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The 10 Best Electric Vehicles of 2023

There's a great EV for just about everyone

Amos Kwon, Editor-In-Chief

There are no longer just a handful of players in the electric vehicle game. The field of EVs has gone far beyond just Telsa, Chevy, and Nissan. The industry plans on introducing hundreds of new EVs over the course of the next year, so they're clearly no longer niche vehicles anymore. Just keep in mind that you should take a look at EV charging infrastructure in your neck of the woods, so you have plenty of options to get juiced up. Here are our ten recommendations for the best EVs of 2023.

Genesis Electrified G80

Best

for Enviro-execs

  • PROS: Looks as classy and handsome as the gas version, 282 miles of all-electric range, stunning interior, excellent driving manners.
  • CONS: Less occupant and cargo space than the gas version, no prominent visual EV styling cues.

For those who want a luxury EV sedan without looking like they're actually driving an EV, the Electrified G80 ($80,950 base MSRP) is a great choices. You do sacrifice a bit of headroom in both rows due to the 87.2-kWh battery pack placement into the car’s floorplan, but it happens to drive pretty much like the excellent internal combustion version.

The in-car tech, physical controls, and the level of luxury should make just about any owner happy, and the 282-miles of range should please even the biggest hypermilers. Combined with one of the best interiors of any EV (or any car, for that matter), and you have the makings of an excellent electric sedan.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE

Best

for Techno-philes

  • PROS: 260-305 miles of all-electric range, tremendously agile 4-wheel steering, smooth and comfy ride, stunning in-car technology, beautifully styled cabin.
  • CONS: Somewhat boring exterior styling, some instrument data gets blocked by the steering wheel.

The EQE ($74,900 base MSRP) is the electric E-Class we've been waiting for. Although the styling could use an injection of adrenaline, the cabin of the EQE is about as nice as any EV we've ever seen. Range is impressive at 305 miles for the base EQE350. The dual motor version known as the EQE500 drops range to 260 but adds a second motor and all-wheel drive.

The standard 12.8-inch portrait-format OLED infotainment touchscreen is stunning but if you upgrade to the Hypercscreen, you get a 56-inch expanse across the dash that includes a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster screen, a 17.7-inch central touchscreen, and a 12.3-inch screen for the front passenger. It's a rolling tech haven, and it's about as cutting-edge as any EV's out there.

2023 BMW iX

Best

for Fast families

  • PROS: 324 miles of all-electric range, extremely sporty driving experience for a crossover, futuristic in-car technology.
  • CONS: Questionable exterior styling choices.

The iX ($83,200 base MSRP) is the brand's electric version of the X5, but it has even more performance in its repertoire. The 516-hp xDrive50 provides 86 MPGe and 324 miles of range. Bump it up to the high-performance 610-hp iX M60, and driving range drops to 290, but the acceleration, handling, and top speed increase accordingly.

Inside, you'll find a massive digital display that spans most of the dash, a nifty hexagonal race-style steering wheel, and some interesting triangular stitching on the leather seats. The interior certainly makes a statement, but the level of driving tech is what makes the iX stand out.

2023 Polestar 2

Best

for Design lovers

  • PROS: 260-270 miles of all-electric range, higher riding crossover with sporty sedan looks, handsomely minimalist interior, comfortable ride, vivid and easy infotainment system.
  • CONS: FWD model is not as quick as you’d expect from an EV, bland exterior, range estimates lag the Tesla Model 3’s.

Polestar is trying to make a name for itself as a spinoff of Volvo, and every model is electric. The Polestar 2 ($48,400 base MSRP) is its mainstream crossover sedan, and it's beautifully styled inside and out. There are two powertrains for the vehicle, a front-wheel drive version with a single motor and a dual-motor all-wheel drive model. It also provides tremendous practicality with a hatchback. The minimalist interior is stunning, and there's a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster a central infotainment screen of 11.2 inches whose OS is Google's Android Automotive.

The big guns of the set come in the form of the Polestar 2 Performance, with 469 horsepower. The Performance model also comes equipped with 20-inch wheels and summer tires, stiffer suspension components as well as adjustable Öhlins dampers, and beefier Brembo front brakes. Whatever trim you choose, the Polestar 2 offers a fresh take on the EV while providing great driving manners.

2023 Kia EV6

Best

for Performance junkies

  • PROS: 232-310 miles of all-electric range, one of the best-styled EVs in the world, clean and practical interior, GT is wickedly quick, truly liveable with two roomy rows.
  • CONS: GT's range drops to 206 miles, infotainment system lacks responsiveness.

The EV6 ($48,500 base MSRP) is brilliant in its execution thanks to exotic wagon styling, room for five, a well-styled interior, practical range, and great steering and handling. We're amazed at how well Kia pulled it off, and the GT is positively scintillating to drive with 576 horsepower. It's biggest demerit is its infotainment system that could use a bit of updating and improved responsiveness.

