Given its optional REx, the i3 competes against both electric cars and plug-in hybrids.
Almost all of its electric competitors beat it for driving range.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV offers more than twice the range for considerably less money.
It’s more practical, more conservatively styled, and not as special inside.
The new Tesla Model 3 delivers even more electric range for about the same money, though its build quality is poor and it is hard to get.
The Nissan Leaf has 151 miles of range and is cheap and cheerful.
The same can be said of the Volkswagen e-Golf, though its range is on par with the i3’s.
Among plug-in hybrids, the i3's closest rival is the Chevy Volt.
The Chevrolet is basically a normal compact car with enough electric range (53 miles) for the typical commute, and it has a reasonably large fuel tank that can allow it to be driven like any other car.
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