Lucid Air was named MotorTrend’s “Best Sedan” — and is among the first to achieve a “bluest” rating in their “4+2” testing (That means it has lots of grip; it handles well over bumps and moves smoothly in corners). The report, from the venerable automotive publication, notes that the $84,500 vehicle has 11 cubic feet of trunk space, has a powerful hybrid drive and, amazingly, zero emission. That, according to the report, means “no green-tinted duds … from your refrigerator drawer.”
Another driver favoritism controversial issue has come up recently: earlier this year, a survey by the website FiveThirtyEight showed that roughly half of male car buyers prefer luxurious sports cars, while less than a third of female buyers favored such rides. So was Lucid Air’s win, however unfortunate to some, a triumph of male chauvinism? The answer may surprise you. (By the way, the study in question was by a Yahoo employee, meaning it’s likely somewhat skewed.) If we review the usability of the vehicle, we found it’s far more than a pale male version of a sports car. At the very least, it offers the kind of technological sophistication that we’ve come to expect from this most conspicuous of sports cars. This is one sleek ride — but considering the fact that fuel economy is projected to be 26 mpg for the rear wheel drive version of the vehicle and 27 mpg for the all-wheel drive version, it’s certainly not a very fuel-conscious high-performance sedan.
In a video posted by the site Motor Trend, critics from the New York Times, CNN, Wired and more were split in their comments, and we’d guess that gender was one of them. While many expressed their admiration for the driver assistance system and the versatility of the car, they also noted the performance issues and the fact that it lacks some of the luxury and hot-rod-ness that we’ve come to expect from hybrids. Others found themselves invested in it just to get away from their cars.
Of course, the fact that space, comfort and safety also play a role in buying decisions could be even more dispiriting news to women. But this will not stop us from examining the Lucid Air — or expect it to.
Read the full report here.