Best Electric SUVs For 2023 (2023)

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Popular and practical SUVs and crossovers are where the EV demand sits, providing young drivers and families access to the transition from fossil fuels to electrons with minimal compromise and enough space for everyone and their stuff.

These EVs were selected for driving performance and range, plus we considered charging times and fuel efficiency compared to other electric SUVs. We also looked at the interior room, tech features, comfort and standard safety tools.

Here are the best pure electric SUVs (there are enough hybrid SUVs for their own list) without high, luxury prices; these are priced below the $55,000-mark of luxury SUV-sized electric options. With a new federal tax credit program some of these might no longer qualify for a subsidy, which in the past made them even more affordable. It’s a wide-ranging list that includes models from Mercedes and Audi to Chevy and Kia.

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What is the largest electric SUV?

The Ford Mustang Mach-E is the biggest option without jumping into luxury pricing for the Rivian R1S, a full-size SUV (201 inches long) based on the R1T pickup truck. The electric Ford at 186 inches long with 59.7 cubic-feet of cargo space with the backseat laid flat is bigger than most of the small, subcompact SUVs on this list. The Mercedes’ GLB is the tallest battery-powered SUV amongst budget picks, but it teeters into luxury pricing on some trims. Its 66 inches of height is great for tall people, easy access (and exiting) and ample headroom.

Which electric SUV has the longest range?

Looking at the biggest-battery variants of each model, the Fisker Ocean tops the charts with its so-far-unproven 350-mile range on the Extreme and One versions. Its base Sport offers 250 miles on a single charge, more aligned with most electric SUVs in a more modest price range.

Not far behind it sits the Ford Mustang Mach-E with 312-mile range but only on its decked-out California Route 1 trim. The Tesla Model Y Long Range base gets an impressive 330 miles. A performance upgrade knocks the Y down to just over 300 miles.

What is the cheapest electric SUV?

The Chevy Bolt EUV is the only electric SUV to start under $30,000. A price cut for 2023 models pushed the starting price to a shockingly low $28,795. That’s a $5,700 slash from 2022 pricing. It’s not the biggest SUV, but it’s roomier than the original Bolt EV.

New guidelines for federal tax credits means the EUV might not qualify for subsidies for all buyers, so the price cut is a welcome relief. The next cheapest e-SUV is the Hyundai Kona Electric starting at $34,000.

How long does it take to charge an electric SUV?

Most electric SUVs have a standard battery that has a capacity between 58 kWh (the base Hyundai Ioniq 5) and 77 kWh (Audi Q4 e-tron and Kia EV6). On a Level 2 charger, which can be installed at home, those batteries can take up to 8 hours to charge.

At a fast charging station, sometimes called Level 3 charging, most of these e-SUVs can get to 80% (or more) charged within an hour. The Ioniq 5 with a fast-charging compatible system (it can handle 150 to 350 kW plugs) takes under 20 minutes to go from 10% to 80%.


We sorted our electric SUVs on overall performance, safety and tech features, battery capability, range, style and space for passengers and stuff. To qualify for the list, each car had to be fully electric (no plug-ins or hybrids), measure as an SUV and start under $55,000.

Our overall rating methodology is based on seven categories for 2023 and 2022 for a total of 100 points.

  1. Performance
  2. Fuel Economy
  3. Safety
  4. Infotainment
  5. Comfort & Room
  6. Cargo Space & Storage
  7. Style & Design

Overall: 100 points

  • Performance (15 points) The Performance score is a subjective assessment of a vehicle’s handling, braking, acceleration, ride quality and other qualitative performance measures such as horsepower, torque, zero-to-60 time and top speed. Towing capability for trucks and SUVs also is considered. Performance of the vehicles is compared against the identified competitive set. While driving, reviewers look for attributes relative to the expectations set by the manufacturer and by consumer expectations.
  • Range, Energy Use & Charging (15 points) The Fuel Economy score is based on the combined mpg estimate for the entire model lineup and how that figure measures against the identified competitive set. The mpg estimates are based on EPA data or the manufacturer if no EPA data is available. Scoring for pure electric vehicles will be based on kilowatts consumed per 100 miles and the comparative mile per gallon equivalent, or MPGe.
  • Safety (15 points) The Safety score is based on crash test results from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Vehicles not yet rated by either agency receive zero points. Also included in the safety rating are points awarded for certain advanced driver-assistance safety features offered as standard equipment on the base trim. There are nine safety features Forbes Wheels considers mandatory for the standard offering: forward emergency automatic braking, forward collision warning, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic warning, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning or one its higher-level variants, lane keeping assistance or lane centering. Vehicles must have at least four of these in their standard offering to receive points. Vehicles that offer a Level 2 self-driving system, (a combination of adaptive cruise control and lane centering) are eligible for a bonus point.
  • Infotainment (15 points) The Infotainment score is based on points awarded for certain features offered as standard equipment on the base trim. Forbes Wheels identifies certain features that are growing in popularity and therefore have been adopted by both premium and mainstream automakers. Some of these features include a minimum 7-inch touchscreen (or premium vehicles that use a rotary knob, touchpad or other mechanism to control a non-touchscreen display), wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a customizable, digital driver information display or instrument panel and at least 2 USB ports. Additional points are awarded for popular features that haven’t been widely adopted in mainstream vehicles such as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and wireless charging capabilities.
  • Comfort & Room (15 points) The Comfort & Room score is based on points awarded for the reviewer’s assessment of the vehicle’s comfort, ergonomics and overall interior feel as well as effective use of space. Points also are awarded for the measurement of rear-seat legroom and how it compares with the identified competitive set. Vehicles that offer segment-best legroom in either rear seat or optional third row are eligible for a bonus point.
  • Cargo Space & Storage (15 points) The Cargo Space & Storage score is based on points awarded for the reviewer’s assessment of the vehicle’s large and small cargo spaces (as well as small-item storage) and how well they serve their purpose and effective use of space. Reviewers also consider innovative storage solutions and flexible loading features. Points also are awarded for the cargo space measurements for rear cargo hold or trunk and how it compares with the identified competitive set. Vehicles that offer a segment-best cargo or trunk space are eligible for a bonus point.
  • Styling (10 points) The Styling score is a subjective assessment of a vehicle’s overall styling and design, inside and out. Reviewers also consider the configuration of the interior and how well the design plays into the function. Build quality also is a consideration.
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