The arrival of the 2024 Kia EV9 is just around the corner, and the automaker’s announced a starting price of $54,900 (excluding an unspecified freight charge). Given the Kia Telluride’s $1,365 freight charge, don’t be surprised if pricing clocks in just north of $56,000 for the base model. That doesn’t sound terrible for an all-electric three-row crossover, but it’s worth keeping in mind exactly what that sort of money gets you.
The base EV9 Light trim features a single rear motor making 215 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. While this rear-wheel-drive layout should be fine for those in warm climates, snowbelt dwellers might wish for all-wheel-drive. Oh, and if you want your EV to be quick, you’ll probably want all-wheel-drive, too.
While Kia hasn’t released a zero-to-60 mph time for the base trim, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that modest output and a curb weight of 5,093 pounds won’t break many necks.
The bigger caveat is how the 76.1 kWh battery pack in the base EV9 means Kia’s targeting a range of 223 miles. For urbanites without access to home charging, frequent road-trippers, and anyone who’s been given an exorbitant quote to upgrade from a 100-amp service panel, that sort of range might fall just short of expectations. Oh, and this base model doesn’t get a heat pump, a great piece of equipment that can aid winter range due to being more efficient than PTC resistance cabin heating alone.
However, if you’re a feature-driven consumer, the base EV9 doesn’t seem like bad value. After all, it comes with a power liftgate, heated and ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, automatic power windows in all four doors, a digital instrument cluster, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. That’s a decent amount of kit, although it should also be expected on a vehicle priced in the mid-50s.
So, what if you aren’t quite happy with what the base EV9 Light trim has to offer? Well, I’m afraid you’ll just have to wait a little bit longer, as Kia claims that “pricing for the Light Long Range, Wind, Land and GT-Line will be announced later.” That’s a bit of a bummer, especially since with two different battery pack sizes and a litany of trim levels, the price walk from the cheapest EV9 to the most expensive model likely won’t be what anyone would call small.
However, there’s always a price to being first, and the EV9 is the first large three-row electric non-luxury crossover on the market. Plus, once production starts up in Georgia, the EV9 should qualify for IRA tax rebates, so that should ease some of the cost pains. Either way, I wouldn’t let this base price dissuade you from an EV9. After all, Kia still needs to show all its cards.
(Photo credits: Kia)
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