The Best (and Worst) Electric Cars in 2023

The Best (and Worst) Electric Cars in 2023

One third of American drivers are seriously considering going electric as generous tax credits, fuel savings and reduced emissions lure the masses towards EVs. My own household made the switch in early 2022, and we’re never going back to ICE. However, going electric is not as simple as perusing dealer lots. As with any emerging technology, there’s a very wide range of prices, capabilities and reliability ratings in today’s electric car market. And then there’s the challenge of availability. In hopes of adding clarity to the current EV market, the team at CarEdge has created this resource to share what we think are the BEST electric cars, trucks and SUVs in 2023. We’ve also shared what we think are the worst.

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The Best Electric Cars in 2023

These models are stand-outs for their value. Range, charging speed and available features are given priority over performance in our analysis.

2023 Tesla Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive

Model 3 RWD price

Price: $46,990

Range: 272 miles

Fast charging (adding 200 miles in 20-30 minutes)

Why it’s great: The Tesla Supercharger network makes cross country travel hassle-free. Tesla charges are very reliable, and with 1,500 locations in all 50 states, finding one is rarely an issue.

Plus, the price you see on Tesla’s online configurator is the price you pay (before taxes and required fees, of course). While legacy automakers continue to struggle with out-of-control dealer markups, Tesla and other direct-to-consumer EV makers have the upperhand on pricing.

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2023 Tesla Model Y Long Range

2023 Model Y price and range, the best electric cars in 2023

Price: $65,990+

Range: 330 miles

Fast charging (adding 200 miles in 20-30 minutes)

Why it’s great: The Model Y is the larger, more family-oriented version of the Model 3. Last year, the Model Y overtook the 3 as the best-selling EV in America. Although it is the most expensive model on this list, if you can afford it, the ease of public charging, great range, spacious interior and exhilarating performance all make this the sweet spot for many buyers. Plus, there are no dealer markups.

But wait, there’s more. Both the Model Y and Model 3 are available for delivery soon after placing an order. Tesla wait times are between one and three months as of late 2022. That’s about as good as it gets in today’s EV market. 

Should you ever decide to sell, both of these Teslas have amazing resale value.

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Check out this resource: The Best Electric Vehicles Under $50,000

2023 Hyundai IONIQ 5 SEL (Rear-Wheel Drive)

2023 IONIQ 5 SEL

Price: $46,250 (dealer markups are common but negotiable)

Range: 303 miles

Fast charging: Add 200 miles of range in 20 minutes

Why it’s great: The 2023 IONIQ 5, Kia EV6, and Genesis GV60 are the first models powered by Hyundai Motor Group’s Electric Global Modular Platform. This is next-gen 800-Volt architecture at (relatively) affordable prices, and that’s awesome. 

Plus, the IONIQ 5 is spacious, and looks really cool. Sadly, Hyundai has had a very difficult time scaling up production due to supply chain constraints, so expect to either wait for at least six months, or battle outrageous dealer markups to get your hands on a rare allocation.

I love my IONIQ 5. Here’s a review of my ownership experience so far. 

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2023 Kia EV6 Wind (Rear-Wheel Drive)

Kia EV6. the best electric cars 2023
2022 EV6

Price: $49,795 (dealer markups are common but negotiable)

Range: 310 miles

Fast charging: Add 200 miles of range in 20 minutes

Why it’s great: Kia’s version of the IONIQ 5 looks completely different, with very similar specs. That’s because both models share the e-GMP platform with great range and even better charging. 

The 2023 EV6 has slightly more availability than the IONIQ 5 right now. For the 2023 model year, Kia decided to drop the “Light” base model, kicking the entry-level price all the way up to nearly $50,000. 

As always, I recommend everyone take a test drive before dismissing EVs. They’re quiet, efficient and fun. The EV6 would be a great one to take for a spin.

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Here’s every electric truck’s pricing and range.

2023 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro (Rear-Wheel Drive)

American-made 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro
American-made Volkswagen ID.4 Pro

Price: $42,495

Range: 275 miles

Fast charging: Add 190 miles of range in 28 minutes

Why it’s great: The VW ID.4 is now made in America at Volswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee factory. That means it will qualify for the revised EV tax credit (up to $7,500), as long as your VIN confirms that it is an American-made ID.4. I was impressed during my test drive of the ID.4. It rides like a luxury crossover, and has plenty of acceleration when you need it. However, it’s definitely the least sporty of this bunch, but it’s also the least expensive.

Now made in America, there is also a new cheaper option starting at $37,495. However, with public charging infrastructure slow to build out, the expected 208 miles of range is not enough for us to confidently recommend it to anyone but those who expect to stick around urban areas 95% of the time. The ID.4 Pro, on the other hand, is exceptional value with the EV tax credit. 

