Electric vehicles (EVs) are entering the mainstream. So, if you’re shopping for an SUV or crossover, it’s worth checking out the available gasless options at a showroom near you. Here’s our look at the best EV SUV models on the market.
To keep things simple, we’ve limited the list to eight choices. However, there are numerous options out there.
Best EV SUV: What to Look for
If you’re new to the world of EVs, some aspects of car buying are different. Instead of focusing on fuel economy, you’ll want to consider the range and charging time. With at least one brand, Tesla, you’ll visit a gallery, not a traditional dealer. And being this is 2022, you may not even need to visit a dealership; most automakers offer 100% online shopping.
Here are the factors we looked at in compiling our list of the best EV SUVs.
- Base price
- Charging time
- 0-60 mph time
- Cargo capacity
There are other characteristics to consider, like battery size and system voltage. But, ultimately, these boil down to range and charging time, so we’ll skip the technical details. Remember, that range is just an estimate provided by the Environmental Protection Agency. Real-world results are impacted by driving style, weather, equipment, onboard weight, and other factors.
Speaking of charging time, each manufacturer uses a different formulation to maximize battery life and charging stations can have varying output (amperage) levels. So, you may notice advertised charging times aren’t consistent between the brands. For example, some manufacturers may highlight a 10% to 80% charging time, while another cites a 5% to 80% time. The charging times referenced below are for a Level 3/DC fast charger, except as noted.
Keep in mind that some of the EVs come with either two-wheel and/or all-wheel drive. You may see this as a single-motor (two-wheel drive) or dual-motor (all-wheel drive) EV.
Unless mentioned otherwise, all specifications come from the respective automaker. To keep things fair, we’re listing our picks in alphabetical order.
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Our Picks For Best EV SUV
Audi Q4 e-tron
- Base price: $53,300
- Range: 241 miles
- Charging time: 38 minutes, 5% to 80%
- 0-60 mph time: 5.8 seconds
- Cargo capacity (cubic feet): 24.8⁄53.1 (behind: rear seats/front seats)
While Audi offers a complete range of EVs, the Q4 e-tron is the entry-level model. It’s slightly smaller than the popular gas-powered Q5 but has all the luxury touches expected in an Audi. Available in three trims, all versions of the Q4 e-tron have a dual electric motor configuration with all-wheel drive.
Chevrolet Bolt EUV
- Base price: $33,500
- Range: 247 miles
- Charging time: One hour per 37 miles (via 240-volt 48-amp charging), up to 95 miles in 30 minutes via Level 3 charging
- 0-60 mph time: 7.0 seconds
- Cargo capacity (cubic feet): 16.3⁄56.9 (behind: rear seats/front seats)
The original Bolt EV marked Chevy’s first all-electric cute-ute, and the bow-tie brand followed this effort with the larger front-wheel-drive-only Bolt EUV. For $2,000 more than the original Bolt, the Bolt EUV offers noticeably greater interior room. The top-tier version is available with GM’s highly-regarded Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system (an unusual upgrade for a budget EV).
Ford Mustang Mach-E
- Base price: $46,895
- Range: 247 miles (base/RWD), 224 miles (base/AWD)
- Charging time: 45 minutes, 10% to 80%
- 0-60 mph time: 5.8 seconds (base)/3.5 seconds (GT Performance Edition)
- Cargo capacity (cubic feet): 29.7⁄59.7 (behind: rear seats/front seats)
The controversy about borrowing the famed Mustang name for an EV SUV has subsided because the Mustang Mach-E has proved to be a more than capable automobile. Among the numerous variations, Ford was wise to include the performance-oriented GT trim, with electric acceleration rivaling a V8. Buyers can choose from rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive powertrains and an extended range battery.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
- Base price: $39,950
- Range: 202 miles (base/RWD), 256 miles (SE/AWD)
- Charging time: 18 minutes, 10% to 80%
- 0-60 mph time: 5.2 seconds
- Cargo capacity (cubic feet): 27.2⁄59.3 (behind: rear seats/front seats)
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 shares EV technology with its corporate cousin, the Kia EV6. But, the Hyundai makes the list because it’s cheaper by a couple of thousand dollars. Shoppers wanting a fast-charging EV will be impressed by how quickly the Ioniq 5’s battery can get topped off.
Tesla Model Y
- Base price: $65,990
- Range: 318 miles (Long Range)
- Charging time: 15 minutes, up to 200 miles
- 0-60 mph time: 4.8 seconds
- Cargo capacity (cubic feet): 34.3⁄76.0 (behind: rear seats/front seats)
Tesla’s Model Y SUV is the oldest model on this list and still the most popular. It’s also the only one that is configurable for seven passengers. All-wheel drive is standard, and buyers can choose between the Long Range or Performance trims.
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- Base price: $42,000
- Range: 252 miles (base/FWD), 228 miles (base/AWD)
- Charging time: 30 minutes, low battery light to 80%
- 0-60 mph time: 7.7 seconds
- Cargo capacity (cubic feet): 27.7⁄56.9 (behind: rear seats/front seats)
Toyota’s first purpose-built EV, the strangely named bZ4X, shares almost everything with the Subaru Solterra. But, we chose the Toyota as it’s $3,000 less expensive than the Subaru doppelgänger. A Lexus version is coming for Toyota fans who want the luxury experience.
- Base price: $37,495
- Range: 275 miles (base/RWD), 251 miles (base/AWD)
- Charging time: 40 minutes, 0% to 80% (insideevs.com)
- 0-60 mph time: 5.7 seconds (AWD, insideevs.com)
- Cargo capacity (cubic feet): 30.3⁄64.2 (behind: rear seats/front seats)
The Volkswagen ID.4 is a standout for several reasons. It’s the second-cheapest EV SUV on the list, and there’s an impressive amount of interior room for passengers and cargo. Plus, VW just shifted production to its Tennessee factory.
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Volvo XC40 Recharge
- Base price: $53,500
- Range: 223 miles
- Charging time: 37 minutes, 10% to 80%
- 0-60 mph time: 4.7 seconds
- Cargo capacity (cubic feet): 16.0/57.5 (behind: rear seats/front seats)
Unique among these EV SUVs is the Volvo XC40 Recharge; it’s the only vehicle here that started with an internal combustion engine. The all-wheel drive XC40 Recharge retains the original’s sharply styled design but moves quicker without a drop of gas.
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