If 2022 turned out to be the year we couldn’t stop talking about electric cars, then you better steel yourself for 2023. While almost every automaker has an electric vehicle in their showroom, 2023 will see a few more exciting, refined, and affordable options show up in dealerships — new models that we can’t wait to drive and see on the roads. Enough preamble, let’s get a wishlist going.

2024 Honda Prologue


2024 Honda Prologue EV Photo by Honda

Honda has taken its time getting on board with the full-electric offerings, but officially announced the 2024 Honda Prologue earlier this year, and it’s shaping up to be an enticing EV from the Japanese automaker.

The new EV is being co-developed with General Motors with a “Neo-Rugged exterior and interior styling, and ample interior space that’s ready for an adventure inside and outside the city limits.” Sounds good to us, if a bit ambitious. It’s a bit bigger than the always-popular CR-V, and the cabin space is closer to the Honda Passport. That interior also features a large 11-inch driver-display instrument cluster and an 11.3-inch infotainment display.

Range and charging compatibility has yet to be announced, but the automaker did say that all-wheel-drive will be standard once the ride goes on sale.

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6


2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 Photo by Clayton Seams

First announced at the 2022 L.A. auto show in November, the 2023 Ioniq 6 is an important part of Hyundai’s plan to introduce 17 new battery-electric models by 2030. The exterior design speaks for itself, with a sleek and wide stance and unique dual-rear-spoiler setup. The cabin looks a lot like the Ioniq 5’s, but uses PET for the seat fabric and headliner, and recycled fishing nets make up the carpeting.

You also have to give it up for the old-fashioned sedan design, which is more aerodynamic than the typical crossover look that most EVs feature.

The base Ioniq 6 models feature a rear-drive single-motor layout with 225 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. That’s pretty decent for most drivers, but there will also be an all-wheel-drive dual-motor model with a net output of 320 hp and 446 lb-ft of torque. It’ll hit highway speeds from a standstill in under five seconds, which is what catches our eyes.

The other important element of the Ioniq is its driving range. All models feature a 77.4-kilowatt-hour battery which delivers 499 km on that speedy two-motor model. However, road-trippers might like the 10-per-cent-greater range of the single-motor Ioniq 6, which can travel 547 km.

Finally, Hyundai has been pushing the envelope when it comes to DC Fast Charging support, and the Ioniq 5 uses an 800-volt architecture to allow the fastest charging speeds around. Recharging from 10 to 80 per cent takes just 18 minutes.

2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV


2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV 1LT Photo by General Motors

A short while ago, General Motors invested a considerable sum into its Ultium technology. While the first cars using this architecture were on the pricey side (like the GMC Hummer EV and Cadillac Lyriq) we’re finally seeing some affordable options for shoppers in need of electric motoring.

The automaker has stressed that the 2024 Equinox EV, for example, will start at around $35,000, which is an incredibly attractive price, considering the size and range of the vehicle. Front-wheel-drive models are expected to feature about 480 km and pack 210 hp and 242 lb-ft of torque. Canadians might flock to the eAWD model, which manages 450 km with 290 horsepower and 346 lb-ft.

You’ll find high-tech displays in the cabin, with an 11-inch instrument cluster; and an 11- or 17-inch infotainment screen. The exterior is playful and rugged, with a few two-tone options to add extra style. Considering GM’s expertise with EVs starting way back with the original Volt and Bolt, we’re pretty excited about the Equinox and the future of EVs.

2023 Polestar 3


2024 Polestar 3 Photo by Polestar

We’re pretty excited about the appropriately named Polestar 3, the brand’s third model and its first SUV. It’s got sleek styling, a high-tech cabin, and a ton of safety features, with some models offering a LiDAR sensor for enhanced self-driving features.

This SUV packs a 111-kWh battery which enables two motors, providing all-wheel-drive. There’s a maximum of 517 hp and 671 lb-ft on tap, which can help the big EV sprint from zero to 100 km/h in about 4.6 seconds. Of course, the range is pretty competitive, with an expected 480 km of battery.

The 2023 Polestar 3 is expected to hit the roads in the last quarter of 2023. You can currently order one for $99,900 including delivery and destination fees. The performance pack is an extra $7,000. You can also upgrade the interior upholstery to Napa leather for another $7,000. That means a fully loaded model would be $113,900. Those aren’t particularly bargain-oriented prices, but the Polestar 3 should be well-equipped to compete with the likes of the Tesla Model X, Jaguar I-Pace, and BMW iX.

