Edmunds: 5 electric SUVs for almost every budget
In the early days of the modern electric vehicle, or EV, your choices were largely limited to a few models with reduced range or an expensive high-end Tesla. But 2022 offers a wider variety of excellent electric vehicles to choose from, and many of them are versatile SUVs. Edmunds automotive experts have selected five of the best to help you decide which one is right for you and your budget. Note that all vehicles on this list, minus the Chevrolet, are eligible for a federal tax credit of $7,500.
CHEVROLET BOLT EUV
The Bolt EUV is the crossover version of the Bolt EV hatchback. Thanks to a steep price cut for the 2023 model year – and for 2022, via a cash bonus – it will be the most affordable electric crossover SUV on the market. The Bolt EUV’s low price doesn’t mean it has a shorter range or a discounted interior. The Bolt EUV has a solid EPA-estimated range, and it could probably drive farther like its hatchback counterpart did in Edmunds’ real-life range tests.
Inside, you’ll appreciate the Bolt EUV’s large touchscreen display, digital instrument cluster, impressive technologies available like the Super Cruise hands-free driver assist system, and features like heated and ventilated front seats. . It is also spacious for passengers. However, cargo space is lacking compared to rivals.
Starting price: $34,495, or $28,195 after Chevrolet cash bonus
EPA Estimated Range: 247 miles
HYUNDAI IONIQ 5
The Ioniq 5 is Hyundai’s latest electric SUV. It sports a cool retro-yet-futuristic design and offers almost as much passenger space as the Hyundai Tucson. The Ioniq 5’s larger battery offers solid range, but it’s a little less than its competitor, the Mustang Mach-E Extended Range. However, the Ioniq 5 offers the fastest potential charging speed on this list when using a suitable DC fast charger.
Overall comfort is excellent and the Ioniq 5 is easy to drive. It’s as fast as a Tesla Model Y Long Range. Cargo space, however, is average and the front trunk is very small. Inside you will find many technologies. The Ioniq 5 even has the ability to power small appliances and electronics with its battery.
Starting price: $41,245
EPA Estimated Range: 220-303 miles
KIA NIRO EV
The Niro EV is another cheaper electric SUV. It comes with plenty of standard features, including advanced driver aids such as a navigation-based adaptive cruise control system. It also offers great real-world battery life; it traveled 285 miles on a full charge in Edmunds testing.
There’s a lot to like about the Niro EV besides its many features. It has quick acceleration and a smooth ride quality and offers plenty of room for passengers. His style is a bit conservative, although some might prefer that. However, the Niro’s interior doesn’t quite have the wow factor expected of a vehicle in this price range.
Starting price: $41,285
EPA Estimated Range: 239 miles
FORD MUSTANG MACH-E
The Mustang Mach-E is one of Edmunds’ highest rated electric SUVs. It’s about the size of an Escape and comes in many variants, from the base model in the standard range to the high-performance GT. Ranges vary, but most are pretty impressive, especially considering that all of the Mach-Es Edmunds tested exceeded their EPA estimates.
The Mach-E isn’t as visceral to drive as a true Mustang GT coupe, but it handles well and offers quick acceleration. However, if you are considering the GT version, be aware that it only delivers peak power in 5-second increments. The Mach-E comes standard with plenty of technical features, including a large 15.5-inch touchscreen and a suite of advanced driver aids.
Starting price: $44,995
EPA Estimated Range: 224-314 miles
Hoping for something truly luxurious? While its front-end styling can be polarizing, the iX will otherwise easily satisfy. The initial xDrive50 model for 2022 is incredibly powerful, and a more powerful M60 is on the way for 2023. The iX has a long range estimated by the EPA, and it easily beat that figure in Edmunds’ tests, going 377 miles.
The iX is about the size of an X5, but more comfortable and engaging to drive. Its plush interior is unlike anything else on the market and offers BMW’s latest iDrive operating system. It’s not as fast as a Tesla Model X, but it offers a more refined driving experience. The iX is currently Edmunds’ highest rated electric SUV.
Starting price: $84,195
EPA Estimated Range: 305-324 miles
The automotive industry is slowly moving towards an all-electric future. Even if gas prices return to what they were before, the choice of electric SUVs will continue to expand, and there will soon be one or more for every budget.
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