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The Worst Electric Cars in 2023

2023 GMC Hummer EV

2023 GMC Hummer EV charging cost

Price: $90,000-120,000 (before markups of up to $100,000)

Range: 329 miles

Why it’s horrible: Where do we start? The Hummer EV costs $100 to charge (because it has a MASSIVE 212 kilowatt-hour battery pack), weighs 9000 pounds (that’s 2x the weight of the typical F-150), and is horrible for the environment. If you’re looking to go green with your EV purchase, this isn’t it. It’s also very expensive, but that’s less surprising these days. 

At auction, we’ve seen many Hummer EVs selling for over $200,000. No thanks.

2023 Mazda MX30

2023 mazda mx30 review

Price: $34,000

Range: 100 miles

Why it’s horrible: If you’re considering the Mazda MX-30, send me an email at justin@CarEdge.com. I’d like to talk you out of it. I have nothing against Mazda as a brand (they make some awesome cars), but I am very against anyone buying an electric car with just 100 miles of range in 2022. Sure, maybe it’s just for around town. Have you thought about resale value? With barely 100 miles on a charge and slow charge times of around one hour, I’m afraid Mazda’s first EV won’t be worth its scrap metal value in a decade.

Other options to consider at this price point? The Nissan LEAF, base Volkswagen ID.4, Chevrolet Bolt, and soon-to-come Chevrolet Equinox EV are all far more capable for under $40,000.

2023 MINI Hardtop

2023 MINI Hardtop electric review

Price: $34,000

Range: 110 miles

Why it’s horrible: I sure hope CarEdge’s own Ray Shefska forgives me for bashing the electric MINI, but with 110 miles of range and slow charging, I don’t see a single reason why anyone should consider this EV. It’s one of the last ‘compliance cars’ in the EV market. 

2024 Cadillac Celesiq

Cadillac Celestiq review

Price: $300,000+ (yes, count those zeroes)

Range: 300+ miles

Why it’s horrible: Would you pay Rolls Royce money for a Cadillacl? GM seems to think you would. I’m all for going all-out on EV design and innovation, but when Cadillacs cost more than houses, I can’t help but shutter. But hey, it will be hand-built. 

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5 Electric Cars Worth Waiting For: 2023 New Models

5 Electric Cars Worth Waiting For: 2023 New Models

2022 has been heralded as a turning point for electric vehicles. While newcomers like the Rivian R1T, Ford F-150 Lightning and Hyundai IONIQ 5 are indeed selling in big numbers, it’s next year that many are looking forward to. Will 2023 bring more affordable EVs with more range and faster charging? These are the five EVs that bring this and more to a charging station near you in 2023.

2024 Honda Prologue – Is It Even a Honda?

2023 electric cars
The Prologue EV is one of the electric cars we’re looking forward to in 2023.

One year from now, Honda’s first electric vehicle to take to North American roads will be beginning production ramp-up. The Honda Prologue electric crossover is expected to be a 2024 model with a mid-2023 arrival. However, we’re looking forward to the Prologue for reasons you might not expect. 

Honda waited too long to get into the EV game. While many argue that Honda’s decision to focus on hybrid powertrains was a good move for their sales and bottom line, the delay ultimately resulted in Honda looking for strategic partners as an avenue for electrification. In the case of the 2024 Honda Prologue, Honda is working closely with General Motors to bring the same Ultium powertrain in the Chevrolet Silverado EV into Honda’s first American-made EV. But this won’t be a Chevy Bolt 2.0. The Prologue will benefit from a new, much better generation of EV engineering.

The Honda Prologue EV will be built by GM.

What makes GM’s Ultium electric powertrain so special?

The partnership between Honda and GM doesn’t end there. Not only is the Honda Prologue going to be powered entirely by GM’s Ultium electric platform, GM is going to build the Prologue EV from start to finish. This begs the question, is the Prologue even a Honda at all? It’s starting to sound a lot like Chevrolet’s Equinox EV with the Honda nameplate. As you’ll read below, that’s not a bad thing at all. 

Why then are we looking forward to the Honda EV that’s really a Chevy with a Honda badge? It’s all about the hope and promise of the Ultium platform. Here’s why this is worth getting excited about:

  • Ultra-fast charging up to 350 kilowatts, meaning charge times under 30 minutes.
  • More range, with over 300 miles on a charge expected for the Honda Prologue.
  • Mastery of efficiency: General Motors touts engineering feats that have brought the Ultium powertrain’s efficiency to the next level. This includes a new kind of heat pump.

