5 Best Electric Cars and Hybrid Vehicles for Families Today

By Hillary Mason

The Best EVs on the Road Today

Pure electric vehicles (EVs) have finally gone from impractical alternatives to eco-friendly mainstays thanks to better mileage and greater affordability. Charging technology has also come a long way with infrastructure firmly in place as well as more charging stations cropping up throughout North America – some even have adjacent wireless coffee joints.

Check out our list of the best electric cars featuring today’s top luxury sedans, family-friendly CUVS and sleek SUVs to help you find your next eco-conscious ride.

Tesla Model 3

5 Best Electric Cars and Hybrid Vehicles for Families Today - Tesla Model 3

Base Price: $35,000

The Tesla Model 3 is one of the best electric cars available. It has an excellent driving range and fuel economy, as you would expect for an electric vehicle. According to the standard range version of the Tesla Model 3 gets 131 miles per gallon. The inside of Model 3 is unlike any other car.

With Tesla your smartphone now doubles as a key, and all driver controls are easily accessible in the central 15-inch touchscreen. The all-glass roof extends from front to back, creating a sense of openness from every seat. Plus, the Tesla Model 3’s “Car-aoke” feature lets you sing your heart out with friends on a road trip – or by yourself. Car-aoke comes with a massive library of music and song lyrics.

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Chrysler Pacifica

chrysler pacifica hybrid

Base Price: $27,235

The traditional gasoline engine in a Chrysler Pacific shows average fuel efficiency at 19 city / 28 highway mpg. When selecting the hybrid version of the Pacifica the performance we were very impressed with the increase to 82 mpg equivalent.

The Pacifica is a perfect option for all of those quick runs around town as Chrysler lists a 30-mile-electric-only driving range.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

5 Best Electric Cars and Hybrid Vehicles for Families Today - Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Base Price: $38,200

Boasting just over 84-cubic feet of cargo space with the seats down, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid will have no problem hauling around all of your gear. Powered by a four-cylinder engine and two elective motors the Highlander Hybrid produce 243 horsepower while still delivering a fuel economy rating of 36 city / 35 highway mpg.

Toyota has packed the Highlander full of standard safety features including rearview camera, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, road sign detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, and automatic high-beam headlights. The Driver Easy Speak intercom system will also make it easier for the driver to communicate with passengers in the third row.

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Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

5 Best Electric Cars and Hybrid Vehicles for Families Today - Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Base Price: $27,750

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has comfortable seating for 5 adults and a high-end interior in the standard models that some say compares well with higher-end luxury options available.

The Sonata Hybrid is built with an electric motor and a four-cylinder gasoline engine that combine to produce 192 horsepower and delivers 50 mpg city / 54 mpg highway fuel efficiency in the base model.  

The Sonata Hybrid safety features include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera, rear cross-traffic alert, driver attention monitor, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane following assist, and high-beam assist. Standard technology options include Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, proximity keyless entry, and an 8-inch touch screen display, among other great features.

Ford Escape Hybrid

Ford Escape Hybrid

Base Price: $33,550

The Ford Escape Hybrid stands amongst compact SUVs for its overall performance. The standard hybrid powertrain consists of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine, an electric motor, a lithium-ion battery pack that delivers a 198 combined horsepower rating and respectable efficiency shows 44 city / 37 highway mpg. Ford lists a 30-mile range on battery alone meaning your trips around town should be fully electric when the battery is charged.

Standard safety features include forward collision warning, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights, automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, Curve Control to help manage your speed when you approach a curve, and the SOS Post-Crash Alert System, which honks the horn and turns on the hazard lights after a crash to notify others of your location.