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Have you ever witnessed a heated debate between new car owners and experts over a particular area where they simply can’t seem to agree? Well, that’s precisely what’s been happening in the Lucid Air community lately. As the buzz surrounding the highly anticipated electric vehicle grows, so does the debate between those who own it and those who know it best. Despite sharing a common love for this innovative car, these enthusiasts can’t seem to reach a consensus on one crucial aspect. So, what’s causing this disagreement?

A 2022 Lucid Air Grand Touring driving down a highway.
2022 Lucid Air Grand Touring | Lucid

Lucid Air outperforms competitors in J.D. Power’s APEAL study but falls short in one important area

The J.D. Power APEAL study on the Lucid Air found a variety of strengths among owners, but none was more pronounced than their satisfaction with its driving dynamics. They reported that the Lucid Air handled like a dream, with superior lightness and responsive steering. Owners were also thrilled with the car’s innovative technology and its luxurious interior.

Despite Lucid Air’s high overall rating, the study showed that owners’ least favorite category was “getting in and out.” This category measures the ease and comfort of entering and exiting the car, and the Lucid Air received the lowest score among all-electric vehicles surveyed. This was a surprising result, given that the Lucid Air was designed with an emphasis on luxury and comfort.

It’s worth noting that this was a relatively small area of concern for Lucid Air owners, and the car scored very well in other categories such as driving experience, interior, and technology. Nonetheless, the study highlights an important area for improvement for the Lucid Air as it aims to compete with established luxury EV brands in the market.

What experts think about getting in the Lucid Air

According to the J.D. Power experts, the Lucid Air makes for an effortless entry experience with its keyless entry system that brings the car to life upon approach, unlocking the doors and illuminating the lights. Once inside, the cabin wakes up, with all the display screens coming to life and the climate control system activating automatically. The doors also have a soft-close mechanism, adding a touch of luxury to the experience.

Inside, the Lucid Air is every bit a luxury sedan with its lavish extended Nappa full-grain leather seats, North American Walnut and Alcantara trims on the doors and dashboard, and comfortable and well-padded seats. The front seats are trimmed in Lucid Black, while the rear seats feature a unique ceramic (white) design element.

The pilot panel, a large touchscreen display, is the hub for all main functions such as climate, navigation, audio, and communications. It is positioned below the dashboard and is tilted upwards for easy access and reduced glare. The display also retracts to reveal a sizable hidden storage area in the center console, where cupholders, covered storage, and a wireless phone charger can be found.

The importance of test-driving cars for yourself to verify contradicting reviews

The expert review describes the Lucid Air as having easy entry and exit with wide-opening doors, while the owner review mentioned difficulty getting in and out of the car.

These contradictions highlight the subjective nature of personal experiences and preferences when it comes to cars. What may be comfortable for one person may not be for another, and what may be considered a positive feature by an expert may not be perceived the same way by an owner.

This is why it is crucial to test drive cars for yourself before making a purchase decision. A test drive allows you to experience the car firsthand and determine whether it suits your needs, preferences, and comfort level. It also gives you an opportunity to ask questions and clarify any doubts with the dealer or salesperson.

Ultimately, a car is a significant investment, and making an informed decision based on your own experience and judgment is essential.


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