If you feel like the number of electric vehicles (EVs) has exploded over the past year, you’re right. Today there are more choices than ever, and with battery range and vehicle prices comparable to petrol vehicles, EVs are very practical. The challenge now is to choose the right EV to suit your needs. To solve that conundrum, TrueCar recently provided its ranking of the best electric vehicles. Their system evaluates cars in categories such as price, comfort, amenities, range and technology, as well as other factors. Based on that information, we’ve put together a list of the top five EVs for 2022 according to TrueCar.
6. The 2022 Audi e-tron S forgoes quirky EV styling
The Audi e-tron S is a great choice for those who want an EV without quirky EV styling. Starting at $88,595, the five-seat crossover combines more horsepower with better handling and performance compared to the stock e-tron. That way it’s just like any other Audi S model. What makes it different, of course, is the almost silent driving experience.
However, there are also disadvantages to this EV. It resembles a standard Audi SUV model. This means there is nothing to show off your green car credits. In addition, the SUV heavy. “While weight is neither good nor bad, it can be a problem if the driver feels the weight,” TrueCar added.
“The other not-so-gorgeous one is the pay-as-you-go e-tron range: 208 miles when fitted with 20-inch wheels and significantly less with bigger wheels,” the publication continued.
5. The 2023 Genesis GV60 is packed with loot
There’s a lot to like about the 2023 Genesis GV60. Labeled an all-electric premium crossover by TrueCar, the outlet reports that this Genesis model is “absolutely packed with tech and priced to make rivals sweat.” TrueCar isn’t wrong either.
With a starting price of $58,890, the 2023 Genesis GV60 is cheaper than competitors such as Tesla Model Y and Volvo C40 Recharge. It’s also packed to the brim with tech-savvy features, including a vehicle input facial recognition system, two 12.3-inch HD displays and an available 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen Premium Audio system.
4. The 2021 Polestar 2 is one of the best electric vehicles
Polestar was Volvo’s in-house performance tuner, but is now a separate entity within the Geely Auto portfolio. It is a well-equipped, elegant-looking hatchback sedan. Performance is fierce with quick acceleration and excellent handling.
It doesn’t have the same level of luxury as the Audi e-tron, but at $61,200 it’s less expensive but still well-equipped with high-tech safety and infotainment features.
Like most EVs, the heavy mass affects the handling, but the Polestar fits well with vehicles like the Tesla Model 3. The interior is on the cramped side, with a small rear seat. But overall it is stylish and well designed. However, the range is estimated at 233 miles, which is lower than other models on this list, but about average for a performance EV.
3. The 2022 Tesla Model Y is a “Leader in the EV Revolution”
The Model Y highlights everything Tesla is known for: impressive performance, advanced technology and the longest battery range of any EV, all wrapped in sleek styling. Consider all this, and it’s no surprise that the EV SUV made the TrueCar list of the best electric vehicles.
Unfortunately, that’s also underlined by everything Tesla’s critics like to point out. Build quality can be hit or miss, and service can be slow and indifferent. The other downside is the small third row, which is barely habitable for pets or small children. But that bickering is out of the question thanks to the performance, range and range of technology that Model Y offers.
2. The 2022 Kia EV6 Holds Up Against Competitors
Kia hit a home run with the EV6, the company’s first true electric car. It more than holds its own against other popular EVs. Not to mention, it features four-wheel drive and delivers “an estimated 116 MPGe in the city and 94 MPGe on the highway,” according to TrueCar.
The 2022 Kia EV6 is offered in 3 trim levels, including the most popular Wind AWD trim, which starts at $52,695. The interior is enough for five people, but tall drivers will want more headroom, TrueCar predicts. The boot space is also on the small side, so people who need a lot of space may want to check out another EV on this list. However, the EV6 presents itself well as a fun, capable crossover that happens to be an EV.
1. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 from 2022 is the best EV according to TrueCar
The handsome and futuristic Hyundai Ioniq 5 is one of the best all-round EVs out there. It is also the best electric vehicle on TrueCar’s list. It’s roomy and comfortable, while also offering decent performance and range. It doesn’t stand out in any way, but like a great utility player, it does everything right.
The most popular trim level is the SEL AWD, TrueCar reports. Starting at $51,045, it comes standard with four-wheel drive and a long list of standard luxuries, technology and driver safety features.
If there’s one knock on the Ioniq 5, it’s the lack of performance compared to other EVs. It’s not as fast or fun to drive as other models, including the Kia EV6. But that doesn’t stop it from being one of the best EVs on the market for anyone who wants a well-rounded, family-oriented vehicle.
TrueCar’s picks for the best EVs include many choices
In a very short time, we’ve gone from a handful of EVs to a plethora of great choices. These six models on TrueCars list represents the cream of the crop, offering many standard features and great performance at a price close to their combustion engine counterparts.
If you are looking for a new car or SUV, check out the electric vehicles on this list. They all offer excellent battery range and are just as easy to live with. Whatever your needs, there is something for everyone.
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