Best Electric Cars and Hybrids from 2016 & 2017
Updated August 24, 2016
Although gasoline prices have been low lately, it doesn’t mean we should forget about electric cars and hybrids. The oil is bound to dry out, so unless you want to witness a Mad Max-type of scenario, you should think about getting yourself a vehicle with an electric engine.
Apart from being the thing of the future, electric cars and hybrids should be your choice for a number of other reasons. First of all, they are very clean. They contribute no or minimal pollution to the atmosphere. Because of that, you ought to look at buying an electric vehicle as your duty to the mother earth.
On top of this, latest generations of hybrid cars have been sensational when it comes to their performances on the road. With that in mind, we’ve decided to provide you with our choice for the top electric cars and hybrids from this and the upcoming year.
2016 Chevrolet Volt
Suzanne Kane, an author from iseecars.com swears in this car. According to her, the Volt is one of the best midsize hatchbacks. The plug-in hybrid concept has been around for a while, but the 2016 Volt has been completely redesigned. The new features make it easier to operate. There are two modes you can choose from when driving the new Volt. You can use the battery electric power only or run on gasoline.
Apart from the changes in the engine and steering, the 2016 Volt also has improvements in the interior. It’s comfortable for five adults and has a decent cargo space. The thing that people notice immediately about this car is how quiet it is.
Still, the best thing about the new Volt is its mileage. If you run it on the battery alone, you’ll be able to travel the distance of 53 miles. Compared to the competition, it’s simply impressive. Add to that its 43 mpg city/42 mpg highway fuel economy and you’ll see that the Volt is the hybrid king of the mileage.
2016 Tesla Model X
Tesla has been synonymous with electric cars since its first model appeared on the market. The new Model X certainly didn’t lower the company’s reputation. On the contrary, Tesla Model X is thought of as one of the best electric cars of the year. The only problem with the new Tesla is its price.
Those ready to splash out over 80 grand will be impressed by the performances of the Model X. It’s a mixture of the iconic Model S and a midsize crossover SUV. The combination proved to be the right choice. The car is spacious, comfortable and above all, great on the road. Tesla Model X has plenty of room to accommodate six or seven passengers. Its rear door allows easy access to the third row of seats.
When it comes to the engine, every version of the Model X has two engines. One powers the front and the other the rear wheels. The mileage of the 90D model is 257 miles. The electrical powertrain can produce the acceleration from 0-60 mph in just 4.8 seconds. There’s a faster version named P90D, which goes from zero to sixty in 3.8 seconds. If you decide to get the Ludacris pack for the P90D, you’ll be able to lower that time to 3.00 seconds. However, the mileage in this version is 7 miles less.
Tesla Model X 70D version is the cheapest of all, but has a bit worse mileage than the others. Its acceleration is also stuck at 6.0 seconds. However, same as other Tesla X versions, this one too is capable of towing up to 5k pounds.
Kia Optima Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid
The next-Gen Kia Optima looks similar to the 2016 version in its design. The difference is under the hood. The new optima will have a 10% better fuel economy. Speaking of the Optima Plug-In Hybrid, it’s going to be first such car coming from the South Korean manufacturer.
The engine in the 2017 Optima Hybrid is going to be a 154-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, with estimated mileage of 36 mpg city/40 mpg highway. The electric part of the hybrid is a 38-kilowatt motor with 1.62-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery.
Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid uses the same fuel engine. The difference between these two is in the electric engine. The Plug-In Hybrid sports a more powerful engine and a higher capacity battery. Its 50KW motor will go on for about 27 miles until the 9.8-kWh battery runs out.
2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle
Same as the previous two Kia models, this one too debuted at Chicago Auto Show, back in February. The crossover is notable for its 1.6-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine. In combination with a 43-hp electric motor, it can produce a total of 146 horsepower. Its torque is 195 pound-feet.
With such performances, you’re probably wondering about this car’s mileage. According to Kia, the mileage is about 50 mpg. Among other features worth mentioning is the cargo space of 25.5 cubic feet and the six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
2017 Chevrolet Bolt
The new Chevy crossover is the champion when it comes to mileage. Of course, there are some electric cars that can do more than 200 miles. However, none of them costs as low as 2017 Chevrolet Bolt. The car’s estimated price is less than $40k. Cars in that price range can barely produce 107 miles, like it’s the case with Nissan Leaf, for example.
Not only does the new Bolt have a great mileage, it’s also pretty powerful. Its electric engine can produce 200+ hp, with the torque of 266 pound-feet. Bolt is also great when it comes to speed. It can go from 0 to 60 in less than 7 seconds. When it comes to charging, it takes about 9 hours for Bolt’s 60-kWh lithium-ion battery to be fully charged.
2017 Chevy Bolt is equipped with a few futuristic features. One that’s most obvious is rearview camera. On top of that, the Bolt uses a 360-degree camera system. There’s a 10.2-inch touchscreen inside, which you can use for navigation, but also for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay apps. There’s 16.9 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. You can add more cargo space by folding those seats. That way, the total space will mount to 56.6 cubic feet.
2017 Toyota C-HR
Toyota’s subcompact crossover made its debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. As the name suggests, C-HR is a cross between a coupe and a high-rider. The Japanese manufacturer is yet to come out with the specs of this car. Right now the only thing we can say is that their designers did a very good job on this model. When it comes to the engine, the thing we know for sure is that it’s going to be able to produce 120 hp.