Electric cars have become more and more popular these days. As some electric cars enter the used market, they have become real bargains for those who want to join the EV trend. Here is a look at the top electric vehicles from 2017.
Tesla Model S
The Tesla Model S is the most popular and well-known electric car from 2017. This full-size electric sedan is available in seven different trim levels: 60, 60D, 75, 75D, 90D, 100D, and P100D. The combined MPGe on the 2017 Model S ranges from 98 to 104 MPGe.
The 2017 Model S is known for its top performance. In fact, the P100D model has been recorded reaching a record 2.28-second 0 to 60 mile per hour performance time. This is why the Tesla Model S is one of the most popular electric cars available.
Standard features on the base Model S 60 sedan include four-wheel ABS, daytime running lights, child seat anchors, dual front side-mounted air bags, a 200-watt stereo, USB ports, seven total speakers, and more. On higher trim levels, such as the 90D, the Model S offers a power sunroof, cloth seats, and more.
So, who should buy the 2017 Tesla Model S? As one of the most expensive electric cars from 2017, the Model S will be ideal for those who want a luxury vehicle with top performance and tech features. Also, people who want to take advantage of Tesla’s ubiquitous supercharger network will want to take a look at the Model S.
Tesla Model 3
The 2017 Model 3 is the less expensive sedan offered by Tesla. The 2017 year saw the Model 3 available in only one trim level, known as the Long Range model. This model has a combined MPGe rating of 126 miles.
While the 2017 Tesla Model 3 was the smaller and less expensive version of the Model S, it was not a slow electric car. In fact, the 2017 Model 3 had a 0 to 60 mile per hour acceleration time of 4.8 seconds. This puts the Model 3 on par with many performance sedans.
The 2017 Model 3 comes standard with four-wheel ABS, LED headlamps, child seat anchors, a USB connection, AM/FM stereo, climate control, four one-touch power windows, remote entry power door locks, heated mirrors, and more.
Overall, the 2017 Tesla Model 3 is ideal for those who want everything that they love about Tesla without paying the big Model S price tag.
The 2017 Nissan Leaf is one of the most affordable electric cars available. This small five-door hatchback EV is available in three trim levels: the base S, the midsize SV, and the top trim SL.
The 2017 Leaf has a city MPGe rating of 124 miles on all trim levels. The highway MPGe rating is 112 miles on all trim levels as well. The time to fully charge the battery is around six hours on all trim levels.
Standard features on the 2017 Nissan Leaf include four-wheel ABS, dual front side-mounted air bags, stability control, emergency braking, USB connection, AM/FM stereo with six speakers, power windows, power door locks, and more. On the higher trim levels, you get satellite radio, an electrochromatic inside rearview mirror, and leather seating.
The 2017 Nissan Leaf is an affordable choice for those who want an EV with lots of range and many standard features.
Chevy Bolt EV
Those looking for an affordable electric car will want to take a look at the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV. For the 2017 model year, the Bolt EV is available in two trim levels: There is the base four-door LT hatchback, and then there is the top Premier four-door hatchback trim.
The Bolt EV has one electric system on both trim levels that delivers a city MPGe rating of 128 miles and a highway MPGe rating of 110 miles. The battery on both EV models can be fully charged in 9.3 hours.
The 2017 Bolt EV comes standard with four-wheel ABS, turn signals in mirrors, daytime running lights, a post-collision safety system, climate control, power windows, power door locks, USB connection, AM/FM/Satellite radio, and more. On the Premier trim, the Bolt EV adds rear parking sensors, an electrochromatic inside rearview mirror, leather seats, and multi-level heated front seats.
The 2017 Chevy Bolt EV is an exceptional bargain in the electric car world. However, the Chevy Bolt EV does have a longer charging time than the Nissan Leaf.
The 2017 BMW i3 is the luxury brand’s most affordable EV model. For the 2017 model year, the i3 was available in three trim levels: the four-door hatchback, the 60 Ah four-door hatchback, and the 60 Ah four-door hatchback with the range extender.
The combined MPGe rating on the four-door hatchback is rated at 118 miles while the MPGe rating on the 60 Ah four-door sits at 124 miles. The range extender trim level has an MPGe rating of 111 miles. The ranger extender also has a 2.3-gallon fuel tank as a backup to the electric engine.
The 2017 BMW i3 comes standard with four-wheel ABS, an advanced air bag system, daytime running lights, stability control, traction control, one-touch power windows, power door locks, climate control, USB connections, and satellite radio. On the upper trim levels, you get keyless ignition, a universal remote transmitter, hands-free entry, and leatherette/cloth seating.
Overall, the BMW i3 is more expensive than the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Bolt EV. However, it is a relative bargain in the luxury car world.
The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf features the familiar body type of the popular selling Golf five-door hatchback. The 2017 e-Golf is available in two trim levels. There is the base model SE and the upper trim level SEL.
Both models have a highway MPGe rating of 111 miles and a city MPGe rating of 126 miles for a combined MPGe rating of 119 miles. The total charge time for both models is rated at 5.3 hours.
Standard equipment on the Volkswagen e-Golf includes four-wheel ABS, daytime running lights, turn signals in mirrors, a post-collision safety system, stability control, an advanced air bag system, power windows, power door locks, climate control, eight total speakers, USB connection, and satellite radio. Upper trim levels feature an electrochromatic inside rearview mirror, leatherette seats, and front/rear parking sensors.
The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf offers the most affordable EV car in this list with the base model. The e-Golf also shines with its fast charging time. Overall, the 2017 e-Golf is a top choice for those who want an affordable EV with the familiar Golf body shape.
The 2017 model year offers an excellent selection of both luxury and affordable electric cars. There are EVs available as four-door sedans and five-door hatchbacks. Overall, you can find some excellent bargains from several different automakers from BMW and Tesla to Volkswagen and Chevrolet.