2023 Kia EV6
The electric automotive movement is in full swing, boasting an impressive array of options for eco-conscious drivers. In the all-wheel-drive electric SUV sector, the 2023 Kia EV6 stands out with its attention to style and performance. Flaunting a chic outer shell and agile handling, the EV6 promises up to 310 miles of travel on just one charge, as per EPA estimates. The highly anticipated 2023 GT model takes the top spot in the EV6 range, packing a whopping 576 horsepower – making it Kia’s most potent production vehicle to date – and boasts 0-60mph acceleration in a mere 3.4 seconds. On the flip side, last year’s base Light trim has been dropped, which suits us just fine, considering the previous midrange Wind trim caters best to most people. So, if you’re seeking an electric SUV that emphasizes driving pleasure, the Kia EV6 deserves to be on your radar. It offers abundant power, precision steering, and excellent handling, though those craving a smooth ride or ample cargo space might find better alternatives elsewhere.
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5
Entering its sophomore year, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 receives minimal tweaks while retaining its winning formula. This compact electric crossover SUV, which debuted alongside the smaller Kona Electric, will soon be joined by its sedan sibling, the Ioniq 6. The Ioniq 5’s striking, retro-inspired design captures attention, and it doesn’t disappoint when it comes to performance. Boasting a comfortable ride, engaging handling, and an abundance of tech, it offers EPA-estimated ranges surpassing 300 miles on certain trim levels. The 2023 model equips all variants with a standard battery heating system and an optional battery preconditioning function, enabling quicker charging when an EV fast charger is set as a destination. Towing capacities with the larger extended-range battery have increased to 2,300 pounds, and AWD models now have an estimated range of 266 miles, with improved efficiency. While the anticipated N-branded performance edition of the Ioniq 5 won’t arrive until 2024, the current model still holds its own against competitors like the Tesla Model Y and Ford Mustang Mach-E, making it an alluring choice in the electric SUV segment.
2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E
A decade ago, the mere notion of an electric SUV bearing the Mustang badge seemed preposterous. However, the 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E defies expectations, combining a sporty drive with the distinctive design elements of the legendary two-door coupe. Competing in the EV market, the Mach-E strikes an impressive balance between performance and range, easily outshining its rivals. This stylish Ford SUV boasts a maximum range of up to 314 miles and an all-wheel-drive sprint to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds. Offering a comfortable ride, its suspension adeptly tackles rough surfaces and the cabin expertly suppresses road noise. The Mach-E truly embodies the best of both worlds—an electric Mustang SUV with dynamic performance, zero tailpipe emissions, and cutting-edge over-the-air software updates through its expansive central touchscreen. Embrace the future with the unmistakable charm of the Ford Mach-E.
2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV
The 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV stands out as a compact crossover SUV that derives its foundations from the smaller Bolt EV hatchback, offering increased rear legroom owing to its extended wheelbase and an additional 6 inches in length. Although the cargo space remains comparable to the Bolt EV at 16.3 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 56.9 cubic feet when folded down, the EUV offers a slightly reduced EPA-estimated driving range of 247 miles, compared to the Bolt EV’s 259 miles. Our very own range tests showcased the EUV’s capability to cover 265 miles on a single charge. While the range is quite decent, competition like the Kona Electric and Volkswagen ID.4 surpasses it. Essentially, the Bolt EUV can be considered the iPhone Max equivalent of the Bolt, featuring extra space, enhanced comfort, added amenities, and the optional GM Super Cruise hands-free driving assistance feature. Although it sacrifices some agility and comes with a higher price tag, we believe the trade-off is worth it for the benefits the EUV provides.
2023 Hyundai Kona Electric
For 2023, the Hyundai Kona Electric gets an exciting facelift and continues to be a top pick among affordable electric subcompact SUVs. Just like its fossil-fueled twin, the Kona Electric provides an agile ride, with responsive steering and a spirited performance that will keep you smiling. Tapping into its electric powertrain, you’ll be zipping around effortlessly with just a touch of the accelerator. As more sumptuous electric SUVs grace the market, the Kona Electric remains a wallet-friendly choice for eco-conscious drivers. Having undergone its first significant revamp since launching in 2019, the refreshed Kona Electric now sports a sleeker, grille-less facade, updated LED DRLs and headlights, while also having its rear bumper and taillights reimagined. Retaining its enticing package – impressive range, competitive pricing, a well-appointed interior, and comprehensive standard features – the latest updates heighten Kona Electric’s appeal in the ever-expanding world of EVs.
