Race for the Best Electric SUV & CUV
The Best Electric SUV & CUV
Clever Crossovers and Sexy SUVs for 2021 and Beyond
Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) have taken the place of the family sedan as the favorite purchase by American consumers from coast to coast. Nowadays we have all sorts of SUVs including the mini SUV, crossover SUV, mid-sized, full-sized and even the posh Escalade. But did you know that the full-sized luxurious SUV of today got its humble beginnings with the 1935 Chevy Suburban Carryall? It was based on a Chevy half-ton pickup truck chassis and motor with an all-metal wagon body plopped on top that could carry eight passengers.
The 1984 Jeep Cherokee was the first vehicle to call itself a Sport Utility Vehicle but there was very little “sport” in early SUVs. Then the Crossover Utility Vehicle(CUVs) appeared in 1996 with the Toyota RAV4 (which stood for Recreational Active Vehicle with 4-Wheel Drive). The modern crossover utilizes a unibody passenger car frame on a spacious body. Like SUVs, crossovers also come in compact such as the RAV4 and Ford Escape, mid-size like the BMW X5 or Toyota Highlander, and full-size such as the Kia Telluride and Ford Flex.
Since SUVs and crossovers are among the most popular models of cars today, it wasn’t long before manufacturers began turning them into hybrids and all-electric vehicles. That said, we present GreenCars’ list of the Best All-Electric SUVs and CUVs that will be available in the USA for 2021.
2021 Audi E-Tron
The Audi E-Tron drives pretty much like any other Audi. In fact, that is what Audi was going for. It offers a silky-smooth drivetrain and responsive steering with motors at the front and rear and a total system output of 355 horsepower (402 hp in Boost Mode).
Base Price: $66,995
Range: 222 miles
2021 Audi E-Tron Sportback
The sexier Sportback version offers the same performance as the E-Tron but with less driving range. You’ll also find slightly less head room in the back seats.
Base Price: $70,145
Range: 218 miles
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E
This crossover comes in several versions, from mild to wild. Power ranges from 266 horses and 317 foot-pounds of torque, to an estimated 459ponies and 612 foot-pounds of torque on the GT model.
Base Price: $44,995
Range: 210-300 miles
2021 Hyundai Kona Electric
The Kona Electric brings you instant acceleration and muscular torque in a Crossover that is one of the most affordable all-electric vehicles on the market. It comes with an impressive list of standard equipment and excellent range.
Base Price: $38,330
Range: 258 miles
2021 Jaguar I-Pace
The sleek I-Pace is great fun to drive with its height-adjustable suspension and excellent traction for off-road adventures. But like all Jaguar’s, this beast is all about luxury and that comes as a cost.
Base Price: $71,000
Range: 234 miles
2020 Tesla Model X
The Model X is one of the longest-traveling electric SUVs available. The standard model seats five but can be upgraded to fit seven. Advanced semi-autonomous tech is also available including auto-parking, auto-lane changes and highway driving.
Base Price: $81,190
Range: 305-351 miles
2022 Volkswagen ID4
One of VWs coming line of all-electric vehicles, the ID4 is aimed at the RAV4 crowd but expect the cabin to offer more room than the Toyota. The first models should arrive in showrooms by the end of 2021.
Base Price: $37,000
Range: 280 miles
2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge
Volvo currently offers several hybrid vehicles but the XC40will be its first all-electric vehicle. It will offer the same amount of cargo and passenger space as the gasoline-powered model but will produce 402horsepower. This crossover will include a new Android-based infotainment system by Google.
Base Price: $55,000
Range: 240 miles