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Twelve Electric Vehicles You Can Buy With a Spare Tire In 2023

We run down the list of American-market electric vehicles that offer you a spare tire. The list is surprisingly long.


As automakers transition to dramatically heavier electric vehicles, the myth that automakers needed to save a few pounds by eliminating your spare tire has become accepted by many gullible consumers as fact. No Tesla model has a spare tire, nor do they come with a spare tire storage area. Hyundai’s new Ioniq 5, Kia’s EV6, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Volkswagen ID.4, and even the six-figure Lucid Air all leave you stranded if your tire is damaged and cannot be re-inflated on the road. Your only option is to see your pricey new EV towed away. However, many EV models do have spare tires. And the list is getting longer as new models emerge.

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Rivian spare tire image by Rivian media support

In our listing, we will include both plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles (PHEVs) and also battery electric vehicles (BEVs). If that upsets you for some reason, feel free to state your objection in our comments section. By our way of thinking, any vehicle that plugs in and can get you to and from work without using any gas is an EV.

Image of Toyota RAV4 Prime spare tire by John Goreham

Some of the electric vehicles on the market offer spare tires as an option or by trim. We will do our level best to specify which is which, but always check with your dealer or direct-market retailer on the status of a spare tire before you place an order. Also, some markets outside of the U.S. may steal the spare even on the models we list here.

Chart of EVs with spare tires by John GorehamHummer EV SUV image courtesy of GM
June 1, 2023 List updated to include Hummer SUV.

Most Insane Electric Vehicle Spare Tire Option - GMC Hummer EV
The GMC Hummer does not come standard with any spare. However, GMC will sell you an optional Bed-Mounted Vertical Tire Carrier that can hold up to two matching wheels. Sure, you lose your cargo area, but with two full-size matching spare tires, we must give a tip of the hat to the Hummer pickup.

Chevy Bolt self-seal image by John GorehamHonorable Mentions - Chevy Bolt EV and Lexus NX
General Motors also gave the Bolt line of electric vehicles a solution for punctures. The Bolt comes with a self-sealing tire. While this solution may not be ideal for all owners, given the Bolts' primarily urban commuter mission, we feel this is a very viable alternative to a spare tire. General Motors has not forgotten how to make a practical car. Similarly, Lexus has opted to use run-flat tires for its new plug-in NX crossover. While we are not fans of run flat tires based on our testing of them in the real world, they are better than no solution at all.

Modern Spare image courtesy of Modern SpareWhat About Adding a Spare Tire To Your EV?
Modern Spare has stepped up to correct the error made by automakers by not including a spare tire with popular electric vehicle models. Owners of Modern Spare tires and kits report good things. However, you must store the spare somewhere, and many new EVs do not have any spare tire storage under the cargo area. So you must leave it in the cargo area, which consumes your usable space, and, if not stored properly, is a safety hazard. Finally, you have to add one more thing to your list of EV accessories to buy.

Won’t My Mobility Kit Save Me?
We have no problem with tire mobility kits. In fact, they make sense even if you have a spare tire. But are they really a substitute for a spare? Tire mobility kits, a.k.a. gunk in the trunk, can help to get you going if you have a simple puncture, you are able to use the mobility kit successfully, and if you are near help. However, many owners who use mobility kits also fail to use them successfully. Many users report that the mobility kit’s slime killed their TPMS sensor. So, while they are certainly better than nothing, tire mobility kits are not a solution to all types of tire damage. Consider this scenario; You are in a snowstorm, and you have damaged a tire by hitting a monster pothole. That tire is now flat. You have phoned roadside assistance. Would you rather know you have a spare tire in the trunk the technician can mount upon arrival, or would you prefer to have a frozen-solid mobility kit in the trunk?

Wrangler 4xe image by John GorehamHelp Us Help EV Shoppers
Our list may not be complete, and over time we hope more EVs will enter the marketplace with spare tires. If you know of an EV with a spare tire that we have left out, please tell us in the comments below about it. We will update our list periodically so electric vehicle shoppers who value a spare tire can make an informed decision.

