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?

BMW i8

Plug-in Hybrid Coupe

15 miles (electric + gasoline)

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.

Mercedes-Benz S560 Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

30 miles (electric + gasoline)

It's hard to find flaws in a Mercedes S-Class. In the past, power and comfort came at some price in terms of fuel efficiency. With the S560 Plug-in Hybrid, you get all the benefits of the Mercedes flagship sedan, but now with about 30 miles of all-electric range and (depending on how you drive and charge) as much as 40 miles per gallon.

BMW 740e xDrive Plug-In Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

14 miles (electric + gasoline)

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.

Tesla Model X

Electric Vehicle SUV

255 miles (pure electric)

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 2019 Model X (depending on the package) can now travel between 255 and 325 miles on a single charge. Its base price is $81,000. When it first went on sale, the Model X was the only all-electric SUV available but today faces competition from Audi, Jaguar, and others.

Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

20 miles (electric + gasoline)

The Porsche Cayenne is now available with two different plug-in hybrid options. The $80,000 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 20 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.

Range Rover P400e

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

31 miles (electric + gasoline)

After a two-year wait since its unveiling, Jaguar Land Rover begins to sell the 2019 Range Rover P400e in the United States in summer 2019. The stylish, capable Range Rover plug-in hybrid puts out 398 horsepower while offering 31 miles of all-electric range.

Tesla Model S

Electric Vehicle Sedan

285 miles (pure electric)

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.

Cadillac CT6 Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Luxury

31 miles (electric + gasoline)

The 2018 Cadillac CT6 is like a big, muscular, luxurious Volt. The plug-in variant of the CT6—Cadillac’s attractive flagship sedan—is built at General Motor’s $1.2 billion factory in Shanghai, China. GM is working to fulfill the Chinese government’s desire for vehicles that reduce emissions. Only a few hundred CT6 Plug-in Hybrids will be sold in the US every year, putting its owners in an exclusive club of drivers of the American luxury model providing about 31 miles of all-electric range.

Audi e-tron SUV

Electric Vehicle SUV

204 miles (pure electric)

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.

Jaguar I-Pace

Electric Vehicle SUV

240 miles (pure electric)

The stylish, 240-mile Jaguar I-Pace is the British brand’s first battery-electric vehicle. The low-slung, small five-seat crossover is the first (of several) vehicles to challenge Tesla for drivers wanting long-range, luxury all-electrics. Starting at about $70,000 before incentives, the 394-horsepower I-Pace is already earning praise as a Jaguar halo car. Pre-orders are reportedly building up for the i-Pace, which is due by the end of 2018.

Mercedes-Benz GLE550e

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

10 miles (electric + gasoline)

The Mercedes-Benz GLE550e 4Matic brings the plug-in hybrid system of the S550 large sedan—which has been available in the United States since 2015—to the brand’s largest crossover SUV model: the GLE. With an all-electric range of about 12 miles, the GLE isn’t going to revolutionize the market. Yet, it provides another option for shoppers looking for a large luxury plug-in hybrid crossover.

Volvo XC90 T8

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

17 miles (electric + gasoline)

The Volvo XC90 T8 is a luxury high-performance plug-in hybrid SUV. It offers comfort, safety, and a level of efficiency previously thought impossible in an all-wheel-drive people-mover. It's expected to offer about 17 miles of all-electric range, and the equivalent total fuel economy of 58 miles per gallon.

BMW X5 xdrive40e

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

14 miles (electric + gasoline)

The X5 is everything you’d expect from a BMW. High-quality materials abound inside the vehicle’s refined cabin. A turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and 111-horsepower electric motor provide a solid 308 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. With the ability to plug in, X5 xDrive 40e grants 13 miles in electric-only mode, and 24 mpg strictly from the gas engine.

Polestar 2

Electric Vehicle Sedan

275 miles (pure electric)

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.

Volvo XC60 T8

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

18 miles (electric + gasoline)

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

16 miles (electric + gasoline)

The 2018 BMW 530e plug-in hybrid is nearly identical to the internal-combustion versions 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 9.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The 530e only costs about $200 more than the 530i, making it a compelling step up, considering the increased torque and improved fuel economy advantages of the plug-in hybrid model.

Tesla Model Y

Electric Vehicle SUV

300 miles (pure electric)

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.

Mercedes-Benz C350 Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

9 miles (electric + gasoline)

The second plug-in hybrid from Mercedes is brought to the small luxury C-Class. It’s both sporty, with a total output of 275 horsepower, and capable of about 9 miles of ultra-efficient electric driving. The C350 is stylish, well appointed, and loaded with advanced safety features. The ability to plug in pushes the C-Class car to new levels of efficiency.

Byton M-Byte

Electric Vehicle SUV

250 miles (pure electric)

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.

BMW 330e

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

14 miles (electric + gasoline)

If you like the styling and road manners of a BMW 3-Series, but want to push the envelope on efficiency, then the 330e is the answer. Commutes of less than 14 miles can happen purely on electricity, with an official 72 MPGe rating. Punch the accelerator for combined power from a 2-liter turbocharged engine and 87-hp electric motor. That results in nearly as much torque as the six-cylinder 340i at a lower purchase price after federal incentives.

