The days of pumping gas are numbered if these car companies have anything to say about it. The electric car might have been a pipe dream back in the early 90s and thirty years later there is a battery powered revolution. Spearheaded by the work of Elon Musk, his company Tesla proved that electric cars can be stylish, powerful, and ultimately better for your wallet in the long run.
But where do you start? Luckily, just about every auto company has thrown their hat in the ring when it comes to electric vehicles and a lot of them are safe picks. They are a great purchase for families as their longevity is unmatched, keeping you focused on life’s other curveballs. Keep reading to learn about the 13 best electric cars for families of five.
Tesla Model 3
Probably the most recognizable electric vehicle on the market, the Tesla Model 3 will make head turns as you quietly zip by in style. It is more than just something to look at though, thanks to great mileage and efficiency this makes it one of the better options for your dollar. While it is advertised at something less than $34,000, that is not entirely true. That price is after a government tax credit and estimated gas savings in six years, so this is not completely accurate.
The actual price of the base model Tesla Model 3 is realistically closer to $40,000.
- These cars in general are more money up front, however you will save astronomically not having to buy gas and their lifespans are tripled due to less parts and no need for the complexities of a conventional engine
- You and your family of five will love having a Tesla Model 3 around for the long run
Despite it being in the style of a four door sedan, the Tesla Model # has a five star safety rating and has been graded very favorably since hitting the market.
A historically low 0.38 safety grade from the NHTSA marks it the lowest probability of injury in any car they have ever tested in their long history of an agency. You will be able to travel with your family with the peace of mind that everyone is safe and sound in the Model 3.
If Tesla makes the most recognizable electric vehicle, then Nissan makes the second. Probably the only fully electric car that can give the Model 3 a run for its money, the Nissan Leaf has been a wildly popular alternative to Tesla’s fleet thanks to its affordability and patented Nissan reliability. Nissan has always been known for their quality, and you get all of that when you drive a Nissan Leaf.
Affordability being one of the more central factors about this car, safety coming into a close second. A five star safety rating by the NHTSA means you and your family will be safe from anything out there on the road and can focus on more important things, like following turn-by-turn directions from the built in GPS or singalongs with BlueTooth audio connectivity via entertainment console.
The Nissan Leaf is not a hybrid, it is a purely electric powered vehicle. The way it works is it has a massive lithium-ion battery on the floor of the car that needs to be charged. Since there is no engine, there is no meticulously detailed orientation of parts to be taking inventory of when something goes wrong. This makes it last longer over time and will be there when your kids are ready to drive as well.
Chevy Bolt EUV
The Chevy Bolt was a solid choice among electric car enthusiasts when it first came out and now they have come back with an SUV version of their take on the battery-powered vehicle. For a long time no one was sure if it was possible to power a sport utility vehicle with only electricity. However, with today’s technology vehicles like the Chevy Bolt EUV are now a reality, which can go 250 miles on one charge.
Chevrolet is nice enough to even install the charger for you at your home, eliminating the need to bring in a third-party electrician to do it for you. SUVs are always a better choice when trucking around a party of five everywhere you go, so if you are in the market for one this is a smart place to start your search. It has great features like driver assistance, over 39 inches of back seat leg room, and heated/ventilated seats.
The price kind of mirrors the same format as the Tesla Model 3, starting around $34,000 but all of the extra features are much cheaper. Their version of a hands free driver assistance software is a mere $2,200 versus Tesla’s $10,000 program. Just about everything is more affordable with the Chevy Bolt EUV and is definitely a step in the right direction when it comes to families looking to add an electric vehicle.
Torque is not usually something associated with electric vehicles, as it was always a hot topic whether or not electric vehicles could ever compare to the classic american muscle cars from the days of Steve McQueen. The reality is that nowadays this is not an issue and modern engineering can basically make anything happen, especially when it comes to how people navigate the roadways.
Again, SUVs are almost always a better call when it comes to moving your family around.
- The Kia Niro EV is the famed Korean bicycle manufacturer-turned-carmaker’s take of the fully electric SUV and it is a homerun
- Kia has quietly produced some of the most reliable automobiles over the past couple of years and the Niro EV is no different
- Boasting 291 pound feet of torque, this one makes sure it has power as well
Starting at under $40,000, this is an affordable option as well that comes with a slew of standard features like interior mood lighting for when the kids want to take a nap in the back seat or lower lumbar support in the driver’s seat when it is time to pass driving duties off to your teenager to protect their spine. A Top Safety Pick by the IIHS back in 2019, you can bet nothing has changed within the past couple of years to deter that.
Ford Mustang Mach E
The award winning, 2021 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year Ford Mustang Mach E is quickly moving up the ranks when it comes to best selling electric vehicles. While its sister-model, the Ford Mustang, is one of the most notable cars ever to grace asphalt, the Mach E is very different in appearance and features. Ford is pretty transparent about these cars starting at around $42k, but can drop after a tax credit.
