Best New EVs and Hybrids of 2022

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With more and more mainstream models offering hybrid powertrains, and the huge surge in electric vehicles (EVs) that have recently entered the market, consumers have a lot of options to choose from. The best hybrids and plug-in hybrids don’t just provide better fuel economy than gas-only models, some even have significant performance benefits. And the best EVs are pretty, practical, and have quick charging rates—as well as enough range to stave off anxiety. These are our picks for the best hybrids and EVs for 2022.

Those who are interested in the best EVs and hybrids from 2021 can refer to last year’s list.

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Hybrid: Honda Insight

The 2022 Honda Insight is the spiritual successor to the Civic hybrid. With a similar size and shape as Honda’s compact sedan but an efficient gas-electric powertrain under the hood, the Insight is like a Civic that’s quieter at low speeds and delivers better mpg. Many of the Civic’s best aspects are present here, including a comfortable ride, a pleasant interior, and accurate steering. You’ll make a slight sacrifice in acceleration, and the Insight can get noisy when you step on it, but it’s a pleasant-looking sedan that doesn’t cost more than non-hybrid rivals and will save you money at the pump.

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Hybrid: Hyundai Elantra

The 2022 Hyundai Elantra stands out in traffic due to its unique styling, but underneath the sharply creased sheetmetal is a spacious and practical compact car. Its cabin is decked out with a similarly futuristic design and several high-end features are offered, especially on the high-end trims, that help with the wow factor. The entry-level engine is a somewhat sleepy 147-hp four-cylinder that is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), but both a hybrid powertrain and a 201-hp turbocharged four are optional. The Elantra competes with heavy hitters such as the Honda Civic, the Nissan Sentra, and the Toyota Corolla, and its style and value-oriented packaging make it a solid choice among compact cars.

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Hybrid: Honda Accord

Although SUVs and crossovers are the people haulers these days, we think those folks are missing out by not considering the superb 2022 Honda Accord sedan. The Accord can do most things your average compact crossover can do, and its spry handling will give its driver more of a thrill should they encounter a twisty road. Two turbocharged engines are offered, as is a hybrid powertrain that provides a more efficient twist on the daily commute. With a commodious trunk and enough space for four adults to relax in comfort, the Accord is also an ideal road-trip partner, made even better by its comprehensive set of standard driver-assistance features and intuitive infotainment system. There’s a reason the Accord makes our 2022 10Best and Editors’ Choice lists like it has done time and time again: It’s a winner.

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Hybrid: Hyundai Sonata

The 2022 Hyundai Sonata is a family sedan that’s both visually interesting and a really good value. Hyundai’s mid-sizer comes in a variety of flavors, from well-equipped entry-level trims to a trio of thrifty hybrids to a tire-squawking performance model. While the latter’s 290-hp turbo-four engine and sporty suspension can liven up grocery runs, the rest of the Sonata line is less exciting from a driver’s perspective. Instead, the sedan impresses with an array of standard driver assists and an upscale interior that’s full of popular tech features. Its comfy seats and roomy accommodations offset its firm ride—most pronounced in the N Line performance model. Although the 2022 Sonata isn’t as satisfying to pilot as, say, the Honda Accord, it’s still one of the top options in its class and one of our Editors’ Choice picks.

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Hybrid: Honda CR-V

The 2022 Honda CR-V won’t accelerate anyone’s heart rate, but its capacious interior and fuel-efficient powertrains make it a compelling compact crossover. In fact, it’s one of our favorites, earning a spot on our 2022 Editors’ Choice list. The Honda isn’t necessarily fun to drive, and neither its standard turbocharged gas engine nor the hybrid model qualifies as quick, but it steers and stops without any fuss. Its ride is also relaxing on long hauls, just go easy on the gas to avoid the base engine’s noisy drone. Family road trips will also require fewer fill-ups than many other SUVs thanks to the CR-V’s noteworthy fuel economy. A host of standard active safety features and popular tech options help it compete with newer rivals. While the 2022 CR-V isn’t the flashiest or classiest in this hotly contested segment, it’s still one of the most satisfying and talented entrants.

