Buying the right car in 2022 just got easier thanks to your friends at Car and Driver. Our staff of automotive experts has pored over every data point, driven hundreds of thousands of miles, and applied our rigorous testing regimen to vehicles of every type to determine the best and brightest cars, trucks, SUVs, minivans, and electric vehicles available today.
Vehicles that earn our Editors' Choice award each year are the top-ranked models in their respective segments. Those that were named to our 10Best list automatically earn an Editors' Choice badge—but, in an era of supply-chain interruptions and inventory shortages, having a broader group of vehicles in each category to choose from is more important than ever. That's where Editors' Choice comes in. Of the nearly 400 models on the market today, these 116 represent a wide spectrum of great vehicles that we editors would love to park in our garages—if we only had the room.
All of the vehicles listed here have excelled in our testing and impressed us on the road. Each one fulfills its intended mission superbly and delivers great value at its price point. Scroll down to start your new-car shopping, and click through to read more about your favorites.
Trucks, SUVs, and Vans
HIGHS: Cheeky design, gutsy optional turbo engine, plentiful standard features.
LOWS: Not particularly cargo friendly, vague steering feel, poky standard engine.
VERDICT: The Kona's as fun to drive as it is to look at, making it one of our favorite small SUVs.
HIGHS: Iconic exterior styling, roomy cabin, good feature-per-dollar ratio.
LOWS: Not as fuel efficient as similar SUVs, rear seats don't fold flat, driver assists not standard.
VERDICT: The Kia Soul hides practicality beneath its funky design and remains one of our favorite small crossovers.
HIGHS: Agile handling, class-above interior fit-and-finish, generous standard technology features.
LOWS: Non-turbo model is a bit poky, Mazda 3 hatchback is nearly as practical, occasional clumsiness from the automatic transmission.
VERDICT: In the small SUV segment, the CX-30's balanced handling and upscale cabin make it a winner.
HIGHS: Huge back seat for its subcompact designation, generous cargo storage, really good fuel-economy figures.
LOWS: Acceleration isn't as spunky as some rivals, some chintzy cabin materials, maladroit dual-clutch automatic.
VERDICT: The Taos isn't the most exciting subcompact SUV, but its spaciousness and fuel efficiency make it a compelling one.
HIGHS: Peppy turbo four, crisp handling, practical interior.
LOWS: Unsupportive standard front seats, aging infotainment interface, bland styling.
VERDICT: The X1's eager driving dynamics and cargo-friendly cabin will please enthusiasts and pragmatists alike.
HIGHS: Spry handling, stylish sloped roof, surprisingly thrifty fuel economy.
LOWS: Sport-tuned suspension delivers a stiff ride, boring cabin design, compromised cargo space.
VERDICT: The X2's fun-loving chassis puts it near the top of the subcompact-crossover class.
HIGHS: Playful exterior styling, thoughtfully designed interior, standard driver-assistance tech.
LOWS: Grainy-sounding engines, not as efficient as key rivals, infotainment system is sometimes slow to respond.
VERDICT: The XC40 offers all the things that make buying a modern Volvo worthwhile, but with its own unique charm.
Ford Bronco Sport
HIGHS: Three-cylinder engine’s fuel efficiency, myriad thoughtful features, top trim has legit off-road chops.
LOWS: Diminutive rear-seat space, some cut-rate interior materials, more powerful engine is reserved for top trim.
VERDICT: The Bronco Sport is no rip-off of its bigger brother; it's an off road-capable and versatile compact ute.
HIGHS: Spiffy and spacious interior, generous amounts of storage space, both powertrain options are stingy with fuel.
LOWS: Quicker rivals with mightier engines exist, some competitors can tow more, noisy base engine at wide-open throttle.
VERDICT: The CR-V's lack of panache and driving personality are offset by its desirable technology, practicality, and fuel economy.
HIGHS: Daring exterior design, well-equipped cabin, available hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains.
LOWS: Goofy push-button shifter, no volume knob, no high-performance model offered.
VERDICT: Its futuristic look turns heads, but the Tucson's practicality and pleasant driving dynamics are more likely to win the hearts of buyers.
HIGHS: Beautifully sculpted bodywork, delightfully athletic and equally refined, decidedly more premium than competitors.
LOWS: Non-turbo engine needs more oomph, can only tow up to 2000 pounds, unremarkable cargo capacity.
VERDICT: The CX-5 is a masterclass in making a mainstream SUV feel like it belongs in high society.
