Seven New EVs Under $50,000 at Leith*

With new and improved electric vehicles entering the market, there are a few questions you might be asking yourself. Which brand and model is the best? Are the prices right for my budget? What does an EV even do for me? Let’s run through seven of Leith’s industry-recommended EVs under $50,000.

Ford Mustang Mach-E 


2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium

The Ford Mustang Mach-E is our most expensive “under $50,000” EV, but that is for good reason. The RWD model has 346 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque, going from zero to 60 in just over six seconds. The range comes in at an estimated 250 miles. Customize your drive with three experiences: unbridle, engage, and whisper. The unbridled mode gives a sporty feel to the car with increased throttle response and enhanced driving sounds. Engage mode perfectly balances excitement and comfort, providing you with performance and in-vehicle sounds. Whisper mode provides a calm driving experience with gradual acceleration and a lighter deceleration response. A fun feature of the Mustang Mach-E is the front trunk. The “frunk” is waterproof, so feel free to fill it with ice and your favorite drinks to celebrate the weekend around your new car.  

Nissan Ariya 


2023 Nissan ARIYA ENGAGE

The Nissan Ariya has nine trims, three starting under $50,000. Engage’s entry-level model has a zero to 60 time of just over seven seconds. With 214 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, the FWD Ariya provides a steady driving experience. It has a 216-mile range and the choice of two drive modes: eco and sport. The interior of the Ariya is what catches your eye. It has a minimalistic control panel and a futuristic feel with a floating center console and unique gear shift. With this EV and its many trims, you’re guaranteed to find one that fits your needs. 

Kia EV6


2023 Kia EV6 Wind

The Kia EV6 is a powerful, punchy EV with 225 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It’s zero to 60 times an average of 6.7 seconds, but its 310-mile range makes up for its slower acceleration. If you’re worried about charging in an EV, the EV6 will calm your mind. With a DC fast charger, the car will go from 10% to 80% charged in just 18 minutes. This will ensure you’ll return to your journey quickly with this short charging time. The interior of the EV6 has a futuristic feel, with its floating center console, two-spoke steering wheel, and gold accents throughout the car. This EV is well-rounded and of great value.

Toyota bZ4X 


2023 Toyota bZ4X

The Toyota bZ4X is one of the newer EVs to enter the market, but that doesn’t mean it’s not ready to hit the road. With 201 horsepower and 196 pound-feet of torque, the bZ4X will accelerate from zero to 60 in around 7 seconds. This EV’s estimated range is 252 miles, which gives you plenty of time to drive around before recharging. Regarding recharging, the bZ4X can charge 80% within an hour with a DC fast charger. Sound and music make a difference in your driving experience, and this car makes sure you have the best experience with the JBL nine-speaker premium audio system. 

Kia Niro EV 


2023 Kia Niro EV Wind

The Kia Niro EV was redesigned for 2023, and it now boasts a two-tone exterior and unique lighting elements, making it stand out on the road. The range was increased to an estimated 253 miles, and the zero to 60 time comes out to just over seven seconds. The Niro EV generates 201 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque, making it even more powerful than the Kia Niro hybrid models. The Wind and Wave trims have three drive modes: eco, sport, and normal. These modes guarantee that each driver can find their driving preference in this car. This EV is a great option if you live in a colder climate because of its heat pump used to preserve the driving range and its heated seats and steering wheel.

Volkswagen ID.4 


2023 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro SUV

The Volkswagen ID.4 combines functionality and style with its large cargo space and exterior aerodynamic elements. After 30 minutes of charging, ID.4 will be 80% charged and ready to hit the road. The pro model will take off from zero to 60 in 5.7 seconds with 295 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque. Continue on your journey for an estimated 255 miles before having to recharge. The interior style is just as important to some of us, and the ID.4 is no exception. It has an expansive panoramic fixed glass roof, multi-color adjustable ambient lighting, heated front seats, and a 12-inch touchscreen display. 

Nissan Leaf 


2024 Nissan LEAF S

The Nissan Leaf is the most affordable EV on our list, and it’s a great choice for those doing more local travel. It has a 149-mile range, which is appropriate for those not planning on taking an EV on a road trip. The SV Plus model has a 212-mile range if you want something to take you further. With 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, the standard model goes from zero to 60 in 7.4 seconds. The Leaf still accelerates nicely because of the instant power delivery that the battery gives. A functional feature of this car is the large cargo space. There is plenty of space with the rear seats up, but more than double the space with the seats folded down. This practical EV gives the driver good range and acceleration with exceptional interior space.

Many respectable electric vehicles have a starting price of under $50,000. From EVs best for local travel to those ready to take a road trip, Leith Cars is here to help you find an EV that will excite you to get on the road and begin your electric car journey. You can visit to begin your search.

*List only includes EVs sold new by

By Taylor Beach, Leith Cars Marketing Intern



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