The Best Electric SUVs You Can Buy in 2021

EV buyers, like everyone else, want SUVs — and they're starting to have plenty to choose from.

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Thanks to the marvelous adaptability of modern automotive construction, dedicated electric vehicle platforms allow manufacturers the freedom to play around with body styles. Sleek, low-drag sedans like the Lucid Air and Mercedes-Benz EQS will be the most efficient EVs for performance and range — but people want SUVs, and electric ones will be a substantial segment of the EV market. Whether it's a spacious family crossover or a badass, rock-crawling off-roader, SUVs are the vehicles that buyers want.

Electric SUV options will proliferate in the coming years; new electric SUVs like the three-row Rivian R1S and Nissan Ariya should arrive very soon. But there are still a number of compelling options on sale right now — with Tesla's Model X and Model Y leading the way on range and potential cargo space.

But Elon doesn't have a complete lock on the market. Here are the best electric SUVs you can currently buy in America.

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Chevrolet Bolt EUV

The Chevrolet Bolt EUV debuted for 2022. It's a larger (though still subcompact) version of the new Bolt EV. It's only available in front-wheel drive, but it was the first Chevrolet vehicle to offer Super Cruise hands-free driving.

EPA Range: 247 miles

Cargo Space: 56.9 cu ft

Seats: 5

Starting Price: $33,000

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Hyundai Kona Electric

The Kona Electric is Hyundai's full-electric version of the Kona subcompact crossover. It only comes in front-wheel-drive.

EPA Range: 258 miles

Cargo Space: 45.8 cu ft

Seats: 5

Starting Price: $34,000

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Tesla Model Y

The Model Y is Tesla's smaller compact crossover, available in both rear- and all-wheel-drive.

EPA Range: Up to 326 miles

Cargo Space: 68 cu ft

Seats: 5-7

Starting Price: $39,900

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Kia Niro EV

The Kia Niro EV is a FWD subcompact crossover. It shares a powertrain (and much more) with the Hyundai Kona Electric, although it offers more cargo space — but less range.

EPA Range: 239 miles

Cargo Space: 53 cu ft

Seats: 5

Starting Price: $39,900

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Volkswagen ID.4

The Volkswagen ID.4 is a compact crossover that just won the 2021 World Car of the Year award. It is the first ID-branded vehicle on the MEB platform to arrive Stateside. It's available in RWD and (eventually) AWD versions.

EPA Range: Up to 260 miles

Cargo Space: 64.2 cu ft

Seats: 5

Starting Price: $39,995

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Ford Mustang Mach-E

The Ford Mustang Mach E is a five-passenger crossover built on a modified platform that is available in both RWD and AWD.

EPA Range: Up to 305 miles

Cargo Space: 59.7 cu ft

Seats: 5

Starting Price: $42,895

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Volvo XC40 Recharge

The XC40 Recharge is Volvo's first EV, a battery-electric version of the XC40 compact crossover. It comes in AWD, and makes 402 horsepower from dual electric motors.

EPA Range: 208 miles

Cargo Space: 47.4 cu ft

Seats: 5

Starting Price: $55,300

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Audi E-Tron

The E-Tron is Audi's dual-motor AWD SUV based on a modified MLB Evo platform; it debuted in 2018.

EPA Range: 222 miles

Cargo Space: 57 cu ft

Seats: 5

Starting Price: $65,900

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Audi E-tron Sportback

The E-tron Sportback is a "coupe" version of the AWD E-tron SUV with a sloping roofline.

EPA Range: 218 miles

Cargo Space: 54.5 cu ft

Seats: 5

Starting Price: $69,100

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Jaguar I-Pace

The I-Pace is Jaguar's compact crossover EV designed by Ian Callum that won three World Car of the Year awards in 2019. It uses a dual-motor AWD layout.

EPA Range: 234 miles

Cargo Space: 54.1 cu ft

Seats: 5

Starting Price: $69,900

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Tesla Model X

The Model X is Tesla's midsize crossover, which launched in 2015. It's available as a dual-motor AWD car and offers the most potential range and cargo space for a current electric SUV. The "falcon wing" rear doors are a distinctive feature.

EPA Range: Up to 371 miles

Cargo Space: 87.8 cu ft

Seats: 5-7

Starting Price: $79,900

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