As the world continues to embrace the electrification of vehicles and the quest for sustainable energy, the auto market has responded with an impressive array of options. We're talking about offerings that have been able to persuade even those traditionalist fans who were not ready to give up gas-guzzling vehicles. One such electrifying option - perfect for families seeking the ideal blend of comfort, style, and performance (with a dose of eco-friendliness) - is an electric SUV. These silent, spacious, and sustainable modern chariots have undeniably surged in popularity in a relatively short time. In fact, electric SUVs accounted for over half of global electric car sales in 2022 (happened for the first time ever). Also, there were over 400 electric car models in the global market in 2022, and 55 percent of them were SUVs — an impressive 40 percent increase from 2018.

Since America's love for SUVs is no hidden secret, EV companies are capitalizing on it big time. And the best part is that electric SUVs retain the desirable features of traditional SUVs (better space, seating, visibility, maneuverability, performance, and storage) while providing the undeniable benefits of reduced running and maintenance costs and lower emissions. So, if you're on the hunt for the best electric SUV for your family, the EV market is brimming with a range of excellent choices to fit your budget and requirements.

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10 Tesla Model Y - $46,990

Gray 2023 Tesla Model Y
A front three-quarter shot of a 2023 Tesla Model Y

It would be a cardinal sin to make a list of the best electric SUVs for families and not include Tesla at the start of it. After all, this king of the EV revolution has been launching jaw-dropping electric vehicles for years. And, this second electric SUV model by Tesla (the first being Tesla Model X) has met our expectations. The 2023 Tesla Model Y is a compact and luxurious all-electric SUV with a roomy cabin, swift acceleration, fantastic handling, and an impressive driving range. It comes in three trims (Standard, Long Range, and Performance), each varying by acceleration and range. The 2023 Model Y Long Range (AWD) can travel upwards of 330 miles on a single charge, whereas the Model Y Performance version delivers a range of 303 miles.

The new Model Y has seating for five passengers, but you can opt for the optional third row of seats by paying an additional $3,000 (which Tesla has reduced from $4,000). Moreover, you get plenty of in-car tech, dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic glass roof, and tons of other cool stuff you can expect from Tesla. And if you don't feel the vibe of buying the 2023 model, the 2022 Tesla Model Y still remains an impressive and delightfully stylish choice.

9 Nissan Ariya - $43,190

Bronze 2023 Nissan Ariya
Front three quarters of Nissan Ariya

Recognized as an integral part of the automaker's Ambition 2030 goals, which strive to provide electrified mobility for all, the 2023 Nissan Ariya stands out as an attractive and distinctive electric crossover SUV. With its clean (even sporty) design, quality driving experience, respectable range, and safety features, the Ariya has successfully carved a name for itself amidst tough competition. One could argue that the Nissan Ariya is an ideal choice for those entering the realm of electric SUVs for the first time.

The entry model with a 63 kWh battery pack and front-wheel-drive can deliver a usable day-to-day range of 216 miles. However, we recommend the Premier trim, featuring an 87 kWh battery upgrade that extends the electric SUV's range to 304 miles on front-wheel-drive. The all-wheel-drive version of the Nissan Ariya Premier model sees a reduced range of 270 miles. The instant you sit in the Nissan Ariya, you'll experience the reassuring and functional atmosphere of this family-friendly electric SUV. This five-passenger, two-row electric SUV provides a generously-sized cabin and abundant cargo space. The interior of the Ariya consists of supremely comfortable zero-gravity seats, LED ambient lighting, heated seats in both front and rear, dual 12.3-inch display screens, and a host of other features.

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8 Volkswagen ID.4 - $38,995

2023 Volkswagen ID.4 parked
A 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 parked in a street

If you're looking for a fun-to-drive SUV that leans more towards function, spaciousness, and overall comfort over flamboyance and excessive engine output, the 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 is a stellar pick as a family-friendly electric SUV. Now in the glory of its third model year (the previous ones were impressive as well), the two-row VW ID.4 has a minimalist interior with standard tech devoid of excessive buttons. With super comfortable seating, generous cargo space, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, ambient lighting, and a 12.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, it ticks a lot of boxes for a comfy family electric SUV.