2023 Volvo EX90


2024 Volvo EX90 Photo by Elle Alder

The Volvo EX90 is closely related to the Polestar 3, but that doesn’t dampen our excitement for it. Following the smaller XC40 and C40 EVs, the EX90 will be significantly larger and feature three rows of seating. There’s also a huge 15-inch vertical infotainment screen with Android Automotive OS.

It features the same battery, expected range, and power figures – 517 horsepower and 671 lb-ft of torque – as the Polestar 3. It should feature a similar price-point too, which will let shoppers more easily decide if they’ll go with the exclusive-looking Polestar 3; or the larger and more practical Volvo EX90.

2023 VinFast VF8, VF9, VF6, and VF7


2023 VinFast VF 9 Photo by Andrew McCredie

Next year should be the first full year of VinFast sales in North America, with the Vietnamese automaker bringing its electric-only lineup to Canadian roads right about now. The first models will be the two-row VF8 and the three-row VF9.

The entry-level 2023 VinFast VF8 Eco will cost about $55,000 with a battery subscription; or $64,990 with the battery included. That price also comes with the appropriate high-end trimmings. There’s a large 15-inch information screen, along with a digital gauge cluster and head-up display. The VF8 will sprint from zero to highway speeds in about six seconds, and the range is rated at 510 km as per WLTP protocols, though that figure should drop significantly by the time the VinFast hits North America and the EPA and NRCan testing.

The VF8 will be followed up by the VF9, which is a bit more expensive, starting at $79,990 with the battery subscription; or $103,790 with the battery included. With 402 horsepower, and a rated range of 594 km (again according to the WLTP) this VinFast is oriented toward the family crowd. Both the VF8 and VF9 are exciting newbies to the world of all-electric motoring. A few stores are popping up in major metropolitan malls in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, letting potential customers learn more about the brand and its products in a low-stress setting. There’s also a 10-year/200,000-km warranty to help provide a sense of confidence to early adopters.

Compare the specs of the Polestar 3’s rivals, like the BMW iX and Tesla Model X

The automaker also exhibited two smaller models at the recent L.A. auto show, appropriately named the VF7 and VF6. The smaller of the two is the VF6, which uses a front-wheel-drive layout with 174 horsepower in Eco trims; and 201 hp in the top-of-the-line Plus trim.

The VF7 is longer and wider and features the same 201-hp single motor powertrain as the top-of-the-line VF 6; however, the VF7 Plus earns another motor, providing the cute-ute with 349 hp and all-wheel-drive. Unfortunately, VinFast hasn’t yet detailed how much or what kind of range these two smaller cars will get.

2021 2022 2023 Tesla Cybertruck (we hope)


Hitting the back-country in a camped-out Tesla Cybertruck. Photo by Tesla

We’ve been waiting a while for this truck, and the mood has dampened a bit since the vehicle’s debut back in 2021. For those interested in updates on the highly anticipated truck, we’d urge you to check out our 2023 trucks preview, which goes into more detail about what’s going on with Tesla and its rugged pickup.

2023 Nissan Ariya


2023 Nissan Ariya Photo by Graeme Fletcher

We’ve had our eyes on the Nissan Ariya for a while, but it’s finally set to land in Canada in the coming year. There are six models on the way, starting with the entry-level Ariya Engage, which delivers 348 km thanks to a front-mounted 214-hp electric motor. The e4orce AWD model features a second electric motor at the rear, resulting in a total of 335 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque and 330 km of range.

The top trim Platinum+ and Premiere+ models both use the e-4orce dual-motor layout and an extended-range battery. We’re stoked to feel the 389 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque in action, but the driving range of 426 km is also attractive. The Nissan Ariya doesn’t have the most impressive charge rate, though, topping out at 130 kW, which will bump up the battery from 20 to 80 per cent in anywhere between 35 to 50 minutes.

The Ariya has a few novel interior features, like a powered centre console, and touch controls laid into the trim accents. But generally the Ariya is appealing because it has a variety of models and trims. The starting model is $52,998, while the Venture+ and Evolve+ models with the larger battery are priced at $59,498 and $64,998, respectively. Then there’s the Evolve, which starts at $60,598; the Platinum+, at $69,198; and the Premiere+, at $69,998.

Sami Haj-Assaad

Sami is an award-winning automotive journalist from Toronto, Ontario. When he’s not pouring over the latest car news, he’s teaching karate, geeking out over new tech and watching basketball. You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter @Sami_HA.

