Best Electric SUVs of 2022

Edmunds' experts test electric SUV contenders on both our test track and a 115-mile real-world test loop of city streets, freeways and winding canyons. In between, we take them home and live with them as our daily drivers, typically for two full weeks. The data we gather results in our electric SUV ratings. They’re based on 30-plus scores that cover performance, comfort, interior, technology, utility and value. How we rank

Luxury electric SUVs

Given the popularity of luxury SUVs, it's no surprise that luxury electric SUVs are on the rise. Versatile interior space, cutting-edge technology and impressive power are par for the course.
2022 BMW iX
1
Introduced in 2022

BMW iX xDrive50

MSRP
$83,200
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Edmunds Tested RangeEdmunds' real-world range test measures the distance an electric vehicle can travel on a full charge. More info
377 mi
2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5
2
Introduced in 2022

Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD

MSRP
$39,950 - $55,000
Edmunds Rating
8.3 out of 10
Edmunds Tested RangeEdmunds' real-world range test measures the distance an electric vehicle can travel on a full charge. More info
270 mi
2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E
3
MSRP
$43,895 - $61,995
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Edmunds Tested RangeEdmunds' real-world range test measures the distance an electric vehicle can travel on a full charge. More info
304 mi
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E
4
Introduced in 2021

Ford Mach-E GT

MSRP
$59,900
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Edmunds Tested RangeEdmunds' real-world range test measures the distance an electric vehicle can travel on a full charge. More info
272 mi
2022 Audi e-tron
5
Introduced in 2019

Audi e-tron

MSRP
$65,900 - $83,400
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
EPA Range
222 mi
2022 Tesla Model Y
6
Introduced in 2020

Tesla Model Y Long Range

MSRP
$65,990 - $69,990
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Edmunds Tested RangeEdmunds' real-world range test measures the distance an electric vehicle can travel on a full charge. More info
317 mi
2021 Tesla Model Y
7
Introduced in 2020

Tesla Model Y Performance

MSRP
$62,990
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Edmunds Tested RangeEdmunds' real-world range test measures the distance an electric vehicle can travel on a full charge. More info
263 mi
2022 Tesla Model X
8
Introduced in 2016

Tesla Model X Long Range

MSRP
$120,990 - $138,990
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Edmunds Tested RangeEdmunds' real-world range test measures the distance an electric vehicle can travel on a full charge. More info
294 mi
2022 Kia EV6
9
Introduced in 2022

Kia EV6 GT-Line

MSRP
$41,400 - $56,400
Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Edmunds Tested RangeEdmunds' real-world range test measures the distance an electric vehicle can travel on a full charge. More info
261 mi
2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin Pure Electric
10
MSRP
$51,700 - $58,150
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Edmunds Tested RangeEdmunds' real-world range test measures the distance an electric vehicle can travel on a full charge. More info
240 mi
2022 Jaguar I-PACE
11
Introduced in 2019

Jaguar I-PACE

MSRP
$69,900
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Edmunds Tested RangeEdmunds' real-world range test measures the distance an electric vehicle can travel on a full charge. More info
262 mi





Electric SUVs vs. Gas SUVs

Gas-powered SUVs are comforting in their familiarity. With gas stations easily accessible across the country, they provide unparalleled freedom and, in some cases, a dramatic exhaust note to boot. Sadly, they also produce a lot of air pollution. Electric SUVs are an environmentally friendlier alternative and a great match for many drivers' day-to-day needs.

Electric SUVs drive differently but not necessarily in a bad way. They provide instant torque, making them feel zippy around town. And with regenerative braking, drivers can practice "one-pedal driving," in which simply lifting off the throttle pedal results in significant deceleration. Electric-SUV ownership means adopting new habits as a driver and owner. Luckily, one of those habits is never having to visit a gas station. If you can install a charging station at home or have access to one where you work, there's a strong chance an electric SUV would make a good commuter for you.

Electric SUVs vs. Hybrid SUVs

Hybrids use an electric motor to assist a gasoline engine, improving fuel efficiency while maintaining the freedom of a gas-powered vehicle. They're more mechanically complex, but owning (and driving) a hybrid really isn't much different from owning a traditional gas-powered vehicle, which is definitely part of the appeal.

Plug-in hybrid SUVs can be charged up like an electric SUV and driven for a short distance on full electric power before switching over to normal hybrid operation. Most plug-in hybrids won't go more than 30 miles or so on electricity, though. If you really want to rack up those all-electric miles, an electric SUV is an easy choice.

Electric SUV Benefits

If you can access a charging station at your home or office, you can likely rely on an electric SUV to replace your gas-powered vehicle for everything but road trips. All you have to do is plug it in at either location, and it'll charge up while you're doing other things. Electricity is also cheaper than gas, meaning you'll save money on energy over the life of the vehicle. For more details, check out our "The True Cost of Powering an Electric Car."

Electric SUVs also have fewer moving parts that can break. Most maintenance will likely involve wear on items such as tires, brakes and windshield wipers. You'll never have to pay for a belt job with an electric SUV. And there are big tax incentives available, which can help cushion the upfront cost of an electric SUV. If you lease, you'll see those incentives taken out of your payments right away, saving you some paperwork.

Choosing the Right Electric SUV for You

For many households, an electric SUV makes a lot of sense as a second vehicle. Electric SUVs provide a clean commuting alternative, requiring less maintenance and zero trips to the gas station. The trick will be to figure out where and when you can charge and how many miles you need to be able to drive between charges.

Make sure to check out our "9 Steps to Easier Plug-In Car Shopping" to help you take the first steps on your electric SUV journey. You may be surprised to find out that an electric SUV could fit your lifestyle.