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Hyundai has been going all-in on EVs over the past few years. According to multiple reports, Hyundai has been busy reinvesting their company’s time and energy in luxury vehicles, SUVs, and EVs over everything else. Hyundai referred to this focus on new vehicles as a “focus on the recovery of sales.”

With compact SUVs selling at an all-time high and Hyundai making some of the most exciting electric cars on the streets today, it is clear that Hyundai’s change of focus was a good choice for the brand. But among this refocusing on the Hyundai brand, which Hyundai EV is the best? Is there one model that stands out among the rest? Here is everything you need to know about the Hyundai EV lineup and which model stands out as the best, according to U.S. News.

The Hyundai Kona EV earns an 8.0/10

The 2023 Hyundai Kona EV – one of Hyundai's electric cars in the automaker's lineup
2023 Hyundai Kona EV | Hyundai

The Hyundai Kona EV aims to become the new standard for entry-level EVs by offering a familiar vehicle that is typically gas-powered and adding an EV drivetrain. Regarding design differences between the gas-powered Kona and the Kona EV, not much has changed other than the oblivious lack of a front grille on the Kona EV. When it comes to the powertrain, however, the Kona EV is an entirely different beast. The Kona EV comes with a 201-hp electric motor that is more powerful than any gas-powered Kona model. The Kona EV also has a 250-mile range, which is impressive for a vehicle that starts at around $33,550 MSRP.

U.S. News applauds the Kona EV’s great acceleration and handling that performs better than average for its class as a subcompact SUV. Also praised are the Kona’s excellent MPGe ratings and an easy-to-use infotainment system. For a subcompact SUV, the cargo and passenger space is small, which leads this Kona EV to receive generally lower ratings when compared to the other Hyundai electric cars.

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is next among Hyundai electric cars

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 was released for the 2023 model year, and it instantly caught the attention of EV buyers who still wanted a luxury flagship sedan instead of an SUV. While the age of the SUV is fully upon us, and the sedan is no longer the American vehicle type of choice for families, the Ioniq 6 attracts consumers with its futuristic design, incredible technology, and fantastic luxury amenities. The Hyundai Ioniq 6 starts at $45,500 for the base model, which means it is slightly more expensive than an entry-level Tesla Model 3, but the Ioniq 6 offers a ton of character in a vehicle class that typically goes unnoticed.

U.S. News praised the Ioniq 6’s great driving range of 361 miles and great power, with 320 hp available in its larger powertrain. U.S. News continued by praising the Ioniq 6’s ride quality and interior build quality compared to the Tesla Model 3. The Ioniq 6 is a classy EV sedan with many great features and easy-to-use technology.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the highest rated Hyundai electric car

It is impossible to discuss Hyundai’s EV offerings without bringing up the best vehicle in the lineup; the Hyundai Ioniq 5 SUV. For 2023, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 has increased range, a higher maximum tow rating, and a battery heating system now available on all trim levels. The standard range base model Ioniq 5 starts at $41,450 MSRP, which is about on par with Tesla Model 3 pricing. When it comes to power, the Ioniq 5 produces around 320 hp in its most-equipped form, and the total possible range is approximately 303 miles in the long-range model.

U.S. News praised the Hyundai Ioniq 5’s solid range, good MPGe ratings, luxury seats, powerful drivetrain options, and its easy-to-use, intuitive infotainment system. With so many EVs from other companies going all out to look as futuristic as possible at the expense of ease of access, it is refreshing to see Hyundai electric cars stick to easy-to-use infotainment systems to keep the over-complicated frustration out of operating an EV. If you are looking for the best Hyundai EV, look no further than the Hyundai Ioniq 5.


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