If you are currently looking for a new car, chances are you are looking for a low fuel consumption car. If you don’t know where to start, AAA has you covered. The automotive resource recently released its 2022 Car Guide, which lists the best new cars in a handful of categories. Overall, the list is shockingly good.
Of the 62 cars that AAA rated, six were electric
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To find the winners for each category, AAA reviewed 62 different new cars on the market. Of that total, six are electric, which indicates the direction in which the car market is heading as we move into the future. But what’s even a bigger tell-tale sign is the list of cars that AAA has come up with.
Here’s the list of the best new cars for 2022:
- Best Overall: 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium AWD (Electric)
- Best Small Car: BMW 330e 2021 (Plug-In Hybrid)
- Best Mid-Size Car: BMW 530e 2021 (Plug-In Hybrid)
- Best Big Car: 2021 Mercedes-Benz S580 4MATIC Sedan (Hybrid)
- Best Pickup: 2021 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew Hybrid 4×4
- Best SUV/Minivan: 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium AWD (Electric)
- Best Under $35K: 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Limited
- Best $35K – $50K: 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 1st Edition (Electric)
- Best Over $50K – 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium AWD (Electric)
As we can see, not all six electric vehicles made it to the list. However, the list is mainly populated by hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, which is appropriate given the current rise in gas prices.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E has taken home some accolades
What’s really interesting is that AAA preferred the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium quite heavily on this list. We don’t blame them, we liked it too and you can read our full review on it for more information.
The AAA researchers noted that the Mustang Mach-E has a “dramatic new profile, is powerful, electric, quiet, fast and fun to drive.” Since it has comfortable seats for up to five people and can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, it’s no wonder the electric Mustang ticked many of the boxes. AAA recommends it as not only the “Best Overall” car on the list, but it’s also the “Best SUV/Minivan” and the “Best Over $50k.” That’s a lot of praise.
AAA found that 80% of drivers want automakers to focus on fuel economy
While passenger space and horsepower are important to some buyers, AAA’s research showed that 80% of buyers want better fuel economy from their vehicles. 9 News† Aside from fuel efficiency, 76% of drivers want advanced safety features such as adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assistant.
“Electric vehicle sales, while small, are growing, and the signs are everywhere that the future is electric,” said Megan McKernan, manager of the Automotive Research Center for AAA† “And that future may come faster as consumer preferences change due to factors such as high gas prices and the gradual phasing out of gasoline-powered vehicles in some areas.”
In that case, don’t be alarmed if more hybrid and electric vehicles continue to dominate the “10 Best” lists and maybe even your car shopping shortlist in the future. It looks like we are definitely headed for an electric car future on the horizon.
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