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Best electric cars for 2022, tested – car and driver

Best electric cars for 2022, tested - car and driver

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Electric vehicles are no longer the punch line of the past. Limited range, small dimensions and long charging times are largely a thing of the past. Today, EVs come in all shapes and sizes, with a number of automakers selling electric cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks (such as Rivian and Tesla selling exclusively EVs). Many of these options can go more than 200 miles on a full charge – and some can go even further.

And with the advent of DC fast charging, adding enough electricity to charge a battery-electric vehicle to 80 percent takes minutes, not hours. Mind you, filling a gas vehicle’s fuel tank still takes less time than fast charging an EV, but it’s a small price to pay to drive a zero-emission vehicle while also deducting the expensive cost of petrol or diesel. to avoid.

Please note that electricity costs often vary. Either way, fully charging an EV should cost a fraction of the price of filling up at the local gas station.

Every year we test hundreds of new cars and trucks, including those that run on electricity. Through our extensive testing, we dive deep into what makes certain vehicles better than others. Read on to see the best EVs available for 2022.

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What we think: The 2022 BMW iX is the brand’s first battery-electric SUV – and it’s a convincing one too. The iX offers an EPA-rated driving range of up to 324 miles. Thanks to the model’s two electric motors, this Bimmer comes standard with four-wheel drive. In addition, the use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic body panels helps control the weight of the iX. Consider the cabin the most compelling feature of this BMW, as it offers plenty of space, stylish items and a sleek, curved digital instrument panel. No wonder we think it’s one of the best EVs out there.

  • Car and driver rating: 8.5/10
  • EPA-rated maximum range: 324 miles

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What we think: The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E combines popular elements of the past and present in a highly desirable package that bodes well for the future of electric vehicles, which is why we gave it an Editors’ Choice award. While it may seem sacrilegious that Ford would call an electric SUV a Mustang, the automaker’s decision to combine the iconic nameplate with a much-needed body shape is marketing clever. In addition to its striking appearance, the Mach-E has a beautifully decorated interior that is full of the latest technology. It also has handy storage options, a spacious rear seat and plenty of cargo space. Get behind the wheel and the electrified Mustang feels agile and fast. The sportiest version can reach 60 mph in 3.7 seconds (faster than a Mach 1 Mustang), and the most expansive versions are estimated to go over 500 miles per charge. All that and more makes the 2022 Mustang Mach-E one of the best EVs out there.

  • Car and driver rating: 9.5/10
  • EPA-rated maximum range: 314 miles

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What we think: The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 brings advanced technology, futuristic styling and a versatile interior to the electric SUV segment. The vehicle boasts impressive charging speeds (up to 350 kW) and has an EPA-estimated driving range of up to 3003 miles. Available with rear or four-wheel drive, the EV ute delivers between 168 and 320 horsepower. The eco-friendly interior features a tech-focused dashboard, adjustable front seats with footrests and generous passenger space, making the Ioniq 5 one of the best electric cars available and a worthy recipient of our Editors’ Choice award.

  • Car and driver rating: 8.5/10
  • EPA-rated maximum range: 303 miles

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What we think: Turns out the Hyundai Kona is a great base for an electric vehicle, as the 2022 Kona Electric retains everything we love about its gas-powered counterpart. Instead of a four-cylinder engine, the Kona Electric uses a 201 hp electric motor. With a 64 kWh battery pack, this SUV can travel an EPA estimated 258 miles on a full charge. Plus, the Kona Electric delivers jaunty acceleration, smooth handling and an unbeatable standard warranty and free maintenance package, earning it all our Editors’ Choice award.

  • Car and driver rating: 8.5/10
  • EPA-rated maximum range: 258 miles

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What we think: The 2022 Mercedes EQS sedan is the flagship of the brand’s electric model range. It’s also one of the fanciest EVs on the market. No surprise, we’ve named it in our Editors’ Choice list for 2022. Its curvaceous body glides effortlessly through the air for maximum efficiency, and the regal cabin offers luxurious fittings and state-of-the-art features for the all-important wow factor. That’s made most evident by the optional glass-covered Hyperscreen dashboard. The bulky electric sedan is offered with a 329 horsepower rear-wheel drive (EQS450+) powertrain or a 516 horsepower all-wheel drive setup (EQS580 4Matic). Both use a large 107.8 kWh battery that provides up to 350 miles of range, according to the EPA. Those looking for more charisma can opt for the EQS with AMG badge, which delivers a maximum of 751 hp (the Mercedes-AMG EQS with all-wheel drive, however, typically makes a more mundane 649 ponies). While it’s an easy pun to call the 2022 EQS an exciting luxury car, it’s also quite accurate, as it’s one of the best electric cars available today.

