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7 Best Cars and Trucks on the Market Starting at $70,000 (US)

7 Best Cars and Trucks on the Market Starting at $70,000 (US)

I intended to write an article on the 10 best electric cars, trucks, and SUVs on the market, but then decided to narrow it down to cars, trucks, and SUVs under $70,000 to make it a little more useful. Then I realized that there were barely more than 10 all-electric cars on the US market with a starting price of less than $70,000, and excluding 3 of them seemed cruel and maybe even too subjective, so I decided to take a different path. beat – I chose my 7 favorites .

Because I think fully electric cars are far better than non-electric vehicles (for several reasons), I feel good to say that the 7 electric vehicles below, if not all 15 electric vehicles on the market, are the best cars on the market for under $70,000. Make your choice based on your own personal preferences, budget and needs! In my personal opinion and based on my personal preferences, the 7 below are the ones I think have the best new technology, batteries, range for the money, design and performance. There is certainly room for discussion and I am open to arguments for the arguments that I have not chosen. Below are in no particular order what I consider to be the 7 best electric cars, trucks and SUVs on the market in 2022.

7 electric cars starting at $70,000 in the US market

Tesla Model 3

Want a family sedan that rides like the wind, spins like a race car and has an infotainment system that doubles as a 5-star home theater? Do you want to make sure you have access to the best, easiest and most reliable super fast charging network in the country? Do you want the most advanced driver assistance system available in a normal passenger car (at a hefty price tag)? Do you want beautiful white vegan leather seats that are unmatched in comfort to car seats that you have once driven for hours in? Want an EV that gets fun and useful wireless updates several times a year?

Tesla Model 3 with black door handles and hub and nut covers instead of aerodynamic wheel covers. Photo by Zach Shahan | CleanTechnique.

Trade-in value Tesla Model 3 high

Line of white and blue Tesla Model 3s in Florida. Photo by Zach Shahan | CleanTechnique.

Line of white Tesla Model 3s in Florida. Photo by Zach Shahan | CleanTechnique.

Red and white Tesla Model 3s in Florida. Photo by Zach Shahan | CleanTechnique.

Unfortunately, while the base model 3 cost about $40,000 when I bought it in 2019, that price has gone up to $46,990 (for the RWD version with a range of 267 miles). That said, the Model 3 has held up its value exceptionally well, so looking at the total cost of ownership after 3-5 years, the financial side of things could look like a big win. The only problem is: we never really know what the future holds.

See my recent 3-year review of the base Tesla Model 3.

Tesla Model Y

Photo by Zach Shahan | CleanTechnique.

Want a small SUV/crossover that drives like the wind, turns like a race car and has an infotainment system that doubles as a 5-star home theater? Do you want to make sure you have access to the best, easiest and most reliable super fast charging network in the country? Do you want the most advanced driver assistance system available in a normal passenger car (at a hefty price tag)? Do you want beautiful white vegan leather seats that are unmatched in comfort to car seats that you have once driven for hours in? Want an EV that gets fun and useful wireless updates several times a year?

Image Courtesy of Brendan Miles | CleanTechnique.

Photo by Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica

Photo by Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica

The disadvantage of the Model Y, partly due to the enormous demand for this vehicle, is that it has a starting price of $65,990 (just hit our limit). That’s the Long Range trim that comes with an EPA-estimated range of 318 miles.

Kia EV6

The stunningly sleek and futuristic Kia EV6, courtesy of Kia.

Okay, so you’re skipping the Tesla options. The coolest thing on the market for non-Tesla fans might just be the futuristic Kia EV6. It looks like it comes out of a futuristic movie like Robocop or The 5th Element – but in a good way. (Okay, I’m dating myself.) The EV6 gets rave reviews across the board from car reviewers, including our own. (Video review coming soon.) It’s packed with fun new technology like an augmented reality Head-Up Display (HUD) and dual panoramic screens. It also has a range of up to 310 miles, packs a huge amount of space in the trunk, can accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds (Ferrari Roma and the Lamborghini Huracán Evo Spyder RWD), and has a starting MSRP of just $41,400! (Of course some of those things may not be available in the $41,400 version – take a good look at the details of what you want and what’s available in your area.)

Kia EV6 in nature thanks to the long range, courtesy of Kia.

Kia EV6 burning rubber with its instant torque, courtesy of Kia.

Kia EV6 trunk is attractive and roomy, courtesy of Kia.

Charging Kia EV6, courtesy of Kia.

A perhaps under-recognized pro of the EV6 is that even the cheapest version has 310 miles of EPA-estimated range! There are a few trims up that see that range drop to 274 miles, but I don’t think you can find better range for $41,400 than the 310 miles available with the “Light” trim.

