Compare Electric Cars and Plug-in Hybrids By Features, Price, Range

Check out the growing list of cars powered by electricity! A few years ago, you could count the number of available plug-in cars on one hand, with a couple fingers left over. Today, there are about 40 models offered from more than a dozen different brands—in a range of sizes, styles, price points, and powertrains to suit a wide range of consumers. (Okay, other models have been discontinued, failing to emerge from concepts.) But EVs are here to stay. The cars on this list all offer the sweet speedy-but-silent driving experience only available from battery-to-motor power. Which one of the following plug-in models has your name on it?

Audi A3 e-Tron

Plug-in Hybrid Luxury

16 miles (electric + gasoline)
$39,500

The A3 e-Tron sportback has a compelling mix of attributes—elegant lines, high-quality materials, and practicality. Combine that with a capable 1.4-liter turbocharged gas engine and an electric powertrain providing about 16 miles of electric driving. The result is a small and snazzy plug-in hybrid.

BMW 330e

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

14 miles (electric + gasoline)
$44,100

If you like the styling and road manners of a BMW 3-Series, but want to push the envelope on efficiency, then the 330e is the answer. Commutes of less than 14 miles can happen purely on electricity, with an official 72 MPGe rating. Punch the accelerator for combined power from a 2-liter turbocharged engine and 87-hp electric motor. That results in nearly as much torque as the six-cylinder 340i at a lower purchase price after federal incentives.

BMW 530e

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

16 miles (electric + gasoline)
$52,400

The 2018 BMW 530e plug-in hybrid is nearly identical to the internal-combustion versions of the 5-Series. It uses BMW’s eDrive system combining a turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-liter inline-four with an electric motor and a 9.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The 530e only costs about $200 more than the 530i, making it a compelling step up, considering the increased torque and improved fuel economy advantages of the plug-in hybrid model.

BMW 740e xDrive Plug-In Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

14 miles (electric + gasoline)
$91,000

BMW’s lavish and roomy flagship sedan is now available as a more efficient plug-in hybrid version. The luxurious plug-in hybrid combines a 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine with an electric motor for a total system producing 322 horsepower. You won’t be lacking for power in this capable luxury vehicle. It’s quiet and smooth.

BMW i8

Plug-in Hybrid Coupe

15 miles (electric + gasoline)
$143,000

The i8 is BMW's expensive sleek futuristic plug-in hybrid supercar. The car is powered by a one-two punch by a powerful 96-kilowatt (129-horsepower) electric motor driving the front wheels—and an efficient 230-horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine motivating the rear wheels. The car has a delightful split personality: switching on command between virtuous EV silence, and a delightful Porsche-like engine note when driven as a sports machine.

BMW X5 xdrive40e

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

14 miles (electric + gasoline)
$64,000

The X5 is everything you’d expect from a BMW. High-quality materials abound inside the vehicle’s refined cabin. A turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and 111-horsepower electric motor provide a solid 308 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. With the ability to plug in, X5 xDrive 40e grants 13 miles in electric-only mode, and 24 mpg strictly from the gas engine.

Cadillac CT6 Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Luxury

31 miles (electric + gasoline)
$75,000

The 2018 Cadillac CT6 is like a big, muscular, luxurious Volt. The plug-in variant of the CT6—Cadillac’s attractive flagship sedan—is built at General Motor’s $1.2 billion factory in Shanghai, China. GM is working to fulfill the Chinese government’s desire for vehicles that reduce emissions. Only a few hundred CT6 Plug-in Hybrids will be sold in the US every year, putting its owners in an exclusive club of drivers of the American luxury model providing about 31 miles of all-electric range.

Chevy Volt

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

53 miles (electric + gasoline)
$33,200

The Chevy Volt is the world’s most popular plug-in hybrid. While the first-generation model was designed to attract early adopters, the current edition has mass appeal. It has more all-electric range. It's faster, and the design is more pleasant.

Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Wagon/Van

33 miles (electric + gasoline)
$40,000

The Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid is Chrysler’s first plug-in car—and the industry’s first plug-in hybrid minivan. The editors of Good Housekeeping, in partnership with Car and Driver, named the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid a 2018 Best New Car award winner in the Hybrid category.

Ford C-Max Energi

Plug-in Hybrid Wagon/Van

20 miles (electric + gasoline)
$27,100

The Ford C-Max Energi is a compelling alternative to the other leading plug-in hybrids—the Chevy Volt and Plug-in Prius. It offers 20 miles of all-electric driving, 570 miles of total range, and an attractive price. That said, production of the C-Max Energi ended in September after Ford decided to discontinue the model. Supplies of new models will be increasingly limited throughout 2018.

Ford Fusion Energi

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

21 miles (electric + gasoline)
$33,900

The Ford Fusion Energi offers a robust plug-in electric system in an ultra-popular roomy full-size sedan platform. The model offers the equivalent of about 97 miles per gallon, without compromising style or passenger space. After its battery is depleted, the Fusion Energi still delivers 42 miles per gallon.

Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

48 miles (electric + gasoline)
$34,300

The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is a spacious, well-equipped five-passenger sedan. The Clarity is offered with three powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid that provides 42 miles of all-electric range before the gasoline engine is used.

Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

29 miles (electric + gasoline)
$25,000

The Hyundai Ioniq is a sporty hatchback. It was designed to fit in with Hyundai’s mainstream line-up of vehicles—including the pleasant Elantra and Sonata models. Reviewers give high marks to the Hyundai Ioniq as a very efficient car that’s also fun to drive. Its 8.9 kilowatt-hour battery pack provides enough stored energy for about 29 miles of all-electric driving.

Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

27 miles (electric + gasoline)
$35,400

Hyundai takes on the plug-in competition with a powerful motor, six-speed automatic transmission, and a battery pack providing about 27 miles of all-electric range. It's packaged in the attractive and comfortable Sonata mid-size sedan.

Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

26 miles (electric + gasoline)
$27,900

The affordable Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid is a practical, crossover-like hatchback with outstanding fuel economy and ample passenger room. It sports a handsome look and comfortable ride while granting 26 miles of all-electric range before the gas engine is employed.

Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

29 miles (electric + gasoline)
$35,200

The conventional and no-plug hybrid versions of the Optima are praised for the model’s attractive design and compliant ride. However, the Optima is in the middle of a crowded pack of midsize sedans—a category led by models such as the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, and Mazda6. Also, the Optima Plug-in Hybrid is more expensive than the Kia Niro crossover and Hyundai Ioniq hatchbacks, which are newer plug-in models offering similar levels of all-electric range.

Mercedes C350 Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

9 miles (electric + gasoline)
$46,400

The second plug-in hybrid from Mercedes is brought to the small luxury C-Class. It’s both sporty, with a total output of 275 horsepower, and capable of about 20 miles of ultra-efficient electric driving. The C350 is stylish, well appointed, and loaded with advanced safety features. The ability to plug in will push the C-Class car to new levels of efficiency.

Mercedes S550 Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

14 miles (electric + gasoline)
$97,000

It's hard to find flaws in a Mercedes S-Class. In the past, power and comfort came at some price in terms of fuel efficiency. With the S550 Plug-in Hybrid, you get all the benefits of the Mercedes flagship sedan, but now with 20 miles of all-electric range and (depending on how you drive and charge) as much as 40 miles per gallon.

Mercedes-Benz GLE550e

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

10 miles (electric + gasoline)
$67,000

The Mercedes-Benz GLE550e 4Matic brings the plug-in hybrid system of the S550 large sedan—which has been available in the United States since 2015—to the brand’s largest crossover SUV model: the GLE. With an all-electric range of about 12 miles, the GLE isn’t going to revolutionize the market. Yet, it provides another option for shoppers looking for a large luxury plug-in hybrid crossover.

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

12 miles (electric + gasoline)
$37,700

MINI started selling the new MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 in June 2017. The stylish S E Countryman provides a spirited ride—while relying purely on electricity for about 12 miles and at speeds up to 78 miles per hour. The all-wheel-drive car is not only zero-emissions for local driving, but it’s fun to pilot. Its 224-horsepower powertrain delivers zero-to-60 mph acceleration in less than seven seconds.

Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

22 miles (electric + gasoline)
$34,600

In December 2017, Mitsubishi started delivering the market’s first non-luxury crossover-SUV plug-in hybrid. It provides 22 miles of all-electric range and comes standard with all-wheel-drive. Although affordable compared to its luxury competitors, there are some compromises in terms of interior quality.

Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

14 miles (electric + gasoline)
$78,000

The Cayenne S E-Hybrid is the first luxury plug-in SUV to hit the market. It combines the stylish lines and sporty performance of a Porsche in the form of its popular crossover. Now add a 10.8 kilowatt-hour battery, which means about 14 miles of all-electric driving, and total average EPA efficiency of 47 MPGe.

Toyota Prius Prime (Plug-in Hybrid)

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

25 miles (electric + gasoline)
$27,300

The 2018 Toyota Prius Prime provides an EV-only range of 25 miles thanks to its 8.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. After those miles, the Prius Prime delivers 54 mpg when running on gas compared to the Volt's 42 miles per gallon. That's impressive and so is the versatility of the Prius's well-known hatchback design. However, the Prius Prime is strictly a four-passenger vehicle.

Volvo XC90 T8

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

19 miles (electric + gasoline)
$69,000

The Volvo XC90 T8 is a luxury high-performance plug-in hybrid SUV. It offers comfort, safety, and a level of efficiency previously thought impossible in an all-wheel-drive people-mover. It's expected to offer about 14 miles of all-electric range, and the equivalent total fuel economy of 59 miles per gallon.

Volvo XC60 T8

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

18 miles (electric + gasoline)
$52,900

The 2018 XC60 plug-in hybrid, due in showrooms in early fall 2017, is a smaller alternative to the XC90 full-size plug-in SUV. The crossover XC60 is a compact, stylish and powerful sport utility. While somewhat pricey and likely low volume, the XC60 T8 is another sign that Volvo is serious about phasing out internal combustion over the coming years.

Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

20 miles (electric + gasoline)
TBD

Subaru will introduce a plug-in version of the capable, all-wheel-drive Crosstrek Hybrid in late 2018. Few details are known at this time, except for the Crosstrek’s reliance on Toyota technology—the same system used in the Prius Prime. It’s guesswork, but we believe the Crosstrek will offer an all-electric range of about 20 miles and a price below $30,000.