Over a dozen cars start with the letter E. Throw in vehicles available internationally and those no longer in production, and you could easily be looking at hundreds. However, we’ve narrowed down a list of 10 cars that start with E that we feel are the most iconic and important.
To keep things simple, we’ve also stuck with only currently producing vehicles. Nearly half the vehicles on this list are Ford. For some reason, Ford has an affinity with using E, especially in their SUV lineup. Without further ado, let’s take an in-depth look at some of the most popular cars that start with E.
Expedition – Ford
The Ford Expedition is easily the largest vehicle on our list, and has been a staple of the SUV market for over 25 years now. The expedition came out in 1997 and was Ford’s replacement for the Bronco. While popular in its time, the Bronco had aged like many of the other SUVs. Demand for larger vehicles that could hold more passengers was growing.
Unlike some of the more utilitarian SUVs of the 90s, the Ford Expedition offered ruggedness with comfort. It could compete as a more stylish minivan with room for up to eight passengers. In addition to having room for more people, the Expedition also had plenty of storage space in the rear. The original Expedition was also built on the F150 platform, so its frame was rugged and robust.
The Expedition has remained largely unchanged throughout the years, with only minor body modifications. But one of the biggest improvements was the addition of an independent rear suspension. Today, the expedition still uses a conventionally mounted engine rather than a transverse one, which is still great for towing. The starting price for a Ford Expedition is $55,125.
E-Pace – Jaguar
The Jaguar E-Pace is a relatively new entrant into the automotive lineup. Jaguar is well known for their high-end vehicles, and the E pace is certainly no exception. The E-Pace may have a similar name, but it is not to be confused with Jaguar’s E-Type vehicles, popular choices throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
The E-Pace first debuted in 2017 as a sub-compact crossover. Since then, the look has not changed much, and its bold lines are still striking. At first glance, it may be hard to tell whether it’s a car or an SUV because it is slightly higher than a car, but it’s still not quite as tall or bulky as a traditional SUV. However, it does fit five passengers comfortably, and the rear is spacious enough with ample storage.
What makes the E-Pace truly stand out is that it is a plug-in hybrid, In other words, it has a gas engine and electric motor that functions as a conventional hybrid like a Prius would. However, it also contains chargeable battery cells that provide up to 39 miles of range.
Edge – Ford
The Ford Edge is another SUV that’s been around for quite a while now. First debuting in 2007, Ford used it to fill a hole between their Explorer and Escape models. The Ford Explorer was already a middle ground between the expedition and the escape, but there was increasing demand for more midsize SUVs at the time.
In addition, consumers were looking for more sloping body lines, which would become synonymous with the crossovers of that era. The Ford Edge has remained a five-seater SUV with two rows. Similar to the Expedition, it has not received an electric or hybrid version like its comparably sized counterparts, the Ford Escape and the Ford Explorer.
Despite many new entrants into the Ford line of SUVs, such as the Bronco, Ecosport, and even the Mustang Mach-E, the Ford Edge remains a popular choice. Today its size is a little harder to compare because Ford makes so many different SUVs.
E-Class – Mercedes-Benz
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is easily the oldest vehicle model on this list. Having debuted back in 1953, it has been a staple of luxury ever since. Since then, the E-Class has remained Mercedes Benz’s best-selling model. While the E-Series isn’t the top class for Mercedes, it offers a great blend of performance and luxury at a fair price.
If you aren’t familiar with the E-Class, it is a line of sedans, coupes, and convertibles. The fact that all of these different vehicles bear the same name can be confusing. However, the classic design and styling the Mercedes-Benz packs into their E-Class cannot be matched. Over the years, the E-Class has been at the forefront of innovation with features like Adaptive LED Lighting and autonomous driving.
The current line of E-Class cars came out in 2016 as the 2017 model year. There have been a few modifications and updates to the body and interior since then, but it looks like a new line may be ready for 2024. One of the most stunning things about the E-Class is that it is very futuristic on the inside. If you’re interested in purchasing an E-Class, their starting price is $56,750.
Escape – Ford
The Ford Escape was previously the company’s smallest SUV until the Ecosport came along. The Escape debuted back in 2000 as an alternative to the larger Explorer and Expedition models. The Ford Escape has received a couple of facelifts over the years, but you’ve undoubtedly seen it or one of its counterparts. At launch, and for many years after, the Ford Escape was cloned as the Mazda Tribute and Mercury Mariner.
Then in 2005, a hybrid version came out, becaming one of the first hybrid vehicles sold in the US. That variation didn’t last long, but the Escape remained immensely popular through the decades. As a compact SUV, it has two rows and holds five passengers. It was also unlike the Explorer since it used a transverse engine for front-wheel drive.
