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Some of the cheapest electric cars offer pricing that rivals some gas-powered models, but are they worth it? How small must you go to get into the price range you want? Do these cheap EVs have enough driving range for your lifestyle? Just because the price is right doesn’t mean it’s the right vehicle for you. These cheap EVs might be models you want to skip.

Chevy Bolt EV

2023 Chevy Bolt EV Entering a Bridge
2023 Chevy Bolt EV | Chevrolet

The Chevy Bolt EV is the cheapest electric car in the entire auto market. This makes it attractive to many consumers looking for a low entry point into the EV world. Unless you want to drive a small hatchback, you’ll want to skip the Bolt EV. It can be good for daily driving, but the driving range could leave you wanting when you have a planned road trip.

Reasons to skip the Chevy Bolt EV:

  • Polarizing style
  • No Super Cruise
  • Dated and boring interior trim

Base MSRP: $26,600

Driving Range: 259 miles

Chevy Bolt EUV

2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Parked with a Mountain Background
2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV | Chevrolet

It’s hard not to have a list with one Bolt and not the other. The Chevy Bolt EUV is supposed to be the SUV version of the Bolt, but all it really does is offer a higher driving position. The Bolt EUV doesn’t have the same cargo room as its hatchback sibling and comes with a higher price and lower driving range. This might be the cheapest electric SUV in the market, but it’s one you’ll want to skip.

Reasons to skip the Chevy Bolt EUV:

  • No available AWD
  • Boring, dated interior
  • Rough ride

Base MSRP: $27,200

Driving Range: 247 miles

Nissan LEAF

2023 Nissan Leaf Parked in Front of a Garage
2023 Nissan Leaf | Nissan

The Nissan LEAF has been the best-selling electric vehicle in the world, but its time has come to an end. This might be one of the cheapest electric cars but it comes in a small hatchback with a short driving range. If you want a respectable driving range in the LEAF, you’ve got to shell out for the larger battery pack, which takes away its affordability.

Reasons to skip the Nissan LEAF:

  • Strange interior ergonomics
  • Low driving range, slow charging
  • Weak brakes, poor steering

Base MSRP: $28,040

Driving Range: 149-226 miles

Mini Cooper SE

2023 Mini Cooper SE Parked in a Desert Setting
2023 Mini Cooper SE | Mini

Unless you absolutely must have the Mini Cooper style, you’ll want to skip this EV. This is the first of our list of electric cars not built strictly on an EV platform. This means compromises are abundant in this small electric car, according to MotorTrend. The driving range is short, and the power is unimpressive at only 181 horsepower for this small electric Mini. It’s one of the cheapest electric cars offered, but you won’t get much out of it.

Reasons to skip the Mini Cooper SE:

  • Disappointing driving range
  • Too much road noise
  • Doesn’t maintain full power while driving at higher speeds

Base MSRP: $29,200

Driving Range: 114 miles

Toyota bZ4X

2023 Toyota bZ4X Parked Near the Ocean - this is one of the cheapest electric cars but one you might want to skip
2023 Toyota bZ4X | Toyota

The first Toyota electric crossover is the bZ4X, but you might want to wait for the next model to appear before committing to an EV from this brand. The bZ4X is the largest of our five EVs listed, but that doesn’t make it better. You’ll find a few quirks and might not appreciate the driving range, especially considering this electric SUV’s price.

Reasons to skip the Toyota bZ4X:

  • Short driving range
  • Polarizing style
  • Too much road noise

Base MSRP: $42,000

Driving Range: 222-252 miles


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