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Hybrid: Toyota RAV4

Toyota hybrids have come a long way since the original Prius, and that growth is most apparent in the 2022 RAV4 Hybrid and RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid compact SUVs. These electrified utes deliver the same practicality and roominess of a standard RAV4 but add one of two available fuel-sipping powertrains. Both are quicker than the nonhybrid RAV4—especially the Prime, which even beat the four-cylinder variant of Toyota’s Supra sports car in our 5-to-60-mph rolling start acceleration test. The RAV4’s uninvolving handling is outdone by rivals such as hybrid versions of the Honda CR-V and the Hyundai Tucson, and its high starting price of around $30,000 doesn’t include much more than basic features. Still, the RAV4 Hybrid is a well-rounded package with plenty of value, so we put it on our 2022 Editors’ Choice list.

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Hybrid: Hyundai Tucson

Previewed by the Vision T concept at the 2019 LA auto show, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson sports a daring new design that seems destined to shake up the compact-SUV marketplace. The entry-level Tucson is powered by a more conventional 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine shared with the Sonata family sedan but both hybrid and a plug-in hybrid are offered; those two use a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder augmented by an electric motor. All models are fairly well equipped and the Tucson is among the most stylish options in the segment. It goes head-to-head with several strong rivals such as the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, and the Volkswagen Tiguan, but the new Tucson has brought its A-game and earned an Editors’ Choice award for 2022.

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Hybrid: Kia Sorento

With more powertrain options and a smaller footprint, the 2022 Kia Sorento is a compelling substitute for the larger Kia Telluride. Both Kia models are handsome and have three rows, but adults won’t want to spend much time in the Sorento’s far-back seats, and when those seats are upright they limit its cargo capacity. Keep the third row stowed, however, and its nicely appointed cabin becomes a comfortable place for a small family. Unlike the Telluride, the Sorento is available as a hybrid or plug-in hybrid, which help maximize fuel efficiency. No matter what’s providing the motivation, the Kia has a smooth ride and satisfying handling characteristics. The entire package is cohesive and packed with popular standard and optional features, making the 2022 Sorento one of the better options in its class and an Editors’ Choice award winner.

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Hybrid: Volvo V60

Contrary to popular belief, not everyone prefers SUVs—count us among that shrinking pool of drivers—and for those people the 2022 Volvo V60 and V60 Cross Country wagons are attractive, practical alternatives. They’re also on our Editors’ Choice list. The Cross Country attempts to straddle the line between wagons and crossovers with its tasteful plastic cladding and a slightly taller ride height. Still, wagon enthusiasts are more likely to drool over the sporty Recharge T8 Polestar model that boasts a plug-in-hybrid powertrain with 415 horsepower and up to 22 miles of electric driving range. Aside from the Subaru Outback, it appears the station wagon body style exists merely in the luxury realm, with rivals including the Audi A4 Allroad, the Mercedes-Benz E-class All-Terrain, and Volvo’s larger V90 Cross Country.

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Hybrid: Chrysler Pacifica

Practical, comfortable, graceful, and undeniably handsome, the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica has family transportation down pat. It’s offered with either a regular V-6 or a plug-in hybrid powertrain, and can be equipped with optional all-wheel drive. Its refined road manners make the Pacifica a pleasure to drive, whether you’re logging interstate road-trip miles or simply shuttling kids to the high school football game, making it worthy of an Editors’ Choice award. Cargo capacity is vast, especially with the second and third rows folded flat into their built-in alcoves in the Pacifica’s floor. Its base price is loftier than rivals such as the Kia Carnival and the Honda Odyssey, but that’s because the Pacifica’s entry-level trims are marked under the Chrysler Voyager name, a van we review separately. While the rest of America continues to crave SUVs and crossovers, we’ll be over here beating the drum for the more practical minivan—the Pacifica, in particular.

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Hybrid: Volvo XC90

If driving verve isn’t a top priority when shopping for a mid-size luxury SUV, the 2022 Volvo XC90, which serves up a whole lot of style and safety tech, is a solid choice. As the only three-row in Volvo’s portfolio, it’s best suited for shuttling families, even if its far-back seats aren’t the most spacious. Still, it has one of the prettiest interiors in the class, which includes the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne. Both alternatives are better to drive, but they’re considerably more expensive, too. Along with two four-cylinder options, the XC90 is also offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain which has 400 horsepower and perkier acceleration, but its pure-electric range and fuel efficiency are unremarkable. Regardless, the 2022 XC90 is one of the most satisfying upper-class, three-row utes so we put it on our Editors’ Choice list.

