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The 5 best electric cars of 2022

The 5 best electric cars of 2022

Functions:

  • 132 MPGe (miles per gallon gasoline equivalent)
  • Estimated charging cost per year: $500
  • Up to 334 miles on a single charge
  • Max speed: 145 mph
  • Accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds
  • Maximum power: 430 hp
  • Full self-driving capability (autopilot, auto lane change, auto park, and more) with a $12,000 upgrade
  • Price: $59,490

The Tesla Model 3 is one of the best-selling electric cars of 2022, with good reason. It combines functionality with innovation at a higher price. Cars usually lose value over time, but used Tesla prices show the opposite.

I once ordered a Lyft and the driver showed up in a Model 3. I had no idea how to open the door. I didn’t realize right away that you had to push one side, and the other flipped open like a handle. Once inside, I was blown away by the comfort of the car, the roof that took panoramic to another level and the large touchscreen that the driver used to navigate.

The car has futuristic features, such as automatic parking and automatic lane switching (part of the $12,000 upgrade to full self-driving capability). It’s expensive, but a solid investment with some cool benefits.

Take the Tesla key card, for example. It’s a sleek black card that fits perfectly in your wallet: don’t forget your keys! If you have more than one Tesla across different models, you can use your one specific key card to unlock them all. If you lose the key card, you can remove it from the car and order a replacement card for $25.

Let’s say you forget to tap your Tesla with your card to lock it – the car has a walk-away feature that detects when you walk away and automatically locks (watch YouTuber POGAuto demonstrate here). If you leave the windows open, the car will automatically close them for you when it locks. You can also control the car from the Tesla app, open and close the trunk, flash the lights in case you’re in a dark room and need to locate it, and much more. If you’ve ever had that “oh no, I think I left my trunk open” moment, this is the car for you.

Advantages:

  • No key fob required — just use the Tesla key card or the app
  • Amazing degree of control over the car, even from afar, via the app
  • Lock valuables in the glove compartment, which only opens with your preset PIN
  • Two wireless chargers
  • Rear seat heating, including the center seat

cons:

  • Pricey compared to other options?
  • The earliest estimated delivery is in six months
  • Rear windows half open