HIGHS: Comfortable ride, rugged styling, generous standard driver-assistance features.
LOWS: Base model includes few luxuries, unrefined engine sounds, unexciting handling.
VERDICT: The RAV4 is practical, handsome, and affordable, making it a good choice for anyone seeking long-lasting value.
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
HIGHS: Perky hybrid powertrains, plenty of standard tech features, spacious inside for both people and cargo.
LOWS: Bland driving character, high starting price for the most basic model, plug-in hybrid models cost even more.
VERDICT: While its zippy acceleration and practicality make it a compelling package, the RAV4 Hybrid has new challengers that offer more driving satisfaction.
HIGHS: Sporty handling, spacious cabin, available third row of seats.
LOWS: Average acceleration, firm seats, underwhelming interior trimmings.
VERDICT: The Tiguan's stylish appearance and refined driving experience give it a distinctly European charm.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
HIGHS: One of the most stunning SUVs, one of the most visceral to drive, one of the best sounding too.
LOWS: Back seat and cargo area are on the small side, Alfa's reliability is always a concern, ride is a bit stiff.
VERDICT: Flaws be damned; the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is one of the most immersive and exciting SUVs on the road.
HIGHS: Surprisingly agile handling, gutsy optional inline-six engine, more fuel efficient than expected.
LOWS: Clunky auto stop/start feature on base engine, aging cabin design, exterior mirrors are too small.
VERDICT: While its sport sedans have lost some of that old-fashioned BMW driving verve, the X3 SUV still delivers those thrills—with the added benefit of practicality.
HIGHS: A pair of gutsy engines, high-end interior design, surprisingly athletic chassis.
LOWS: Snug rear seats, a few questionable ergonomic choices, paltry towing capacity.
VERDICT: Genesis's first stab at a compact luxury SUV goes right for the heart of the segment and draws blood.
HIGHS: A trio of high-performance engine options, agile handling, deluxe cabin.
LOWS: Some rivals offer more cargo space, pronounced road noise when cruising, rough ride over imperfect pavement.
VERDICT: Impressive performance and thrilling driving dynamics easily erase the GLC-class's flaws.
HIGHS: Spry handling, eager powertrains, sporty exterior styling.
LOWS: Standard interior materials don't impress, snug rear seat, most rivals offer more cargo space.
VERDICT: Its refined chassis, strong engines, and upscale appearance make the Porsche Macan an ideal representation of the premium sporting SUV.
HIGHS: Stylish interior and exterior, efficient powertrains, driver-assistance tech comes standard.
LOWS: Smallish storage cubbies, infotainment takes getting used to, plug-in hybrid powertrain could use some refinement.
VERDICT: The XC60 distills much of the elegance and luxury of the larger XC90 SUV into a smaller package.
HIGHS: Gets looks everywhere it goes, a better daily driver than a Jeep Wrangler, configurable for a multitude of tastes.
LOWS: Twin-turbo V-6 could sound better, suffers from some refinement issues, cabin materials look mediocre on priciest models.
VERDICT: Not only is the Bronco a cool and capable off-roader, but it's also surprisingly satisfying to drive every day.
HIGHS: Roomy cabin and ample cargo space, peppy V-6 powertrain, driver-and-safety assists standard on every model.
LOWS: Bottom trim lacks some desirable features, unremarkable driving experience, other mid-size SUVs ride better.
VERDICT: The Passport is a very practical and nicely equipped mid-size SUV, but it's not particularly special.
HIGHS: Easy-to-use dashboard controls, a plethora of standard features, all four trims represent solid values.
LOWS: Annoying wind noise during highway cruising, controversial front-end styling, door pocket cubbies could be more generously sized.
VERDICT: Comfortable, convenient, generously equipped, and competitively priced, the Palisade is one of our favorite three-row family SUVs.
Hyundai Santa Fe
HIGHS: Value-oriented price, comfortable ride, well-outfitted interior.
LOWS: Not as fuel efficient has some rivals, tall riders may feel pinched in the rear seat, strictly a two-row SUV.
VERDICT: With a wide range of powertrains and price tags, the comfortable and stylish 2022 Santa Fe has mass-market appeal.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
HIGHS: Ruggedly handsome styling, generous standard safety tech, posh cabin on high-end models.
LOWS: All-wheel drive isn't standard, top trims are more expensive than outgoing model, thirsty optional V-8.
