For our inaugural EV of the Year test, we gathered 11 electric vehicles that are on sale today (Sorry, no GMC Hummer EV, BMW i4, or Tesla Cybertruck) and drove them thousands of miles and charged them for hundreds of hours to determine our winner. You can read all about Car and Driver's first EV of the Year here. But if you were to choose between these pairings of the vehicles we tested, which one would you rather live with every day?
We got our hands on the Tesla Model 3 Performance for our test, which is the most expensive version of Tesla's entry-level sedan, starting at $58,190. It reached 60 mph in 3.1 seconds in our test and traveled 310 miles in our 75-mph highway range test, and Performance models also get access to a fun track mode that can disable stability control. The Polestar 2 isn't as quick, reaching 60 mph a full second slower, and it starts at $61,200. We achieved 233 miles in our range test. Would you want the quick Model 3 or the sleek Polestar 2?
The Tesla Model Y Performance shares a platform with the Model 3, but it's not as smooth as its sedan counterpart. In our test, it reached 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and traveled 291 miles on a single charge, less than the Model 3 Performance. Forget the name, Ford's Mustang Mach-E is everything American buyers want: it's the shape and size of a crossover with an eye-catching design and has a price that competes with its gas-powered counterparts. And it's fun to drive. It might not be as quick as the Tesla, reaching 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, but its range isn't too far behind at 270 miles in our test. Which EV crossover would you want parked in your garage?
The Kia Niro EV might get overlooked, but it finished sixth in our EV 1000 rally, in front of the Audi e-tron and Volkswagen ID.4. It starts at $40,265 and traveled 239 miles in our highway range test, besting the Porsche Taycan 4S. The Nissan Leaf comes in at a similar price, but it took twice as long to finish the Ev 1000 as the Tesla Model S Long Range that got home first. If you could choose from the two cheapest options in our test, which would you take?
The Porsche Taycan 4S is the German automaker's longest-range EV when equipped with its Performance Battery Plus. It's EPA rated at 227 miles of range, but we achieved 220 in our test. Tesla's Model S Long Range is EPA estimated at 402 miles of range, and it came in first place in our EV 1000 rally, beating the other two Teslas by more than an hour. Which of these electric sedans would you rather drive?
Volkswagen's ID.4 electric crossover is the first of the German automaker's ID electric subbrand to be offered in the States, and it's targeted at the mainstream crossover buyer, starting at $41,190. The Volvo XC40 Recharge is a near spitting image of its gas-powered counterpart, and it's significantly pricier with a starting price of $55,085. The VW finished ahead of the Volvo in the EV 1000, but it has an additional 42 miles of EPA estimated range over the XC40 Recharge. Which of these electric crossovers would you buy?