BMW i3

Electric Vehicle Sedan

114 miles (pure electric)

The stylish if slightly odd-looking BMW i3 is the lightest EV on the market. That makes it very efficient while providing a fast and fun 170-horsepower ride. The i3's battery pack delivers 114 miles of range. The electric Bimmer is also available with a small gas engine that boosts total driving distance to about 180 miles.

Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Wagon/Van

33 miles (electric + gasoline)

The Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid is Chrysler’s first plug-in car—and the industry’s first plug-in hybrid minivan. The editors of Good Housekeeping, in partnership with Car and Driver, named the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid a 2018 Best New Car award winner in the Hybrid category.

Audi A3 e-Tron

Plug-in Hybrid Luxury

16 miles (electric + gasoline)

The A3 e-Tron sportback has a compelling mix of attributes—elegant lines, high-quality materials, and practicality. Combine that with a capable 1.4-liter turbocharged gas engine and an electric powertrain providing about 16 miles of electric driving. The result is a small and snazzy plug-in hybrid.

Tesla Model 3

Electric Vehicle Sedan

220 miles (pure electric)

The Tesla Model 3 is an impressive luxury EV with many unprecedented high-tech features. Big news came in February 2019 when two Standard Range versions went on sale. The 220-mile Standard Range Model 3 sells for about $36,000 while the 240-mile Standard Range Plus version costs about $38,000. These are the long-anticipated affordable Teslas with impressive performance, adept handling, and long range.

Kia Niro EV

Electric Vehicle SUV

239 miles (pure electric)

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.

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

12 miles (electric + gasoline)

The stylish MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 provides a spirited ride while relying purely on electricity for about 12 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.

Chevrolet Bolt

Electric Vehicle Sedan

238 miles (pure electric)

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.

Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

22 miles (electric + gasoline)

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.

Honda Clarity Electric

Electric Vehicle Sedan

89 miles (pure electric)

The 2018 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 well below the range offered in best-of-class electric cars. The Clarity is also offered as a plug-in hybrid and as a fuel-cell electric vehicle. The Clarity Electric is only available for lease in California and Oregon.

Hyundai Kona Electric

Electric Vehicle SUV

258 miles (pure electric)

Hyundai will introduce an all-electric version of the new Kona compact SUV by the end of 2018. The Kona EV will offer 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 promises to be a compelling, relatively affordable long-range EV—although it will only be available in California until about mid-2019.

Kia Soul EV

Electric Vehicle Sedan

243 miles (pure electric)

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.

Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

27 miles (electric + gasoline)

Hyundai takes on the plug-in competition with a powerful motor, six-speed automatic transmission, and a battery pack providing about 27 miles of all-electric range. It's packaged in the attractive and comfortable Sonata mid-size sedan.

Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

29 miles (electric + gasoline)

The conventional and no-plug hybrid versions of the Optima are praised for the model’s attractive design and 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, which are newer plug-in models offering similar levels of all-electric range.

Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

20 miles (electric + gasoline)

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.

Ford Fusion Energi

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

21 miles (electric + gasoline)

The Ford Fusion Energi offers a robust plug-in electric system in an ultra-popular roomy full-size sedan platform. The model offers the equivalent of about 97 miles per gallon, without compromising style or passenger space. After its battery is depleted, the Fusion Energi still delivers 42 miles per gallon.

Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

48 miles (electric + gasoline)

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.

Fiat 500e

Electric Vehicle Coupe

84 miles (pure electric)

The Fiat 500e is every bit as cute as the gas-powered Fiat 500. It uses a 24 kilowatt-hour liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack, providing an official EPA range of 84 miles. The Fiat 500e is widely considered a "compliance" car, produced only to meet emissions regulations. It's only sold in California and Oregon.

Volkswagen E-Golf

Electric Vehicle Sedan

125 miles (pure electric)

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 125 miles lags behind models such as the 151-mile Nissan LEAF and 238-mile Chevy Bolt.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Electric Vehicle, Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

124 miles (pure electric)

Hyundai’s aerodynamic and attractive compact hatch is offered as a pure electric car with a driving range of about 124 miles. The starting price for the Ioniq EV is just over $30,000 before incentives. That makes it one of the most affordable electric vehicles. However, its 124-mile range is well below battery-powered models that cost a few thousand dollars more. Those competitors include the Hyundai Kona EV SUV, which sells for about $36,000 while providing 259 miles of range.

Nissan LEAF

Electric Vehicle Sedan

226 miles (pure electric)

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.

Toyota Prius Prime (Plug-in Hybrid)

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

25 miles (electric + gasoline)

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.

Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

26 miles (electric + gasoline)

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 26 miles of all-electric range before the gas engine is employed.

Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

29 miles (electric + gasoline)

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.

Smart Electric Drive

Electric Vehicle Coupe

58 miles (pure electric)

Measuring just over 106 inches from tip to tail, and a shade under 62 inches tall and wide, the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive is small enough to occupy the smallest of spaces. And it's the only EV available with a convertible top. However, the 2018 model offers just 58 miles of driving range on a single charge.

MINI Cooper SE

Electric Vehicle Sedan

150 miles (pure electric)

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.

Porsche Taycan

Electric Vehicle Sedan

300 miles (pure electric)

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.” Dealerships are already taking deposits, well ahead of the car going on sale in late 2019.

Lucid Air

Electric Vehicle Sedan

400 miles (pure electric)

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.

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400

Electric Vehicle SUV

220 miles (pure electric)

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.