Tom’s Guide Awards 2022: The best electric vehicles, car accessories and mobility products this year

The automotive industry has undergone drastic changes in recent years. This has been incredibly evident over the past year, with an explosion of new cars and technology. The days of Tesla being the only real competitor are long gone, and the prospect of buying an electric car is more appealing (and feasible) than ever.

Not to mention the fact that there has never been a better time to pick up an electric bike or scooter. With so many amazing options to choose from, there’s no need to travel everywhere on four wheels. And, if you’re still rocking an older car, there’s plenty of fantastic new tech to spruce it all up. Frankly, there’s no shortage of automotive and mobility products to celebrate this year’s Tom’s Guide Awards.

And discover all the winners of the Tom’s Guide Awards 2022.

Best electric car

Best electric car: Kia EV6

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The Kia EV6 is the best electric car, fingers in the nose. With a solid mix of sleek design, good performance, long range, high-tech features, and a starting price of just $41,400, the Kia EV6 has just about everything you could ask for. The Kia EV6 offers a range of 232 to 310 miles, but the real winner is the super-fast 350kW fast charge, which can recharge from 10 to 80 per cent in just 18 minutes. Top it all off with a top speed of 114 miles per hour, a 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds, and nifty features like an augmented reality heads-up display, there’s something for everyone to love. in the car. Especially once you look past the sleek and sporty design, and see how comfortable and spacious the interior is.

Best electric SUV

Best electric SUV: Tesla Model Y

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The market for electric SUVs is quite intense, but as is often the case with EVs, the Tesla Model Y comes out on top. The Tesla Model X may beat it in the size department, but the Model Y still offers plenty of space for a much lower price – not to mention all the hallmark features that make Tesla cars so popular in the first place.

The Model Y offers 30 cubic feet of trunk space, or 66 if the seats are folded down, alongside a frunk four cubic feet. Needless to say, there’s plenty of space to exploit, and just for your stuff. Add all the other features, like a 3.5 second 0-60 time, Autopilot driver assistance system, up to 330 miles of range per charge and access to the 250kW Tesla Supercharger network and there It’s easy to see why the Model Y is so popular.

Best in-car gadget

Best in-car gadget: Motorola MA1

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Generally speaking, wireless connections do not hold a candle to wired connections. The trick is to make the wireless work well enough that people don’t notice. This is where the true power of Motorola MA1 – a wireless adapter that allows drivers to add Android Auto wireless support to a car that does not already offer it. Thing is, the MA1 offers such a good wireless connection that it’s indistinguishable from being plugged in. It works so well that I continue to use the adapter every time I drive my car and have never faced any performance issues.

The vast majority of new modern cars come with wireless Android Auto (and wireless CarPlay) built in from the factory. But for those of us who don’t have tens of thousands of dollars to spend on a state-of-the-art automobile, there are devices like the MA1.

Best Electric Scooter

Best electric scooter: Apollo City

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Although they are still in their infancy, there is a similarity between many best electric scootersthat’s why we are fans of City of Apollo. It’s a fun and fast e-scooter – we flew at a good 25 miles per hour, and did so in comfort thanks to its full suspension. But the Apollo City has a more interesting design than the other scooters we tested and comes with a very rare feature: turn signals. We liked that we could tell the cars which direction we were going. It’s something that should be added to a lot more scooters, especially if we’re going to see more of them on the road in the future.

Best Electric Bike

Best Electric Bike: Power Rad City 5 Plus

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There is nothing hotter than the best electric bikes at present; you can get models for as little as $1,000 or spend upwards of $15,000 on high-end cargo and mountain e-bikes. But our favorite model is the one that offers the best balance between price and features. The Rad Power Rad City 5 Plus costs $1,799 and comes in a low pitch model and a high pitch model, both of which look great. We also like that it has front and rear fenders, an integrated bike rack, and a removable battery that you can use to charge other electronics as well. A powerful motor and 7-speed shifter, plus a twist throttle mean this bike can take you anywhere.

Best dash cam

Best dash cam: Nextbase 622GW

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No driver should be without a dash cam, and the $499 Nextbase 622GW is undoubtedly one of best dash cams on the market. The design is functional, if a little lackluster, but the 622GW’s real performance comes from the sheer amount of stuff that’s been stuffed inside. We’re talking 4K resolution at 120FPS, 140 degree field of view, GPS, Alexa voice commands and improved night vision.

What really sets the 622GW apart is that it’s built to adapt to the conditions. Extreme weather mode ensures you get clear images no matter the conditions, while the polarizing filter helps minimize windshield glare, all to give you the best possible images. Like all Nextbase dash cams, the 622GW can also wirelessly connect to a reading window camera for maximum coverage. What more could you ask for?

Best car head up display

Best car head-up display: Hudway Drive

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A car head-up display seems like a frivolous purchase at first glance, but they can be incredibly useful tools. The $279 Hudway Parkway can be expensive, but it is also the best car head up display you can actually go out and buy right now. HUDs that pull data from your car’s computer aren’t uncommon, but the Hudway Drive is one of the few that wirelessly connects to both your car’s OBD port and your smartphone. All wireless, thanks to a Bluetooth connection and a wireless OBD module.

It all works together to project data onto a 10-inch screen on your dashboard. The Hudway Drive is capable of retrieving GPS directions, notifications, speed, fuel economy, engine temperature and more. It’s even possible to mirror your phone’s screen over Wi-Fi. The thing is, Hudway Drive can show you all the information you need and more.

Best OBD-II Scanner

Best OBD-II Scanner: Innova 6100P

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The purpose of an OBD-II scanner is to help car owners avoid unnecessary trips to the mechanic by diagnosing their own problems. The Innova 6100P takes things one step further, with the ability to make their own suggestions on what repairs are needed and what parts you might need. But that’s not the only reason why we claim our best OBD II scanner award.

The Innova 6100P has all the hallmarks of an expensive device, but wrapped up in a $190 shell. It’s small and light, with the ability to use it as a standalone handheld or with a companion smartphone app. In this way, it can offer much more information and context than the scanner could ever do alone. It’s everything a hobbyist OBD-II scanner should have, and more.

Best car phone holder

Best car phone holder: Sandmarc Active Car Mount

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Although it does not officially support Apple’s MagSafe, the SandMarc Active Car Mount is as close as it gets without an official seal of approval. This means the stand is best suited for anyone with an iPhone 12 or 13, there’s a lot to like about what SandMarc has to offer. This is why he receives our best car phone holder award.

The 7.5W wireless charging feature makes it the perfect wireless CarPlay companion, and the sleek and attractive design won’t look out of place on your dashboard. Best of all, these magnets are quite strong and will ensure your phone stays in place while you’re driving. What more could you ask for from a car phone holder?

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