2023 Nissan Ariya
Back in 2011, Nissan set the stage for reasonably priced electric vehicles with its groundbreaking Leaf hatchback. However, times have changed, and so have EVs – they’re now bigger, faster, and offer considerably more range. At last, Nissan has introduced its contender to rival top models like the Tesla Model Y, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Toyota bZ4X, and Volkswagen ID.4: the 2023 Nissan Ariya. This sleek compact crossover SUV boasts seating for up to five passengers, providing a roomy interior filled with cutting-edge tech, like dual 12.3-inch displays and an optional hands-free driving mode on select highways. With an impressive range of around 300 miles on a full charge, the Ariya holds its own in the competitive EV market. While it has the potential to be an outstanding electric vehicle, some of Nissan’s design choices leave room for improvement. It’s definitely worth considering alongside the Ioniq 5, Mach-E, and ID.4, but bear in mind that charging times and display aesthetics could be potential drawbacks that are hard to ignore.
2023 Volkswagen ID.4
Launched in 2021, the Volkswagen ID.4 is a versatile electric SUV comparable in size to the brand’s popular Tiguan but with a purpose-built electric platform granting it a more spacious interior. Featuring many standard amenities and tech functions, the ID.4 stands out as a competitively priced EV option. In 2023, the addition of a more affordable Standard trim makes it even more appealing, though the smaller battery reduces its range to an estimated 208 miles. While competitors and the ID.4 Pro trim offer greater mileage, the Standard variant should still satisfy a large number of buyers. The ID.4 overall is a strong contender in the electric SUV market, boasting practicality, value for money, and impressive real-world performance. Its key weakness lies within its cumbersome control interface.
2023 Kia Niro EV
Introducing the 2023 Kira Niro EV – a fully electric variant of the renowned Niro compact crossover. While boasting a smaller price tag than their larger EV6 model, Kia doesn’t skimp on impressive range or lavish interior features. This second-gen Niro showcases a finely crafted cabin, enhanced technology, and added comforts. With the sleek dual 10.3-inch displays, intuitive menus are at your fingertips. Opulent attributes like heated and ventilated front seats, alongside the premium Harman Kardon sound system, elevate the Niro’s luxury appeal. And when it comes to practicality, this spacious crossover offers an impressive 22.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the second-row seats. Beyond excelling in just one aspect, the Niro EV masters many. It’s cozy, brimming with advanced tech, and boasts a remarkable real-world range. While not the most affordable EV, Kia’s extensive list of standard amenities and top-notch warranty add undeniable value.
2023 Subaru Solterra
Finally, Subaru has charged into the electric vehicle market with the all-new 2023 Solterra SUV. Born from a partnership with Toyota, it shares production roots with its cousin, the Toyota bZ4X EV. Much like its relative, the Solterra offers an attractive mix of strengths and weaknesses. Comparable in size to the Subaru Forester, it boasts extra off-road prowess with its upraised ride height and generous 8.3 inches of ground clearance. A pair of electric motors deliver all-wheel drive, collectively churning out a decent 215 horsepower – notably less than the double output of a dual-motor Tesla Model Y. However, during our time with the Solterra, both on urban streets and rougher terrain, the acceleration proved ample for most. It’s clear Subaru understands its buyers, as initial orders for the Solterra are sold out through 2022. We’ll reserve our final verdict until we’ve had the chance to truly put it through its paces.
2023 Toyota bZ4X
The 2023 Toyota bZ4X marks the automaker’s debut into mass-produced electric vehicles and currently stands as the brand’s sole EV offering. This compact SUV, similar in dimensions to a RAV4, shares its DNA with the all-new Subaru Solterra. However, the bZ4X may not be the game-changer anticipated from Toyota given how long it took to hit the market. With 201 horsepower in the front-wheel-drive variant and 214 hp in the all-wheel-drive version, its performance figures are hardly groundbreaking. Range-wise, the bZ4X delivers an EPA-estimated 222-252 miles, depending on the configuration – satisfactory, but outstripped by competitors. Our real-world testing also found its range to be underwhelming. Despite packing a generous suite of technology features and comfort, the bZ4X is held back by its mediocre range, performance, and interior design, relegating it to a backseat position in the EV race.
2023 Mazda MX-30
Mazda has taken a leisurely approach to entering the EV market, making the 2023 Mazda MX-30 an eagerly anticipated release among the last of the Japanese automakers’ electric conversions. The company claims the MX-30 is the first stage of their “multi-solution electrification strategy,” implying more electrified options are in the pipeline. The MX-30 makes a stylish debut, drawing inspiration from the subcompact CX-30 SUV, featuring sleek proportions and robust fenders. Inside, a sophisticated blend of leather, cloth, and metal accents complements 21 cubic feet of cargo capacity. True to the Mazda lineage, the MX-30 offers sharp, engaging handling. Despite its appealing design, eco-friendly cabin, advanced technology, and dynamic driving experience, the MX-30 is hindered by its limited 114-mile range, resulting in a lower ranking amongst electric SUVs.