CAR REVIEW

Quality Verified | Posted July 19, 2023

2023 AAA Car Guide Winner: 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line RWD

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line RWD ranked 3rd in the Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Vehicles in the 2023 edition of the AAA Car Guide .
What is the AAA Car Guide?
The AAA Car Guide helps consumers navigate the evolving automotive marketplace by ranking and rating the newest vehicles, including EVs. The Guide provides consumers with reviews, based on testing by AAA Engineers, highlighting how many advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are included in the vehicle, along with other criteria and information.
2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line RWD
VEHICLE TYPE
BASE PRICE
PRICE AS TESTED
IIHS / NHTSA
SUV Electric
$51,200
$53,405
Overall Observations

Kia’s new EV6 small crossover is the automaker’s first dedicated electric vehicle. It shares elements – a platform, powertrain, and infotainment and safety features – with Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 EV. The EV6’s assertive exterior design is definitely a head-turner – aerodynamic and curvaceous in the front and rear, with modest front-fender bulges, flush door handles, and aggressively styled wheels. Many of its extensive virtues, however, are concealed beneath the sheet metal.

 

The EV6 is loaded with high-tech features, such as an ultrafast 800-volt charging system; 3-level adjustable 1-pedal regenerative braking; and plenty of advanced safety features, safety features, some of which are dynamic, like adaptive cruise control that adjusts to road and traffic conditions. The EV6’s has a smooth, responsive drivetrain and delivers a balanced ride, but it’s not particularly sporty to drive. The spacious cabin provides plenty of room for passengers. Other pluses include excellent range and fuel-efficiency ratings, LED headlights and ambient lighting, and good rearview-camera picture quality.

 

The EV6’s weak points, by comparison, are relatively few: a sloping roofline makes rear entry and exit difficult, limits cargo space, and, along with a small rear window, restricts rear visibility; distracting, difficult-to-use infotainment and HVAC controls; and mixed-quality interior materials, with too much piano-black plastic trim.

Strengths and Weaknesses

AAA’s Recommendation: Whether you own an electric vehicle or a gas-powered car is up to you – and you should consider lots of factors in making that choice. No matter what type of vehicle you’re choosing, we recommend visiting a dealership, test driving one, and asking as many questions as possible to make an informed decision.

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