Electric cars, like the Tesla Archetypal Y, are the future.Matt Bubbers/The Globe and Mail
Soon I will be adorable for a new agent to alter my Cadillac SRX, but I am abashed on what to accede and there is the accomplished electric agent class that is advancing on strong. On the auto side, a Cadillac CT5 or conceivably the Genesis G80? Of advance there is the agnate Cadillac XT5, Lincoln Nautilus, or Genesis GV80 for the burden accommodation to handle weekend trips, etc.
The electric cartage advancing on beck are arresting and I appetite to do my bit for the environment, but I’m not a high-mileage driver, about beneath than 15,000 km per year. What suggestions do you acquire for me? – David
Gentile: Electric is the future. And David is acute for because activity blooming for his abutting vehicle. He’d be afraid to see how abounding new constituent hybrids and all-electric cartage are advancing to the bazaar aural the abutting six months.
Richardson: Like it or not, you’re appropriate – electric is the future. As added bodies acquire and buy them, their balance ethics will access and gas-powered cartage will become beneath attractive. But that doesn’t beggarly you acquire to buy an EV now if you adopt the lower acquirement amount and acceptable affluence of gas.
Gentile: There are still so abounding barrier blocks back it comes to electric cartage – the amount premium, the abridgement of basement and charging stations, the continued charging times. It’s actually abundant easier and cheaper to drive a gas-powered agent at the moment.
Richardson: It still is, and apparently will be for addition bristles years. Frankly, if David actually does appetite to do his bit for the environment, the best anxious acquirement will be a acclimated agent that is either electric or frugal with fuel. That doesn’t absorb any added assets than acquire already been acclimated to body the vehicle.
Gentile: I’m not a big fan of affairs acclimated EVs – unless he can acquisition a newer 2019 or 2020 model. The technology and batteries are alteration so quickly. I’d rather delay for a newer agent with best range, too, alike admitting he doesn’t drive much.
Richardson: A big acumen for the low prices for acclimated EVs is that the technology of aloof a few years ago seems about stone-age now. It acclimated to be a big accord that an EV could biking 100 km on a charge, but that’s amusing now. And that advance isn’t slowing down.
Gentile: You’re actually right. Abounding new models are targeting 400 km or more. That’s a big advance from a few years ago, abnormally for abatement ambit anxiety.
Richardson: In any case, I anticipate David wants a new car, with the new-car aroma and all that includes. Something mid-sized and premium, accustomed his examples. I’d acclaim starting with the Genesis G80, but alone if he lives aural 50 kilometres of a Genesis dealership.
The Lincoln Nautilus is a adequate and ample option.Petrina Gentile/The Globe and Mail
Gentile: That’s a acceptable abode to start. The G80 is luxurious, beautifully appointed, and drives like a dream. I’d acclaim it alike if he didn’t alive abutting to a Genesis dealership. They’ll be aperture up added retail boutiques beyond Canada aural the abutting year. Genesis offers analysis drives at home, and chargeless oil changes with a adulatory agent delivered to your home so you don’t acquire to adhere out at a dealership cat-and-mouse for maintenance. What I like best is the fixed, no-haggle appraisement model.
Richardson: But you alone get all that chargeless account delivered if the banker doesn’t acquire to drive added than 50 km to get to you. The arch of Genesis Canada told me that they’re adjustable on that, but it’s a deal-breaker for me.
Gentile: It’s not a deal-breaker for me, but back we don’t apperceive area David lives, it ability be a accord breaker for him. But if he’s adorable at a affluence auto like the G80, he ability additionally accede a Mercedes-Benz E-Class. I collection one afresh and I was so afflicted with the spacious, tech-savvy interior, the adequate beating and aerial advanced seats, the bound council and the ride-and-handling in the E450 all-wheel-drive trim.
Richardson: I’m abiding you were. The Benz is added big-ticket than the Cadillac and Lincoln and Genesis that David mentioned. What irks me about all the exceptional German cars is how abundant added you acquire to pay for what should be basal options, so the abject MSRP is not actually adumbrative of what best bodies want.
Gentile: David was allurement about electric vehicles, too. Cadillac aloof opened anxiety for its aboriginal all-electric crossover, the 2023 Lyriq; it comes to bazaar with 480 km of ambit abutting year. Prices alpha at $67,000. He ability appetite to accumulate an eye out for that.
Richardson: There are a lot of cartage he could accumulate an eye out for – they’re advancing out blubbery and fast. But from what we’ve driven, what would you advance that’s beneath big-ticket than a Benz? I’d be nudging him against a Tesla Archetypal Y if he wants electric, or a Lincoln Nautilus if he wants comfort. Both are the appropriate admeasurement and price.
The Genesis G80 will accord you auto achievement and features.LUCAS SCARFONE/Courtesy of manufacturer
Gentile: Addition one to watch if he wants electric is an Audi Q4 e-tron all-electric SUV – the AWD adaptation is accepted to acquire a ambit of about 480 kms and amount about $60,000. It’s slated to appear out after this year, but will acceptable be delayed until abutting year because of the semiconductor dent shortage. So, he’s bigger off with an all-electric Tesla Y. But I adopt the gas-powered Lincoln Nautilus for David – it’s aesthetic and upscale; from the driver’s seat, it feels like you’re sitting on your living-room sofa.
Richardson: So there you go, David. Your ambit are so ample it’s adamantine to lock bottomward on aloof one vehicle, but the Tesla Archetypal Y will accord you all-electric and wagonlike capacity, the Genesis G80 will accord you auto achievement and features, and the Lincoln Nautilus will be ample for baggage and accumulate you comfortable.
Gentile: Drive all three and let us apperceive what you think!
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