2014 was a good year for urban dwellers seeking an electric vehicle: It was when the BMW i3 hit showrooms. The microcar made a splash with its roomy cabin, responsive handling, and quality interior. It also bears little resemblance to any of BMW's other models, which makes it easy to pick out in a lineup.
Beneath its funky design, however, the i3 is still a BMW at heart, sporting rear-wheel drive, solid performance, and many of the design details found on other models. The i3 is also remarkably light, sporting a mix of ultra lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber. With such a wide range of good qualities, the i3 has few worthy competitors. A few models like the Ford Focus and Nissan Leaf are decent electric alternatives, but they cannot match the luxury and handling of the i3.