Lucid Air is 2022 Car of the Year according to prestigious MotorTrend magazine

MotorTrend is one of the absolute references of the automobile in the world. The magazine was founded in 1949, and from the very first edition it already featured a vehicle every year – by awarding its “car of the year” award. In 2021, the magazine remains very popular since it has some 1 million readers each month.

The award itself is awarded based on six very strict key criteria. The “car of the year” must represent a design tour de force, with impeccable exterior finishes, a neat interior, an innovative format, and an attractive selection of materials. It must represent an example of engineering excellence and demonstrate smart solutions to move from concept to production model.

Lucid Air inspires confidence, including within the specialized press

It must then be an efficient model, pulling autonomy to its limits and spending as little energy as possible. Safety must be there with first and foremost protection against crashes for the driver, as well as the passengers. The price should match the value of the proposal as closely as possible, and the package should be competitive.

Finally, the performances and the technical data sheet must be verified in real conditions. Thus Lucid Air, whose deliveries have just started in the United States, seemed to tick all the boxes. MotorTrend therefore decided to make the Lucid Air the car of the year 2022. The choice was not easy, however – the model was in competition with the Mercedes S-Class, the Mercedes EQS, the Porsche Taycan, the Honda Civic and many more. other models.

MotorTrend explains “With the greatest range on the market, ie an EPA range estimated at 520 miles (836.86 km, editor’s note) and more than 1,100 horsepower available under the pedal, the Lucid Air is a technological tour de force. This sleek, futuristic-looking vehicle is unlike anything else on the road, while its beautiful and clever interior sets a standard for the next generation of luxury cars. By our criteria there could be no doubt – the Lucid Air is MotorTrend’s Car of the Year 2022 ”.

The price may however be surprising when we look at the list of laureates from previous years. Indeed the magazine never grants this distinction to the first vehicle of a brand that has just been born. Nevertheless, it is apparently above all the technical sheet of the Lucid Air, in addition to the start of deliveries that seems to have finally convinced the journalists of MotorTrend. For reference, here is the list of cars that have won this award over the past fifteen years:

  • 2022 Lucid Air
  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
  • 2019 Genesis G70
  • 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia / Giulia Quadrifoglio
  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
  • 2016 Chevrolet Camaro
  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf
  • 2014 Cadillac CTS
  • 2013 Tesla Model S
  • 2012 Volkswagen Passat
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2010 Ford Fusion
  • 2009 Nissan GT-R
  • 2008 Cadillac CTS
  • 2007 Toyota Camry
  • 2006 Honda Civic


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