It brings a 305 mile range to the table, making sure to limit the bathroom breaks on long family road trips. Ford CoPilot 360 Technology is on the rise to keep you focused on the road and alert at all times, keeping everyone safe along the way. A 2021 IIHS Top Safety Pick reinforces the idea that this is a car with family in mind. It might seem weird seeing an SUV variant of the Mustang, but the Mach E makes it seem so right.
There are a few different models of the Mach E, but the Select model is worth taking a look at if you are not sure where to start. Every optional feature available is compliant with the Select model so it is a great way to pick and choose features that cater to your family as you see fit. Granted, this will undoubtedly drive the price up further but like all electric vehicles it is a purchase that appreciates in value better than gas powered cars.
The reigning 2021 World Car of the Year is something you literally have to reserve ahead of time to purchase. Legendary German engineering from Volkswagen is something you know you can trust, it was only a matter of time until they had a full-fledged electric vehicle. Volkswagen has always broken barriers, whether it was the style of the Beetle or the gas mileage of the Golf, they have always looked forward.
There is tons of room in the Volkswagen ID.4, a little over 62 cubic feet to be exact.
- With no front engine, there is maximum cabin space and legroom in the back, guaranteeing your family will have enough personal space on long car drives
- IQ Drive is Volkswagen’s take on semi-autonomous driving ability, which takes some stress away from the driver so they can focus on everyone’s needs on the road and on the fly
Having to wait to get one of these cars might not fit the rigorous schedule a family of five has to adhere to, but it would be worth the agony. Volkswagen might be a little late to the party but they are fashionably late and arriving in style. The ID.4 is going to be a slam dunk once it starts catching on and would be the perfect addition to your garage and a great car to introduce driving to your kids with. Show them the future, today.
Volvo XC40 Recharge
The Volvo XC40 is the flagship SUV offering from the Scandinavian carmakers. The XC40 Recharge is the fully electric version of this stalwart utility vehicle. Power is not a question when it comes to the XC40 Recharge either, making carpooling to soccer practice a cinch or hauling a family of five’s weight in luggage on vacations. The XC40 Recharge more than doubles the horsepower of its gas powered counterpart.
Almost 60 cubic feet of space means plenty of room for everyone. It starts at over $50,000, however if you want to add some features or change the color it will cost more. Something neat about buying a Volvo is you are buying from a company that has done it all. There are tons of add-ons like trailer hitches, bike racks, and even children’s car seats you can buy that are tailor made for your Volvo XC40 Recharge.
As far as service and warranty goes, have no fear – all of the best Volvo has to offer is included in your purchase. Volvo On Call in the event of an accident on a road trip, prepaid maintenance plans, factory scheduled maintenance, you name it. You will always be in good hands when it comes to purchasing a Volvo and you can trust that your family will be as well. You just can not put a price on good service.
Hyundais are famously reliable, some of their models like the Tucson and the Sante Fe can go the distance of 10+ years if regularly serviced. Enter the Hyundai Kona, the brand new fully-electric compact SUV from the Korean auto-builders. While it is a compact SUV, that does mean it is a bit smaller than some of its friends, it makes up for it in handling and a 258 mile range on a full charge.
The Hyundai Kona is great for families that may live in the city or other areas where parking is tight. Like the Tucson, this is a utility vehicle that packs great mileage into a smaller frame. Parallel parking is easy thanks to its manageable size and a seven inch touchscreen infotainment system helps you get where you need to go on a day to day basis, but an impressive electric mileage range should do that on its own.
The Hyundai Kona is not known to have fast acceleration, however this is not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to safety for your family of five. It works in your favor to have a more methodical approach to starting the Kona up but more importantly it makes this car easier to understand when it comes time to teach your kids how to drive. There are few options better to start off with than the Hyundai Kona.
Audi is a storied luxury brand that has delivered hit after hit in the automotive industry. It should not surprise anyone that they took a swing at the electric vehicle industry, either. Their take on the electric car comes in the Audi e-Tron and has all of the style and innovation you have come to know and love from Audi. On a full charge the e-Tron has a range of 222 miles, which is more than enough mileage for the average person.
Both sides of the Audi e-Tron have charging ports, making recharging thoughtless and quick no matter where you are.
- One of the best features is the air suspension system that keeps the car moving smoothly despite how harsh the street conditions might be
- This is great news for families, as they can find peace in knowing that their precious cargo will be safe and sound no matter how bumpy the open road gets
The price is a bit on the steeper end, over $66,000 for the Premium SUV option. However, as always with electric vehicles, this car will last two or three times longer than a fuel dependent car. Having a car like this will not only appreciate in value on name alone, but will be a great car to have in the family as your children grow older and need a set of wheels to borrow now and again.
Okay sure, maybe when you think “family car” a Jaguar does not come to mind. On the contrary, the Jaguar I-PACE is one worth considering if the price tag does not scare you away. At just about $71,000, the I-PACE can seem out of reach – however with tax credits and the amount you will save in gas over the years it all levels out over time. You might have already spent that amount of money on your current car without realizing.
The Jaguar I-PACE is much more than its money value though, it brings a 234 mileage range to the fold which is basically the distance from New York City to Washington, D.C. on a single charge. This is a great buy if you find yourself visiting extended family over long distances but has the interior room for your family of five as well making the trip comfortable, smooth, and quiet so the little ones can get plenty of naps.
