See inside the $180,000 Lucid Air, a luxurious new Tesla rival with 5 screens, butt massagers, and a secret storage cubby
I drove the Lucid Air, a new Tesla rival from a California-based car startup.
The Grand Touring Performance model Lucid lent me cost $180,000.
It has a contemporary interior with plenty of leather and several screens.
I drove one of the coolest new electric cars on the market right now: the Lucid Air.
In addition to mind-blowing acceleration and Tesla-beating range, the California startup's first car offers up a striking and elegant interior full of dazzling screens.
Let me show you around inside the $180,000 Air Grand Touring Performance, which Lucid lent me for a few days earlier this month.
Let's start with where owners will spend the most time: the cockpit.
One of the first things you notice is the giant windshield that sweeps way back over your head.
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It makes the roomy cabin feel even more open and airy. But it also turns the car into a bit of a greenhouse on sunny days.
You get a meaty steering wheel with some switches for the media and cruise-control settings.
The 34-inch cluster of three screens behind the steering wheel almost looks like it's floating above the dashboard.
It includes a simple digital gauge cluster that displays key info like your range, odometer, and drive mode.
It isn't customizable, but it shows different information in different situations.
To the left of that, you'll find a little touchscreen with some buttons that never change. It's a nice touch given the Air's lack of regular switches.
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The Air's main infotainment screen lies on the opposite side. Here's where you can access then navigation, radio, and Apple CarPlay.
Below that is the biggest screen and the one you'll likely use the most.
It's where you access things like the heated seats ...
... interior lighting ...
... and drive modes.
Swipe up and the entire screen stows away, revealing a small secret cubby where you can forget things.
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All the Lucid's screens are super crisp, responsive, and nice to look at. They don't feel clunky like a lot of other automotive software.
There's one downside though: It's unsettling to look away from the road to adjust basic functions like the heated steering wheel. Buttons are easier.
The multiple screens come in mighty handy when parking, though. The upper display shows the backup camera while the lower one shows a 360-degree view.
Overall, the Air Grand Touring's interior feels modern, high-end, and unique.
It's filled with rich leathers, sleek wood trim, and faux-suede accents.
The seats are supportive and keep you comfy even on long drives. The adjustable thigh supports were a welcome feature for a taller guy like me.
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A slew of different massage functions (that even massage your butt) help with that.
The door latches are these weird nubs that you pull backward to exit.
The doors open surprisingly wide.
And there's no need to slam these soft-close doors.
Between the front seats, there's a cubby with a wireless charger that holds your phone vertically.
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Throughout the interior there are subtle nods to Lucid's California heritage.
The back seats are a nice place to spend time in as well.
Since the Air is so long and wide, there's tons of legroom. But there isn't really anywhere for your feet.
In Airs with the larger battery option, extra cells take up some space in the footwells. It means you end up sitting with your knees a bit higher than you may like.
I really liked the two-tone interior in the Air Lucid lent me.
Since this is a supremely expensive luxury car, back seat passengers get amenities like heated seats, their very own air vents, and a little storage cubby.
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They also get sunshades on the rear windows.
In addition to lots of little spots to stash things, the Air also offers tons of room for bulkier cargo.
I think its clamshell trunk looks so darn cool and unique.
It's big, but the opening is wider and shallower than usual.
Plus, there's a big bonus area under the floor.
We'll end the tour up front with the frunk.
One of the best perks of EVs is even better in the Lucid Air. Remove a panel and the frunk expands to become one of the biggest in the biz.
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