-electric version offers only 89 miles of driving range on a single charge. That's less than half the range provided in best-of-class electric cars. Clarity is also offered as a plug-in hybrid. The Clarity Electric is only available for lease in California and Oregon.

Volkswagen E-Golf

Electric Vehicle Sedan

125 miles (pure electric)
$31,300

The Volkswagen E-Golf, introduced in late 2014, was the company's first all-electric car. It maintains the spirited driving experience of internal combustion versions of the Golf—one of the most popular small cars in the world. The VW E-Golf is among the best handling car among the class of small affordable EVs. However, its range of 123 miles lags behind models such as the 151-mile Nissan LEAF and 238-mile Chevy Bolt. The E-Golf is, in effect, a placeholder for VW's large lineup of EVs, starting with the ID Crozz due in late 2020.

MINI Cooper SE

Electric Vehicle Sedan

150 miles (pure electric)
TBD

Mini announced in July 2019 that it will introduce the all-electric Cooper in the United States in 2020. The MINI Cooper SE will use a 32.6 kilowatt-hour battery pack to provide about 130 miles on a single charge. (The official announcement states as much as 167 miles in Europe’s lenient test cycles.) While the range is below the new 200-mile standard, the style and performance of an electric MINI should attract drivers wanting a sporty all-electric ride.

BMW i3

Electric Vehicle Sedan

153 miles (pure electric)
$45,400

More than five years after its introduction, the BMW i3 remains an excellent choice for electric commuters. The current version of the small, fast, and fun EV is capable of traveling 153 miles on a single charge. The electric Bimmer is also available, at least for another year, with a 2.4-gallon gas engine that fires up when the battery is almost depleted—boosting driving distance to 200 miles.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Electric Vehicle, Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

170 miles (pure electric)
$31,200

Hyundai’s aerodynamic and attractive compact hatch is offered as a pure electric car with a driving range of about 170 miles. The starting price for the Ioniq EV is just over $31,200 before incentives. That makes it one of the most affordable electric vehicles. However, its 170-mile range is well below battery-powered models that cost a few thousand dollars more. Those competitors include the Hyundai Kona Electric SUV, which sells for about $38,000 while providing 259 miles of range.

Audi e-tron SUV

Electric Vehicle SUV

204 miles (pure electric)
$75,000

Audi designed its first all-electric vehicle to look, feel, and drive just like a conventional vehicle. It’s a strategy to appeal to mainstream buyers rather than early EV adopters. The e-tron offers legitimate SUV dimensions, about 204 miles of range, and ultra-fast charging.

Ford Mustang Mach-E

Electric Vehicle SUV

210 miles (pure electric)
$45,000

The Mustang Mach-E is a dramatic start to Ford’s new EV efforts. The company infused the all-electric SUV with the signature design and performance of its legendary American sports car. When it arrives in late 2020, it will be available with standard and extended-range battery options offering up to 300 miles of range. And buyers will have the choice of either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The Mach-E is American muscle applied to a pure electric, five-seat sport utility vehicle.

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400

Electric Vehicle SUV

220 miles (pure electric)
$68,000

The EQC 400 is the first vehicle produced by Mercedes-Benz for its new electric EQ brand. The luxury, 405-horsepower SUV provides about 220 miles of range on a single charge. The EQC 400 is built on the same platform as the Mercedes GLC crossover.

Nissan LEAF

Electric Vehicle Sedan

226 miles (pure electric)
$29,900

The Nissan LEAF is the most popular EV in the world. It is a well-equipped, all-electric hatchback that seats five adults. The LEAF Plus version of the second-generation model can travel up to 226 miles on a single charge. The LEAF is available to test-drive and purchase at Nissan dealerships throughout the United States.

Jaguar I-Pace

Electric Vehicle SUV

234 miles (pure electric)
$71,000

The stylish, 234-mile Jaguar I-Pace is the British brand’s first battery-electric vehicle. The low-slung, small five-seat crossover is characterized by a cab-forward design. The all-wheel-drive I-Pace gets its considerable power from a pair of Jaguar-developed motors, one mounted on each axle. The powertrain delivers 392 horsepower and 512 pound-feet of torque, enough juice to launch the I-PACE from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in about 4.5 seconds. Starting at about $70,500 before incentives, the 394-horsepower I-Pace is positioned as a Jaguar halo car.

Kia Niro EV

Electric Vehicle SUV

239 miles (pure electric)
$39,500

The Kia Niro EV is an attractive and practical all-electric five-door hatchback. The EV version shares the conventional exterior looks of the hybrid and plug-in hybrid version of the Niro. In the all-electric variant, a 64 kilowatt-hour battery provides 239 miles of range. Kia’s affordable crossover EV is available in 12 states.