8-19-22 - List updated to Include Hyundai Santa Fe HTRAC PHEV.
Image of Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV spare tire by John Goreham2022 Kia Sorento PHEV spare image courtesy of Justin Hart
9-15-22 List updated to include Kia Sorento PHEV - Thanks Justin Hart!

John Goreham is a long-time New England Motor Press Association member and recovering engineer. John's interest in EVs goes back to 1990 when he designed the thermal control system for an EV battery as part of an academic team. After earning his mechanical engineering degree, John completed a marketing program at Northeastern University and worked with automotive component manufacturers, in the semiconductor industry, and in biotech. In addition to Torque News, John's work has appeared in print in dozens of American news outlets and he provides reviews to many vehicle shopping sites. You can follow John on TikTok @ToknCars, on Twitter, and view his credentials at Linkedin

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Image credits:
Top of page Ford F-150 Lightning Spare tire image by John Goreham By John Goreham. Image of Toyota RAV4 Prime spare tire by John Goreham. Modern Spare image courtesy of Modern Spare. Wrangler 4xe image by John Goreham. Rivian spare tire image by Rivian media support. Chevy Bolt Self-Seal tire image by John Goreham. Image of Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV spare tire by John Goreham. 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV spare image courtesy of owner and Torque News content creator, Justin Hart. Hummer EV SUV image courtesy of GM.


JustinHart (not verified)    July 27, 2022 - 2:17AM

My 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV came with a compact spare tire (it is mounted underneath the rear of tge vehicle). I believe it is standard on all the Sorento PHEVs in the U.S.

Just Josh (not verified)    October 21, 2022 - 4:42PM

Add 2022 Ford Escape Hybrid to the no spare list. Had to be towed to the dealership all because of a flat tire. Instead of a spare tire underneath the cargo bay in the perfectly round space, I found a damn battery... Nice design Ford! Hybrids are heavy and demand a LOT from the tires - this could be a major issue not providing a spare tire, imho.

Tom (not verified)    December 25, 2022 - 8:43AM

In reply to by Just Josh (not verified)

What kind of a clueless car owner are you that you did not know there was no spare tire until the day you needed it.. Do you know where your emergency lights or hood latch are? LOL. I make sure to know where everything is if I am going to be driving a vehicle for the day.

Jules (not verified)    March 26, 2023 - 8:14AM

In reply to by Tom (not verified)

How many car buyers remember to ask about a spare tire ?

Either because it is a long way down the list of purchasing factors....

....or more likely, assume a spare is there.
I know folks - not frequent car replacers - who have never known "no spare tire" - so it wouldn't occur to ask.

IMO, it should be made compulsory for Salesmen to tell buyers about spare or no spare.
Then an informed decision can be made....
...and car-makers get the feedback.

Bob Foss (not verified)    February 4, 2023 - 8:26PM

Interesting but many of the cars listed are not electric vehicles. Many are weak hybrids. The RAV 4 Prime is a PHEV. The real Toyota electric is next year...the BX4X. Most of these are primarily gas vehicles.

John Goreham    June 5, 2023 - 11:05AM

In reply to by Bob Foss (not verified)

I think I understand your comment Bob, You are one of the BEV fans who don't like to include plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles in any content around EVs, but every vehicle on this list is an electric vehicle. The chart has a column that describes what type of electric vehicle it is. Battery-electric or plug-in hybrid-electric.

Wilton (not verified)    August 1, 2023 - 1:54PM

In reply to by John Goreham

...and those of us who are concerned about range limits of purely electric vehicles appreciate the column of information about PHEV vs. BEV. My wife just went shopping for a car this week, and learned about the failure of many 'electric' vehicles to supply a spare or run-flat tires in lieu of a spare.
Within the past month, we were on holiday in Europe using a PHEV Mercedes loaned to us, and we were almost stranded by a tire encountering a road hazard that left the tire flat on a Sunday afternoon...only someone in the nighborhood with ability to patch the tire got us back on the road rather than stranded over night. Stupid car manufacturers rely on gunk-in-trunk that does not work for all flats.