The Tesla Model 3 is one of the most popular electric vehicles (EVs) on the road today. However, just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s perfect for all buyers.
If you’re looking to hit the electric vehicle shops or aren’t sure you’re ready to upgrade to an all-electric car, there are a growing number of options available besides the Tesla Model 3.
Here’s what you get with a Tesla Model 3
A 2022 Tesla Model 3 starts at $44,990. That base price gets you a vehicle powered by a rear-wheel-drive electric motor that develops 241 horsepower and 298 pound-feet of torque.
The car is rated for 267 miles of range on a single charge. Of that, 175 miles can be restored in 15 minutes by connecting to the company’s Supercharger network.
More expensive variants offer up to 344 miles of all-electric range and the ability to go from zero to 60 mph in as little as 3.1 seconds, almost as fast as a Porsche 911.
All Teslas are equipped with automatic emergency braking, collision warning and blind-spot monitoring. Basic Autopilot technology that centers the car in a lane and can steer it when the right conditions are met is standard.
An additional $12,000 unlocks a package the company calls “Full Self Driving Capability.” The package includes a suite of driver assistance and safety features, many of which require the driver’s full attention and hands on the wheel to operate.
The standard 15-inch infotainment screen gives drivers access to apps like Netflix and YouTube, but not Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Some apps can only be used when the car is parked for driver safety.
Here are some other cars to consider before ordering your Tesla Model 3.
2022 Polestar 2
The Volvo and Geely-owned electric vehicle maker plans to rapidly expand its all-electric range. For now, there’s the Polestar 2. The single-engine, long-range sedan starts at $45,900 and has an EPA-estimated range of 270 miles.
Polestar 2 can charge from 10% to 80% in 35 minutes on a 155 kilowatt (kW) DC fast charger or eight hours overnight on a home charger.
Standard safety features include lane keeping assist and driver vigilance monitoring. A $3,200 Pilot Pack adds features like adaptive cruise control, Pilot Assist advanced driver assistance system and a 360-degree surround-view camera system.
The car comes standard with an 11.2-inch infotainment screen, Google Assistant, the ability to download and install over-the-air updates, and free internet data for the first three years of ownership.
2022 Toyota Prius
For those not yet comfortable switching to fully electric vehicles, there are a wide range of options, including one of the most popular hybrid cars sold today. At $24,625, the Prius is cheaper than an all-electric sedan.
The Prius has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor that powers certain vehicle functions, including low-speed driving.
All Priis come standard with adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, traffic sign assist, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking.
Buyers can get a Prius with an infotainment screen up to 11.6 inches in size. It is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa functionality.
2022 Mini Cooper SE
Introduced for the 2020 model year, the MINI Cooper SE is a fun-to-drive two-door option to consider if you primarily do short-distance driving. Starting at $29,900, the SE has an estimated range of 114 miles on a single charge.
On a 50 kilowatt (kW) fast charger, the battery can reach 80% charge in 36 minutes.
An 8.8 screen infotainment with Apple CarPlay functionality and integrated navigation is also standard.
The Cooper SE comes standard with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision and Pedestrian Collision Warning and City Collision Mitigation technology.
2022 Nissan Leaf
The 2022 Nissan Leaf is the cheapest electric sedan in America with a base price of $27,400. With the optional larger 62 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery, the Leaf can go up to 226 miles of range.
Using a 100kW fast charger, it takes 45 minutes to reach 80% charge.
Every Leaf is equipped with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with assistance, rear automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist .
The standard 8-inch infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and navigation features.
2022 Toyota Prius Premium
The plug-in hybrid version of the Prius arrived in dealerships in 2012 and upgraded to a second generation in 2016. Starting at $28,220, the Prius Prime has an on-board battery capable of up to 25 miles.
At a public 240-volt charging station, the Prius Prime can be fully charged in approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes. A 120-volt home charger can restore battery life in 5 hours and 30 minutes.
The Prius Prime also comes with a driver safety package called Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, which includes lane departure assist, adaptive cruise control and more.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is standard.
Kia EV6 2022
The new Kia EV6 has the same wheelbase as a Tesla Model Y and Kia Telluride, and is as wide as a Ford Mustang Mach-E, making it a desirable size for buyers.
It can travel up to 310 miles on a single charge. Using an 800-volt charging frame, the model can get up to 217 miles of charge, going from a 10-80 percent charge, in less than 18 minutes.
Its most powerful variant can go from zero to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds.
Kia has equipped the model with vehicle charging functionality that can power home electronics on the go. Its flat-floor interior, a feature of electric vehicles, gives the model a spacious feel.
The electric vehicle also comes with 21 advanced driver assistance systems, including Highway Driving Assist 2, which enables guided driving in the lane.
Kia prices the EV6 from $40,900 in the US
2022 Toyota Corolla Hybrid
The hybrid version of Toyota’s compact car was launched in 2020. Starting at $23,750, the Corolla Hybrid is rated at 53 mpg in city driving and 52 mpg on the highway, but in daily driving tests, professional automotive reviewers often hit higher numbers.
The car comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0.
An 8-inch infotainment touchscreen acts as a conduit for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa capabilities.
Honda Clarity 2021
The Honda Clarity was launched in 2018. It is currently sold as a plug-in hybrid vehicle or as a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.
The PHEV starts at $33,400, with a battery life of 47 miles all-electric. The fuel cell version, only available for rental in California, is rated for a range of 360 miles.
On a 240 volt charger, the battery will be charged in approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Filling it completely takes about five minutes.
The Honda Sensing suite of safety aids includes adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation and collision mitigation braking.
An 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on the model.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 2022
Hyundai has launched its new Ioniq brand with the new all-electric 5 high hatchback. The crossover starts at $39,700.
Maximum all-electric charging range is 303 miles. The popular dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup goes 256 miles on a single charge.
The Ioniq 5 is capable of charging at 400 and 800 volts, allowing it to charge the battery from 10 to 80 percent in as little as 18 minutes. In just five minutes, using a 350 kW fast charger, the car can gain 110 km of range.
Ioniq 5 also has V2L functionality which allows owners to power home electronics off the 120 volt outlet.
The model has more passenger volume than Ford Mustang Mach-E and Volkswagen ID.4.
Hyundai equips the Ioniq 5 with its Highway Driving Assist 2 technology, adaptive cruise control with automatic learning, forward collision warning with avoidance assistance, blind spot warning and assistance collision warning, speed limit assist, driver attention warning and high beam assist.
2022 Honda Accord Hybrid
The 10th generation Accord comes in a hybrid variant starting at $27,320.
The Accord Hybrid features the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine found in some internal combustion Accords, along with two electric motors. The car is rated at 48 mpg city and 47 mpg.
The Honda Sensing Safety Package is standard with adaptive cruise control, off-road mitigation and collision mitigation braking.
Every Accord Hybrid comes standard with an 8-inch infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.