VERDICT: The new Grand Cherokee is improved in nearly every way, but the upcharge for the Jeep brand name may turn off value-oriented buyers.
Jeep Grand Cherokee L
HIGHS: Tailored interior, spacious three-row layout, actually capable off road.
LOWS: More expensive than most rival SUVs, V-6 could be more refined, V-8 is a gas-guzzler.
VERDICT: With room for up to seven riders, the Grand Cherokee L is an adventure-seeker's dream for family transport.
HIGHS: Looks classy and rugged inside and out, lots of powertrain options, pleasant to drive, and comfy to ride in.
LOWS: Adults should avoid the third row, bigger touchscreen skips wireless smartphone mirroring, cargo space can be compromised.
VERDICT: The Sorento is a handsome and satisfying mid-size SUV for folks who don't need the Kia Telluride's extra space.
HIGHS: Hauls families in comfort and style, packed with desirable features, excellent value proposition.
LOWS: Staid driving manners, V-6 isn't the most frugal with fuel, adaptive cruise control is intrusive.
VERDICT: Attractive, affordable, and practical, the Kia Telluride is comprehensively excellent.
HIGHS: Fun-loving chassis, premium interior finishes, handsome exterior styling.
LOWS: Snug third row seat, limited cargo room behind third row, could use a few more horsepower.
VERDICT: With the CX-9, Mazda applies its hallmark athleticism to a three-row family hauler with enticing results.
HIGHS: Three compelling powertrain choices, upscale cabin environs, well-integrated infotainment tech.
LOWS: Steering could feel sharper, snug third-row seat, top turbo-V-8 engine carries a big price tag.
VERDICT: The mid-size X5 effortlessly blends luxury, versatility, and performance—plus, offers some old-fashioned BMW driving magic.
HIGHS: Nicely tailored cabin, plethora of standard technology features, smooth and quiet ride.
LOWS: Optional third row isn't particularly roomy, heavy-weighted steering, standard four-cylinder lacks punch.
VERDICT: The GV80 showcases Genesis's unique approach to luxury and stands out among its rivals for requiring so few compromises.
HIGHS: Zesty powertrains, terrific driving traits for an SUV, rated to tow up to 7700 pounds.
LOWS: Ride can be overly firm, countless options can get costly, short on small-item storage.
VERDICT: The Cayenne caters to anyone who wants a luxurious SUV that's also a kick to drive.
HIGHS: Looks like an upper-class SUV, roomy and richly appointed interior, plug-in hybrid's hasty acceleration.
LOWS: Gas engines make uncouth noises, uneven roads produce a bumpy ride, rival plug-in hybrids are more efficient.
VERDICT: The XC90 isn't the most fun to drive, but it's legitimately luxurious and the plug-in hybrid is really quick.
HIGHS: More cargo space than the Tahoe, 6.2-liter V-8 and diesel engine are delightful, agile for its considerable size.
LOWS: Priciest trims don't meet luxury expectations, V-8 engines aren't very fuel-efficient, expensive option packages.
VERDICT: The sophisticated Suburban excels at pulling trailers as well as hauling people and their stuff.
HIGHS: Hushed interior environment, third rows suitable for adult bodies, max tow rating of 8400 pounds.
LOWS: A face only Chevy designers can love, some irksome cabin controls, fully loaded examples priced like luxury SUVs.
VERDICT: The Tahoe hits all the hallmarks of a large SUV with its roomy cabin, sizable towing capacity, and plentiful popular features.
HIGHS: Roomy in all three rows of seats, multiple engine options, refined road manners.
LOWS: Chevy Tahoe sibling is just as nice and slightly cheaper, garage-hogging dimensions, disappointing fuel economy.
VERDICT: If you're minivan-averse but still need the space to haul both people and cargo at the same time, the GMC Yukon is hard to beat.
HIGHS: Cushy ride and hushed cabin, silky, powerful engines, Alpina XB7's outrageous performance.
LOWS: Short on cornering poise, limited room behind the second row, slow-moving power-folding rear seats.
VERDICT: Despite the cabin's space constraints, the X7 is a large and lavish SUV with delightful powertrains.
HIGHS: Novel design, gutsy optional turbo four, stout payload capacity.
LOWS: Firm ride, doesn't tow as much as Santa Cruz, base model is pretty spartan.
VERDICT: Both space and fuel efficient, the Maverick is the perfect vehicle for drivers who want the utility of an open truck bed without the gargantuan size of a full-size pickup.
