Tesla has dominated the electric car market for years. Its best-selling vehicle, the Model Y SUV, makes an excellent practical argument for itself. But electric car buyers have more choices than ever before. The Kia EV6 is one of the most interesting new entries, with stunning looks and a high-performance model that boasts supercar-like numbers. Let’s see how these two electric vehicles (EVs) compare.
2023 Kia EV6
The 2023 Kia EV6 is one of the most intriguing new vehicles on the road, with drop-dead gorgeous looks and up to 310 miles of driving range. Part SUV, part hatchback, part futuristic high-tech tiger, it’s one of the best-looking new cars inside and out. A high-performance GT version packs 576 horsepower. Pricing starts at $48,500, while a GT runs $61,400.
Kia EV6 Highlights
Stunning design inside and out: The EV6 straddles the line between hatchback and SUV, and does it with beautiful style. Outside, it wears the best interpretation of Kia’s “digital tiger” design language, with a sleek nose and broad shoulders. Inside, it’s contemporary and gorgeous, with a pair of screens housed in a single bezel that look like one enormous, curved screen surface.
10-year powertrain warranty: Kia’s designs have improved, but the best argument for buying one has never changed. The longest warranty in the business means no big financial surprises for a decade of ownership. That 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty is hard to beat.
Easy service: Kia has almost 800 dealerships in the United States, and every one of them can perform every service and repair the EV6 might need. Tesla has built a mobile service network that can handle many repairs in the field around much of the country, but Tesla owners are still left towing their cars to the nearest service center for major work. They’re not found in every state. Major problems can mean towing your Tesla hundreds of miles for repair.
Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the Kia EV6 models for sale near you.
2023 Tesla Model Y
The Tesla Model Y is America’s best-selling electric car. Many months, it’s one of America’s best-selling luxury cars. With SUV space, excellent range, and access to the country’s most extensive charger network, it offers an easy-to-live-with way to go electric. Pricing starts at $65,990.
Tesla Model Y Highlights
The Tesla Supercharger network: EV ownership is getting easy in many locations, but the hurdle in others remains the charging infrastructure. You’ll probably do most of your charging at home. But out on the road, Tesla owners have it easier than anyone else. The company’s extensive charging network makes public chargers easy to find. They don’t work with non-Tesla cars.
Serious cargo space: The EV6 and the Model Y are both midsize, but the Model Y offers 22 cubic feet more cargo space with the rear seats down. The EV6 also has a comically small frunk (yes, the front trunk is called a frunk. Give in to how fun it is to say). The Model Y’s frunk offers usable space.
That Tesla cachet: Tesla owners are a community. Tesla vehicles come with entry into that world. Kelley Blue Book research shows shoppers who buy other vehicles tend to research multiple models; but Tesla shoppers tend not to even explore other cars. If you’ve always wanted a Tesla, odds are good that a Model Y will scratch that itch.
Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the Tesla Model Y models for sale near you.
The Model Y and EV6 are both all-electric SUVs, around midsize, with around 300 miles of range in most circumstances. Each offers a high-performance model with about 380 horsepower.
If you’re considering going electric, the Kia EV6 and Tesla Model Y each offer great ways to do that. They’re two of the most appealing electric SUVs, and each is available in a high-performance model with a 0-60 mph time of around 3.5 seconds. The Kia can be found for far less money and comes with the security of an extensive dealership network for easy service. The Tesla has a proven track record and gives you access to a more widespread charging network. Only your own priorities can tell you which set of traits is right for you.
|2022 Kia EV6||2023 Tesla Model Y|
|Engine||Electric motor||Dual electric motors|
|Horsepower||225 hp||447 hp|
|Torque||258 lb-ft||376 lb-ft|
|Transmission||1-speed direct drive||1-speed direct drive|
|Fuel Economy||134 city/101 hwy/117 combined MPGe||131 city/117 hwy/125 combined MPGe|
|Maximum Range||310 miles||330 miles|
|Also Available||Dual-motor, AWD||Performance model|
|Basic Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||4 years/50,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||10 years/100,000 miles||4 years/50,000 miles|
|Battery Warranty||10 years/100,000 miles||8 years/100,000 miles|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||114.2 inches||113.8 inches|
|Overall Length||184.3 inches||187 inches|
|Width||74.0 inches||83.8 inches|
|Height||60.8 inches||64 inches|
|Turning Diameter||38.2 feet||TBD|
|Headroom, Front||39.0 inches||41.0 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||38.0 inches||39.4 inches|
|Legroom, Front||42.4 inches||41.8 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||39.0 inches||40.5 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||57.8 inches||56.4 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||55.6 inches||54 inches|
|Cargo Volume||24.4/50.2 cubic feet||30.2/72.1 cubic feet|