The most recent rendition of the Ford Escape came out in 2020, and it is much roomier than its prior generation. Despite Ford’s early troubles in getting into the hybrid market, they never gave up, as the most recent model is available in hybrid and plug-in hybrid formats.
E-Tron – Audi
Like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi uses the E-Tron to refer to an entire line of cars rather than a single model. This can cause quite a bit of confusion because the nomenclature is used for numerous models. The E-Tron branding is primarily used to distinguish different Audi models as electric or hybrid vehicles.
For instance, Audi currently has Q4 E-Tron and E-Tron GT, plus a standard E-Tron available in their lineup. Even worse is that the E-Tron designation could refer to either an all-electric or hybrid vehicle. The good news is that Audi makes some incredible cars, and E-Tron models are no exception. These vehicles are all stunning, with sleek lines and exceptional performance.
T2023 E-Tron is available in a compact crossover and a sport back model. The standard 2023 Audi E-Tron is all electric and has dual drive motors. It also holds five passengers and has a stylish yet futuristic interior. If you’re looking to purchase the 2023 E-Tron, it has a starting price of $70,800, with other E-Tron variations going up from there.
Explorer – Ford
The Ford Explorer may not be one of the first SUV’s to come out, but it certainly did a great job of replacing the Bronco II. Looking back at the original Explorer, it resembled similar SUVs of the time, like the Chevy S-10 blazer and Jeep Cherokee. The first generation Explorer only had two doors, a rugged exterior, and a chassis whose ride more closely resembled a truck.
Moving into the mid-90s, Ford greatly improved the platform and released a four-door model as well as one with a V8 and added safety features. The Ford Explorer is well known by many for its role in the movie Jurassic Park. The film used numerous versions of the vehicle, which were modified and painted as tour vehicles.
The current model is bigger than ever, with seating up to seven passengers. Despite Ford adding many new SUVs to their lineup, the Explorer remains on the larger end, coming in smaller than the Expedition. In recent years Ford has also released a hybrid model of the Explorer. Purchasing a Ford Explorer today will set you back $36,760 for the base model or $47,070 for the hybrid model.
Elantra – Hyundai
The Hyundai Elantra has been around longer than nearly any other vehicle on this list, except for the E-Class. First released in 1990, this compact car has been available across the entire globe. However, the Elantra went by other names in many of these markets, but its body and powertrain remained the same. With that in mind, the Elantra isn’t the most popular car starting with E.
Hyundai has come a long way since the Elantra’s release, but unfortunately, many negative sentiments around the brand remain. Hyundai is a South Korean automotive manufacturer that got a lot of negative criticism in its early days for making unreliable vehicles. But today, their vehicles are just as competitive in pricing and quality as most of the other large manufacturers.
The Elantra is still available today, and received its newest incarnation in 2020. The 7th generation remains a five-seater car, but its newest facelift has bold lines that resemble a fastback sports car. In addition, the latest Elantra also has a hybrid option for a higher price.
Equinox – Chevy
Much like Ford, Chevy is going all in on SUVs, but one of their older offerings remains one of their most popular. While it’s not the Blazer, the Chevy Equinox has been around for almost two decades. The original Chevy Equinox debuted in 2004 for the 2005 model year. It was a crossover SUV that replaced the aging Chevy Tracker and S10 Blazer.
The Equinox was a welcome change but signaled the shift to a front-wheel-drive platform. This created a stark difference between the smaller crossover SUVs and the larger SUVs, such as the Tahoe and Suburban. Although the Equinox has seen many changes over the years, it started and has remained as a two-row SUV with five seats and has not gotten a longer version like the Trailblazer.
With so many SUV offerings in chevy’s current lineup, the Equinox is no longer the smallest of the bunch. It now fits pretty squarely in the center between the Trailblazer and the Blazer. The Equinox still provides plenty of room and comes at a reasonable price of $26,600.
e-Niro – Kia
Kia launched their Niro platform back in 2017 in international markets. The new platform was designed specifically as a hybrid. Meaning it had both a gas engine as well as an electric motor. However, they also had a plug-in hybrid that featured rechargeable battery cells. The following year Kia unveiled the E-Niro, which was a fully electric counterpart to the other Niro models.
Much like Hyundai, Kia hasn’t had the best reputation over the years but has managed to build some popularity. Kia is finding a niche in the growing electric vehicle market. The e-Niro initially did not get a US release, but they have since made it to the American market. Kia recently released their second generation Niro which stays similar to the original.
Like its predecessor, the E-Niro is a fully electric SUV with a unique sloping roof and vertical tail lights. Additionally, the vehicle is still available as a hybrid or plug-in hybrid. The newly redesigned interior is also striking and more closely resembles other electric vehicles on the market. The current starting price of the E-Niro is $39,550, with hybrid and plug-in hybrid options costing less.
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