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?

BMW 330e

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

28 miles (electric + gasoline)

If you like the style and road manners of a BMW 3-Series, but want to push the envelope on efficiency, then the 330e could be the answer. The 2020 version of the 330e bumps its all-electric range to around 25 to 30 miles. At the same, a new XtraBoost feature provides bursts of power at nearly 300 horsepower.

BMW 530e

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

21 miles (electric + gasoline)

The 2020 BMW 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid is nearly identical to the internal-combustion version 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 12-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Remarkably, the 2020 530e has an identical sticker price to the 530i. After a $5,836 federal tax credit and local rebates, the 69-MPGe plug-in variant becomes the smart economic choice.

BMW 745e xDrive

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

16 miles (electric + gasoline)

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

18 miles (electric + gasoline)

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.

Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Wagon/Van

32 miles (electric + gasoline)

The Chrysler Pacifica is the only plug-in minivan available today. Fortunately, it’s a class-leader with all the desired comfort and convenience of a great family hauler. The Pacifica matches or beats the style, spaciousness, and handling of its gas-powered minivan rivals. And the Pacifica offers the ability to travel about 32 miles purely on electricity and without emissions.

Ford Fusion Energi

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

26 miles (electric + gasoline)

The Ford Fusion Energi offers a plug-in hybrid system providing 26 miles of all-electric driving. The combination of gas and electricity yields an overall EPA rating of 103 miles per gallon equivalent. The Fusion is a competent, attractive, midsize sedan. Unfortunately, the plug-in version has significantly less trunk space due to the extra batteries. The 2020 model will likely be the last year for the Fusion, as Ford shifts its focus to SUVs, many of which will be pure EVs or plug-in hybrids.

Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

48 miles (electric + gasoline)

Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is a spacious plug-in hybrid that provides 48 miles of all-electric range before the gasoline engine is used. Then it becomes an efficient hybrid sedan offering 42 miles per gallon. Pure EV and fuel-cell versions of the Clarity are also available—but only in California and Oregon. With the demise of the Chevy Volt, the Clarity becomes the king of EV range among plug-in hybrids.

Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

29 miles (electric + gasoline)

The Hyundai Ioniq is the least expensive plug-in hybrid you can buy. The starting price is $26,300 before a $4,543 federal tax credit and local incentives. That’s an excellent price for a fun-to-drive hatchback that can travel its first 29 miles without using any gasoline. Commuters looking for an affordable, comfortable, and emissions-free daily ride should take a serious look at the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid.

Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

28 miles (electric + gasoline)

Hyundai adds a plug-in hybrid system to its spacious, midsize Sonata sedan to grant 28 miles of all-electric range. The powerful motor and six-speed automatic transmission make for a capable but efficient drive. The 2020 Sonata gets a redesign to convey a sense of sportiness and to add tech, like a smartphone-based key system. The Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is a compelling package, although it doesn’t offer nearly the EV range of the 48-mile Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, its closest competitor.

Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

26 miles (electric + gasoline)

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 29 miles of all-electric range before the gas engine is employed.

Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

28 miles (electric + gasoline)

The conventional and no-plug hybrid versions of the Optima are praised for the model’s attractive design and a 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, as well as the Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, which all offer similar levels of all-electric range for less money.

Mercedes-Benz GLC350e

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

15 miles (electric + gasoline)

The Mercedes-Benz GLC350e is the best-selling plug-in hybrid luxury crossover. In early 2020, the GLC350e gets even better with a significant upgrade with a battery that’s 50 percent bigger. The all-electric range should jump to about 15 miles, if not higher. You still get the same excellent ride quality, comfort, and high-end interior ambiance.

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

18 miles (electric + gasoline)

The stylish MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 provides a spirited ride while relying purely on electricity for about 18 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. If you’re looking for more electric range, the MINI lineup will be joined by a 150-mile all-electric Cooper SE in early 2020.

Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

22 miles (electric + gasoline)

The Mitsubishi Outlander is the best-selling plug-in hybrid in Europe. In the United States, it’s not nearly as popular, despite serving as the only all-wheel-drive, plug-in hybrid SUV not in the luxury market. It’s priced at around $30,000 after federal incentives. The Outlander’s all-electric range, at 22 miles, is enough for a lot of commuters—although the build quality of the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is below the level of most plug-in cars.

Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

13 miles (electric + gasoline)

The Porsche Cayenne is now available with two different plug-in hybrid options. The $82,000 E-Hybrid packs a wallop with 455 horsepower and 516 pounds-feet of torque. That comes courtesy of a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 gas engine and a 134-hp electric motor. Its 14.1-kilowatt-hour pack is good for about 13 miles of all-electric range. Well-heeled Porsche fanatics can opt for the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, an over-the-top $163,000 model using a 4.0-liter twin-turbo 541 horsepower V-8 engine to deliver 670 horsepower.

Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

14 miles (electric + gasoline)

If you’re looking for an all-electric halo car from Porsche, then consider the $152,000 Porsche Taycan. But if you’re an auto enthusiast who wants a more practical, spacious (and slightly more affordable) plug-in Porsche, then the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid could be the ticket. The plug-in hybrid Porsche sedan combines size, comfort, luxury appointments, and performance—with enough plug-in battery capacity for about 20 miles of all-electric driving before resorting to internal combustion.

Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

17 miles (electric + gasoline)

Don’t be fooled by its name. The 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid might sound like a conventional no-plug hybrid, but it’s only available as a plug-in with an estimated all-electric range of 17 miles. The Crosstrek utilizes Toyota’s plug-in hybrid system found in the Prius Prime. Choosing the Crosstrek over the Prius Prime adds several thousand dollars to the price and reduces the EV range. But compared to the conventional Crosstrek, the capable, all-wheel-drive plug-in elevates the fuel efficiency for local commutes to 90 MPGe.

Toyota Prius Prime (Plug-in Hybrid)

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

25 miles (electric + gasoline)

The 2020 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—beating all other plug-in hybrids for efficiency when running on gasoline. The 2020 version of the Prius Prime expands its back row seating to become a five-passenger vehicle while maintaining the generous cargo capacity of its hatchback design.

Volvo S90 T8

Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

21 miles (electric + gasoline)

Volvo’s 400-horsepower flagship sedan is available as a plug-in hybrid with an all-electric range of 21 miles. The S90 T8 uses the same, excellent hybrid system found in Volvo’s plug-in SUVs. The S90 T8 provides a few more miles of EV range than the BMW 550e—the top-selling, luxury plug-in hybrid. In its current form, the S90 has more legroom than competing luxury models, such as the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. And with Volvo, you can expect the industry’s highest standards for safety.

Volvo XC90 T8

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

18 miles (electric + gasoline)

The Volvo XC90 T8 is a luxury, high-performance, seven-seat plug-in hybrid SUV. It offers comfort, safety, and a level of efficiency previously thought impossible in an all-wheel-drive people-mover. It offers18 miles of all-electric range, and an equivalent fuel economy of 55 miles per gallon during those electric miles.

Volvo XC60 T8

Plug-in Hybrid SUV

18 miles (electric + gasoline)

The XC60 plug-in hybrid, which arrived in showrooms in mid-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 at $53,000, the XC60 T8 is another sign that Volvo is serious about phasing out internal combustion over the coming years.