The EV6 also happens to be rear-wheel drive based, so that means it feels more dynamic than most EVs that are front-wheel drive based. The AWD dual motor version feels tractable, balanced, and seriously sticky, especially when it's the GT model, which should only be chosen if you favor performance over efficiency.

2023 Cadillac LYRIQ

 
  • PROS: 312 miles of all-electric range, positively stunning interior and exterior.
  • CONS: Numb steering and cushy handling, limited cargo space, in-car tech is overly complex to operate.

Cadillac is going after the luxury EV SUV set with a serious contender, the Lyriq ($59,990 base MSRP). It's more of a posh cruiser than it is a performance EV, and it shares its battery tech with the GMC Hummer EV but uses a totally different look both inside and out. The base rear-wheel-drive model provides up to 312 miles of range, and the dual-motor AWD version has 500 horsepower, but no range figure has been provided yet. The dual-motor version can also tow up to 3,500 pounds.

The Lyriq's dashboard and tech look much like the current Escalade with its 33-inch curved LED touchscreen that consists of a digital instrument panel and the infotainment system. It's beautiful but a bit complex to use. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot are all standard equipment, as well as a powerful 19-speaker AKG stereo system.

2023 Ford F-150 Lightning

 
  • PROS: 230-320 miles of all-electric range, impressive storage capability, insane performance with extended range battery.
  • CONS: Looks a lot like a regular F-150, prices climb if you want more range, towing drains the hell out of it, prices jump substantially for 2023.

The F-150 Lightning ($55,974 base MSRP) is already selling like hotcakes after the pre-orders were gone in no time flat. It will come in two ranges, each with two motors but different battery packs. The bigger Extended-Range battery delivers an astounding 580 horsepower and sports car-like acceleration.

DC fast charging will take the F-150 Lightning from 15 percent to 80 percent in just 44 minutes, and you can use it to provide 3 days of power to your house if there's a power outage. The interior gets a big 12.0-inch touchscreen (15 inches on higher trims) with Sync 4. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, and Wi-Fi come standard. One of the coolest features isn't techy. It's the big frunk that can carry up to 400 pounds of stuff. Wowzers.

2023 Hyundai IONIQ6

Best

for Sports sedan lovers

  • PROS: 340 miles of all-electric driving range, styled like no other vehicle in its class, excellent handing characteristics, premium appointments.
  • CONS: Less cargo space than the sibling IONIQ 5, heavily digital-base controls.

The IONIQ 6 ($44,000 estimated base MSRP) is the EV sports-sedan sibling to the award-winning crossover-style IONIQ 5, and it's based on the superb Prophecy Concept that debuted last year. The IONIQ 6's styling is like no other EV (or car) that we've seen, and it should easily turn heads wherever it goes. The IONIQ 6 offers 225 horsepower from its single electric motor to the rear wheels, but you can upgrade to a 320-hp dual-motor AWD versions that will get the car to 60 mph in less than five seconds.

The cabin is minimalist but truly handsome with airy front and rear rows and ample space for five occupants. In terms of tech, there's a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen unified in a single dash panel screen.

2023 Genesis GV60

 
  • PROS: Engaging driving experience, premium looks inside and out, quick and nimble.
  • CONS: Could use a tad more range, base price is on the high side, no wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

The GV60 ($60,415 base MSRP) is the Genesis brand's first standalone dedicated EV, and it's meant to be more of a performer than a range hound. Buyers can choose from the 314-hp GV60 Advanced or 429-hp Performance version, and range is between 235 and 248 miles. While that doesn't quite make it to our 250-mile minimum, the style and driving dynamics more than make up for it. It looks like a baby Porsche with its muscled and heavily shouldered look, and it uses the parallel lighting elements from its gas-powered siblings.

Every model come standard with 20-inch wheels, a Bang & Olufsen stereo system, heated and ventilated front seats, tons of driver-assistance features, and the ability to DC fast charge from 10- to 80-percent in a mere 18 minutes. The interior is Genesis luxurious, and the twin 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen come over from its Hyundai siblings.

2022 Rivian R1T

Best

for The outdoorsy

  • PROS: 328 miles of all-electric range, tremendously impressive off-road capability, brilliant storage options, exemplary powertrain.
  • CONS: Poor predicted reliability, pricey, no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, touchscreen controls for just about everything.

The R1T is easily the most impressive electric EV pickup today. It comes standard with a 600-hp motor with an accompanying 135.0-kWh battery pack. The bigger 180.0-kWh battery pack bumps horsepower to an astounding 835. The base R1T provides 328 miles and the quad motor version pushes it up to an impressive 400 miles.

The big 15.6" touchscreen is vivid, but it controls too many functions that should be physical, including the mirrors. On the plus side, the interior is handsomely outfitted with wood and leather, and there are myriad storage options that include 12 cubic feet of lockable storage. It even has an expandable and collapsible crossbar system that provides storage room over the bed and cabin. It even has a built-in air compressor.

What should you look for in an EV?

  • Range of at least 250 miles
  • DC fast-charging capability
  • Good reviews from users and automotive journalists.
  • Excellent in-car technology.