Best electric SUVs for 2022, tested

Best electric SUVs for 2022, tested

The manufacturers

US auto consumers’ love affair with the SUV remains strong, so it makes sense that automakers looking to attract electric vehicle customers would bring battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric to this segment of the industry. Like their related electric cars, these electric SUVs are – for the most part – no longer the penalty boxes of EVs of yesteryear. Nearly every one of the vehicles featured in this list manages more than 200 miles of EPA-rated range on a full charge. In fact, these EVs are relatively affordable. Want to spend even more money? Well, that’s what luxury electric SUVs are for. However, this list covers the electric SUVs available before 2022 from the current mainstream car brands.

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9. Mazda MX-30

  • Car and driver rating: 6/10
  • Maximum EPA-rated driving range: 100 miles

There’s a reason the Mazda MX-30 takes the last spot on this list: it’s not a great electric SUV option. Look past its appealing interior and exterior styling, and there’s little else endearing about this small SUV with a paltry EPA-rated 100-mile range (blame its 30.0 kWh battery pack).

While a small city-sized electric SUV like the MX-30 may not need to be particularly powerful, the 143 horsepower from the front-mounted electric motor still leaves a lot to be desired. We clocked an 8.7 second run to 60 mph from the front-wheel drive MX-30.

We might overlook these features of Mazda’s only electric vehicle if it were affordable. Unfortunately it isn’t, because with its starting price of $34,695 it will only be the third cheapest electric car available in 2022. Nevertheless, if you’re still interested in taking home an MX-30 yourself, then you better live in California because it is the only state where Mazda sells this electric SUV.


8. Hyundai Nexo

  • Car and driver rating: 6/10
  • Maximum mfr estimated range: 380 miles

Like Mazda’s MX-30, the hydrogen-powered Hyundai Nexo is sold exclusively in California. While hydrogen fuel cells remain a promising alternative to heavy-duty battery packs, the lack of hydrogen refueling infrastructure is a problem. Even in California, one of the most hydrogen-friendly states, there are few hydrogen filling stations.


7. Chevrolet Bolt EUV

  • Car and driver rating: 7.5/10
  • Maximum EPA Classified Range: 247 miles

The Chevrolet Bolt EUV is the bigger brother of the Bolt EV hatchback. Like its smaller kin, the Bolt EUV relies on a 66.0 kWh battery pack to power a front-mounted electric motor. With an EPA-rated range of 247 miles, Chevy’s subcompact electric SUV should travel far enough to meet the needs of most buyers. While the 2022 Bolt EUV stickers cost $34,495, it’s likely that consumers will be able to buy one of these electric SUVs for much less. Credit a price drop for 2023, with the starting price of the Bolt EUV coming in at $28,195. The Bolt EUV is far from the best electric SUV option out there. Still, its reasonable price, surprisingly roomy interior, and decent power and range make it an uninspired but decent electric SUV.


6. Kia Niro EV

  • Car and driver rating: 8/10
  • Maximum EPA Classified Range: 239 miles

The Kia Niro EV is the battery-electric relative to Kia’s Niro hybrid and plug-in hybrid SUVs. Like those models, the Niro comes exclusively with front-wheel drive. A 64.0 kWh battery pack powers the Niro EV’s single electric motor, which produces 201 horsepower. While it’s a great electric vehicle, it’s far from the best. We are hopeful that the updated 2023 Niro EV is an improvement over the current electric SUV.


5. Hyundai Kona Electric

  • Car and driver rating: 8/10
  • Maximum EPA Classified Range: 258 miles

Just about everything we love about the gas-powered Hyundai Kona applies to its battery-electric counterpart, the Kona Electric. Like its business cousin, the Kia Niro EV, the Kona Electric relies on a 201 horsepower front-mounted electric motor for motivation. Electricity comes courtesy of a 64.0 kWh battery pack that gives the $35,295 Kona Electric an EPA-rated driving range of 258 miles.

That said, we wish the Kona Electric offered optional four-wheel drive and a roomier seat in the back. More challenging is the limited availability of this electric SUV, as Hyundai sells it in just 12 states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington). For many consumers, that fact alone is enough to scratch the Kona Electric off their shopping list.


4. Volkswagen ID.4

  • Car and driver rating: 8.5/10
  • Maximum EPA Classified Range: 275 miles

It’s not the best electric SUV available today, but the Volkswagen ID.4 is a damn good one. Give the VW’s spacious interior, comfortable ride and reasonable driving range credit for its 77.0 kWh battery pack (the entry-level rear-wheel drive Pro goes 275 miles on a full charge).

If the single-engine model’s 201 horsepower feels a little low, then the ID.4 dual-engine with four-wheel drive may be for you. While the riding range of the twin-engine model drops to an EPA-rated maximum of 251 miles, total horsepower rises to 295 horses.

With a starting price of $42,525, the ID.4 is also quite affordable. That said, those looking to save even more money, albeit at the sacrifice of the driving range, may want to wait until the arrival of the new Standard trim of the 2023 ID.4, which includes a 58.0 kWh battery and stickers. has for $38,790.


3. Ford Mustang Mach-E

  • Car and driver rating: 9/10
  • Maximum EPA Classified Range: 314 miles

Consider the Ford Mustang Mach-E one of the best electric SUVs available today. After all, there’s a reason we named it our 2021 EV of the year. There are many reasons why the Mustang Mach-E deserved this accolade, but the most important is the fact that this electric SUV is among the best driving in the segment.

It also helps that Ford offers the Mach-E in a variety of trims, from the fairly affordable $44,995 base Select form to the range-focused California Route 1. And then there’s the 480-horsepower GT that enhances the dynamic performance of the Taking Mustang Mach-E to the next level. to its limits.

Yes, we wish the Mach-E was a tad cheaper (specifically the $63,095 GT), and we think the Ford engineers could improve the ride quality a bit, but overall this Mustang-inspired electric SUV deserves its place on the podium more than one of the best options in this segment of mainstream EVs.


2. Kia EV6

  • Car and driver rating: 9/10
  • Maximum EPA Classified Range: 310 miles

The Kia EV6 is an eye-catcher. It is also one of the best electric SUVs available today. Available with rear or four-wheel drive and with a 58.0 or 77.4 kWh battery pack, the EV6 offers a range of just 232 miles with the EPA rating with the base battery and a whopping 310 miles with the larger battery. a. While the EV6 may not be as exciting to drive as Ford’s Mustang Mach-E, it’s still a surprisingly enjoyable electric SUV to drive.


1. Hyundai Ioniq 5

  • Car and driver rating: 9/10
  • Maximum EPA Classified Range: 303 miles

Our top-rated electric SUV is arguably the best of its kind. While not the driver’s choice, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 impresses in just about every other way. From its chic styling to its spacious, high-quality cabin and variety of powertrain options, the Ioniq 5 is an EV well worth its $41,245 starting price.

Like Kia’s EV6, the Ioniq 5 comes with rear or four-wheel drive and with a 58.0 or 77.4 kWh battery pack. In its most range-focused form, this Hyundai electric SUV can travel 480 kilometers on a full charge. In fact, Hyundai plans to eventually release a performance-oriented Ioniq 5 N that should satisfy our hunger for more engagement.


Every electric SUV ranked by 2022

  • 9. Mazda MX-30
  • 8. Hyundai Nexo
  • 7. Chevrolet Bolt EUV
  • 6. Kia Niro EV
  • 5. Hyundai Kona Electric
  • 4. Volkswagen ID.4
  • 3. Ford Mustang Mach-E
  • 2. Kia EV6
  • 1. Hyundai Ioniq 5

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