The Jaguar I-PACE has a long list of features as well, including in-car WiFi, automatic parallel parking, hands-free trunk and lift gate, front and rear parking sensors, and a panoramic moonroof just to name a few. Sure, some of these features are pure aesthetic like self-cooling seats, but most of the features are invaluable when it comes to the safety of your family especially when it comes time for them to take the wheel.
There are going to be a few Teslas on this list considering how limited the crop of fully electric SUVs are available out there, but none is more revered and coveted than the Tesla Model X. Yes, this is probably the most expensive car on this list but it is probably considered to be the measuring stick when it comes to how every other company manufactures their electric powered utility vehicles. Do not sleep on this due to price.
The Tesla Model X is a midsize SUV that has all of the practicality a utility vehicle is known to offer but also has the swagger of a sports car wrapped into the renowned Tesla engineering that has almost immediately made its mark on the automotive industry. 360 miles of range on a full charge is just about as good as it gets with these styles of cars, making travel distance an afterthought regardless of the destination.
Self-driving and pedestrian detection are great features to introduce to new drivers in your family, but the configurable passenger and cargo space gives you the flexibility you need when it comes to logistics on long car rides or when you are playing taxi driving your kids to school or picking them up from their friend’s houses. As with every Tesla, the on-board infotainment display shows you where to find Supercharger stations.
Tesla Model Y
If the Tesla Model 3 is too small and the Tesla Model X is too expensive then the Tesla Model Y is, as Goldilocks would say, “just right”. Starting at a little over $41,000, the Tesla Model Y combines size and handling as Tesla’s compact SUV. Similar in size to the Hyundai Kona, the Model Y just flat out has more to offer. It has all of the quality that has come to be synonymous with the Tesla brand and futuristic features to boot.
Calling it a smart car does not do it justice.
- Tesla’s come standard with an in-depth onboard infotainment system that not only displays diagnostics and door-to-door GPS capabilities, but also helps you find Supercharger stations everywhere you go
- You will not need to worry about having to visit charging stations frequently thanks to a powerful mileage range of 326 per full charge
Your family will love growing up with this car thanks to features that they can learn to drive with. You can sleep easy knowing your new driver will have all the safety precautions of forward collision warnings, front and rear parking sensors, pedestrian detection, and self-driving. Some nice aesthetic features include a panoramic moonroof and in-car WiFi to go along with a beautiful display screen to help you out.
The onboard infotainment system is great for long trips on the road when there is not much to do aside from paying attention to the road. You can stream music, YouTube videos, Netflix, and Twitch using this infotainment system.
A dark horse in the electric car race, the Polestar 2 is one of the most beautiful and functional electric vehicles on the market. The Swedish car makers spared no expense in terms of detail and made a car that truly rivals Tesla innovation and combines it with trustworth European engineering. It is environmentally conscious as well, even outside of its 233 mile range. Vegan-leather and repurposed wood detail the interior.
The Polestar 2 is intuitive, which is an invaluable asset when it comes to the safety of your family on the road. The AI acts as a pseudo co-pilot that anticipates as well as reacts to its surroundings. This is extremely helpful on highways, where no matter how safe of a driver you are sometimes things go beyond your control. Thanks to the Polestar 2’s AI Pilot Assist you never have to rely on your driving skills alone.
The infotainment system is 100% state of the art and is completely voice-activated outside of being touch-screen. Being able to control music, temperature, GPS, and more is a priceless addition to your vehicle especially when you have your family in the backseat to worry about. Take solace knowing that you can keep your eyes on the road and not the crystal clear display screen, as tempting as it may be.
What Is the Best Family Electric Car?
When it comes to judging the best electric vehicle for families there are a couple different things that may meet your criteria. Granted, every family is different so what one family of five needs might be a non-issue for another. Maybe the price is a huge factor, maybe size is another. If you are more worried about amenities and practicality then maybe you need to find a perfect blend of the two to put your mind at ease.
If you are looking for the best of both worlds, it is hard to beat the Volvo XC40 Recharge. Right off the assembly line it is an affordable car that does not sacrifice safety or other features. When compared to other fully electric SUVs you will see that adding a more advanced tech and intuitive driver assistance will cost an extra $1,300. That is a virtual drop in the bucket compared to the $10,000 Tesla charges.
Safety has always been a priority with Volvo and Swedish engineering typically has their vehicles lasting over a decade with regular service. Their take on the electric SUV is no different and as with most electric cars, it will drive laps around gas-powered engines when it comes to longevity. An electric car on average can go over 400,000 miles over its lifetime with little degradation to its battery. That fact alone is worth the price.
When it comes to your family though, you will want a car that is reliable. When it comes to a family of five you will definitely want some extra wiggle room or other forms of storage for trips. When purchasing an XR40 Recharge you have the option to purchase tailor-made bike racks, trailer hitches, load bars, and even child’s car seats that will fit seamlessly onto your vehicle making everyone’s life easier.