Lucid Air Electric Car Nabs MotorTrend Car of the Year

  • 2022 Lucid Air is MotorTrends Car of the Year.
  • This is the first time a car manufacturer has won the award with their very first model.
  • Electric car startup Lucid started shipping the Air sedan last month.

Air sedan, the first model from electric car startup Lucid Motors, won Monday’s MotorTrends coveted award for Car of the Year.

It’s a big vote of confidence for one of the most promising upcoming challengers to Tesla. It is also the first time that MotorTrend has given the title to a car manufacturer’s first product.

Lucid Air Dream Editions

Lucid Air Dream Editions.


Lucid, founded in 2007 and run by former Tesla chief engineer Peter Rawlinson, began delivering Air to customers in late October. It is a luxurious, high-tech sedan with range in the industry. It’s poised to become a formidable rival to the Tesla Model S, provided Lucid can quickly scale up production and roll out cheaper versions of the Air, including a $ 77,400 base model.

The debut version of the Air, the $ 169,000 Dream Edition, impressed MotorTrends panelists across six criteria: engineering expertise, efficiency, design advancement, performance performance, safety and value.

“With the longest range of any electric vehicle on the market, an EPA estimated at 520 miles and over 1,100 horsepower available, Lucid Air is a technological tour de force,” said MotorTrend Group editor-in-chief Ed Loh. “The sleek futuristic Lucid Air sedan looks like nothing else on the road, while its beautiful, smartly wrapped interior sets the standard for the next generation of luxury cars.”

Lucid Air Dream Editions interior

Lucid Air Dream Edition interior.


Air is the third electric vehicle to win Car of the Year. Model S won in 2012, but it was Tesla’s second model after the Roadster sports car. The Chevrolet Bolt EV won the title in 2016.

The Air beat six other finalists: 2022 Honda Civic, 2021 Hyundai Elantra, 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS, 2021 Porsche Taycan and 2022 Toyota GR 86. To qualify, the models must be either brand new or significantly up to date. Motortrend has separate prices for SUVs and pickup trucks.

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