BOISE – As more electric vehicles (EV) hit the market, many Americans are looking for a fuel-efficient car that doesn’t sacrifice comfort and quality.

To help with the purchase decision, the AAA Car Guide ranks electric, plug-in electric, hybrid, and alternative fuel vehicles by category, based on testing conducted by AAA’s Automotive Research Center in Southern California.

This year’s overall winner was the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC SUV, with the following category winners:

Overall2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC SUV (electric)
Small Car2023 Volvo S60 Recharge Ultimate Black Edition (plug-in hybrid)
Midsize Car2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE 350 4MATIC Sedan (electric)
Large Car2023 BMW i7 xDrive60 (electric)
Pickup Truck2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat (electric)
Small SUV2023 Hyundai IONIQ 5 Limited (electric)
Midsize SUV2023 Genesis Electrified GV70 Prestige (electric)
Large SUV2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC SUV (electric)
Best Under $40K2023 Honda CR-V Sport Touring (hybrid)
Best Between $40K – $60K2023 Hyundai IONIQ 5 Limited (electric)
Over $60K2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC SUV (electric)

To be eligible for this year’s Car Guide, vehicles had to be all-new or completely redesigned for 2023 or 2024 and be an electric, hybrid, low-emission diesel, or a vehicle that runs on hydrogen fuel.  Using a combination of real-world and test track conditions, vehicles were evaluated across 13 criteria such as acceleration, handling, fuel efficiency, braking, and ride quality.

“In the early days of electric vehicles, one of the major concerns was that the few available options didn’t match the needs and lifestyles of some drivers.  But fast forward to today – selection has dramatically improved, and range anxiety is also starting to dissipate,” says AAA Idaho public affairs director Matthew Conde.  “Regardless of vehicle type, we’ll always be there to lend a helping hand, including for those people who are excited about EV technology.”

Due to their popularity among car buyers, the SUV category was divided into small, midsize, and large classifications this year.

When purchasing an electric vehicle, AAA recommends researching the location of charging stations near work, home, and along commonly traveled routes, as well as investigating the cost of installing a fast charger at home.  Familiarize yourself with one-pedal driving, regenerative braking, increased torque, and other elements of EV operations through an in-depth test drive.

AAA’s EV resources

AAA 2024 Car Guide
Overall winner, Best Large SUV and Best Over $60k: 2023 All Electric Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC SUV
AAA 2024 Car Guide
Best Pickup: 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat (electric)