See More Articles From This Author


3 Least Expensive Mazdas to Maintain After 10 Years

Cars that are well taken care of are unlikely to break down when you need them, offer excellent service, and can be resold for higher. They even last longer, allowing you lots of preparation time before your next car purchase. Unfortunately, while maintenance saves you money in the long term, ...

View more: 3 Least Expensive Mazdas to Maintain After 10 Years

This Honda Car Just Snagged Edmunds Top Rated Award for the 2nd Year In a Row

Honda cars are synonymous with reliability, sensibility, and affordability. Few of the marque’s models do a better job of demonstrating that fact than the famed Civic. Still, if you need more proof, the 2023 Honda Civic won the Edmunds Top Rated Car Award. That marks the second year in a ...

View more: This Honda Car Just Snagged Edmunds Top Rated Award for the 2nd Year In a Row

3 Reasons to Pick the 2023 Lexus IS (And 3 to Choose Its Acura Competition Instead)

If you are shopping for a new luxury sedan, you are after a different level of comfort than the standard road car. In most cases, Lexus will top the charts regarding price, reliability, and available features. However, brands like Acura have made waves recently to punch above their weight and ...

View more: 3 Reasons to Pick the 2023 Lexus IS (And 3 to Choose Its Acura Competition Instead)

TVS iQube Electric Scooter Sales Cross 59k In 2022 – Record High

Since the launch of updated iQube in May 2022, TVS has been registering huge sales for their electric scooter TVS iQube Electric Scooter TVS iQube has seen significant growth in electric two-wheeler sales in India. Government’s push for electric mobility and rising consumer awareness has contributed to growth. To spurt ...

View more: TVS iQube Electric Scooter Sales Cross 59k In 2022 – Record High

2023 Toyota Land Cruiser First Owner In India – Takes Delivery

As opposed to its predecessor, new Land Cruiser LC300 has shed 200 kg of weight, helping it to sprint better with modern powertrain options 2023 Toyota Land Cruiser – First Delivery Of India It was Toyota Land Cruiser LC300 that was supposed to launch first in India, Lexus LX 500d ...

View more: 2023 Toyota Land Cruiser First Owner In India – Takes Delivery

3 Most Reliable Lexus Models

While there are a few automotive brands out there known for being reliable, one of the top companies with several durable models in its lineup is Lexus. Which vehicles are the top three for being reliable rides? Why does reliability matter? Lexus logo | Getty Images When you buy a ...

View more: 3 Most Reliable Lexus Models

The Cheapest New Dodge Charger Is a Versatile Sedan Option With One Big Issue

The Dodge Charger offers everything from a sensible V6 and all-wheel drive to supercharged tail-happy sports sedans. Better yet, the cheapest offering in the model’s lineup, the SXT, is versatile and well-suited for daily driving. However, the 2023 Dodge Charger SXT has one glaring issue: it’ll be the last car ...

View more: The Cheapest New Dodge Charger Is a Versatile Sedan Option With One Big Issue

Cheapest New Audi Is 1 of the Best Small Luxury Cars, Says Car and Driver

Audi has a solid lineup of luxury vehicles — with their good driving dynamics, premium features, and attractive designs. Also, compared to some other luxury brands, Audi models are relatively affordable. This includes the 2023 Audi A3 subcompact sports sedan, which is the cheapest new Audi car. Also, according to ...

View more: Cheapest New Audi Is 1 of the Best Small Luxury Cars, Says Car and Driver

GM Just Announced An All-New Small-Block V8 Is Coming

Galaxy A53 joins older cousins, gets new update with January 2023 security patch

Best car tool kits 2023

The Lectron Adapter Will Let You Charge a Ford Lighting at a Tesla Station

Don't worry, Quordle is not going behind a paywall, says Merriam-Webster

How Much Does a Nissan Tune-up Cost, and What Do They Do?

AYA NEO Pocket Air is an Android gaming handheld with OLED display

Jaguars vs Chiefs live stream: how to watch the NFL playoff game online

A Twisted New Body Dysmorphia Romantic Film Looks Gruesomely Unique

How to Disable Screenshot Thumbnail Previews on Mac

LG’s smart projector is the square cousin of Samsung’s cool The Freestyle

How Does the New Corvette E-Ray Stack Up Against Hybrid Hypercars?


Top Car News Car News