The performance of the 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 would be "good enough" for most small families. The Standard trim, featuring a 201-horsepower electric motor and a smaller 58 kWh battery pack, delivers an estimated 208 miles of range. And if you want better range and power, opt for the ID.4 Pro version, which utilizes a 295-horsepower dual-motor and a 77 kWh battery pack to achieve up to 275 miles on a single charge. Overall, the 2023 ID.4 is a practical, safe, and spacious electric SUV that has some room for improvement but is more than capable of meeting your needs on most fronts.

7 Mercedes-Benz EQB - $53,900

Red Mercedes EQB
Side view of a parked Mercedes-Benz EQB 

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB is a comfortable, spacious, and powerful all-electric SUV with almost all the traits to be one of the best electric SUVs of 2023 for small families. And if you have a slightly bigger family, you can use the optional pop-up third row of seats (which is surprisingly roomy enough). What we really love about the EQB is that it is almost as spacious and convenient as the Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV, upon which this electric SUV is based.

It is offered in three models, with the addition of the new entry-level EQB250+ (FWD) that has a 188-horsepower electric motor and travels up to 250 miles on a single charge. At the same time, the more powerful dual-motor EQB300 and EQB350 models (AWD) offer 244 and 227 miles of range. Moreover, this electric SUV comes equipped with the most advanced safety tech and numerous in-cabin features to deliver top-level luxury, safety, and practicality. You can also consider the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB, which brings its own mix of strengths and limitations.

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6 Cadillac Lyriq - $58,590

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A front three-quarters shot of a Cadillac Lyriq in motion

The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq is a spacious, two-row compact electric crossover with one of the most striking exterior designs, a competitive range, and tons of tech features. This 5-seater electric SUV is ideal for families looking for a luxurious vehicle that offers supreme comfort, seamless performance, and all the controls and features of a modern car. The tech-laden interior of the 2023 Lyriq has a 33-inch infotainment and digital gauge cluster combination, advanced navigation, wireless device charging, Google Built-In functions, dual-zone automatic climate control, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, remote keyless entry, and more.

Available in two powertrains, you can choose between the standard RWD with a 340-horsepower electric motor, or go for the more thrilling dual-motor AWD that pushes out 500 horses and 460 pound-feet of torque. It's fitted with a 12-module, 100 kWh battery pack that can take you over 300 miles, and it charges up super fast too! Moreover, the 2023 Lyriq has four drive modes: Tour, Sport, Snow/Ice, and My Mode (for a customizable driving experience).

5 Kia EV6 - $48,700

Red Color Kia EV6
Front and side angle shot of Kia EV6

The Kia EV6 2023 is, without any doubt, one of the best two-row electric SUVs for families. This all-electric crossover SUV's spacious interior is enough to seat up to five passengers comfortably, and there is ample cargo space too. We are super impressed by the 2023 Kia EV6 interior because it has beautifully fused aesthetic appeal with enhanced comfort and high-tech content. And while it is zippy on the road, you're guaranteed to enjoy well-balanced handling and an invigorating driving experience. The 2023 Kia EV6 range is impressive as well, with the rear-wheel drive Wind and GT-Line trims using a 77.5 kWh battery pack to deliver up to 310 miles on a single charge.

You can consider buying the astounding, performance-oriented 2023 Kia EV6 GT model, which has a reduced range of 206 miles but harnesses the power of two electric motors, generating 576 horsepower and 545 pound-feet of torque. But wait, there's more! The EV6 GT model can sprint from 0-60 mph in just 3.4 seconds, securing its position as the fastest and most powerful model in Kia's history.

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4 Hyundai Ioniq 5 - $41,450

Hyundai Ioniq 5
Front three-quarters shot of a blue Hyundai Ioniq 5 parked 

Many regard the Hyundai Ioniq 5 as the best electric SUV of 2023 for families, and we wholeheartedly concur. Calling it a "shut up and take my money" electric SUV would be an understatement. After all, the two-row Ioniq 5 is so strikingly fabulous that even families on the search for a three-row electric SUV might be tempted to make an exception for this zero-emission marvel. From a distinctively polished design and fast-charging capability to a spacious interior and comfortable driving experience, this well-engineered electric SUV is praised as a complete package.

