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Autotrader Names 12 Best Electric Vehicles for 2019

ATLANTA, Sept. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether a new-car shopper's motivation for buying an electric vehicle (EV) is environmental, political or financial, choices abound now more than ever before in the marketplace. With more than 50 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and battery-electric vehicle (BEV) models available today, many new-car shoppers need help navigating the terms to master and information to digest among the choices in this continuously growing vehicle category. With that in mind, the editors at Autotrader recently scored currently available new vehicles that feature a plug, ultimately naming the 12 Best Electric Vehicles for 2019.

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"There are a lot of very good electric vehicles available at a wide variety of price points today, and the technology for EVs continues to grow and evolve," said Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader. "EV shoppers should remember that despite an often-higher initial purchase price when compared to gasoline-powered cars of the same size, for the most part, EVs are more rewarding to drive and require less maintenance than a traditional automobile."

Beyond the plug-in qualifier and 2019 on-sale date, Autotrader editors considered some objective factors including maximum range, electric-only range (for PHEVs) and price. Other factors, such as drivability and value, were a bit more subjective in nature. Categories were scored on a 1-to-5 scale, with 5 being the high score. Vehicles were not ranked in this list because the group of considered vehicles is so diverse, consisting of PHEVs and EVs, luxury and non-luxury, as well as cars and CUVs. Every pick earned a combined average score of at least 3.8 out of a possible 5.

Autotrader's 12 Best Electric Vehicles for 2019



Vehicle Range Information*

2020 Chevrolet Bolt Premier (EV)


Est. Total Range: 259 miles

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited (PHEV)


Est. Electric-Only Range: 32 miles; Est. Total Range: 520 miles

2019 Honda Clarity (PHEV)


Est. Electric-Only Range: 47 miles; Est. Total Range: 340 miles

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric SEL


Est. Total Range: 258 miles

2019 Jaguar iPace HSE (EV)


Est. Total Range: 234 miles

2019 Kia Niro EV EX


Est. Total Range: 239 miles

2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring (PHEV)


Est. Electric-Only Range: 18 miles (Lincoln estimate); Est. Total Range: TBD

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL


Est. Electric-Only Range: 22 miles; Est. Total Range: 310 miles

2019 Nissan Leaf S Plus


Est. Total Range: 226 miles

2019 Porsche Panamera 4 e-hybrid Sport Turismo (PHEV)


Est. Electric-Only Range: 14 miles; Est. Total Range: 490 miles

2019 Tesla Model 3 Single Motor (EV)


Est. Total Range: 240 miles

2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Momentum (PHEV)


Est. Electric-Only Range: 19 miles; Est. Total Range: 520 miles

*Prices include the factory delivery charge and represent the base manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the specific model listed. Some vehicles still qualify for all or a portion of the government's $7,500 tax credit, but Autotrader editors did not include that information in their decision-making process (because it can change during the year based on volume). Range estimates are the government's and are not based on Autotrader's findings.

To learn more about Autotrader's 12 Best Electric Vehicles for 2019, including full editorial commentary on each vehicle and details about available inventory, visit

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About Autotrader
Autotrader is the most recognized third-party car listings brand, with the most engaged audience of in-market car shoppers. As the foremost authority on automotive consumer insights and expert in online and mobile marketing, Autotrader makes the car shopping experience easy and fun for today's empowered car shopper looking to find or sell the perfect new, used or Certified Pre-Owned car. Using technology, shopper insights and local market guidance, Autotrader's comprehensive marketing and retailing solutions allow consumers to build their deal online, and guide dealers to personalized digital marketing strategies that grow brand, drive traffic and connect the online and in-store shopping experience. Autotrader is a Cox Automotive brand. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises. For more information, please visit

About Cox Automotive
Cox Automotive Inc. makes buying, selling, owning and using cars easier for everyone. The global company's 34,000-plus team members and family of brands, including Autotrader®, Clutch Technologies,®, Dealertrack®, Kelley Blue Book®, Manheim®, NextGear Capital®, VinSolutions®, vAuto® and Xtime®, are passionate about helping millions of car shoppers, 40,000 auto dealer clients across five continents and many others throughout the automotive industry thrive for generations to come. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises Inc., a privately-owned, Atlanta-based company with revenues exceeding $20 billion.

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