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Best Electric Cars | CarMax

Electric vehicles are available in all shapes and sizes, from compact cars to SUVs and beyond. You’ll find that electric vehicles also include many of the features that you’ve come to expect from more traditional fuel-fed vehicles, such as seating for up to seven passengers, all-wheel drive, and more.

To help you on your search, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best electric cars for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from May 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019. You’ll notice we’ve included two Tesla models on our list. While these vehicles were top-sellers, CarMax no longer sells Teslas.

  1. Mercedes-Benz B250e
  2. Tesla Model 3
  3. Tesla Model S
  4. Mitsubishi i-MIEV
  5. Chevrolet Spark EV
  6. Ford Focus Electric
  7. Mercedes-Benz B-Class
  8. Chevrolet Bolt EV
  9. BMW i3
  10. Nissan LEAF


Mercedes-Benz B250e

Best Electric Cars: Mercedes-Benz B250e | CarMax

The Mercedes-Benz B250e replaced the B-Class in 2016. It’s a great option if you’re looking for an upscale car in an electrified form. With an EPA-estimated 84 MPGe across 2016 and 2017 models, the B250e is excellent if you’re looking for an electric car to commute back and forth to work in.1 2016 and newer B250e models come in three different trim levels: Premium, Premium 2, and Premium 3. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz B250e comes standard with the following features:

  • Keyless proximity key
  • Front-driver and -passenger memory seating
  • Radar-based recuperation system with paddles
  • SiriusXM® satellite radio


Tesla Model 3

Best Electric Cars: Model 3 | CarMax

The Tesla Model 3 is the electric vehicle of choice for those that like options. The 2019 Model 3 comes with three trim levels that are directly related to which battery range you prefer. The trim levels include Standard Battery Range, Standard Battery Range Plus, Long Range Battery, and Performance. The 2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance comes standard with the following features:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Upgraded brakes
  • Carbon-fiber spoiler
  • Lowered suspension


Tesla Model S

Best Electric Cars: Tesla Model S | CarMax

The Tesla Model S is larger than the Model 3 and is also available in a variety of trim levels. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for a Tesla but want more luxury, all-wheel drive, and that giant seventeen-inch touchscreen in the center console. Model S trim designations mirror the battery pack that comes with the car; as an example, the 2018 75D comes with a 75-kWh battery pack. The high-performance 2017-and-up P100D is a dual-motor car with a 100-kWh battery pack and can sprint 0–60 mph in 2.4 seconds. Also available as an option on the Model S is the self-driving capability, so look out for those. The 2018 Tesla Model S comes standard with the following features:

  • Seventeen-inch touchscreen with navigation
  • Heated power-folding side-view mirrors
  • Twelve-way power and heated front seats
  • All-wheel drive


Mitsubishi i-MIEV

Best Electric Cars: Mitsubishi i MIEV | CarMax

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV was discontinued after 2017 but is still a great option for EV shoppers. It comes standard with a 66-horsepower electric motor, which will achieve an EPA-estimated range of 50 miles on 2017 models.1 Its small size also makes it ideal for tight spaces and congested roadways. Standard features on the 2017 i-MiEV include:

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Heated front seats and side mirrors
  • Fifteen-inch alloy wheels
  • Remote system to pre-activate air conditioning


Chevrolet Spark EV

Best Electric Cars: Chevrolet Spark EV | CarMax

Chevrolet’s Spark EV was produced for three years, from 2014 through 2016, and was General Motors’ first electric car since the GM EV1 from the early 1990s. The Spark EV shares the same platform as its gasoline-powered counterpart and has great acceleration thanks to its high-torque electric motor (0–60 in 7.2 seconds for 2016 models). Standard features on the 2016 2LT trim include:

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Remote start
  • Seven-inch touchscreen display

Ford Focus Electric

Best Electric Cars: Ford Focus Electric | CarMax

The Ford Focus is a familiar face, having been around since 1998. The Ford Focus Electric showed up in 2015 and shares the same comfortable ride as its gasoline-powered counterpart but is motivated by a 143-horsepower permanent magnet-traction motor. The 2017 and newer Ford Focus Electric has an EPA-estimated range of 115 miles, up from an estimated 75 miles on 2016 models.1 Standard features on the 2018 Ford Focus Electric include:

  • Remote start with cabin air pre-conditioning
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • Seventeen-inch alloy wheels


Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Best Electric Cars: Mercedes-Benz B-class | CarMax

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class is the same car as the B250e. Mercedes-Benz changed the name of the car to the B250e in 2016 while the previous model years were designated as the Mercedes-Benz B-Class EV. The B-Class is only available in the United States as an electric vehicle. Powered by a 177-horsepower electric motor and 24-kWh battery, the B-Class is a peppy car and has an EPA-estimated range of 85 miles across 2014 and 2015 models.1 The 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class comes standard with the following features:

  • Remote keyless entry
  • Collision-prevention assist
  • Navigation
  • Memory seats


Chevrolet Bolt EV

Best Electric Cars: Chevrolet Bolt EV | CarMax

The Chevrolet Bolt EV is one of the fresher faces in the electric vehicle market, debuting in 2017. With an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles, the 2017 Bolt EV has more than enough range to handle most daily driving.1 The 2017 Bolt EV also has plenty of pep and is able to achieve 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds. Two trim levels are available on the 2017–2019 Bolt EVs: the LT and Premier. The 2019 Bolt EV LT, comes standard with the following features:

  • Keyless push-button start
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • 10.2-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 60-kWh lithium-ion battery


BMW i3

Best Electric Cars: BMW i3 | CarMax

The BMW i3 is a stylish compact electric car in a coupe-like design but with ingenious doors for the backseat that open in reverse (all model years). The i3 has been around since 2014 and has two trim levels: the base i3 and the i3s. Both models can be upgraded with range extenders, giving the 2019 i3 an EPA-estimated range of up to 200 miles.1 For 2019, the base i3 comes standard with the following features:

  • Navigation
  • Heated front seats
  • Rearview camera
  • Apple CarPlay


Nissan LEAF

Best Electric Cars: Nissan LEAF | CarMax

Topping the list of our best-selling electric cars is the Nissan Leaf. The Leaf got a redesign in 2018 and is currently in its second generation. A 30-kWh battery is standard, starting in 2016, while 2018 and newer models get a standard 40-kWh battery. With the 40-kWh battery, the 2018 Leaf has an EPA-estimated MPGe of 125 in the city and 100 MPGe on the highway.1 The base-model Leaf S comes well equipped for 2018 with these standard features:

  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Seven-inch touchscreen display
  • Bluetooth connectivity

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