Available in three electric powertrains, the RWD standard range model features a single, rear-mounted 168-horsepower electric motor powered by a 58 kWh battery pack, offering a range of 220 miles. We recommend considering the RWD version equipped with a 77.4 kWh battery for an extended range of 303 miles. Or you can opt for the top-tier Limited trim, which features heated and ventilated front seats, ambient interior lighting, dual 12.3-inch displays (gauge cluster and the latest infotainment system), a panoramic sunroof, and so much more. Also, this five-seater electric SUV has a sufficient cargo volume of 27.2 cubic feet, which can be extended to 59.3 cubic feet after the second row is folded.

3 Rivian R1S - $78,000

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Side angle shot of Rivian-R1S

The 2023 Rivian R1S (with no real changes to the 2022 model year) is one of the best luxury electric SUVs on the market that boasts quick acceleration, impressive handling, solid range, and lots of space for families and cargo (105 cubic feet of total enclosed storage). This three-row all-electric SUV won't disappoint you (we repeat, it won't). Flaunting different drive modes, the R1S possesses incredible on and off-road capabilities that can rival many gasoline-powered competitors. It features adjustable air suspension to lower or lift the SUV's ride height. Plus, it has an impressive towing capacity of up to 7,700 pounds.

The standard powertrain configuration is the Dual-Motor trim (AWD) with 600 horsepower. On the other hand, the powerful and quick Quad-Motor version has 835 horsepower and 908 pound-feet of torque, making the R1S hit 60 mph in 3 seconds. The range of Rivian R1S is 260 miles with the Standard Pack and 321 miles with the Large Pack. The Max battery pack will be available by fall of 2023, which will deliver up to 390 miles on a single charge.

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2 Tesla Model X - $97,490

2023 Tesla Model X
A white Tesla Model X in motion

It's hard to dispute that the Tesla Model X stands out as one of the top electric SUVs available. The Model X SUV, which happens to be the first electric three-row SUV back in 2016, has evolved into one of Tesla's finest offerings. The spacious and highly competent family-friendly SUV offers ample comfort, room, and... "world's largest panoramic windshield." It boasts amenities like heated and ventilated front seats, a cozy heated steering wheel, and a massive touchscreen infotainment system. Plus, it comes loaded with cutting-edge driver assistance features, such as Autopilot, blind spot monitoring, lane assist, collision avoidance assist, and much more.

The entry-level Model X has dual electric motors that churn out an impressive 670 horsepower. However, it's the eye-catching Model X Plaid with its jaw-dropping 1020-horsepower tri-motor setup that steals the show. Model X Plaid is one of the quickest electric SUVs on the market, capable of sprinting from 0-60 mph in a staggering 2.5 seconds. Also, the Model X's exceptional range is what sets it apart from competitors, covering an astonishing 348 miles on a single charge. And if you cannot resist the temptation of buying the speedier Model X Plaid, you'll still enjoy an outstanding 333-mile range.

1 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV - $104,400

Mercedes Benz EQS SUV
Front three-quarters shot of a Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV in a studio

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is what you get when a luxury automaker becomes more serious about making an electric SUV. This Tesla rival is one of the most expensive all-electric SUVs out there. You might be wondering, does the high price of the EQS SUV justify its place as one of the best electric SUVs for families? Well, truth be told, the 2023 EQS SUV has done a lot of things right, from world-class refinement and an impeccably luxurious interior to powerful drivetrains and a remarkably comfortable driving experience.

The interior of the 2023 EQS SUV features active noise cancelation technology, posh materials, heated and ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, and other high-tech equipment (which isn't surprising at all). This three-row all-electric SUV has borrowed some of the design cues and powertrain from the EQS sedan (no complaints here). Power for this large SUV comes from either the 355-horsepower electric motor in the EQS 450+ or the 536-horsepower dual electric motors in the EQS580 4MATIC. And the 108.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack delivers a driving range of 305 and 285 miles, respectively. On top of this, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV boasts rapid acceleration, reaching 60 mph from a standstill in a mere 4.5 seconds.