The Honda Fit, Fiat 500e Nissan Leaf compared

Oblong headlights that protrude from a short, severely sloped hood make it resemble an insect from the Planet Green. And its bulging lower body, tapered toward the roofline, give the Leaf a pear-shaped profile from the rear, as if it has love handles.

Whether an electric car works for you depends heavily on your driving needs. To help you weigh the complicated question, we’ve driven and ranked these three leading rivals in this increasing competitive micro-segment of the green car world. Electric cars currently account for less than 1 percent of all U.S. car sales. But California regulators have set a goal that zero-emissions vehicles will comprise 15 percent of all car sales by 2025.