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Hybrid: Ford Maverick

Although the nameplate originally was used on a less-than-stellar compact car line in the 1970s, Ford has revived the Maverick name for its new small pickup truck, and has slotted it into the lineup below the mid-size Ranger. This time, the Maverick is an impressive package worthy of an Editors’ Choice award. Instead of sharing parts and mechanicals with the Ranger, the Maverick rides on the same chassis as the Bronco Sport compact crossover. The standard powertrain is a hybrid setup that consists of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, a continuously variable automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Ford also offers all-wheel drive, but only with the optional nonhybrid turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. All models sport the same four-door crew cab body style with a 4.5-foot bed. The Maverick is part of a new class of small pickup trucks that Hyundai is also entering with the upcoming Santa Cruz.

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Hybrid: Ford F-150

With a wide range of trims and body styles, the 2022 Ford F-150 is a workhorse that can be outfitted to suit any number of tasks. Contractors and fleet managers will appreciate the low-cost and utilitarian nature of the base XL while oil barons and wealthy ranch owners will feel right at home in the King Ranch or Limited versions. A host of powertrains are offered too, including a hybrid and a diesel, and an off-road ready Tremor model promises to take you nearly anywhere you need to go. The F-150 has the grit to get the job done. It’s not quite as nice to live with on a daily basis as its chief rival, the Ram 1500, but huge numbers of buyers have historically been swayed by the Ford’s reputation and wider range of available features. We’re sure very few of them have regretted their purchase, so we’re happy to put the F-150 on our Editors’ Choice list.

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EV: Chevy Bolt EV

The 2022 Chevy Bolt EV not only looks more exciting inside and out, the redesigned electric hatchback also has enhanced features and a much cheaper asking price. While the most noticeable changes are its futuristic sheetmetal and freshly refinished cabin, it still employs a front-drive-only powertrain that delivers near-instant acceleration. Chevy estimates the 2022 Bolt EV can travel up to 259 miles on a full charge. That gives it a slight advantage over the excellent Hyundai Kona Electric, but it still falls far short of the Tesla Model 3. However, the new Bolt’s accessible price, roomy interior, and satisfying driving dynamics should be strong selling points. Those who want a more SUV-like model with additional back-seat space and available Super Cruise hands-free driving will be drawn to the all-new 2022 Bolt EUV.

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EV: Hyundai Ioniq 5

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a new all-electric compact crossover with advanced technology, futuristic styling, and a versatile interior. Intended as a Hyundai subbrand, the Ioniq moniker also applies to a flood of upcoming EV models, but the 2022 5 has debuted first. It features impressive charging speeds (up to 350 kW) and has an estimated driving range of up to 303 miles. Available with rear- or all-wheel drive, the EV ute makes between 168 and 320 horsepower. Its eco-friendly interior boasts a tech-centric dashboard, reclining front seats with footrests, and generous passenger space, making the Ioniq 5 a well-rounded package worthy of an Editors’ Choice award.

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EV: Hyundai Kona Electric

Turns out that the subcompact Hyundai Kona SUV is a fine basis for an electric vehicle, as the 2022 Kona Electric retains everything we like about its gas-powered counterpart. Instead of a four-cylinder engine, the Kona Electric is powered by a 201-hp electric motor, and its large battery pack is good for up to 258 miles per charge. That’s key because an EV’s range number is the most important factor in the revved-up electric vehicle marketplace. Chevrolet’s new Bolt EUV carries a claimed 250-mile range while the Tesla Model Y is good for up to 326 miles per charge. On top of its competitive estimated driving range, the Kona Electric delivers perky acceleration, spry handling, and an unbeatable standard warranty and complimentary maintenance package, making it worthy of an Editors’ Choice award.

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EV: Kia EV6

The 2022 Kia EV6 is the company’s first dedicated EV, and the striking crossover is built on the same Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) that will underpin a slew of new Kia EVs. With an estimated range of up to 310 miles and quick charging rates thanks to its 800-volt architecture, the EV6 is an example of the expanding choices and capabilities of the latest electric vehicles. It also offers two different batteries, rear- or all-wheel drive, and between 167 and 576 horsepower. The latter applies to the range-topping EV6 GT, which allegedly can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds. The 2022 EV6’s assertive bodywork and attractive cabin make it more interesting than its unimaginative name suggests.

