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The 17 longest-range electric cars you can buy in 2023, from the Lucid Air to the BMW i4

The 17 longest-range electric cars you can buy in 2023, from the Lucid Air to the BMW i4
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The Ford F-150 Lightning, Tesla Model S, Kia EV6, and Lucid Air are some of the best electric cars for range.Ford; Tesla; Kia; Lucid
  • Seventeen new electric vehicles offer at least 300 miles of driving range, per the EPA.
  • The top models come from brands including Cadillac, Rivian, Lucid, Ford, Kia, and Tesla.

We found the 17 longest-range electric vehicles you can buy in 2023.

We found the 17 longest-range electric vehicles you can buy in 2023.
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.      Ford

The US Environmental Protection Agency evaluates the range of electric vehicles sold in the US. So far, 17 2023 models offer 300 miles of driving range or more.

Here they are, ranked in order of lowest to highest range.

Here they are, ranked in order of lowest to highest range.
The Lucid Air Sapphire.      Lucid Motors

This list excludes any 2023 vehicles that don't have public EPA results yet, and some that are classified as too big for regular EPA testing, like the GMC Hummer EV pickup and SUV.

We'll update this post as new results come out.

16. BMW i4: 301 miles

16. BMW i4: 301 miles
The BMW i4 M50.      BMW

BMW has brought electric batteries and motors to what it does best: sporty sedans. The i4 delivers max range in the $57,100 eDrive40 model. The base car costs around $5,000 less and provides 256 miles of EPA range.

15. Nissan Ariya: 304 miles

15. Nissan Ariya: 304 miles
The Nissan Ariya.      Nissan

An EV pioneer with the stalwart Leaf hatchback, Nissan is back for round two with the Ariya, which is just hitting dealerships this year. There are several trims to choose from — like Engage, Evolve+, and Platinum+ e-4ORCE — but all you need to know is the most range is available in the $47,190 Venture+ model.

Just over $43,000 buys you a base SUV with a smaller battery and 216 miles of range.

14. Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV: 305 miles

14. Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV: 305 miles
The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV.      Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz's first electric SUV for American buyers comes out swinging with a luxurious interior, a dazzling (maybe a little distracting) 56-inch screen, and plenty of range. You'll need it, since you won't want to get out of the EQS SUV.

Read our review of the EQS SUV here.

13. Kia EV6: 310 miles

13. Kia EV6: 310 miles
The Kia EV6.      Kia

Kia's EV6 hatchback-SUV-thing is a hit, and it's clear why. Apart from the healthy range it offers in the $48,700 Wind RWD trim, the EV6 looks like a spaceship and can charge its battery from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes — faster than most rivals.

If you don't care about range, go for the souped-up EV6 GT, which hits 60 mph quicker than some Ferraris.

12. (Tie) Ford Mustang Mach-E: 312 miles

12. (Tie) Ford Mustang Mach-E: 312 miles
The 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance.      Ford

Ford's $45,995 electric Mustang offers a solid 247 miles of range. But you'll go the farthest in the California Route 1 edition, which provides all-wheel drive and 312 miles of range for a $57,995 sticker price.

12. (Tie) Cadillac Lyriq: 312 miles

12. (Tie) Cadillac Lyriq: 312 miles
The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq.      Cadillac

This sleek, futuristic SUV is Cadillac's first EV. A 2024 model costs $58,590 before options like all-wheel drive, the Super Cruise hands-free driving feature, and a panoramic sunroof.

(The 2023 model is EPA-rated for 312 miles. GM estimates the 2024 SUV at more like 308.)

11. BMW i7: 318 miles

11. BMW i7: 318 miles
The BMW i7 xDrive60.      BMW

The 7 Series is BMW's largest, most luxurious sedan, and the i7 is a new electric version of it. Its steep, $119,300 price tag gets you 536 horsepower (delivered via two motors) and a 4.5-second sprint to 60 mph.

