U.S. News & World Report has published its "Best Hybrid, Plug-in, and Electric Cars of 2021" awards. Unlike other automotive publications, U.S. News Best Cars ranks all of its hybrid and electric cars and SUVs separately from traditional, gas-powered cars. This way, we can see how every electric car stacks up against rivals in its segment.
With the growing number of battery-electric (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) coming to market, more electric cars and SUVs are beginning to be featured in such awards. In fact, of the seven vehicles U.S. News chose as its winners, four are either BEVs or PHEVs.
The U.S. News rankings and awards take a multitude of information into consideration. This is not about the publication's personal opinions or its journalists' individual driving impressions. Rather, these cars are ranked based on a combination of factors. U.S. News writes:
"To build rankings in each of the following seven categories, we have combined U.S. News overall scores, starting MSRP, fuel economy, EV range, and charging data from the EPA for 73 hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric cars where applicable. The winners have the best combination of quality, value, and efficiency in their segment."
The publication's overall scores combine the opinions of the automotive press from a wide variety of outlets, so these picks aren't simply based on opinions at U.S. News. Instead, they provide a look at what the entire industry thinks of each car overall. Factoring in starting MSRP, crash-test data, and range and efficiency give us a solid idea of how these cars stack up.
With that said, U.S. News chose the following winners:
- Best EV: Chevrolet Bolt EV
- Best Luxury EV: Tesla Model Y
- Best PHEV: Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid
- Best Luxury PHEV: Audi A7 Plug-In Hybrid
In its standard hybrid configuration, the Hyundai Ioniq also wins the award for "Best Hybrid Car." The final two winners were also traditional hybrids (no plug). The "Best Hybrid SUV" award goes to the Ford Escape Hybrid. U.S. News names the Lexus ES Hybrid the winner of the "Best Luxury Hybrid" award.
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