Second EV. Vast improvement over the prior two model of different brand. Just a great car with reliable, working features. Great for road tripping or daily commutes
The Best Car I've Ever Owned
After extensive research on EVs I decided on the KIA EV6 Wind with Technology Package based upon the stellar recommendation in Consumer Reports. Although I've owned the car for less than a month, I have to say it's the best car I've owned. At age 75 & 73 my wife and I are going to need all the technological safety features available, and the EV6 is loaded with them. I was driving on the local freeway when a guy in a pickup right next to me started to change lanes directly toward me. The car beeped and then swerved right much faster than any human could react. Backing out of parking spaces with two giant vehicles next to me is now hassle free as the cameras give me a complete image of the aisle long before I have visibility. Did I mention, the car is fun to drive? The low center of gravity means the car hugs the road which is a plus in the mountainous terrain in which we live. Fully charged the display boasts an "estimated" range of 310 miles. As in any vehicle YMMV according to one's driving habits and terrain. I usually drive in "Eco" mode, so it goes quite a distance before needing to be recharged. All the stuff you've ever read about the torque of electric cars is true. There are 4 diving modes: eco, normal, SPORT, and snow. My wife was riding with me when I decided to test the acceleration in sport mode. The electric motors roared, we were slammed into the seats, and my wife screamed. I thought, "So this is what 0-60 in 4.2 seconds feels like. Mind, I normally have no need for such powerful acceleration and you do take a battery hit when you do so. But it's nice to know it's there if you need it. And finally, the very best thing about the EV6 or any EV for that matter is that it contributes to reducing the production of greenhouse gases -- something for which the present need is urgent.
Best EV on the market
2023 EV6 GT-Line, RWD The EV6 is a fantastic car. It's comfortable, has a crazy smooth ride yet still feels sporty and is fun to drive, has a great looking exterior and interior, good range, and a ton of nice features. In my opinion the EV6 is by far the best option for a mid-range EV. In the most basic sense - driving the car feels amazing. The ride is smooth, but still feels extremely planted and stable. As the driver, you can feel every steering input. It's got crazy quick acceleration, like you'd expect from any EV. Just going out for a drive in this thing is a ton of fun. It has tons of hi-tech safety features (emergency braking, lanekeep assist, steering assist, etc) which I love, but they can be disable if you don't like any of them. Ithe EV6 also received the highest safety rating in European crash testing, which is nice peace of mind. I love that Kia hasn't hopped on the "copy tesla" bandwagon and abandoned physical buttons on the interior. None of the basic functions require navigating through menus of a touch screen, meaning they can all be done safely while driving. In fact - the only two significant negatives I have of the EV6 so far are - 1. that it's difficult to see the charging cable receptacle in the dark, and 2. The 'creep' functionality. If you are driving in any mode except i-pedal (single pedal mode), the car will creep at low speed even after you take your foot off the accelerator - just like a ICE vehicle. This is great, except it stops creeping once you reach a full stop. So if you are trying to do tight maneuvering, coming to a full stop means you need apply some throttle, which tends be way too aggressive for tight maneuvering. Another downside (which doesn't personally bother me too much, but other may find significant) is that the audio system feels very flat. You can tweak the EQ setting to make it a lot better, but even then it doesn't sound as good as youd expect from a $54,000 car. But all in all - the EV6 is the best I could have hoped for as a first time EV buyer.