Want to know more about the Honda Prologue electric crossover SUV? Here’s our full breakdown of the Prologue.

2023 Fisker Ocean

2023 Fisker Ocean
In 2023, affordable electric cars are hard to come by. The Fisker Ocean just might change that.

Ironically, Fisker’s first shot at vehicle production ended when the first batch of Fisker Karma electric sports cars succumbed to the saltwater floods of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. But that didn’t stop Fisker from naming their next vehicle the Fisker Ocean. 

The Ocean is an electric crossover that targets three consumer demands that EV automakers have so far struggled to unite under the umbrella of one electric model: over 300 miles of range, versatile capabilities, and affordable pricing. It’s almost as if the Fisker Ocean is on track to be an electric Subaru Forester with goals like that. 

Plus, if you’re the type of driver that shies away from commitment, Fisker has a sweet deal for you. The innovative Fisker Flexee Lease option lets you lease the Ocean for $379/month with no term commitment. You can hand back the car at any time. It’s essentially a long-term rental with no strings attached.

The Fisker Flexee Lease requires an initial payment of $2,999, and it includes up to 30,000 miles per year. Maintenance is covered. Sounds like a great deal if you ask me!

Here’s what we love about the 2023 Fisker Ocean:

  • Pricing starting at $37,499 before incentives
  • Range from 250 to 250 miles, depending on options
  • Tech-forward design yet ready for adventure

Learn more about the Fisker Ocean electric crossover in our deep dive review. More to come!

2024 Hyundai IONIQ 6

Hyundai IONIQ 6

I love my Hyundai IONIQ 5, quirks, growing pains and all. When I heard that the IONIQ family was growing to include a sedan, I admit I was skeptical. Three out of four car buyers today opt for a crossover, SUV or truck. We’ve all heard it before: sedans are on their way out. Not so, say’s Hyundai. And judging from the reactions to the IONIQ 6’s design debut, the masses still have an appetite for a sleek sedan, as long as it brings something new to the table. 

Pricing and performance are yet to be announced, but the looks alone are noteworthy. Hyundai says the IONIQ 6 will likely go on sale in late 2023. This page will be updated with more IONIQ 6 info as Hyundai shares specs, pricing and more.

2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV

2024 Silverado EV WT

Just one year ago, there wasn’t a single electric pickup truck available for purchase. Tesla’s Cybertruck started the electric pickup conversation with the swing of a sledgehammer in 2019, but other automakers are much closer to bringing electric trucks to market. The outdoorsy Rivian R1T has begun deliveries, and the GMC Hummer EV is crab-walking its way into customers’ hands. But these two premium offerings are at a higher price point than what the majority of drivers can afford. Enter the Ford F-150 Lightning (on sale now) and its chief competition, the all-new Chevrolet Silverado EV.

The electric Silverado is not just a standard truck with the V8 swapped for an electric motor. It’s much more than that, and far more capable.

Is the Silverado EV better than the F-150 Lightning? Here’s how they compare:

Starting PriceFully-LoadedRangeMax Charge SpeedVehicle-to-Load OutputEV Tax Credit
Silverado EV$39,900$105,000"up to 400 miles"350 kW10.2 kW maxNo (cap reached)
F-150 Lightning$39,974$90,874230 to 320 miles150 kW9.6 kW maxYes

Something to keep in mind: F-150 Lightning buyers have already had their hopes dashed by outrageous dealer markups. What was supposed to be a reasonably-priced electric truck is more often selling to the highest bidder. Will the same happen to the Silverado EV late next year? Considering that Ford, not GM, is the automaker publicly working on a way to end EV dealer markups, it appears likely. 

Still, this electric truck is going to be awesome. Here’s our full review of the Silverado EV.

2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV

2023 Equinox EV
2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV. Available Fall 2023.

Two Chevys on this list? Crazy, right?! GM’s $2.3 billion joint venture with battery engineering powerhouse LG Chem is beginning to work it’s way into products, and we’re thrilled for what’s to come. 

Just about all we know of the upcoming Equinox and Blazer EVs is by way of CEO Mary Barra’s online enthusiasm. Here’s what we know so far.

  • The Equinox EV will have a starting price around $30,000. Perhaps inflation and the lack of an EV incentive update has them rethinking their pricing?
  • Both the Equinox and Blazer EV will be powered by the next-gen Ultium platform
  • There will be both fleet and retail versions of the Equinox EV. 
  • The Equinox EV will arrive at Chevy dealers in Fall of 2023, soon to be joined by the Blazer EV.

