Josh is looking for a replacement for his twelve-year-old Hyundai Genesis. However, it’s an aging car that gets 22 MPG with rising fuel prices, he wants to trade it in for something electric. What car should he buy?
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Here is the scenario:
I have a 12 year old Hyundai Genesis that I love. It’s big, comfortable, RWD and has plenty of power from its V6. The car averages 22 mpg, but with gas prices I’m considering going electric. I use the Genesis primarily for commuting a few days a week. I have a full size pickup truck with a V8 and 4WD and I use it in snow, hauling, household projects, towing. It can be a real car in the sense that I don’t need a Swiss army knife vehicle. I need transportation from point A to point B. It would be nice to be a tailgate or wagon so the dog has somewhere to go that isn’t the passenger compartment. I love her but she loses. Currently we always take the truck when taking it anywhere, but it would be nice to have a smaller vehicle for the tight parking lots at the trailheads. I would like something with a bit of luxury. I suggest driving other people, so a comfy backseat would be nice. I drive once or twice a month to see my in-laws, it’s about 100 miles round trip. I could take the truck, but it would be nice to use this car to save gas costs. I’m a big guy over 6 feet tall and over 250 pounds. I can spend up to $60,000
Budget: youp to $60,000
Daily driver: Yes
Location: Baltimore, MD
Wanna: EV, compact but spacious enough for a large body.
Will not : something too small
Expert 1: Tabout McParland – Go with what you know
Josh, even though the auto market is generally tough, it’s a good time to make the switch to an EV. There are more deals in the “midsize” range than ever before and with a budget of $60,000 that gets you a pretty nice car. Since you had a good experience with your Hyundai, maybe you should stick to the Korean offerings when it comes to the Ioniq5 or Kia EV6. These cars are bigger in person than they look in the photos, but not so big that you have trouble parking them. Both cars received rave reviews for their driving experience and features. In addition, they would both be eligible for the federal tax credit of $7,500.
From my research, your Genesis has about 38 inches of headroom, and the Ioniq5 and EV6 offer about 37-38 inches of headroom if you can find one without a sunroof.
As for which way to go, the two cars are basically different flavors of the same thing and it will really depend on which style you prefer. More importantly, it comes down to which dealership is willing to sell you one of these EVs at no markup. I encourage you to cast your net beyond the Baltimore/DC market, as the demand for electric vehicles tends to be very high in this area. You are more likely to encounter even thinner inventory and inflated prices. There is a dealer in New York with plenty of inventory that will likely sell at the list price.
Expert 2: Raphael Orlove — Best of the Rest
Josh, the good thing about your demands for an electric car that feels good, feels powerful, has plenty of range and costs around $60,000…you could meet those needs by buying “literally any electric vehicle”.
Seriously, if there’s a $60,000 EV for sale near you, a Mustang Mach-E, a Volvo XC40, whatever, they’ll all do pretty much the same job.
I drove them all! It’s hard to argue one over the other.
I myself liked the best VW ID.4 of the Not A Tesla crowd. It makes you feel just enough like you’re in a car of the future, while still performing for the most part like a regular vehicle. It is comfortable, practical and elegant. My only reservation is that it’s insane to buy a modern Volkswagen product, but what’s nice about living in Maryland is that you’re close enough to VW USA headquarters to drive and throw shit on their building if something is wrong with your car.
Expert 3: José Rodríguez Jr. — The cool, calm and collected VE
Josh, yes! I like it when readers are ready to show off light switch! As Raph pointed out, your criteria and budget puts you in a comfortable range of many great EVs. the Ionic that Tom recommended has a great design. Apparently the the best in the world! the ID.4 can’t match that with its plain looks, but it’s roomy enough for passengers and your pup.
I got a thing for Volvo, so I’ll say, give it away XC40 2022 Refill a shot.
the XC40 refill starts at $51,700 but should still qualify for the federal tax credit. On top of that, you can drive the Recharge in the carpool lane regardless of the passengers in Maryland. You’ll get a $700 rebate for installing a home charger. And the Recharge (along with other EVs) is exempt from state MD inspections, according to VOLVO. No more sweating on windshield cracks or faulty turn signals! Well, maybe you wouldn’t care anyway.
You probably won’t worry about range either, as the XC40 has a maximum range of 223 miles and is plenty fast for small SUVs. It makes 402 horsepower and has AWD, after all. I think the Recharge is best described as a high-riding crossover. Nice try, Volvo. But the good thing is that it has the design language of all Volvos. It’s not garish; this ain’t screaming for a prize under of its sole electrification. It looks like a fairly normal Volvo, that is, it looks damn good while keeping your passengers and bon boi safe.
Expert 4: Elizabeth Blackstock — Change It Up
Josh, the world is your oyster, and you definitely need to take advantage of the fact that you can get just about any electric car you’ve been craving right now, but I’m going to come up with something a little less extreme than my colleagues. I’m going to say you should try a plug-in hybrid, especially the Toyota RAV4 Prime.
Now, a PHEV isn’t a real EV, but it’s a great stepping stone for anyone who isn’t totally convinced that all-electric is the way to go for now and the RAV4 Prime can go 42 miles before to switch to gas. engine. My family has a RAV4 Prime, and it usually got us where we needed to go in a day without needing a charge, and it was one of those good mid-size vehicles that could carry a few people but could also navigate in a parking lot.
Now, the RAV4 Prime is a hot commodity, so it can be a little hard to find. You can, however, opt for the more luxurious Lexus NX450H+, which is built on the same platform but isn’t as sought after.
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