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The Best Electric Vehicles to Buy in 2022

The number of EVs on the market is growing by the day. These are the hottest models on sale in 2022.

The Next Generation of Mobility

The next wave of electric vehicles is upon us. With more and more manufacturers releasing new EVs, 2022 will offer an unprecedented number of options for those looking to electrify their driving. In addition to EV-pioneering Tesla and newcomers like Lucid and Rivian, legacy manufacturers like Ford, BMW, and Porsche are also making waves with their entries into this fast-growing segment. Below, we run down the very best all-electric vehicles on the market in 2022.

Ford Mustang Mach-E

2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E - ford.com
2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E - ford.com

Though some were disappointed the new “Mustang” turned out to be an electric crossover, once you’ve gotten a chance to drive the Mach-E, it’s hard to not be impressed with Ford’s first full EV. A quiet and refined interior (a clear notch above the rest of Ford’s lineup) is balanced by quick acceleration and composed handling. Top it off with a crossover’s roominess and practicality and you’ve got one of the best EVs on the market.

Mercedes-Benz EQS

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS - mbusa.com
2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS - mbusa.com

Yes, the Mercedes-Benz EQS is the electric equivalent of the S-Class. But the EQS is a thoroughly different animal. Built on Mercedes MEA electric platform, the EQS looks sleeker and more futuristic than the S-Class and inside it gets a massive panoramic screen stretching the length of the dash. Of course, it’s also every bit as luxurious as the S-Class, but even quieter thanks to its electric propulsion. With a max range of 350 miles and topping out at 516 horsepower, there’s plenty of performance to go with all that tech and elegance.

Tesla Model 3

2022 Tesla Model 3 - carsforsale.com
2022 Tesla Model 3 - carsforsale.com

Why highlight the Tesla Model 3 over the new hotness of the recently updated Model S Plaid? Because the real news is just how much you get from Tesla’s more budget friendly Model 3. Other manufacturers are quickly catching up to Tesla on the luxury EV front, from the Porsche Taycan to the new Lucid Air, but they’re still struggling to match the Model 3’s value proposition of high-end EV performance, refined technology (including the questionably-title Auto Pilot driver assist technology), and affordability. The Model 3 starts at $44,990.

Lucid Air

Lucid Air - netcarshow.com
Lucid Air - netcarshow.com

Lucid is a new entrant into the EV space, but their first car, the Lucid Air, makes for a bold introduction. The Model S rival offers a luxury-level interior, killer good looks, a manner of modern tech, and supercar output. That’s right, the Lucid Air offers up to 1,111 horsepower and 1,025 lb.-ft. of torque, which is enough to run a ¼ mile in 9.9 seconds. Yep, an EV luxury sedan that’s also a ten-second car right out of the box. You can read more about the Lucid Air here.

BMW iX

2022 BMW iX - netcarshow.com
2022 BMW iX - netcarshow.com

The all-new iX SUV (or SAV, short for Sport Activity Vehicle, in BMW parlance) is the BMW’s first EV on their new all-electric platform. As such, the iX inaugurates that shift to electrification with all the panache and power we’ve come to love about BMW’s products. The iX is a departure from BMW’s past attempts at EVs in the i8 and i3 in that the iX looks much more like a regular BMW product. Packing 610 horsepower and 811 lb.-ft. of torque, the BMW iX M60 will be the first non-gas M car ever. Chic looks and loads power? Sounds like a BMW to me.

Porsche Taycan

2022 Porsche Taycan - porsche.com
2022 Porsche Taycan - porsche.com

Going fast in a straight line isn’t hard when you’re piling on the battery packs. The challenge and the promise of an electric Porsche is to channel all those electric pound feet into something that feels and handles like a Porsche. With the Taycan, Porsche has delivered a potent rival to the Tesla Model S that exceeds the latter’s build quality, handling prowess, and luxuriousness. There’s even the Taycan Cross Turismo, a wagon version of the Taycan sedan, which might be the best EV all-rounder on the market today.

Polestar 3

Polestar 3 - media.polestar.com
Polestar 3 - media.polestar.com

Another electric SUV, the Polestar 3 is, you guessed it, the third all-electric vehicle from Volvo’s new EV sub-brand. Not a ton has been released so far, but it’s been confirmed that the Polestar 3 will offer both single- and dual-motor versions and feature the latest in Volvo’s signature safety systems, including self-driving enabling lidar.

