Only 2 EVs Made KBB’s ‘Favorite New for 2022 Cars’

Despite all the hype about EVs, only two EVs made Kelley Blue Book’s Favorite Cars of 2022 list. Can you guess which two models made the top 12?
Written by Katie Dyer
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Feb 8, 2022
closeup of an electric car charging
Despite all the recent hype around
electric vehicles (EVs)
, only two EVs made a list of favorite
new cars
by
Kelley Blue Book
. You may be surprised to hear that Tesla isn’t one of them. 
So, which two EVs made it onto KBB’s coveted list for 2022?

Last place, but still on the list at number 12

The new
Lucid
Air came in at number 12. This relatively new electric vehicle company released its first prototype in 2016. In just a few short years, a Lucid vehicle has already become the
MotorTrend Car of the Year
. So, just what makes the Air so noteworthy?
With four trim levels, ranging in price from $77,400 to $169,000, this sleek, stylish, four-door sedan is instantly recognizable. The Air is praised for its style, quick acceleration, smooth ride, quick charging ability, and long-range. 
With 500 miles of range in the Dream-R trim level, the Lucid Air is the most efficient large sedans in the United States. Added to that, this EV gets an impressive 300 miles of charge in only 20 minutes thanks to the Lucid’s Wunderbox 900v+ battery charger. It is also sporty and quick, with a top speed of about 217 mph.

Your own private jet?

The Air is an EV luxury experience, as Lucid is going for a private jet vibe with this EV, as noted by
USA Today
It may be a classic five-seat sedan, but Lucid is offering an executive package featuring rear bucket seats that recline for a “jet-style experience.” There is even a massaging seat option! The “glass canopy” sunroof and Lucid’s “Auto Couture” curated color palettes are designed to reflect the natural beauty of California. 
Other remarkable features of the Air include maximum storage capabilities, with a frunk that is four times larger than other EVs. The driver is surrounded by a curved 34-inch glass “cockpit panel” and there is an additional “pilot panel” screen that can fold into the center console. The interior colors are darker in the front seats for driver concentration and lighter in the rear seats for passenger relaxation. Lucid intends to evoke feelings of leisure and comfort, and they hit the mark.

An EV breaks into the top 10

The R1T electric pickup by Rivian is number 10 on KBB’s list this year, and the only EV to make the top 10. The R1T is also the
MotorTrend truck of the year.
It has earned praise for its sports car feel, stylish interior, and smooth ride. 
Rivian offers three different battery sizes, ranging from 230-mile range to more than 400-mile range for the largest. Rivian says the truck can accelerate from 0-60 mph in three seconds. MotorTrend tested it and found it to be the quickest truck they had ever driven. 
This mid-size truck’s active steering wheel and conventional-feeling brakes give the driver a traditional driving experience in a digital world. With four motors, this four-wheel drive midsize pickup yields 800 hp and 900 lb-ft of torque. With towing options maximized, the R1T can tow up to 11,000 pounds. The air suspension system with dampers and the electric hydraulic roll control system results in a smooth, comfortable ride, even off-road.
The built-in air compressor is ready for airing up and down while off-roading giving the R1T ground clearances of 7.9 inches up to a maximum of 14.4 inches. Additionally, the underside of this truck is completely flat, with nothing to drag against rugged terrain, making this EV a great option for off-roading.

Other fun features of the R1T

The interior of the R1T is built with style and comfort in mind. It features many large digital displays, including a 12.3-inch display behind the steering wheel as well as a 15.6-inch infotainment screen. The back seat also has its own 6.8-inch digital screen. 
The R1T comes in three different trim levels starting at around $70,000. Comfortable seats, impressive styling, and finishes like decorative carabiners, touches of color, and wood trim make the R1T’s interior feel luxurious.
EVs are able to provide clever and numerous storage options, since they don’t have a traditional bulky engine, and the R1T is no exception. It features a large power frunk, a storage container under the floorboard, a roomy bin between the front seats, both in the center console and on the floor, and a storage tunnel between the bed and the passenger seats. Rivian can equip this tunnel with a
slide-out kitchen
, complete with a water tank and cookware! 
The bed of the truck is a flat platform, with a power bed cover tonneau. It features two electrical outlets and a full-size spare tire located under the bed. Rivian offers optional accessory racks and even an in-bed tent! Add in the rechargeable flashlight, wireless phone charging, and portable bluetooth speaker and the R1T is a vehicle ready for some
road-trip
adventures. 

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