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Top 10 electric cars

Not all electric cars are created equal. With long battery charges and more powerful engines, some rise above the rest. Here are our top 10 electric car models of 2017.

10 | 2017 Smart Fortwo ED

Charge Range: 68 miles

Price: $25,000

Engine: 80 horsepower

This vehicle made the cut based on its price. While other electric vehicles still struggle to cut costs due to the price of batteries, this $25,000 option is a nice go-to when in need of a commuter car. It also only comes in a convertible package. However, when price points begin to come down on electric vehicles, the Smart car company may suffer. 

9 | 2017 Ford Focus Electric

Charge Range: 115 miles

Price: $29,000

Engine: 143 horsepower

The Ford Focus Electric is a prime example as to why it is often beneficial to wait a year or two before buying an electric car. This vehicle saw a drive range boost from 76 miles in the 2016 model to 115 in the 2017 equivalent. It also costs less than last year's model, as battery technology has become less expensive. Plus, the 143 horsepower engine is just as powerful as its fuel model sibling. 

8 | 2017 VW e-Golf

Charge Range: 124 miles

Price: $29,000

Engine: 134 horsepower

There's nothing overtly special about the way this car appears. On first glance, it won’t turn heads or titillate the senses. However, it is a well-built electric vehicle with top trim models offering 124 miles per charge. The price point is attractive and engine performance is solid for the car. 

7 | 2017 Fiat 500e

Charge Range: 87 miles

Engine: 111 horsepower

Cost: $31,800

Since Fiat's acquisition of Chrysler, the auto company has slowly started to push the classic Fiat back into North America. With a selection of 500 options, this is a modern take on the undersized compact. One variation is the 500e, which shares the same bubble appearance as its model sibling - perfect for lovers of this Italian classic. 

6 | 2016 Nissan LEAF

Charge Range: 107 miles

Engine: 107 horsepower

Price: $29,000

The Nissan LEAF is one of the more affordable options with an acceptable driving range. It's enough to handle when you live in the suburbs but work in a major city, and need extra juice to make it in between locations. Just make sure to go with the SV or the SL trim packages, as the standard offering has a reduced driving range of 84 miles. 

5 | 2016 BMW i3

Charge Range: 81 miles

Engine: 170 horsepower

Price: $42,400

The BMW i3 is classified as a compact crossover. It gives a bit more height than a standard car, but it's a two door, with two suicide half doors, that help give it a bit more size. The driving range is admittedly average, but its 170 horsepower is impressive. 

4 | 2017 Hyundai Ioniq

Charge Range: 155 miles

Engine: 118 horsepower

Price: $29,500

Hyundai offers a solid-looking vehicle that doesn't yell "I'm electric" like most other models. It has substantial charge range and horsepower, with a price that is far less than any other option in the top five. The bottom line - more car for your cash. 

3 | 2017 Tesla Model X

Charge Range: 250 miles

Engine: 762 horsepower

Price: $80,000

For those drivers who have cash and also time to spare (there is a waiting list for the vehicle), this is the vehicle to go with. There is no other electric vehicle out there that can compete with Tesla. This crossover even has a 5,000 pound towing capacity. With 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds, the electric crossover outperforms nearly every fuel crossover out there. 

2 | 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Charge Range: 238 miles

Engine: 200 horsepower

Price: $36,600

It might surprise some to see the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt listed above the Tesla crossover. While Tesla stands out with its exceptional design and technology (both under the hood and behind the wheel). The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is a more realistic option for drivers. The charge range is nearly identical and yet it costs less than half of the Tesla Model X. The horsepower is impressive, and while it can't compete with Tesla, for anyone who wants a solid electric vehicle at a more affordable price, this is an excellent option.

1 | 2017 Tesla Model S

Charge Range: 315 miles

Engine: 691 (382 base) horsepower

Price: $68,000

The Tesla sedan receives the trophy for the top electric vehicle of 2017 based on its charge range and incredible engine performance. It is important to note the $68,000 price tag comes with the base 382 horsepower engine. However, critics such as the US News and World Reports have the Tesla S rated as the top large luxury sedan in its class. Stylish, safe and stress-free; Tesla Model S is our undisputed top pick for 2017.