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U.S. News has released its list of the best electric vehicles for 2023 for those who might be considering the purchase of a new EV in the near future. Reviews from reputable automotive critics and third-party data are used in U.S. News analysis for new vehicles. Using a formula with weightings that vary by segment, it’s able to make head-to-head comparisons of the vehicles in their given class and ranked against each other.

We’re looking at three 2023 EVs that scored above 9.0 in their U.S. News review and what makes them stand out.

2023 Rivian R1T

On the U.S. News Scale of 1.0 to 10, the 2023 Rivian R1T scored an impressive overall 9.4 and earned the top spot in the electric pickup truck category. 

U.S. News calls it a truck “unlike any other.” The all-electric pickup truck offers an upscale, comfortable cabin filled with the latest tech. Its driving dynamics are similar to that of a car, and it has a driving range of up to 300 miles, depending on battery and configuration. It also has impressive hauling and towing numbers.

There are two powertrain options for the 2023 model year. It’s equipped with a dual-motor setup standard with a smaller battery. There’s also an available quad-motor powertrain with Large and Max battery packs. Either way, expect great acceleration with 600 to 835 horsepower power output. The R1T seats five and has plenty of space for passengers and cargo. 

However, the 2023 Rivian R1T is expensive, starting at $88,640. Still, if an upscale, luxury vibe is what you’re looking for in an electric truck, the new R1T might be for you. 

2023 Ford F-150 Lightning

The side profile of a Ford F-150 Lightning Lartiat electric full-size pickup truck driving on a dusty road
Ford F-150 Lightning Lartiat | The Ford Motor Company

In second place in the electric pickup truck category is the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning, with an overall U.S. News score of 9.3 out of 10. 

If you’re a fan of the gas-powered Ford F-150, you’ll be happy to know that the F-150 Lightning has most of what you love about the F-150 but with a potent electric powertrain. It’s quick, as the name implies, with solid driving manners. It also has an abundance of convenience features, safety tech, and a good load capacity.

The new F-150 Lightning has a roomy interior and lots of technology. It’s fun to drive with good handling, particularly through turns and offers a lot of torque. It gets over 300 miles of driving range on the higher trims. Just keep in mind that the range drops when it’s cold outside, or you’re pulling a trailer. 

The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning has some unique features too. It provides several onboard power outlets for power on the go when you need it. It can be used as a generator for your home if the power goes out. You can even use it to charge another EV or plug-in hybrid.

The electric truck starts at $55,974, but if you do a lot of hauling and towing, want serious off-roading chops, or need a bigger bed, it might not be the truck for you. 

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

In the luxury electric car category, the 2022 Mercedes EQS took the top spot with an overall U.S. News score of 9.2 out of 10. 

U.S. News found the EQS to be a luxury electric car with an opulent, spacious cabin, thrilling performance, and enough storage space to match its peers. It has an eye-catching all-electric driving range of as much as 350 miles with solid acceleration.

Additionally, you’ll be comfortable on your travels with a smooth ride and a well-appointed interior with pleasant seating. The rear seats in the Pinnacle trim are upgraded for 2023, and the options and packages have been refreshed. The EQS also has an impressive list of standard features.

It’s a real contender in the luxury EV sedan class, able to hold its own against the likes of Lucid Air and Tesla Model 3. However, you’ll pay an impressive price, starting at around $104,000. 

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