As the major U.S. automakers make moves to pivot toward producing more energy-efficient vehicles, you may have thought about making the switch from gas-powered to an electric or hybrid car yourself. But which one would you choose?
U.S. News & World Report recently released its list of the best electric and hybrid vehicles, crowning winners in eight categories.
In deciding which vehicles were the best, U.S. News evaluated 82 cars based on metrics such as price, charging rate, fuel economy, range data and the cars’ overall score from the U.S. News Best Car Rankings.
And the Awards for Best Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Go To …
The Kia EV6 wins the Best Electric Vehicle award, and the Hyundai Tucson Hybrid takes the Best Plug-In Hybrid award.
Toyota earned the most awards of any brand as its Prius and RAV4 took the top prizes for Best Hybrid Car and Best Hybrid SUV respectively.
“There’s been a significant increase in the demand for electric vehicles, and they have more appeal than ever as gas prices rise and consumers look for cars with a low carbon footprint,” Jim Sharifi, managing editor of U.S. News Best Cars, says in a news release
These Electric and Hybrid Cars Are Tops
|Best Luxury Electric Car||2022 Lucid Air|
|Best Luxury Electric SUV||2022 Tesla Model Y|
|Best Electric Vehicle||2022 Kia EV6|
|Best Luxury Plug-In Hybrid||2022 Volvo S60 (T8 PHEV)|
|Best Plug-In Hybrid||2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid (PHEV)|
|Best Hybrid Car||2022 Toyota Prius|
|Best Hybrid SUV||2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid|
|Best Luxury Hybrid||2022 Lexus ES Hybrid|
Should You Buy an Electric Vehicle?
Money expert Clark Howard says, “The electric vehicle market and what you buy depends so much on how many miles you’re driving per day.”
“If you’re driving a relatively small number of miles a day, then you can go way back in model years … but if you drive a more moderate number of miles per day, you want to look at … maybe a 2015 to 2017 used vehicle purchase.”
New and used vehicles are costly right now, but Clark says there’s a chance that prices could normalize later this year.