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2015 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Plug-In Vehicle

2015 Chevrolet Spark EV

Best Plug-In Vehicle:
2015 Chevrolet Spark EV

You don't necessarily have to pay a big premium to go green, as evidenced by our 5-Year Cost to Own Award winner in the Best Electric/Plug-in category. As the eco-friendliest version of the automaker's smallest offering, the Chevrolet Spark EV packs even more personality into its small but surprisingly roomy dimensions. Currently offered for sale only in California and Oregon, the Spark EV also boasts an IIHS Top Safety Pick rating.

The Spark EV gets its go from a 140-horsepower electric motor that develops 400 lb-ft of instant torque, powering the 5-door/4-passenger minicar to 60 mph in a surprising and impressive 7.5 seconds. The rear-mounted battery pack gives the car an estimated range of 82 miles, and helps power the all-electric Spark to a top speed of 90 mph. It's even fun when the going gets twisty, with the tiny dimensions and responsive acceleration imparting more than a small dose of go-kart feel.

The Chevrolet Spark EV also offers an impressive list of standard equipment, including a programmable instrument display, Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with 7-inch color touchscreen, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, OnStar, driver-selectable Normal/Sport operating modes, a full complement of power assists and 10 airbags. A fully loaded Spark EV is outfitted with leatherette upholstery and heated front seats.

A full charge takes about 17 hours using a standard 120-volt outlet, but most owners don't usually need a full charge to top off the tank, so to speak. A dedicated 240V charging unit will provide a full charge in less than seven hours, while the optional DC Fast Charger setup will refill the battery to 80-percent capacity in just 20 minutes.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$28,964
as of December 31, 2014

2nd Place Finisher
2015 Nissan LEAF

2015 Nissan LEAF

Offering a groundbreaking combination of price, range and practicality, the Nissan Leaf has earned a spot in history as one of the first all-electric cars for the masses.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$31,763
as of December 31, 2014

3rd Place Finisher
2015 Chevrolet Volt

2015 Chevrolet Volt

Even in its last model year before a complete redesign, the pioneering Chevrolet Volt range-extended plug-in also took home the title of Electric/Plug-In Car Best Buy for 2015.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$35,480
as of December 31, 2014

Other Category Winners


See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2014 | 2013 | 2012

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