I was going to write an article about the 10 best electric cars, trucks, and SUVs on the market, but then I decided to limit it to cars, trucks, and SUVs under $70,000 to make it a little more useful. Then I realized that there are hardly more than 10 all-electric cars on the US market with a starting price under $70,000, and excluding 3 of them seemed cruel and perhaps too subjective, so I decided to go the other way — I chose I am my 7 favorites.
Because I think fully electric cars are far better than non-electric (for several reasons), I feel good when I say that the 7 electric vehicles listed below, if not all 13 electric vehicles on the market, are the best cars on the market under $70,000. Choose based on your personal preferences, budget and needs! In my personal opinion and based on my personal preferences, below are the 7 that I think have the best new technology, battery, range for the money, design and performance. There is certainly room for debate, and I’m open to arguments for those I didn’t pick. In no particular order, below are what I consider to be the top 7
electric cars, trucks and SUVs on the market in 2022.
7 electric cars starting under $70,000 in the US market
Tesla Model 3
Do you want a family sedan that drives like the wind, corners like a race car and has an infotainment system that works like a 5-star home theater? Want to make sure you have access to the best, easiest and most reliable superfast charging network in the country? Want the most advanced driver assistance system available in a regular private car (for a hefty price)? Do you want beautiful white vegan leather seats that are as comfortable as any car seat you’ve ever driven for hours in? Do you want an electric car that will receive fun and useful wireless updates several times a year?
Unfortunately, while the base Model 3 cost about $40,000 when I bought it in 2019, that price has risen to $46,990 (for the RWD version with a range of 267 miles). That said, the Model 3 has held its value exceptionally well, so looking at the total cost of ownership after 3-5 years could end up making the financial side of things look like a big win. The only problem is: we never really know what the future holds.
Check out my recent 3-year review of the base Tesla Model 3.
Tesla Model Y
Do you want a small SUV/crossover that drives like the wind, corners like a race car and has an infotainment system that works like a 5-star home theater? Want to make sure you have access to the best, easiest and most reliable superfast charging network in the country? Want the most advanced driver assistance system available in a regular private car (for a hefty price)? Do you want beautiful white vegan leather seats that are as comfortable as any car seat you’ve ever driven for hours in? Do you want an electric car that will receive fun and useful wireless updates several times a year?
The downside of the Model Y, due in part to the huge demand for this vehicle, is that it has a starting price $65,990 (we barely make our limit).
Okay, so you’re skipping the Tesla options. The coolest thing on the market for non-Tesla fans might be the futuristic Kia EV6. It looks like something from a futuristic movie Robocop or 5th element — but in a good way. (Okay, I’m dating myself.) The EV6 gets rave reviews from auto reviewers, including our own. (Video review coming soon.) It’s packed with new entertainment tech like an augmented reality Head-Up Display (HUD) and dual panoramic screens. It also has a range of up to 310 miles, includes a huge amount of trunk (trunk) space, can go from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds (Ferrari Roma and Lamborghini Huracán Evo Spyder RWD), and has a starting MSRP. righteous $41,400! (Of course, some of these things may not be available on the $41,400 version – be sure to check the details for what you want and what is available in your area.)
One perhaps underrated benefit of the EV6 is that even the cheapest trim has an EPA-rated range of 310 miles! There are a few trims that see the range drop to 274 miles, but I don’t think you’ll find better range for $41,400 than the 310 miles available with the ‘Light’ trim.
Hyundai IONIQ 5
Let’s be honest – the IONIQ 5 is basically as close to a twin as cousins can get. Hyundai and Kia have a close relationship, and the IONIQ 5 and EV6 have a lot in common. Even the design is very futuristic – just a little different. Again you have the HUD option. It’s not quite as quick as the EV6, but it still gets to 62mph in a brisk 5.2 seconds.
You have 303 miles of EPA range on a full charge. And you only have the starting MSRP $39,950! (Note, however, that the cheapest trim has an estimated range of 220 miles (combined city/highway – 249 city/185 highway), while the 303-mile trims (combined) start at $44,000.
Ford F-150 Lightning
If you want a partially affordable electric pickup, this is it!
At this stage, there really isn’t any competition at the lower price points the F-150 Lightning starts at. That said, the F-150 Lightning is a stunning engineering achievement with excellent features regardless. It’s hard to imagine it being unmatched by any other truck on the market. It’s got all sorts of useful features for work or camping, plugs all around, massive torque, great range, towing capabilities and just enough style to be cool but not too flashy.
You can read or watch our extensive electric pickup review here: Ford F-150 Lightning — CleanTechnica Review.
The starting price of the basic “Pro” equipment: Yen $47,000!
Ford Mustang Mach-E
The Mustang Mach-E was one of the most exciting new entrants to the automotive market in recent years, and it’s still an exciting, fun and fresh choice if you’re looking for a crossover/SUV. Living up to its iconic Mustang name, this eye-catching vehicle builds on it to offer something better, bigger (that’s what people want these days) and more useful than ever before.
The Mach-E has great performance, plenty of cargo space, a good infotainment system, over-the-air updates, good range and a great design. And the starting price is just right $46,895 before any subsidies! (But you might have to shop around a bit for a dealer who will sell it to you at that price.)
The 2021 Mustang Mach-E narrowly lost out to one vehicle CleanTechnica Car of the Year award. And that vehicle was a Volkswagen ID.4. It’s actually a little hard to compare them because they have quite different designs and therefore appeal to different people. The ID.4’s biggest factor that sets it apart, and why we think it could make more of an impact than most of the other vehicles on this list, is that it comes at such a low starting price. Its base MSRP is fair $37,495! This was one of the reasons my sister chose the ID.4 over anything else on this list (although she did eventually upgrade to a more expensive trim with AWD and more range and features).
The ID.4 has plenty of cargo space, all the modern tech the average person could want, and an attractive but not overly flashy design. It’s also apparently super comfortable and great for dogs.
Regardless of which vehicle you end up choosing, we recommend that you test drive all the models that interest you. No review compares to personal experience.
Here are six other impressive EVs and crossovers that you may prefer over the options above:
- Charging the Volvo C40
- Charging the Volvo XC40
- Chevy Bolt EV
- Chevy Bolt EUV
- Nissan LEAF
- Toyota bZ4X
There are certainly reasons why someone might prefer one of these. We will explore their pros and cons in the next installment.
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