  • Car and driver rating: 8.5/10
  • EPA-rated maximum range: 350 miles

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What we think: The 2022 Porsche Taycan sedan isn’t the perfect electric vehicle, but the combination of drivability and performance makes it the most compelling. It’s also on our Editors’ Choice list for 2022. With a striking exterior and a highly customizable and high-tech interior, Porsche’s electrified four-door lives up to its premium prices. The Taycan also offers lively steering, refined handling and driving dynamics worthy of the Porsche Crest. Stomping the accelerator is like firing a rocket. We wish the driving range was a little better, but the Taycan should still go the distance for most consumers.

  • Car and driver rating: 9/10
  • EPA-rated maximum range: 227 miles

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Porsche Taycan Cross / Sport Turismo

What we think: Think station wagons aren’t cool? The breathtaking takeoffs of the 2022 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo and Sport Turismo will make you think. As long-roof alternatives to the Taycan sedan, the Turismo versions inherit an advanced electrical architecture and a redesigned two-speed transmission for the rear engine that allows for repetitive, great acceleration. While Porsche’s EV recipe omits some traditional ingredients (read: single-pedal driving), the Taycan Turismo twins are incredibly satisfying to drive. Note that the car has a larger rear seat and trunk than the sedan. Either way, the 2022 Taycan Cross Turismo and Sport Turismo are both handy family hauling tools and great ways to make car haters look like fools. They are also Editors’ Choice winners.

  • Car and driver rating: 9/10
  • EPA-rated maximum range: 215 miles

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What we think: The 2022 Rivian R1T offers an EPA-rated driving range of 314 miles. It also couples this long range with lightning-fast acceleration. The combination of pickup truck utility, battery-electric efficiency and great dynamic performance is enough to earn the R1T an Editors’ Choice award. At 215.6 inches long, the double cab-only R1T splits the size difference between mid-sized pickups, like the Ford Ranger, and large trucks like the Ram 1500. While it’s not cheap, the R1T is one of them. the best EVs out there.

  • Car and driver rating: 8.5/10
  • EPA-rated maximum range: 314 miles

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What we think: With an almost ideal mix of performance, range and accessible prices, the 2022 Tesla Model 3 is an electric car that lives up to the hype. It’s fast, especially in its Performance form, and it’s agile, meaning the Model 3 is an EV that car enthusiasts like us can get behind. We even named it in our Editors’ Choice list for 2022. Better yet, the Model 3 offers a range of up to 358 miles on a full charge, according to the EPA. That said, the Model 3’s $48,190 base finish makes up for it with an EPA-rated range of 272 miles. Like other Teslas, the Model 3’s fit and finish lag behind the competition. Still, it’s one of the best EVs you can buy.

  • Car and driver rating: 8.5/10
  • EPA-rated maximum range: 358 miles

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What we think: The Tesla Model S may have been the pioneer of the modern electric car. Though its bones go back more than a decade, the 2022 Model S remains one of the best electric vehicle options out there. Tesla’s flagship sedan also earns a spot on our 2022 Editors’ Choice list. With an EPA-estimated driving range of up to 405 miles, the Model S can easily be used for long journeys. In addition, the Plaid version of 1020 horsepower can deliver supercar acceleration while accommodating four adults. The Model S is practical too, with a large rear cargo area and a frunk for extra space.

  • Car and driver rating: 9/10
  • EPA-rated maximum range: 405 miles

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What we think: Think of the 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 as the spiritual successor to the original Type 1 Beetle, but with a zero-emission twist. Damn, opt for a two-wheel drive ID.4 and you’ll find that the only electric motor is near the rear axle. Dropping the coin for the ID.4’s available four-wheel drive system adds a second motor that powers the SUV’s front axle. While it lacks the driveability we appreciate in other VW models, the ID.4’s interior is quiet and relaxed when cruising. The almost completely digital dashboard of the ID.4 gives the interior a high-tech aesthetic. Unfortunately, the system’s user interface has a steep learning curve. Still, the ID.4 represents a solid value. Plus, it offers up to 275 miles of EPA-rated range. The ID.4 is a master of nothing, but it’s a jack of all trades that we think deserves a spot on our annual Editors’ Choice list.

  • Car and driver rating: 8/10
  • EPA Maximum Range: 275 miles

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