Cheapest EVs You Can Buy In 2021

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - August 26, 2021

Electric cars can be a far better deal than you think thanks to manufacturer EV incentives and the benefit of a federal EV tax credit. In addition to being nearly as affordable as gas cars, the cheapest EVs can cost as little as $20,000.

Here's a roundup of the cheapest EVs you can buy in 2021, with inside tips on getting the best deal. Factory lease specials and rebates tend to change monthly, so be sure to check the latest incentives for the latest pricing information.

2022 Nissan LEAF EV

The 2022 Nissan LEAF benefits from a nearly $4,300 price cut and has a starting MSRP of just $28,375 with destination. With the full $7,500 EV tax credit, the cost of the brand's flagship EV can be as little as $20,875.

In California, the $2,000 Clean Vehicle Rebate and $1,500 Clean Fuel Reward can lower the cost to $17,375. That makes this the cheapest EV you can buy. Leasing a new LEAF can also be incredibly affordable.

Here in Los Angeles, Nissan is now advertising an ultra-cheap $89/month deal on the 149-mile LEAF S. If you're buying, NMAC is already offering 0% financing for 72 months plus $1,000 in Special APR Cash as well.

Explore Nissan LEAF Prices & Deals

2022 MINI Hardtop SE Electric

The MINI Hardtop SE is a fully-electric 2-door hatchback with an MSRP of just $30,750. Although it was recently dethroned from being the cheapest EV you can buy, the 110-mile MINI SE can be a compelling choice on paper.

The downside is that you'll probably have to order the SE Electric and MINI isn't letting dealers advertise lease deals. While this may be one of the cheapest electric cars, these quirks could make shopping a bit of a hassle.

The MINI SE reportedly wasn't eligible for leases at first, but a bulletin sent to dealers says it is now. If you aren't planning to buy, we recommend checking with your local dealers to confirm current MINI SE lease prices.

Explore MINI Hardtop Prices & Deals

2022 Mazda MX-30 EV

The Mazda MX-30 is due to arrive this fall with initial sales limited to California. With an MSRP of $34,645, MX-30 pricing could dip below $24,000 with every available incentive. That's almost cheaper than a Mazda CX-30 crossover.

Unfortunately, a range of just 100 miles could be a dealbreaker versus EV alternatives like the Chevy Bolt. Considering Bolt lease prices have fallen as low as $107/month within the past year, the MX-30 may not be the best deal.

If the range isn't an issue and you aren't excited by a Bolt, the MX-30 could be appealing. A potential cost of under $24,000 will undoubtedly get the attention of some shoppers as this will soon be the cheapest electric SUV.

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, Senior Pricing Analyst

As CarsDirect’s resident pricing analyst, Alex offers must-know analyses of pricing & incentives to those looking to buy or lease a car. His consumer-oriented coverage of the latest trends and breaking news has been featured by The Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, Motor Trend, Automobile Magazine, and more.

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