5 electric cars and 5 hybrids to buy instead of the Ford Mustang Mach-E

Electric car are rapidly taking over the automotive industry, and with the various infrastructure needs being met, they will continue to influence every sector of the automotive world. One such electric vehicle that is making waves is the Ford Mustang Mach-E.

The Mustang Mach-E – despite its misnomer – is a pretty good electric car. The styling is excellent, the practicality is good enough for families, and the prices are competitive in its segment. The base Mach-E officially offers around 230 miles of range, thanks to a single 260hp motor and 68kWh battery. The twin-motor version produced the same power, but over 100 lb-ft more, or 428 lb-ft. The Extended Range version has a larger 88kWh battery, boosting range and power to 300 miles and 290hp respectively. Ford has also launched a top-of-the-line version of the Mach-E GT, which produces 480 hp and 600 lb-ft, but reduces the official range to just 270 miles.

The Mustang Mach-E turned out to be better than most reviewers thought, even winning the 2021 North American SUV of the Year award. But if the Mach-E impresses, there are alternatives in this price range – some even slightly cheaper – both electric and power-assisted. Here are five electric vehicles and five hybrids to buy instead of the Ford Mustang Mach-E.

ten Electric – Tesla Model Y

The Tesla Model Y is one of the best electric crossover SUVs on sale. Based on the same platform as the Model 3, the Model Y is slightly larger and roomier. The Model Y is fitted as standard with a 75 kWh battery, coupled to two electric motors which provide permanent all-wheel drive.

The Model Y is available in two trim levels, Long Range AWD and Performance. The Long Range model offers around 330 miles of range, while the Performance variant drops to 303 miles. The Y Performance model blasts to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds and is the Ford Mustang Mach-E’s biggest rival.

Related: Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Tesla Model Y Performance

9 Hybrid – Lexus UX

Lexus recently updated the UX lineup to include only hybrid models, specifically the UX 250h. The vehicle is powered by a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter inline-4, mated to an electric motor, which produces a combined output of 181 hp.

The UX 250h has a 1.4 kWh battery and is capable of charging at 6.6 kW charging stations. The Lexus UX may not be the fastest hybrid vehicle, but it’s certainly one of the nicest and most comfortable.

8 Electric – Volvo C40 Electric Charging

Volvo has recently updated most of its vehicles and added an all-electric version of the XC40 to its lineup. Volvo renamed the model XC40 Recharge Electric and added a coupe version of the vehicle, which they named C40 Recharge.

The C40 is based on the same platform as the XC40 – and the Polestar 2 – and is the first Volvo model to be fully electric. It is equipped with a 78 kWh battery, coupled to two electric motors, which together provide all-wheel drive and 400 hp. The C40 has an official range of around 220 miles.

seven Hybrid – Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage was recently updated with an all-new model that’s much more strikingly styled – much like with the new Hyundai Tucson, with which the Sportage shares a platform. The Sportage is available in several different configurations, ranging from a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre i4 and a turbocharged 1.6-litre i4, to a gasoline-powered mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid, turbo diesel and even a hybrid turbo diesel.

North American versions are exclusively long-wheelbase models and can be had with either a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with 187 hp or the aforementioned hybrid, which is equipped with the 1.6-liter turbocharged i4. The Sportage’s styling may be controversial to some, but it continues to be a value-for-money vehicle.

Related: Here are our favorite features of the 2023 Kia Sportage

6 Electric – VW ID.4

The VW ID.4 is the electric equivalent of the crossover/SUV Tiguan, but with weirder styling. The model has two different battery capacities, namely a 55 and 82 kWh, which have different outputs depending on the finish and the number of motors.

Power figures for the ID.4 range from 148 hp to 295 hp in the all-wheel-drive GTX model. The mid-range ID.4 Pro gets the best battery-to-power ratio, which translates to an official range of over 320 miles.

5 Hybrid – Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V has been one of the best and most consistent SUVs on the market since its launch in 1995. The current generation Honda CR-V got a facelift in 2019, along with new drivetrain options, including a hybrid.

The CR-V comes standard with front-wheel drive, but every version has the option of all-wheel drive. The hybrid features a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter inline-4 and an electric motor, which together produce 212 hp. The hybrid model is equipped with an eCVT to handle both outputs smoothly.

Related: 10 Things to Know Before Buying the 2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid

4 Electric – Kia Niro EV

The Kia Niro only launched in 2016, but it already has a bunch of accolades to put on its dashboard. The Niro Hybrid set the record for most fuel-efficient hybrid in 2016 and the Niro EV was the first electric car to win both Which car‘the sand Popular mechanics car of the year price.

The second-generation Niro was released in 2021 and is only available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or fully electric version. The Niro EV has a single 200hp electric motor, mated to a 64.8kWh battery, which is good for 240 miles.

3 Hybrid – Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

The Toyota RAV4 is currently one of the most popular crossovers/SUVs on the market in all territories and as such, Toyota has made some changes. The range is available with normal petrol engines, but the top model has a naturally aspirated 2.5-litre inline-4, mated to an electric motor.

The resulting hybrid produces 220 hp. Like most Toyota hybrid products, the RAV4 Hybrid has a Prime version, which changes the drivetrain to a plug-in hybrid and adds performance, resulting in 302hp. If the styling of the RAV4 isn’t to your liking, legendary Japanese coachbuilder Mitsouka Motors has a body kit that transforms the RAV4 into a modern version of the Chevy K5 Blazer. The Mitsouka Buddy might be a bit random, but it’s still cool.

Related: What It Costs To Live With A Toyota RAV4 Everyday

2 Electric – Hyundai Ioniq 5

One of the best and most talked about electric cars is the Hyundai Ioniq 5. First introduced as a concept car and then a full production version with minimal changes, the Ioniq 5 is the first car that showed that the automotive style of the future need not be bored.

The Ioniq 5 is available with two different batteries and can be ordered in rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and supports a load of up to 350 kW. The Long-Range and Extra-Long-Range versions both have official ranges of over 300 miles, making them very good electric cars.

1 Hybrid – Toyota Camry Hybrid

The Toyota Camry Hybrid might be a bit of a left-wing alternative to the Ford Mustang Mach-E, but it’s one of the most popular hybrid vehicles on sale. Equipped with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and an electric motor, the Camry Hybrid produces 208 hp to the front wheels alone via a CVT that can simulate physical gears.

The Camry has always been a fairly boring, yet practical and efficient vehicle, but thankfully Toyota has decided to spice up the lineup – and most other models – with better equipment and more fun options. The Camry is even available with a TRD body kit, which adds a spoiler to the trunk. So while the Mustang Mach-E might be a very good electric car, the Toyota Camry is one of the best hybrids out there.

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