3. 2014 Nissan Leaf
Miles per gallon equivalent: 106 city, 92 highway, 99 combined
Nissan must have heard Americans complain once or twice that it's near-impossible to get a decent electric vehicle for less than $25,000.
Though it's hard to believe the Leaf has been around since 2010, the roughly $6,000 price drop for 2013 indicates Nissan is well aware that the lack of a supercharger dates this vehicle a bit. For folks lacking a long commute and living in such places as the West Coast towns along Interstate 5's electric corridor with loads of access to chargers, however, it's a dream.
A bevy of audio, navigation and app support features -- including maps of nearby charging station -- are similar to that of the higher-priced Volt. The Leaf is just as silent, though, and with a range of 73 miles, still one of the best EV options available for the money, even if advancing EV technology makes it seem like the rest of the field is passing it by.