The Best Family Electric Cars; What makes the perfect family car? It should be safe, comfortable, feature-rich, reliable, affordable, and most importantly of all, fuel efficient. With rising gas prices and ever-increasing city traffic, more and more drivers are opting to go electric in order to save money and make the environment just a little bit cleaner. The market of electric cars has exploded recently, meaning that many models are coming out every year that blow their predecessors out of the water in terms of performance and value; below you’ll find our top picks for family electric cars (as well as some honorable mentions).
Nissan Leaf Best Family Electric Cars
The 2022 Nissan Leaf is a great family car for a lot of reasons. The range on a single charge is about 150 miles, which should be enough to get you most places in town and out. It’s even more impressive when you consider that it only costs about $30 to fully charge (and less if you use one of Nissan’s home charging systems). If there isn’t any juice at your house, public chargers are popping up everywhere and they’ll cost you between 20-30 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh). With that in mind, we’re not really sure why anyone would buy an electric car with less than 150 miles of range these days; everything else is just overkill.
Chevrolet Bolt (Best Family Electric Cars)
If you have a family of four or more, an electric car might not be your best option. Most pure EVs are limited to just five seats (the Tesla Model S can fit seven people), and even if a vehicle has six seats, it may still feel cramped because electric cars don’t have any engine components under their hoods. However, there is one notable exception: The Chevrolet Bolt can seat five passengers in its hatchback body style and comes with a roomy interior for cargo. It also costs less than $40,000 after tax incentives. And even though it’s an all-electric car, its 238-mile range means you probably won’t need to recharge it very often, saving you time as well as money.
Tesla Model 3
You might assume that a luxury vehicle would be on top of any list of best family electric cars, but Elon Musk’s Tesla Model 3 breaks that tradition. Though it’s not quite ready for mass consumption yet, when it is released later in 2017 or early 2018, everyone will want one. Not only will you get an awesome car for your buck, but Tesla has plans to release autonomous updates—you read that right: self-driving cars—in Q4 2017 and Q2 2018. And with a $35,000 base price (before federal tax credits), you can’t go wrong! For families on a budget looking to stay future-friendly as well as fuel efficient, look no further than your computer screen.
Hyundai Ioniq EV
The Hyundai Ioniq is getting a refresh for 2020, but it’s still one of our favorite family electric cars. The Ioniq comes in three versions: a hybrid, an all-electric and a plug-in hybrid. Whichever you choose, you’ll get an efficient car with good performance and styling that won’t break your budget. Although it doesn’t have as much passenger room as some other options, if you’re primarily driving solo or only traveling with one other person, the Ioniq can be considered one of your best family electric cars due to its excellent safety ratings (including Top Safety Pick+), great fuel economy numbers and quiet ride.
The Golf is one of VW’s best-selling models and has been in production since 1974. The e-Golf has a top speed of 95mph and can go from 0-62mph in 10.4 seconds, making it one of Volkswagen’s fastest cars. It also produces some impressive acceleration; getting to 20mph takes just 4.2 seconds. Its range is 125 miles and charging takes 3 hours using a conventional power supply or 30 minutes using a fast charger (known as an ‘express charger’). Recharging is all but silent thanks to its electric motor, meaning you won’t have to listen to any noise while driving in your neighborhood!
Kia Soul EV
The Kia Soul EV is an all-electric compact car that was first released in 2012. It has a range of 93 miles, which is on par with many of its competitors. This electric vehicle was designed to be stylish and fun to drive, and it certainly accomplishes both of those things. The affordable price tag is another huge plus for many consumers. This EV might be just what you’re looking for if you have a small family or want something that’s not too big but can still get you around town. The Kia Soul EV also comes with lots of high-tech features like wireless charging and smart navigation capabilities that make it ideal for busy families.
BMW i3 Best Family Electric Cars
The BMW i3 is an electric car that gives you plenty of room, great performance and nearly endless driving range—and it’s only slightly more expensive than a good used gasoline car. As one of our top picks, it’s an easy pick for one of our best family electric cars. If you’re looking for something to move your family around but don’t want to spend a lot of money on gas, consider buying a used BMW i3 and getting some of your money back as you drive it off into retirement. The i3 doesn’t have quite as much room as other cars in its class, but if your household has fewer people or smaller children, you’ll find plenty of space.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV offers all-wheel drive, ample cargo space and seating for seven people. The SUV has a total of four full-charge range options: 22 miles, 27 miles, 33 miles or 39 miles. The base price is $34,800 and a fully loaded model with all-wheel drive, every available feature and an enhanced battery will cost around $48,000. However, shoppers who purchase or lease through June 30 can receive up to $5,000 in federal tax credits along with an additional $1,500 discount from Mitsubishi. If you want even more savings on your new car purchase or lease—and happen to live in California—you could be eligible for up to another $2,500 from participating utility companies!