Kia EV6

2022 Kia EV6 - kiamedia.com
2022 Kia EV6 - kiamedia.com

When much of the automotive industry has made their first EV efforts high-end luxury-priced vehicles, there’s plenty of space for more affordable vehicles like those from Hyundai/Kia. Their new tandems of EVs include the Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 electric crossovers. The EV6 rivals much more expensive EVs in both performance (a five second sprint to 60 mph) and in looks. Indeed, Kia’s recent streak of great looking vehicles continues with the EV6, which is gorgeous. It’s expected to start around $45,000.

Rivian R1T and R1S

Rivian R1T - rivian.com
Rivian R1T - rivian.com

Rivian might not be the most well-known brand on this list, but it has major backing from the likes of Ford and Amazon. It also has one of the most exciting EVs on this list in the R1T, the first all-electric pickup to make it to market. The R1T and R1S, a truck and SUV respectively, offer loads of tech and thoughtful design elements but what’s most important are actual truck capabilities. In that the R1T does not disappoint. Not only does the R1T feature legitimate off-road chops to rival off-the-shelf Wranglers and Tacomas, but it also offers a blistering 0-60 time of around 3 seconds, plus a tow rating of up to 11,000-lbs and a maximum range of 314 miles.

Ford F-150 Lightning

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning - ford.com
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning - ford.com

Masters of the full-size pickup universe, Ford’s electrified version of their best-selling F-150 looks to combine all that makes the current F-150 so great, loads of practical features and luxury touches, and then electrify it. Equipped with the standard or extended range battery pack, the F-150 Lightning will have either 426 or up to 563 horsepower and offer a stout 775 lb.-ft. of torque. This enables a max towing capacity of 10,000-lbs., a range of up to 300 miles, and a 0-60 mph sprint of 4.2 seconds. Capable, durable, and practical, will the Lightning allow Ford to continue its segment dominance? Probably.

Honorable Mentions:

GMC Hummer EV

GMC HUMMER EV SUV - gmc.com
GMC HUMMER EV SUV - gmc.com

It’s an ironic return for the Hummer. Once the poster child for conspicuous fuel consumption, the new Hummer EV offers all the street presence of the old Hummer H1 minus the V8 rumble.

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Tesla Cybertruck

Tesla Cybertruck - tesla.com
Tesla Cybertruck - tesla.com

The Tesla Cybertruck initially came in for a lot of criticism for its radical design. In 2021, most of that criticism had shifted to skepticism about whether Tesla was even serious about getting the Cybertruck to market. Even with so much on Elon Musk’s plate, we’re reasonably optimistic that we’ll see the first Cybertruck deliveries before the end of 2022. Fingers crossed.

Toyota bZ4x/Subaru Solterra

2023 Toyota BZ4X - pressroom.toyota.com
2023 Toyota BZ4X - pressroom.toyota.com

A joint venture between Toyota and Subaru will produce the first all-electric vehicle for both brands, the bZ4x for Toyota and the Solterra for Subaru. Like their previous BRZ/GR86 project, the new EVs will share most of their architecture with minor flourishes to distinguish their respective branding. Toyota and Subaru are already masters of the crossover, so we expect their first EV crossovers to likewise combine convenience, utility, and affordability.

Chevrolet Silverado EV

2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV - chevrolet.com
2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV - chevrolet.com

Just yesterday, GM announced their answer to the F-150 Lightning and Rivian R1T, the electrified Silverado boasts an active air-suspension, four-wheel steering, 400 miles of range, up to 20,000-lbs. of towing, and, intriguingly, vehicle-to-vehicle EV charging capability. The work truck version will be the first off the production line with a starting MSRP of $39,000.

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Chris Kaiser

With two decades of writing experience and five years of creating advertising materials for car dealerships across the U.S., Chris Kaiser explores and documents the car world’s latest innovations, unique subcultures, and era-defining classics. Armed with a Master's Degree in English from the University of South Dakota, Chris left an academic career to return to writing full-time. He is passionate about covering all aspects of the continuing evolution of personal transportation, but he specializes in automotive history, industry news, and car buying advice.

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