But the real star of the show is the i7's lavish interior, which comes with heated, ventilated, and massaging seats all around, a curved display, and, optionally, a 31.3-inch TV screen that drops down from the ceiling.

10. Ford F-150 Lightning: 320 miles

10. Ford F-150 Lightning: 320 miles
The Ford F-150 Lightning.      John Tlumacki/Getty Images

Ford has electrified America's favorite truck. But if you need more than 240 miles of range, the truck isn't affordable to most Americans. The 320-mile, Extended Range model starts at $80,974.

9. Rivian R1S: 321 miles

9. Rivian R1S: 321 miles
Rivian

California startup Rivian's first SUV is all about tearing up off-road trails. But it has plenty of range for on-pavement trips too. It costs $92,000, and a 400-mile version is on the way for later in 2023.

Read more: I've driven 15 different electric cars this year — these are the 3 I'd buy (if I had the money)

8. BMW iX: 324 miles

8. BMW iX: 324 miles
BMW iX.      BMW

The iX makes up for its polarizing looks with 324 miles of range and an immensely comfortable interior. It costs $87,000 to start, and a high-performance M60 version will run you $111,000.

Read our review of the BMW iX here.

7. Rivian R1T: 328 miles

7. Rivian R1T: 328 miles
Rivian

Rivian's $87,000 R1T pickup has slightly better range than its SUV sibling. Another perk of buying from Rivian: It's working on its own Tesla-like network of charging stations that will only serve Rivian owners.

6. Tesla Model Y: 330 miles

6. Tesla Model Y: 330 miles
The Tesla Model Y.      Tesla

Tesla has dominated the range game for years, and the Model Y is its lowest-range offering. After a recent price cut, the 330-mile version will run you $54,995. The sporty Model Y Performance costs $58,990 and clocks in at 303 miles.

5. Mercedes-Benz EQS: 340 miles

5. Mercedes-Benz EQS: 340 miles
The Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ electric car.      Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes-Benz EQS may have the bloated design of a pool float, but it looks that way for a reason. That smooth, curvy look helps eliminate drag and maximize range. As a result, this six-figure luxury sedan offers some of the best driving range on the US market.

4. Tesla Model X: 348 miles

4. Tesla Model X: 348 miles
The Tesla Model X.      Tesla

Still, the EQS is beat out by three Teslas, including the Model X SUV. The $100,000 Model X is Tesla CEO Elon Musk's second-oldest vehicle, but it's still an industry leader when it comes to road-tripping capability.

3. Tesla Model 3: 358 miles

3. Tesla Model 3: 358 miles
The Tesla Model 3.      Tesla

The Tesla Model 3 Long Range isn't available to order at the time of publication on the automaker's website. The cheapest version of the sedan is the rear-wheel-drive model, which costs $42,990 and offers 272 miles of EPA range.

2. Tesla Model S: 405 miles

2. Tesla Model S: 405 miles
The Tesla Model S.      Tesla

The Model S was the uncontested king of range for years as its estimate improved to where it is today. The $89,990 sedan remains one of the very best choices for anyone wanting to eliminate charging anxiety.

1. Lucid Air: 516 miles

1. Lucid Air: 516 miles
The Lucid Air Grand Touring.      Lucid Motors

But a couple of years ago a new top dog emerged that beat Musk's best tech by a huge margin, and that's Lucid Motors.

Helmed by the former top engineer for the Model S, the California startup has come out with some of the most technologically impressive electric cars ever to hit the US market. It only has one model right now — the Air sedan — but it's available at several prices and range estimates.

The $138,000 Air Grand Touring provides 516 miles of range, plus a whopping 1,050 horsepower and 2.6-second 0-60-mph time. Lucid says only 12 minutes plugged into a fast-charger yields 200 miles of range.

Even the entry-level Air Pure trounces Tesla with 410 miles of EPA range. It's cheaper too, starting at $87,400.

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