The completely new BMW i3 wows with an eye-catching design (more startling than stunning to some people, admittedly), a futuristic carbon-reinforced carbon fiber and aluminum construction, and a futuristic interface.
It's a counterpoint to the B-Class Electric Drive's straightforward presentation—and technically the B-Class has a longer driving range.
The Nissan Leaf is affordable and also quite straightforward, although its interior trims and cabin noise aren't up to the standards of other models here.
The Chevrolet Volt and Ford C-Max Energi are both plug-in hybrids, able to go a certain number of miles before their gasoline engines kick on; for around the same price or somewhat less, those vehicles might better meet the needs of some families looking to 'green' their garage.
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|2014 Mercedes-Benz B-ClassBrowse Used Listings||2014 BMW i3Browse Used Listings||2014 Chevrolet VoltBrowse Used Listings||2014 Ford C-Max EnergiBrowse Used Listings||2014 Nissan LeafBrowse Used Listings|
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|4-Door HB Electric Drive||4-Door HB||5-Door HB||Energi 5-Door HB SEL||4-Door HB S|
|Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
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