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EV: Ford Mustang Mach-E

The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E blends popular elements of the past and present in a highly desirable package that bodes well for the future of electric vehicles, which is why we gave it an Editors’ Choice award. While it seems sacrilegious that Ford would call a crossover EV a Mustang, pairing the iconic nameplate with an in-demand body style is smart marketing. Along with its attention-getting appearance, the Mach-E has a handsomely appointed interior that’s brimming with the latest tech. It also has nifty storage solutions, a spacious back seat, and lots of cargo space. Get behind the wheel and the electrified Mustang feels agile and quick. The sportiest version hits 60 mph in 3.7 seconds (quicker than a Mustang Mach 1) and the rangiest versions are estimated to travel more than 300 miles per charge. All that and more makes the 2022 Mustang Mach-E a transcendent EV.

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EV: Volkswagen ID.4

Think of the 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 as the spiritual successor to the original Type 1 Beetle, but with an emissions-free twist. The base version of Volkswagen’s first electric car even has its single electric motor mounted in the rear; all-wheel drive is optional, though, and opting for that puts a second motor in the front. Driving range is decent at up to 260 miles per charge and with DC fast-charging, the battery can be replenished quickly via public charging stations. While it lacks the driving verve that we appreciate in other VW models, the ID.4’s interior is quiet and relaxed when cruising. The ID.4’s almost entirely digital dashboard gives the interior a high-tech aesthetic, but it takes some getting used to, particularly the infotainment system that features quirks that may frustrate some users. Even so, the ID.4 represents a solid value and because of that we’ve made room for it on our annual Editors’ Choice list.

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EV: Volvo XC40 Recharge

Among the already fashionable lineup of Volvo SUVs, the even more chic 2022 XC40 is a hip and youthful one. The entry-level model is powered by a 184-hp turbocharged four-cylinder that wears the T4 badge, but the spunkiest version is the T5, which offers 248 horsepower and standard all-wheel drive. The XC40 brings with it plenty of tech, too, including available driver assists that are borrowed from higher-end Volvo models, including the Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving mode. Still, the XC40 isn’t all flash. Its cabin is thoughtfully designed with clever storage opportunities, and its cargo area is generously sized, earning it a spot on our Editors’ Choice list. Plus, when compared to German rivals such as the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-class, the Volvo’s higher seating position will appeal to SUV enthusiasts. If you’re looking for an electrified SUV with similar traits, Volvo also offers the XC40 Recharge, which we review separately.

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EV: BMW iX

Based on the Vision iNext concept that BMW showed back in fall 2018, the production 2022 iX is the brand’s first all-electric SUV—and it’s mighty compelling. The iX offers an electric driving range of about 300 miles per charge, which is impressive enough to earn it an Editors’ Choice award. Two electric motors provide full-time all-wheel drive, and carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body panels help save weight. The iX’s cabin is quite spacious with plenty of modern technology features on display, including a slick curved digital instrument panel screen. Upon its arrival at U.S. dealerships, it will find itself competing with rivals such as the Audi e-tron, the Tesla Model X, and the upcoming Rivian R1S.

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EV: Tesla Model 3

With a near-ideal blend of performance, driving range, and accessible pricing, the 2022 Tesla Model 3 is an electric vehicle that lives up to the hype. It’s fast—especially the Performance trim—and it’s agile, which means the Model 3 is an EV that driving enthusiasts like us can get behind. We even named it to our 2022 Editors’ Choice list. Driving range is an impressive 358 miles per charge on the mid-level Long Range trim, so it’s not necessary to charge the Model 3 every day. Its attractive entry price doesn’t unlock the Model 3’s full potential, though, and its fit and finish doesn’t quite match alternatives such as the Chevy Bolt and Ford Mustang Mach E. Still, there’s not a more inexpensive way to park one of Tesla’s groundbreaking EVs in your driveway.