Hyundai Santa Cruz
HIGHS: Highly versatile cargo bed, calm ride and composed handling, high-quality and high-tech interior.
LOWS: Underpowered base engine, top trims lack physical switchgear, can cost as much as more capable alternatives.
VERDICT: The Santa Cruz is a stylish, sophisticated, and highly versatile alternative to typical mid-size pickup trucks.
HIGHS: More agile and refined than rivals, generous passenger space, truck bed includes neat features.
LOWS: Towing and off-roading limitations, single engine option, won't convince everyone it's a truck.
VERDICT: The Ridgeline will more than satisfy owners who don't need the capabilities of a traditional pickup truck.
HIGHS: Deluxe interior on high-end models, well-rounded lineup, available hybrid powertrain.
LOWS: Firmer ride than Ram, pricing ramps up quickly from base model, big truck fuel consumption—except for the hybrid.
VERDICT: With seven trims, three body styles, and two bed lengths, the F-150 can be tailored to anyone's needs.
Ford F-150 Raptor
HIGHS: Attractive and tech-laden interior, sensational in most off-road scenarios, rides even smoother than before.
LOWS: Not as composed on-road as the Ram TRX, paddle shifters should be snappier, still lacks that V-8 growl—for now.
VERDICT: The Raptor is a terrific pickup truck and always ready for any terrain, making it the ultimate F-150 off-roader.
HIGHS: Luxury-grade interior, cushy ride quality, still hugely capable on- and off-road.
LOWS: Fancier but pricier than alternatives, design borders on nondescript, huge touchscreen is sometimes slow to respond.
VERDICT: The Ram 1500's unmatched luxury transcends traditional pickups without compromising its capability.
Ram 1500 TRX
HIGHS: Hits 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, can be jumped or comfortably driven sedately, has a luxury-grade cabin.
LOWS: Daunting to maneuver in tight spaces, disgraceful in terms of fuel economy, can we get a rear-drive mode or model?
VERDICT: The 702-hp Ram 1500 TRX is a badass behemoth that makes every other full-size truck look like kids' toys.
HIGHS: Massive max torque and tow ratings, interiors can be positively palatial, rides better than heavy-duty rivals.
LOWS: Diesels have outdated transmission, no diesel option for the Power Wagon, dual-rear-wheel axle makes tight spaces nightmarish.
VERDICT: Not only are the Ram 2500 and 3500 immensely capable, but they offer unparalleled levels of luxury, too.
HIGHS: Better ride and handling than rivals, peppy performance, 5000-pound towing capacity.
LOWS: More expensive than other city vans, rivals get better fuel economy, ambiguous brake-pedal feedback.
VERDICT: The Metris cements itself as the best city van with its Germanic driving manners and inherent versatility.
HIGHS: Highly flexible interior, optional PHEV powertrain, upper trims are downright luxurious.
LOWS: Not as quick as some rival vans, a few plastic interior bits cheapen the experience, forever overlooked by SUV-obsessed Americans.
VERDICT: Chrysler has produced one of the handiest minivans ever, but despite its excellence consumers continue to be drawn to crossovers.
HIGHS: Flexible cabin, standard driver-assistance tech, effortlessly practical.
LOWS: Removing the second-row seats requires muscle, firm ride on larger 19-inch wheels, rivals offer similar practicality and tech.
VERDICT: It won't turn your next road trip into an epic journey worthy of poetry, but it delivers practicality, efficiency, and value.
HIGHS: Refined powertrain, well-balanced chassis, handsome styling.
LOWS: No all-wheel drive option, slightly less cargo space than key rivals, best features limited to top trim.
VERDICT: Fashionable styling, a comfortable and well-equipped cabin, and a refined V-6 powertrain make the Carnival a desirable entry in the minivan segment.
HIGHS: Loads of standard driver assists, surprisingly adroit handling, unexpectedly quiet cabin.
LOWS: Pricier than some rivals, unremarkable warranty, some rivals have a higher payload.
VERDICT: The Transit's driving demeanor, refinement, and versatility make it the top full-size van.
Ford Mustang Mach-E
HIGHS: Athleticism and quickness, impressive range and accessible price, capacious and luxurious cabin.
LOWS: Not as fun to drive as a real Mustang, uneven ride quality, GT Performance model isn't worth the extra cost.
VERDICT: The Mustang Mach-E is a terrific electric vehicle that also happens to be a terrific crossover.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
HIGHS: Estimated driving range that exceeds 300 miles, super-quick charging rates, adroit handling and a smooth ride.