Hyundai IONIQ 5

Hyundai IONIQ 5 is a stunning, futuristic car. Photo courtesy of Hyundai.

Let’s face it – the IONIQ 5 is actually as close to twins as cousins ​​can get. Hyundai and Kia have a close relationship, and the IONIQ 5 and EV6 have a lot in common. Even the design is very futuristic – just a little different. You have the option of a HUD again. It’s not as fast as the EV6, but it still hits 100 km/h in a quick 5.2 seconds.

Hyundai IONIQ 5 has a great camera for blind spot detection. (The Kia EV6 has the same kind of things.) Photo courtesy of Hyundai.

Beautiful. Photo courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai IONIQ 5 includes wide panoramic screen Photo courtesy of Hyundai.

Camping fun? Go for it! Photo courtesy of Hyundai.

You can get 303 miles of EPA-rated range on a full charge with some finishes. The novice MSRP is just $39,950but keep in mind that the cheapest trim has an estimated range of 220 miles (combined city/highway – 249 city/185 highway), while the trims with 303 miles (combined) start at $44,000.

Ford F-150 Lightning
ford f-150 lightning

Image courtesy of Ford.

If you want a semi-affordable electric pickup, this is it!

Ford F-150 Lightning

Image courtesy of Ford.

Image courtesy of Ford.

There really isn’t any competition at this stage at the lower price points where the F-150 Lightning starts. That said, the F-150 Lightning is a great technical achievement with excellent features anyway. It’s hard to imagine it wouldn’t match well with other trucks on the market. It has all sorts of useful work or camping features, plugs everywhere, massive torque, plenty of range, towing capacity and just enough style to be cool but not too shiny.

You can read or view our in-depth review of the electric pickup here: Ford F-150 Lightning – CleanTechnica Review.

Starting price based on “Pro” trim: Just $47,000!

Ford Mustang Mach E

Ford Mustang Mach E. Photo by Zach Shahan | CleanTechnique.

Ford Mustang Mach E. Photo by Zach Shahan | CleanTechnique.

The Mustang Mach-E has been one of the most exciting newcomers to the car market in recent years, and it’s still an exciting, fun, fresh option if you’re looking for a crossover/SUV. This standout vehicle justifies its iconic Mustang name and builds on it to offer something better, bigger (that’s what people want today) and more useful than ever before.

Ford Mustang Mach E. Photo by Zach Shahan | CleanTechnique.

Ford Mustang Mach E. Photo by Zach Shahan | CleanTechnique.

Ford Mustang Mach E. Photo by Zach Shahan | CleanTechnique.

The Mach-E has great performance, plenty of cargo space, a good infotainment system, wireless updates, good range and a beautiful design. And the starting price is just $46,895 before any subsidies! (Although you may have to shop around a bit for a dealer who will sell it to you for that price.)

Volkswagen ID.4
Volkswagen ID4 ID.4 winner car of the year

2021 CleanTechnica Winner car of the year. Photo by Kyle Field | CleanTechnique.

The Mustang Mach-E narrowly lost to one other vehicle in 2021 CleanTechnica Price car of the year. And that vehicle was the Volkswagen ID.4. It’s actually a bit difficult to compare them because they have quite different designs and thus appeal to different people. The biggest factor with the ID.4 that set it apart, and why we think it could make more of an impact than most of the other vehicles on this list, is that it’s available at such a low starting price. The basic MSRP is just $37,495! That was one of the reasons my sister decided to prefer the ID.4 over everything else on this list (although she eventually upgraded to a more expensive version with AWD and more range and features).

Volkswagen ID.4 on European road trip

Volkswagen ID.4 on a road trip. Photo courtesy of WysokieNapiecie.pl

Charging Volkswagen ID4 at GreenWay charger road trip Europe CleanTechnica

GreenWay charging with VW ID.4. Photo courtesy of WysokieNapiecie.pl

Image courtesy of Volkswagen.

The ID.4 has plenty of cargo space, all the modern tech a normal person could wish for, and an attractive but not too flashy design. It’s also apparently super comfortable and great for dogs.

Volkswagen ID.4. Photo by Kyle Field | CleanTechnique.

Volkswagen ID.4. Photo by Kyle Field | CleanTechnique.

No matter which vehicle you ultimately choose, we recommend that you test drive all the models that interest you. No review can be compared to personal experience.

Six more compelling electric cars and crossovers that you might prefer over the options above are as follows:

  • Volvo C40 Charging
  • Volvo XC40 Charging
  • pole star 2
  • Genesis GV60
  • Chevy Bolt EV
  • Chevy Bolt EUV
  • Nissan LEAF
  • Toyota bZ4X

There are certainly reasons why someone would prefer it. We’ll explore their pros and cons in a future piece.


 

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