Best Electric Vehicles of 2022: Top 4 EV Models Recommended By Expert Websites

When you think of electric vehicles, the first thing that comes to mind may be an extensive list of pricey SUVs and crossovers. So is making the switch to electric a possibility for those looking for affordable, compact options as well? With more and more known brands developing with their own spin on the eco-friendly cars, which electric vehicles are the best for those looking for something relatively budget-friendly?

Most experts agree that electric vehicles are a greener option than their counterparts of the past, but EVs still have a few selling points to secure before going completely mainstream. While older generations are still cautious to switch over to electric vehicles, a recent study finds that four in five (82%) of younger drivers believe electric cars are the future and 72 percent between 18 and 40 would consider purchasing one. 

Respondents in the above mentioned survey admit that EVs have a higher bar to meet before they consider getting one. That higher bar includes features like a longer range (37%), the same affordability as a gas-powered vehicle (34%), and improved safety (30%). Other research suggests consumers aren’t solely focused on the “green” aspect either, with 55 percent choosing to buy an electric vehicle for reasons other than the environmental benefits.

Many car owners have steered clear of electric vehicles due to their high cost, but the market continues to make improvements and has slowly but surely built a list of reputable vehicles that aren’t reserved for only the wealthiest. 

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“Companies working on these advanced technologies argue that they will ultimately reduce costs for everyone by packing more energy into smaller packages. A smaller battery saves weight and cuts the cost of cooling systems, brakes and other components because they can be designed for a lighter car,” The New York Times writes.

With an infiltrated market full of in-demand electric vehicles, it’s understandable that consumers may feel inundated with the number of options – especially regarding something as important as investing in a new car. For our findings, we visited 10 of the leading vehicle websites to find the best everyday electric vehicles by seeing which ones experts rated the highest. Our list is ranked based on the most-recommended electric vehicles across these sites.

The List: Best Electric Vehicles, According To Experts

1. Mini Electric

The Mini Electric topped nearly every list of highly-rated and affordable EVs on the market. There are three levels of Mini options, each with their own selection of spec.

“If you are a low-mileage driver, but you still want fun getting from A to B, then consider the first fully electric vehicle from MINI. Just as agile as its petrol-powered siblings, this funky three-door is fast (0-62mph in 7.3 seconds) and offers premium build quality,” Admiral writes.

MINI Cooper SE
MINI Cooper SE (Credit: BMW Group)

The Mini EV is best suited as a secondary car as it can only get you about 100 to 120 miles, but experts say it’s worth the fun ride. 

“It blends frisky handling and lots of features with the signature style that’s made Britain’s Mini Cooper an international legend for 61 years,” Forbes writes.

2.  Fiat 500 Electric

Fiat’s 500 Electric Vehicle is well-rated for its compact size, retro design, sizable battery and solid mileage.

“The 500 is small, but if you don’t need space it could be your only car. That’s because it’ll go far enough on a charge to make motorway trips tenable. Whereas the Honda e or Mini electric would have to be second cars to anyone who ever drives beyond conurbations rather than just within them,” Top Gear writes.

Fully-Electric FIAT 500
Fully-Electric FIAT 500 (Credit: FIAT / Stellantis)

The Fiat 500 is an upgraded model from its well-known predecessors, packed with more tech and a bit more space.

“Available as a hatchback or convertible (Cabrio), it has a claimed range of up to 199 miles and can be charged from 0-80% in 45 minutes using a 50kW fast charger or overnight at home,” Admiral writes.

3. Honda E

The Honda E is Honda’s first electric vehicle and is well-reviewed for its sporty look and powerful features.

“To drive, the E feels plush, composed and easy to operate, with medium-paced steering but a tight turning circle, and moderate but responsive performance. It doesn’t excite and doesn’t offer the last word in background body control, but it’s a relaxing zero-emissions city car and its alternative styling is exceptionally endearing,” AutoCar writes.

Honda E
Honda E (Credit: Honda Motor Co.)

The high-capacity 35.5 kWh battery adds 80 percent of charge for about 30 minutes of rapid charging.

“It’s the Urban EV Concept that became a legend, the legend that became a prototype and the prototype that became the dinkiest, most desirable car since the Suzuki Jimny. It’s the Honda e, Honda’s first mass-market pure-electric car, and we want one,” Top Gear writes. 

4. Polestar 2

The Polestar 2 is one of the more up-and-coming all-star EVs and is getting rave reviews with its large battery pack, front-wheel electric motor powering, minimalist interior, and drivability. 

We love the Polestar 2 for a variety of reasons. It’s sufficiently quick in its two-motor configuration, and no matter how many motors it has, the 2 is a hoot to drive. The styling is lovely inside and out. There’s also plenty of cool tech in here, including a Google-based infotainment system that ranks among our favorites,” CNET writes.

Polestar 2 BST
Polestar 2 BST edition 270 in Snow with optional matte black stripe at Gotland Ring, Sweden. (Credit: Polestar)

The vehicle has a 69kWh battery capable of up to 297 miles of range and an electric motor capable of 228bhp.

“We love the Polestar 2 because it’s handsome, the build quality will give Audi drivers PTSD, and there’s a real sense of common sense about the car – that it’s been designed to work seamlessly, not to wow you with gimmicks then wind you up further down the line,” Top Gear writes.


Note: This article was not paid for nor sponsored. StudyFinds is not connected to nor partnered with any of the brands mentioned and receives no compensation for its recommendations.

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Meaghan Babaker

Meaghan Babaker is a journalist and freelance writer previously based out of New York City while working for CBS New York, CBS Local and MSNBC. After moving to Geneva, Switzerland in 2016, she went on to write for Digital Luxury Group, The Travel Corporation and other international publications before joining the editorial team at StudyFinds.

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