LOWS: Fully loaded model costs almost $50k, interior isn't as fetching as the exterior, not much steering feedback.
VERDICT: The Ioniq 5 is a stylish EV hatchback with polite road manners as well as notable driving range and charging rates.
Hyundai Kona Electric
HIGHS: Eager handling, competitive estimated driving range, comes with a 10-year warranty.
LOWS: Snug rear-seat passenger space, all-wheel drive not available, driving range suffers in cold weather.
VERDICT: It offers everything we love about the gasoline-powered Kona but with an electric twist.
HIGHS: Spacious interior, adequate range per charge, quiet and serene ride.
LOWS: Infotainment system is a headache, handling is bland, unexciting exterior design.
VERDICT: The ID.4 is practical and easy to drive, but it lacks the driving excitement we're used to from VW.
HIGHS: Powerful electric powertrain, smooth ride, downright fancy interior.
LOWS: Polarizing exterior styling, rear seat bottoms positioned a little low, most powerful model not yet available.
VERDICT: No matter what you think of its design, the iX is an important product in the evolution of the BMW brand.
HIGHS: Impressive off-road capability, punchy acceleration, cleverly designed inside and out.
LOWS: Steeply priced, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto not included, biggest battery pack costs $10,000.
VERDICT: The first electric pickup truck sets a lofty benchmark for capability, driving range, and performance.
Coupes, Convertibles, Hatchbacks, Sedans, and Wagons
HIGHS: Dignified styling, spry driving demeanor, straight-forward interior design.
LOWS: Unrefined four-cylinder engine, snug rear seat, not very quick.
VERDICT: Accessibly priced, frugal on fuel, and nicely equipped, the Accent is a nice small car you won't be ashamed to drive.
HIGHS: Drives like a more expensive car, pleasant and simple interior, standard wireless smartphone-mirroring features.
LOWS: Cramped rear seat compared to some rivals, lacks cargo space, dorky looks.
VERDICT: With a sophisticated driving experience and solid array of standard features, the Rio offers a lot of car for not a lot of money.
HIGHS: More upscale appearance, updated cabin is pleasant and comfortable, affordable price tag.
LOWS: Not as quick as last year's model, the most desirable features are limited to EX and Touring trims, no manual transmission on the sedan.
VERDICT: The redesigned Civic benefits from better aesthetics while still offering athletic handling and a well-balanced ride.
HIGHS: More high-end than rival compacts, nicely-tailored interior, fun-loving chassis.
LOWS: Hatchback model has big blind spots, base model lacks Apple CarPlay and Android auto, turbo engine costs a lot more.
VERDICT: Handsome, athletic, and nicely equipped, the Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback give drivers a lot of car for the money.
Honda Civic Si
HIGHS: Shifter's satisfying throws and action, sharp handling without a stiff ride, significantly cheaper than the VW Golf GTI.
LOWS: Less horsepower but costs more, engine sounds coarse when pushed, no longer offered with heated seats.
VERDICT: The Civic Si isn't the flashiest or mightiest sport compact, but it's still a pure driver's car that most folks can afford.
Hyundai Elantra N
HIGHS: Punchy turbo four, more comfortable ride than Veloster N, crisp handling.
LOWS: Love-it-or-hate-it styling, firm seats, sunroof only offered with the automatic.
VERDICT: The Elantra N takes everything we love about the hatchback Veloster N and adds a roomier back seat and fresher styling.
Hyundai Veloster N
HIGHS: Incredible performance for the dollar, delightful to drive easy or hard, surprising practicality.
LOWS: Cabin marred by some cheap materials, the sportiest Civic and Golf are more civilized, small back seat.
VERDICT: The Veloster N lacks the cachet of top hot hatches, but its performance and personality deserve acclaim.
Volkswagen Golf GTI
HIGHS: Faithfully fun to drive, lighter and quicker than its predecessor, still as practical as ever.
LOWS: Disappointing interior quality, infotainment system isn't user-friendly, engine hums at certain highway speeds.
VERDICT: The latest Golf GTI continues to grant drivers an exhilarating experience with very few sacrifices.
Volkswagen Golf R
HIGHS: Refined turbocharged engine, joyful handling, practical hatchback body.
LOWS: Steep starting price, fussy capacitive touch controls, the even more practical wagon version won't be sold in the U.S.