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EV: Tesla Model S

Without it we wouldn’t have the growing selection of electric vehicles we have today, yet the 2022 Tesla Model S remains one of the most compelling and desirable options in that growing market segment. It also earns a spot on our 2022 Editors’ Choice list. With up to 412-miles of estimated driving range—depending upon model—the S can easily be used for long drives, and the 1020-hp Plaid version can deliver supercar acceleration while seating four adults. The Model S is also practical, with a large rear cargo area and a secondary front-trunk for extra space. New entrants in the luxury EV sedan category includes the Porsche Taycan and the Audi e-tron GT, both of which challenge the Model S in terms of performance and comfort, but its superior range and available semi-autonomous driving technology continue to draw consumers to this Tesla.

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EV: Porsche Taycan

The 2022 Porsche Taycan sedan isn’t the perfect electric vehicle, but its combination of driving verve and performance stamina make it the most engaging one. It’s also on our 2022 Editors’ Choice list. With a striking appearance as well as a highly customizable and high-tech interior, Porsche’s electrified four-door lives up to its premium pricing. The Taycan also does a remarkable job of reminding its pilot that they’re driving a Porsche thanks to its lively steering, stoic composure, and refined ride. Stomping the accelerator is like firing a missile, except it can be done repeatedly. While its brakes are great at corralling that quickness, they lack the regenerative properties of traditional EVs and the pedal has a passive feel. There will always be comparisons to the Tesla Model S, especially with the Porsche’s comparatively short estimated range, but the 2022 Taycan is unquestionably the more thrilling alternative.

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EV: Porsche Taycan Cross / Sport Turismo

Think station wagons aren’t cool? The breathtaking take-offs performed by the 2022 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo and Sport Turismo will make you think again. Sure, one ride in a Tesla Model S can have the same effect, but Teslas are cool, wagons are not supposed to be. As the longroof alternatives to the Taycan sedan, the Turismo versions inherit an advanced electrical architecture and innovated two-speed transmission that enables repeated big-wow acceleration. While Porsche’s EV recipe leaves out some traditional ingredients (read: one-pedal driving) and can’t match the range of the rangiest Tesla, the Taycan twins are much more satisfying to drive. Consider that the wagon has a bigger back seat and trunk than the sedan and its added practically might offset its higher asking price. Regardless, the 2022 Taycan Cross Turismo and Sport Turismo are both useful family-hauling tools and great ways to make wagon-haters look like fools. They’re Editors’ Choice winners, too.

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EV: Mercedes-Benz EQS

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan is the flagship of the brand’s electrified future and one of the fanciest EVs ever. We even named it to our 2022 Editors’ Choice list. Its curvaceous body effortlessly slips through the air for maximum efficiency, and its palatial cabin boasts luxurious appointments and state-of-the-art features for the all-important wow factor. That’s made most obvious by the optional glass-covered Hyperscreen dashboard. The sizable EV sedan is offered with a 329-hp, rear-drive powertrain (EQS450+) or a 516-hp, all-wheel-drive setup (EQS580 4Matic). Both utilize a large 107.8-kWh battery that’s rated at up to 350 miles of range. While calling the 2022 EQS an electrifying luxury car is an easy pun, it’s also entirely accurate.

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EV: Mercedes-AMG EQS

The AMG performance division has turned its attention to the Mercedes EQS flagship luxury sedan, imbuing it with extra power and presence. The AMG EQS is the first fully electric AMG model, and its specs are impressive. Mercedes has increased power to a whopping 751 horsepower thanks to beefier electric motors; that’s with the optional boost mode, while standard output sits at 649 hp. The suspension has also been tuned to be firmer and sportier, and the AMG gets some additional driving modes. The AMG model’s battery is the same as the base EQS, however, with 107.8 kWh of usable capacity, so the driving range should be similar. The 2022 Mercedes-AMG EQS also earns a spot on our Editors’ Choice list.

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EV: Rivian R1T

The futuristic R1T is an all-electric pickup truck from new American startup brand Rivian, and it promises 300 miles of driving range and lightning-quick acceleration, enough to earn it an Editors’ Choice award. At 215.6 inches long, the crew-cab-only R1T splits the difference in size between mid-size pickups such as the Ford Ranger and full-size trucks such as the Ram 1500. The R1T is the first electric pickup truck to make it to production in what seems to be a burgeoning market, soon to include the Ford F-150 Lightning and the GMC Hummer EV SUT.

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