Kia Soul EV

Electric Vehicle Sedan

243 miles (pure electric)
$36,000

In fall 2020, Kia will begin selling a much-improved version of the Soul EV. The new, second-generation electric Soul takes a big leap in driving range to 243 miles. It’s also faster and bigger. The Soul retains much of its iconoclastic, boxy vibe, albeit with sharper lines. If the Soul EV’s yet-unannounced price tag beats its EV siblings—the all-electric Kona and Niro—the high-riding Kia electric hatch could become the affordable go-to model.

Tesla Model 3

Electric Vehicle Sedan

250 miles (pure electric)
$38,000

Tesla’s daring EV is a major hit with huge sales and ardent fans. It's an impressive luxury EV with many unprecedented high-tech features. As of this writing, the entry-level Model 3 is the 240-mile Standard Range Plus version, which costs about $38,000. The Model 3 outsells all other EVs combined, for good reasons.

Byton M-Byte

Electric Vehicle SUV

250 miles (pure electric)
$45,000

The M-Byte is the first vehicle from Byton—the EV startup founded by seasoned auto-industry executives (mostly from BMW) and headquartered in Nanjing, China. The M-Byte all-electric mid-size SUV will go 250 or more miles on a single charge. But that’s beside the point for a vehicle primarily designed for connectivity and automation. Its four-foot curved dashboard screen dominates the interior. The M-Byte is expected to sell for around $45,000 when it arrives in the U.S. in late 2020.

Tesla Model X

Electric Vehicle SUV

255 miles (pure electric)
$81,000

The Model X is Tesla’s powerful long-range, all-wheel-drive sports utility vehicle. The body design—featuring a high-tech cabin and double-hinged falcon doors that lift up and over the vehicle—is mostly unchanged since the X’s introduction in 2015. However, Tesla repeatedly tweaks the vehicle’s performance specs, range, and price. The current Model X can now travel between 305 and 328 miles on a single charge.

Hyundai Kona Electric

Electric Vehicle SUV

258 miles (pure electric)
$36,400

The all-electric version of the Kona compact SUV offers 258 miles of driving range—taking the lead for range among electric vehicles in the same price range while providing more room than the Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan LEAF. The Kona model (in gas-powered form) is one of the best compact SUVs on the market. The electric version is a compelling, relatively affordable long-range EV—although it's only available in California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Chevrolet Bolt

Electric Vehicle Sedan

259 miles (pure electric)
$37,500

The Chevy Bolt was the auto industry’s first affordable long-range electric car. It starts at $37,500 and provides 238 miles on a single charge. The Bolt is now joined by long-range, low-priced EVs from Hyundai, Nissan, and Kia—as well as the slightly more expensive Tesla Model 3. The all-electric Bolt is a well-rounded, comfortable, and zippy hatchback that can work for everyday drivers.

Polestar 2

Electric Vehicle Sedan

275 miles (pure electric)
$63,000

Polestar, Volvo’s all-electric brand, will introduce a 275-mile luxury EV sedan in mid-2020. The Polestar 2 will compete against the Tesla Model 3. It borrows much of Volvo’s crisp styling, as well as the Swedish brand's engineering prowess. The $63,000 all-electric sedan will be the first vehicle (of any kind) to have native Android Auto technology built directly into its 11-inch vertically-mounted dashboard touchscreen.

Tesla Model S

Electric Vehicle Sedan

285 miles (pure electric)
$75,000

The Tesla Model S is more than a car. It’s the embodiment of the electric-car movement. The Model S is not just a great EV, but one of the world's best luxury sedans. While still technically in its first generation, Tesla makes significant updates and improvements every year—bringing longer range, more power, and enhanced features.

Porsche Taycan

Electric Vehicle Sedan

300 miles (pure electric)
$152,000

The concept version of the Taycan was introduced in 2015 as the Mission E. The design strikes a balance between the iconic Porsche 911 sports car and the Panamera luxury sedan. The Taycan can sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than 3.5 seconds and reach 124 miles per hour in just 12 seconds. “The Taycan drives like a Porsche, looks like a Porsche, and feels like a Porsche,” said Stefan Weckbach, head of Porsche’s battery-electric vehicle model series. “It just happens to have a different type of drive.”

Tesla Model Y

Electric Vehicle SUV

300 miles (pure electric)
$48,000

The Model Y is Tesla’s crossover SUV. It’s the taller and more spacious variant of Tesla’s Model 3. Or you could think of it as scaled down version of the sizable Model X. The Model Y, the fifth vehicle in Tesla’s line, will go into production in fall 2020. It will offer up to 300 miles of range on a single charge.

Lucid Air

Electric Vehicle Sedan

400 miles (pure electric)
TBD

The Lucid Air is a full-size luxury all-electric vehicle. It stacks up against the Tesla Model S, BMW 7-Series, or Audi A7. The Air promises 400-miles of range, as much as 1,000 horsepower, and a robust set of self-driving features.