VERDICT: With snappy performance and an understated look, the Golf R is the hot hatch for mature driving enthusiasts.
Volkswagen Jetta GLI
HIGHS: An affordable car that's great fun to drive, unexpectedly practical for a compact sedan, desirable and upscale standard features.
LOWS: Cabin marred by some unpleasant materials, styling won't excite everyone, automatic can hesitate to downshift.
VERDICT: The only way to find a sedan that's more fun and satisfying than the Jetta GLI is to spend more money.
HIGHS: Modernized interior, enjoyable handling, fantastic fuel economy.
LOWS: Not as powerful as the previous generation, S3 drives even better, goofy toggle shift lever.
VERDICT: The remodeled A3 brings new and more upscale touches to its entry-luxury package and retains the fun-loving character we appreciated in the last version.
HIGHS: Eager chassis, turbo four makes plenty of power, modern and handsome styling.
LOWS: Overly-weighted steering, noticeable turbo lag, shift toggle switch takes getting used to.
VERDICT: Sporty without being raucous, the S3 sits right at the sweet spot between the more sedate A3 and the high-performance RS3 in the Audi lineup.
HIGHS: Turbo six's really quick acceleration, ride and handling are even better, solid performance value.
LOWS: No manual transmission option, no convertible body style, back seat is somehow smaller than it was.
VERDICT: The new 2-series coupe loses some desirable traits but adds stronger performance and bolder style.
HIGHS: Lithe chassis, perky acceleration, simple and intuitive infotainment system.
LOWS: Interior storage is merely adequate, entry-level models aren't as quiet inside as high-end ones, sloping rear pillars create blind spots.
VERDICT: Versatile, comfortable, affordable, and fun, the 2022 Accord shines in every way a car can, making it one of our favorite new cars on sale today.
HIGHS: High marks for fuel efficiency, handsome interior is rife with tech features, remarkable value.
LOWS: Most models are meh to drive, ride is too firm for most folks, unnaturally tall-in-the-saddle driving position.
VERDICT: The Sonata is an affordable, flashy, and well-equipped family sedan that gets more right than wrong.
HIGHS: Snazzy interior and exterior, lots of popular features at an accessible price, 290-hp GT model is delightfully quick.
LOWS: Overly tall driving position, largest wheels contribute to chunky ride quality, 290-hp engine is prone to overpowering the front tires.
VERDICT: The K5 is a stylish and nicely appointed family sedan, and also a great value.
Audi A5 Sportback
HIGHS: Svelte styling, big trunk space increases practicality, eager driving dynamics.
LOWS: Middling braking results in our testing, pinched headroom in rear seat, not as luxurious inside as expected.
VERDICT: With the sweptback styling of the A5 coupe and the rear-seat space of the A4 sedan, the A5 Sportback is the ideal compact Audi.
HIGHS: Delightfully strong and smooth powertrains, athletic handling and serene ride, useful back-seat and trunk space.
LOWS: Steering ought to be more feelsome, some rivals offer better value, manual transmission is M.I.A.
VERDICT: With equal parts luxuriousness and sportiness, the 3-series surpasses many other sports sedans.
HIGHS: High-end cabin, playful handling, even the most expensive models represent a great value.
LOWS: Snug rear-seat legroom, lackluster base engine, not as lavish as the larger Genesis models.
VERDICT: The G70 delivers both a fun-to-drive nature and Genesis's uniquely value-oriented approach to luxury in a sharp-looking sedan.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
HIGHS: Supermodel looks, blistering performance, razor sharp handling.
LOWS: Checkered reputation for reliability, no manual transmission offered, interior isn't quite as posh as rivals.
VERDICT: The Giulia Quadrifoglio's performance and exotic beauty outweigh its flaws in our book, but it's not for everyone.
HIGHS: Thrilling powertrains, an M car that's drivable every day, optional AWD aids quickness and allows drifts.
LOWS: Too many drive-mode combinations, 503 hp and manual are incompatible, some rivals are even more spellbinding.
VERDICT: The M3 is an awesome driver's car, but its imperfections prevent sports-sedan supremacy.
HIGHS: Superb engine and transmissions, terrific driving characteristics, now available with all-wheel drive.
LOWS: Excessive drive-mode adjustments, larger size and weight versus last generation, unpleasant digital instrument panel.
VERDICT: The M4's sublime powertrains and awesome performance produce a desirable sports coupe and convertible.
Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
HIGHS: A phenomenally communicative chassis, authentic steering feel, refined enough to be comfortably driven daily.
