If you’re considering an all-electric vehicle in hopes of saving money on fuel, it might not exactly be the value proposition you’d hoped for due to startup costs like a highly recommended Level 2 home charger installation, opting for longer-range models and the requisite price premium versus gas-powered vehicles. That said, patience is an EV virtue and, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, can pay off substantially over the course of a decade and a half for those who stay the course.
One way to accelerate those savings — efficiently, of course — is to pay as little as possible up front. To that very end, we’ve taken the liberty of rounding up the cheapest EVs you can buy right now — and you can learn all about them in one of our most popular news articles of the past week.
The most modestly priced electrics out there right now range in starting price from around $27,500 up to nearly $43,000, and range in range (that’s EV fancy talk for how far you can drive on a full charge) from 100 miles up to 361 miles. The 11 most inexpensive EVs are headed by the soon-to-be-discontinued 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV hatchback and its Bolt EUV crossover counterpart — but for pertinent details on the full list and how each of these cheap EVs can aid you in your plug-in purchasing decision, follow the link below to Cars.com’s No. 3 news story of the week.
For those shopping on the other end of the expense and efficiency spectrum, we direct you to this week’s fifth-place finisher on our countdown of most read articles, Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman’s comprehensive critique of the full-size (and, such as it is, full-priced) luxury SUV, the 2023 BMW X7. Bragman praises the X7 for its evolutionary exterior style that’s both sophisticated and provocative, its big-SUV bigness that translates to interior comfort and utility, abundant output figures for both horsepower and torque from the as-tested twin-turbocharged V-8 engine, ride and handling appropriately matched to its highway purpose but sporty enough to honor its power specs, and a cocoon-like cabin that keeps out mellow-harshing noise from less hospitable environs outside. Holding the X7 back from being all it aspires to be, however, is an unfortunate acquiescence to current high-end trends in overindulging technological innovation at the expense of good old-fashioned luxury.
“When the interior goes all flat-panel touchscreen, it doesn’t convey luxury in any tactile way — it’s just a flat piece of plastic you’re touching, not an articulated button or knob,” Bragman laments in his review. “So, BMW has tried to up the technology behind that screen with all manner of functions seemingly as a replacement for lost perceived quality.”
For our full take on the 2023 BMW X7, follow the link below to the No. 5 article of the week.
Beyond that, we’ve got headlines on the Subaru Crosstrek, Toyota Grand Highlander and much more, so don’t stop reading till the digits double. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:
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