As you can see, there’s not a lot to say about the 2024 Chevy Equinox EV. Why are we so excited about it then? The mere prospect of an affordable EV is almost too good to be true at this point. The average EV sells for $56,000, a whole $10,000 more than the average combustion-powered vehicle. Should consumers in the market for an affordable EV be confined to the range and charging limits of the Chevy Bolt and Nissan Leaf? In 2022, they are. We hope GM follows through on their promise to bring a truly desireable budget EV to the masses next year.

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2024 Hyundai IONIQ 6 Pricing, Range and Official Reveal

2024 Hyundai IONIQ 6 Pricing, Range and Official Reveal

Hyundai and Kia’s new e-GMP electric platform has seen plenty of success (and a few hiccups), and the Korean giants are just getting started. Everyone from Tesla die-hards to Bloomberg News heap praise on the new IONIQ 5 electric crossover. I love it so much that I even bought one for my family. However, not everyone wants a cavernous crossover. There’s still a sizable market for sedans, especially electric sedans with impressive range and performance figures. Enter the 2024 Hyundai IONIQ 6, the next in line to debut from Hyundai Motor Group’s quickly growing electric lineup. 

How much does the IONIQ 6 cost? What’s the range, charging speed and battery size? We finally have some answers. Here’s what we know. Check back as this page will be updated as Hyundai released more information. 

In the Age of Crossovers, Hyundai’s Electric Sedan Keeps It Cool

ioniq 6 pricing
Official images of the IONIQ 6 EV

What did we all drive before 75% percent of us drove crossovers, SUVs and pickup trucks? You guessed it, sedans. Despite record gas prices, sedans haven’t rocketed to popularity quite as they had in previous gas price spikes. Is there any hope for the future of sedans? If we turn to the world of EVs, clearly there is. Tesla’s Model 3 continues to sell hundreds of thousands of Model 3s annually, outselling the likes of BMW and Mercedes ICE sedans. 

In the realm of electric mobility, range is king. Range will reign supreme until charging stations are widespread and reliable, which is likely years away. Electric sedans offer a major advantage over other EVs, despite a lower profile and lesser interior volume. Electric cars dominate range and efficiency. They’re more aerodynamic, and it shows in the official numbers. 

The exterior of the IONIQ 6
The reveal of the Hyundai IONIQ 6

Tesla’s Model 3 gets well over 350 miles of range, and the new Lucid Air luxury sedan exceeds 500 miles on a charge. Now, Hyundai’s IONIQ 6 electric car is joining the gaggle of electric sedans. Will it be the new range king? Probably not, but it’s likely to offer far more miles on a charge than its crossover relatives.

Hyundai Prophecy Concept Comes to Life

hyundai prophecy ioniq 6
Hyundai’s IONIQ 6 is based on the Prophecy concept.

In 2020, there was a lot going on in the world, so you probably don’t remember Hyundai’s string of electric future unveilings. One of them was the ‘Prophecy’ concept. Another was the Hyundai ‘45’ concept, which was later brought to life as the award-winning IONIQ 5. Many noticed that Hyundai did the unexpected: they made a concept car into reality with minimal design changes. How was this possible? It turns out the interior and exterior designers get to have lots of fun with EVs due to the flexibility of the electric platform. Batteries lie beneath the floor, and electric motors are the size of a duffle bag. Now, we can see that the IONIQ 6 follows the same path to production, and that’s a great thing! 

IONIQ 6 Pricing, Range and Battery Specs

The interior of the IONIQ 6
The interior of the IONIQ 6

Hyundai has been teasing the IONIQ 6’s specs for weeks now. Here’s what we know:

  • Battery capacity: Rumored to be the same 77.4 kWh battery pack in the IONIQ 5 (72.5 kWh usable, with the rest as buffer)
  • Range: Expected range between 280 – 330 miles, depending on trim
  • Power: Rear-wheel drive is expected to have 215 hp (160 kW); dual-motors all-wheel drive should have 308 hp (230 kW)
  • Charging speed: The IONIQ 6 will have the same 800-volt architecture as the IONIQ 5 and Kia EV6, enabling ultra-fast charging over 235 kilowatts at a DC fast charger capable of delivering at least 250 kW
  • Charge time: Similar to the IONIQ 5, the IONIQ 6 is expected to gain 200 miles of range in 18 minutes or less
  • Pricing: Expected to debut at $38,000 to $50,000 depending on trim
  • IONIQ 6 release date: Late 2023/early 2024
  • IONIQ 6 tax credit: Due to Hyundai’s historically low EV sales numbers, the IONIQ 6 will continue to qualify for the federal EV tax credit for at least a few years after launch

Looking for an electric vehicle available sooner that the IONIQ 6’s 2024 arrival? Here’s every EV’s availability and wait times.

Check back for the latest updates. More information will be available from Hyundai soon!

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