LOWS: Not as quick as the BMW M3, interior quality falls short of luxe rivals, fully loaded versions approach $90,000.
VERDICT: The CT4-V Blackwing is a masterpiece of a driving machine, and it's talented enough to be a commuter car, too.
HIGHS: Upscale interior, snappy acceleration from twin-turbo V-6, lovely two-door styling.
LOWS: Overly firm ride, limited cargo space, no longer offered as a four-door sedan.
VERDICT: If you like the look of the C-class coupe or convertible but you yearn for more power, the C43 is the car for you.
HIGHS: Beautifully bold bodywork, expletive-worthy take-offs, surprisingly refined ride.
LOWS: Heavier than its predecessor, refinement tempers its rawness, pricier than the more practical RS6 Avant.
VERDICT: With 591 horsepower and fierce-looking sheetmetal, the Audi RS7 is a brutally quick and surprisingly polished hatchback.
HIGHS: Crazy-quick acceleration, enthusiast-oriented rear-wheel-drive mode, luscious interior.
LOWS: Exterior styling lacks drama, AMG E63 S has a racier soundtrack, some other M cars are more engaging.
VERDICT: The M5 is an icon among sports sedans, and this generation's outrageous performance preserves that legacy.
Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing
HIGHS: Explosive acceleration, agile handling, comfortable ride when it's needed.
LOWS: Driver-assists only available with the automatic, doesn't elicit badge envy like its rivals, likely the final V-8–powered Caddy.
VERDICT: Among the dwindling niche of V-8 sports sedans, the CT5-V Blackwing is the one to beat.
HIGHS: Optional turbo V-6 really hustles, every conceivable tech option is available here, high-quality cabin materials.
LOWS: Not as sporty as past A6 models, staid exterior design, interior storage cubbies aren't particularly voluminous.
VERDICT: The A6 sedan's looks don't draw much attention, but its comfortable, spacious, and well-equipped cabin should win it the affections of luxury buyers.
HIGHS: Quick and quiet operation, classy and cutting-edge cabin, practical hatchback posing as a stylish sedan.
LOWS: Turbocharged V-6 lacks character, lower touchscreen can distract the driver, A6 sedan is less expensive.
VERDICT: While the fashionable A7 isn't flawless, its hidden hatchback makes it more practical than luxury sedan alternatives.
HIGHS: Lovely interior design, packed with features, bargain pricing.
LOWS: Bold grille design isn't for everyone, not as athletic as rival sedans, people will ask if it's a Hyundai.
VERDICT: The G80 is proof that Genesis can do a proper luxury sedan, which should add more panache to the brand's image.
HIGHS: Sweet and spicy engine, effortlessly elegant and remarkably sporty, high-class and high-tech interior.
LOWS: Biggest rims reduce ride quality, some ergonomic foibles, rivals offer complimentary maintenance.
VERDICT: The racy and ritzy E53 sedan, coupe, and cabriolet have the uncanny ability to impress almost everyone.
HIGHS: Classy and cutting-edge interior, effortless and efficient six-cylinder engine, plush and planted ride.
LOWS: Some unintuitive infotainment controls, protracted emergency-stopping distance, unimpressive base engine.
VERDICT: The E-class is more elegant than exciting, but that's a compliment rather than a critique.
HIGHS: Near-silent cabin, loaded with standard tech baubles, chassis strikes a good balance between comfort and driving enjoyment.
LOWS: Might get mistaken for the cheaper A6, lacks ownership perks of other rivals, entry-level engine doesn't hustle.
VERDICT: For those who find luxury in subtle anonymity, the A8 offers impressive comfort and plentiful features without resorting to flash.
HIGHS: Value-priced option in a rich segment, silky-smooth engines, upscale appearance.
LOWS: Barge-like handling, rear seat doesn't fold, interior doesn't quite match other Genesis models.
VERDICT: All the comfort, style, and prestige of a full-size luxury car with a bargain price tag.
HIGHS: As high-tech as a Silicon Valley startup, as lavish as a room at a royal palace, as nimble as much smaller sedans.
LOWS: Doesn't appear as grand as it is, digital gauges sacrifice craftsmanship, adaptive cruise doesn't work as well as it should.
VERDICT: The S-class sedan remains the gold standard of large luxury cars with its cutting-edge tech and countless comforts.
HIGHS: Lifted suspension provides better ground clearance, cargo-friendly interior, plenty of tech features.
