Should You Buy a Hybrid, Diesel or Electric Car?

Should You Buy a Hybrid, Diesel or Electric Car?

ULTRA URBAN DRIVER: Pure EV - Sub-compact/compact

Living in a big city? You might be in an ideal position to own an electric car. Charging stations are probably pretty concentrated in your area, which helps address one of the biggest setbacks associated with EV ownership.

Range limitations will keep you relatively close to home, but depending on where you live, there can be generous tax incentives to going electric.

There are plenty of choices for the urban driver too, so if you frequently carry a few passengers or cargo with you, an ideal choice is a four-seater hatchback like the Ford Focus Electric, which gets up to 76 miles on a single charge, or the Nissan Leaf which goes as much as 75 miles. The Honda Fit EV is a good choice too, since it’s a bit smaller and can travel up to 82 miles but still retains its four doors.

If you’re not interested in backseat space, the Fiat 500e and smart Electric Drive are perfect for city dwellers thanks to their micro-sub-compact size and excellent recharge time.

  • lee colleton

    No mention of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV? It’s definitely in this category, though a bit spartan in design. I like the 50 cubic feet of storage with seats folded.

  • Ecolife

    Karma is so beautiful!

  • A satisified Lincoln owner.

    My MKZ 2011 Lincoln MKZ delivers a 42-45 MPG. A excellent car with all the bells and whistles one would ever want.