Ford F-150 Lightning, Rivian R1T, Hyundai Ioniq 5 land on AutoTrader’s “Best New Cars for 2022”

Three of the newest additions to the electric auto sector have landed on AutoTrader’s list of “Best New Cars for 2022.” The Ford F-150 Lightning and Rivian R1T, two of the newest pickups in the EV industry, along with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 SUV, landed on the list, which featured the top twelve vehicles based on a team of experts “who collectively tested and ranked the new designs using a range of criteria.

AutoTrader said in its listing post that with so many great and competitive options on the market today, buying a car is more confusing than ever. As the industry begins to shift towards a more central role for electric cars, the hand of the list selects the twelve most competitive picks based on more than 300 options.

“While electric vehicles, driver assistance technology and fun, efficient and affordable gas-powered cars aren’t necessarily new to car buyers, the sheer amount of choice drivers now have really stands out as something new for 2022,” Autotrader editor Brian Moody said. “Automakers are building a wider variety of vehicle types every year. Electric vehicles are a prime example. There are now many good all-electric cars available in a variety of price points, shapes and sizes. In fact, a third of our list of best new cars this year is made up of electric vehicles, and two of them are trucks.

Ford F-150 Lightning

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Perhaps the most anticipated electric vehicle release this year will be the Ford F-150 Lightning. As the electric pickup truck industry begins to heat up with recent releases from GMC and Rivian, Ford, the undisputed leader in the US pickup truck industry, will have its say on what the best electric truck will be later this year. Deliveries are slated for spring 2022, and Ford has opened the order bank for customers to finalize their trim packages in January. Autotrader says:

“Combining the popularity of the F-150 pickup with the capabilities of an all-electric vehicle creates a real winner. With Ford’s Intelligent Backup Power, over-the-air software updates and 11 available power outlets, this version of the F-150 is the perfect tool for consumers and contractors. Bonus points for the great “Frunk”.

Rivian R1T

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Rivian’s initial vehicle, the R1T pickup, technically began deliveries last year. However, 2022 is the year the truck will really make its mark as the young and scrappy Rivian begins to ramp up production of the R1T at its Normal, Illinois plant. Rivian is backed by Amazon, which means their cash flow is virtually unlimited and they have the backing of several other notable companies. The R1T truly is the perfect outdoor truck because Rivian’s goal was to meet the needs of those who love adventure. Autotrader says:

“Pickup trucks and SUVs have been kind of a blind spot when it comes to electric vehicles because their size and weight (and often the demands placed on trucks) make them poor candidates for all-electric power. But now Rivian has opened that door. Like Tesla, Rivian is not a long-standing legacy automaker, but it has created a very compelling electric vehicle that looks good and performs well. The Rivian R1T is not not a concept or a plan or a “one day” electric truck – it’s now making its way into the hands of consumers, and it’s very good.

Hyundai Ioniq 5

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Hyundai isn’t necessarily talked about too much in the EV industry, but the Ioniq 5 is definitely a vehicle to talk about. The company has many plans to expand its electrification footprint across the world. In 2028, Hyundai plans to have at least six new electric vehicles on the market in India. However, the company has repeatedly discussed hydrogen technology as a possible path, a decision that many pure electric vehicle enthusiasts will contest on any occasion. Autotrader says:

“Electric vehicles have matured beyond traditional gasoline-powered cars with electric powertrains later in life. Now cars like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 are EVs purpose-built to be electric from the start. That’s important. because when you eliminate the need for a large gas tank and remove a huge chunk of metal between the two front wheels, the designer is freer to make drastically different choices in terms of the car’s overall look, interior space and technology. And our editors like the look of the Ioniq 5.”

The complete list is available here.

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Ford F-150 Lightning, Rivian R1T, Hyundai Ioniq 5 land on AutoTrader’s “Best New Cars for 2022”

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