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Updated on 6/22/2023 for freshness.

The 2021 Lucid Air is a luxury electric car designed to rival competitors like Tesla. It’s available in four spectacular trims ranging from $69,900 to $161,500. It boasts an incredible driving range and massive power. Which trim should consumers look into?

Lucid Motors releases its first electric vehicle

Lucid Motors first announced its EV, the Air, back in 2016. The company experienced setback after setback trying to bring a quality, luxury vehicle to market. It seems consumers are finally able to own a Lucid Air after years of waiting.

Every iteration of the EV surpasses previous expectations because of the estimated EPA range. The Lucid Air has made history, and the company fully intends on capitalizing on the EV’s unique features by offering trims to suit every consumer. So it’s more than a battle for the better electric car. It’s a battle for the better electric brand. Lucid’s Air Pure leads the charge for the company.

The Lucid Air Pure delivers pure bliss to drivers

The Lucid Air Grand Touring | Patrick T. Fallon/AFP Via Getty Images

The Lucid Air Pure is the first of four unique trims. The Air Pure has a projected range of 406 miles. This number may seem arbitrary, but that range beats out the Tesla Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y! It makes 480 hp and is described as a balance of comfort, performance, and range.

The Lucid Air Pure starts at $69,900, comparable to the $69,420 Tesla Model S. The Air Pure is very much the entry point into the company’s extensive line of luxury electric vehicles. But is it enough to compete for the throne of the most common daily EV?

The Lucid Air Touring is extremely powerful

The Lucid Air Touring is where the automaker really starts to show off its power. While the 480-horsepower Air Pure is impressive, it cannot touch the Air Touring. The Air Touring has the same estimated EPA-estimated driving range of 406 miles as the Air Pure. When it comes to power, however, it’s in a whole other league.

The Air Touring makes a whopping 620 hp. To put that number into perspective, the 2021 BMW M5 Competition makes 617 horsepower. The Air Touring is also much cheaper than the BMW M5 Competition. It starts at $87,500. The Air Touring is a $17,600 leap from the Air Pure, but it is also a 140-horsepower difference.

The Lucid Air Grand Touring is a legend in the making

The Lucid Air Grand Touring is big money, but it does big things that could be worth the spend depending on the driver. It makes 800 hp and can do 0-60 miles per hour in 3.0 seconds. Not only is it fast, but the range also improves from the Air Pure and Air Touring. The Air Grand Touring can go as far as 517 miles.

With top speeds of 168 miles per hour, there isn’t much more a driver could want from an EV. It’s fast, it goes unbelievably far, and it was designed with luxury and comfort in mind. But, unfortunately, it is also $131,500. The Air Grand Touring is second only to the most expensive of the Lucid Motors models: the Lucid Air Dream Edition.

The Lucid Air Dream Edition is what dreams are made of

The Dream Edition is Lucid Motors’ kitchen sink model. It’s performance-ready and comfortable. It makes a ridiculous 1,080 hp. This model is the supercar that people save as their phone lock screens.

The range is slightly lower than the Grand Touring’s 517-mile range at 503 miles, but 1,080 horses? Really? The Lucid Air Dream Edition is aptly named because, at a starting price of $161,500, most consumers will only be driving this EV in their dreams.

Which is the best trim Lucid Air?

Black Lucid Air Grand Touring electric luxury car is displayed at the Lucid Motors Inc. studio and service center.
The Lucid Air Grand Touring | Patrick T. Fallon/AFP Via Getty Images

The price ranges are extreme, and the differences in horsepower are just as great. The Air Dream Edition is easily the most powerful in terms of performance, with its 1,080 horses. Unfortunately, it is also the least attainable for the average consumer.

The Air Grand Touring is where the difference in driving range comes into play, moving from 406 miles all the way to 517 miles. If consumers are in a place where they can overlook the $130,000+ price tag, the Air Grand Touring is the best option because it has incredible range and horsepower. It may be expensive, but it delivers as a luxury EV with great performance specs.

The Air Pure is the most accessible to the average consumer and is still a great option. It just isn’t the Grand Touring.


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