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10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Lucid Air Blows Past Tesla Model S and Model Y

lucid-air-2022-03-bronze-dynamic-exterior-front-angle-sedan 2022 Lucid Air | Cars.com photo by Christian Lantry

As the aphorism popularly attributed to an ancient African proverb goes, “If you want to go fast, go alone; but if you want to go far, go together.” In modern times, that second part might read, “but if you want to go far, go together — or go in a Lucid Air.” When equipped with 19-inch wheels and all-wheel drive, the 2022 Lucid Air Dream Edition R boasts an all-electric range of 520 miles on a full charge — the best of any commercially produced vehicle today. That’s also good enough to get it to the top of our ranking of the longest-hauling electric vehicles available and the top of our most popular articles list this week.

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And while someone’s always gotta come in second place, former throne occupant the Tesla Model S not only falls to second place among long rangers, it comes in behind every single Lucid Air variant — the “worst” of which still goes 451 miles on a charge compared with the 405 miles of the 2022 Tesla Model S fitted with 19-inch wheels. Something to bear in mind, however, is that the range-anxiety-relieving Dream will cost you roughly $169,000 — some 73 grand more than the top-trekking Model S, or about $1,585 per additional mile.

If you prefer to do a miles-to-dollars cost-benefit analysis to find a more affordable option, the rest of the long-haul list includes 2022 models of the Tesla Model 3 and Model X, Mercedes-EQ EQS450, Tesla Model Y, Rivian R1S and R1T, Kia EV6, Ford Mustang Mach-E and Hyundai Ioniq 5. For the ranking and rundown on each of these long-range EVs, follow the link below to Cars.com’s No. 1 news story of the week.

Tesla’s lineup also appears elsewhere on this week’s countdown, with a two-month review of the 2021 Model Y Cars.com added to its fleet of long-term test cars in late 2021. The verdict is that our Model Y hasn’t experienced quite the level of build-quality issues as other owners have complained about — but still significantly more than none. Model Y woes included exterior paint blemishes; condensation in the taillight housings and a door-pillar camera; window alignment issues; and touchscreen blankness spanning precious minutes without functions like, oh, um … the speedometer. To learn how we dealt with these issues and how it impacts our overall assessment of the Model Y, follow the link below to the No. 10 news story of the week.

Beyond that, we have headlines on the Toyota Sequoia, Subaru Forester, Honda HR-V and much more — so don’t stop reading till the digits double. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:

1. Electric Cars With the Longest Range

2. Inventory Shortage Update: Should You Wait to Buy a Car?

3. Which Electric Cars Are Still Eligible for the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit?

4. Here Are the 10 Cheapest New Cars You Can Buy Right Now

5. All-New 2023 Toyota Sequoia On Its Way: Here’s What We Want

6. 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness Review: More Capable On- and Off-Road

7. Here Are the 10 Cheapest New SUVs You Can Buy Right Now

8. Honda Teases the 2023 HR-V: Here’s What We Want

9. What’s New With Electric Vehicles for 2022?

10. How Was the Build Quality on Our Model Y?

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