Electric vehicles [EVs] help drivers save money on maintenance and gas, but accessing these benefits requires a higher upfront price.
EVs cost more than the average gas-powered car because they are still in their infancy.
As manufacturers work to introduce more affordable electric driving options, you can still find a cost-effective EV.
Here’s your look at the five best electric cars starting under $40,000.
2022 Kia Niro EV
Kia’s 2022 Niro barely makes it into our list with its starting price of $39,990.
Spending a little extra money on a 2022 Kia Niro will give you a solid mix of style and performance.
The 2022 Niro delivers 291 lb.-ft. of instant-response torque and has a minimalist exterior that is subtle and sophisticated.
2022 Hyundai Kona Electric
Hyundai’s 2022 Kona Electric SUV offers drivers the best of both worlds with its compact size and spacious cargo area.
This Hyundai starts at $34,000, but you can claim a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 when you buy the vehicle.
Drivers who own a 2022 Kona Electric model are estimated to save up to $13,140 in cost of ownership over a five-year period, Hyundai reports.
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV
Chevrolet’s 2022 Bolt EUV is 6.3 inches longer than its 2022 Chevy Bolt EV counterpart.
The extra length of the 2022 Bolt EUV makes way for an additional 3.1 inches of legroom in the rear for passengers.
Chevrolet’s 2022 Bolt EUV includes a starting price of $33,500 and costs $38,000 when you switch to the Super Cruise configuration.
Super Cruise enables hands-free driving under certain road conditions.
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Chevrolet’s 2022 Bolt EV is highly rated and reasonably priced at $31,500.
And you don’t have to worry about range thanks to the car’s ability to take you 459 miles on a single charge.
Chevrolet’s 2022 Bolt EV has a 10.2-inch display and is compatible with 40,000 public charging stations in the US, according to the manufacturer.
2022 Nissan LEAF
Nissan’s 2022 LEAF offers drivers electric handling for $27,400.
If you’re looking for some extra mileage, you can opt for the LEAF Plus model of this EV with a range of up to 326 km.
Nissan’s 2022 LEAF is also quite safe with its standard Nissan Safety Shield 360 features and the available ProPilot Assist driver assistance protection system.