The 2022 Lucid Air Won Another Award: Best Luxury Electric Car

The incredible 2022 Lucid Air has won an incredible number of awards already, and it’s still relatively new to the electric vehicle market. It has an expensive starting price and its parent company has already gotten into some hot water. But, that hasn’t stopped a landslide of Lucid orders and sales, and it’s already being called the best luxury EV.

See why U.S. News ranked the new 2022 Lucid Air as one of the best premium electric cars.

2022 Lucid Air pricing and trim levels

A black 2022 Lucid Air Grand Touring, the best luxury electric car, parked at the Lucid Motors Inc. studio in California
Lucid Air Grand Touring | Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

Pricing for the new Lucid Air isn’t cheap, but what can you expect from a premium luxury electric car? 

The cheapest 2022 Air Pure starts at $77,400, the 2022 Air Touring starts at $95,000, and the lavish 2022 Air Grand Touring starts at $139,000. Nobody knows if the cheaper Air trims will be available this year

The 2022 Air Dream Edition started at $169,000, but sadly you can no longer get one. It was a special, limited-edition variant, and reservations are now closed for the Dream Edition Performance and Range models.

EV range estimates for the 2022 Lucid Air

A model of the Lucid MultiCore Boost Charger for the 2022 Lucid Air, the best electric luxury car
Lucid MultiCore Boost Charger | Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

One of the things that have put Lucid on the map is the Air’s incredible range. Drivers can see over 500 miles of EV range from the Air Grand Touring, and the Air Dream Edition is even more impressive.

According to Lucid, the EV ranges for the different models fall between 406 and 520 miles: 

  • Air Pure: 406 miles
  • Air Touring: 406 miles
  • Air Grand Touring Performance: 446 miles
  • Air Dream Edition Performance: 471 miles
  • Air Grand Touring: 516 miles
  • Air Dream Edition: 520 miles

Massive interior space and generous appointments

According to Lucid, the 2022 Air boasts the largest frunk in the electric-car segment. (For those who may not know, a “frunk” is a front trunk—many electric vehicles offer a frunk as additional storage space.) The interior is roomy and plush, the cabin is loaded with premium features and incredible technology, and it’s one of the best-looking new electric cars inside.

Though, there have been some problems with the 2022 Lucid Air that may make real-life ownership complicated.

An incredible performance option for EV enthusiasts

This best luxury EV won’t be for everyone—but with such high starting prices, it doesn’t seem like it was ever meant to be. The super-high-powered 2022 Air Dream Edition Performance model is not quite the most powerful production electric vehicle (that title goes to the Lotus Evija) but it’s definitely up there. 

U.S. News’ best luxury electric vehicle offers up to 1,111 horsepower, while lower trim levels offer between 480 and 1,050 horsepower. That’s still plenty powerful for your average daily driving.

Does the Lucid Air qualify for tax credits?

Yes, both the 2022 Air Dream Edition and Air Grand Touring EVs qualify for the full $7,500 federal tax credit, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

“One of the most capable electric cars on the market today”

The 2022 Lucid Air, the best electric car in 2022, in gold parked on a stage
2022 Lucid Air | Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

If you can make your lifestyle work with the occasional inconvenience of needing to recharge, rather than refuel, and have the cash to throw around, the Lucid Air is one of the best new electric cars in 2022 as rated by U.S. News. 

You just need to get your hands on one.

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