LOWS: Lazy base engine, uninspired handling, CVT transmission dulls acceleration.
VERDICT: The Outback lures buyers with its rugged appearance and wins them over with its roomy, ever-practical station-wagon interior and comfortable ride.
Audi A6 Allroad
HIGHS: Handy wagon body style, chic exterior, silky-smooth V-6 powertrain.
LOWS: Expensive from the start, dual-screen infotainment takes getting used to, occasional gearbox clumsiness.
VERDICT: Audi's posh A6 Allroad is an SUV-alternative with a similarly adventurous image–what's not to love?
Audi RS6 Avant
HIGHS: A muscular-looking station wagon, the twin-turbo V-8's thrilling soundtrack, its driver engagement exceeds its performance stats.
LOWS: Pricey, fuel economy is an afterthought, 190-mph top speed requires expensive carbon-ceramic brakes.
VERDICT: The RS6 Avant impresses with a brawny body and outsize performance.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain
HIGHS: Luxe interior, practical wagon body style, packed with technology features.
LOWS: Ride could be more refined, faux SUV look distracts from the upscale vibe, puny storage cubbies.
VERDICT: We continue to advocate for station wagons, even when they're wearing an SUV getup.
Volvo V60 / V60 Cross Country
HIGHS: Striking styling, luxurious and practical interior, performance-oriented Polestar model has moves.
LOWS: Stiff ride on Polestar model, slow-booting infotainment system, limited to only Cross Country or Polestar trims.
VERDICT: Handsome and versatile, the V60 and V60 Cross Country offer SUV practicality in a tidy, car-like package.
Volvo V90 Cross Country
HIGHS: Deluxe cabin, attractively designed inside and out, cargo-friendly body style.
LOWS: New infotainment is less intuitive, other wagons have more cargo space, only offered in Cross Country guise starting this year.
VERDICT: For buyers who want SUV practicality with a luxury car-like look and feel, the V90 Cross Country is a compelling choice.
Tesla Model 3
HIGHS: Punchy acceleration, lithe handling, Long Range model boasts impressive driving range.
LOWS: Highway driving saps range, all-digital interior may irk some drivers, fit-and-finish could be better.
VERDICT: The Model 3 is an affordable way for ordinary folks to park a Tesla in their driveway.
HIGHS: Able to accelerate hard again and again and again, Porsche driving DNA faithfully preserved, really quick charging capabilities.
LOWS: Ingress and egress isn't easy, not affordable for most folks, can't touch Tesla's range ratings.
VERDICT: The Taycan doesn't offer the most EV driving range, but it currently sets the breed's benchmark for driver satisfaction.
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo
HIGHS: Prompt and repeatable acceleration blasts, a wagon with sports-car handling, cargo area and rear seat are larger than the Taycan sedan's.
LOWS: Unremarkable range estimates, even pricier than the pricey sedan, many interior screens and few physical controls equal distractions.
VERDICT: The Taycan Cross Turismo wagon is everything we like about the sedan in a more practical package.
HIGHS: Snappy acceleration, lovely interior, comfortable ride.
LOWS: Feels big in corners, looks too similar to non-AMG, weird fake sounds.
VERDICT: AMG turns up the volume on the Mercedes EQS electric luxury sedan, adding more power and a slightly more aggressive appearance inside and out.
HIGHS: A vast and truly awe-inspiring interior, more range than German EV rivals, a showcase of Mercedes's latest technology.
LOWS: Less range than Lucid and Tesla models, Hyperscreen is prone to reflections in sunlight, floaty suspension on undulating roads.
VERDICT: The all-electric EQS sedan combines Mercedes's luxury bona fides with noteworthy EV credentials and dazzling tech.
Tesla Model S
HIGHS: So quick it'll make you dizzy, fun-to-drive nature, class-leading maximum driving range.
LOWS: Cabin isn't as nice as the price suggests, large infotainment screen is distracting at times, rear passengers have no space to store small items.
VERDICT: If Tesla stopped building cars tomorrow, the company's legacy would still forever be cemented in automotive history books thanks to this car.
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
HIGHS: Fire-breathing supercharged V-8, ferocious track capabilities, one of the greatest performance values.
LOWS: Seeing out is a struggle, interior materials are subpar, 1LE models’ masochistic ride.
VERDICT: Not only is the ZL1 the ultimate Camaro, but it's also the king of the racetrack-ready muscle cars.
HIGHS: Every version is engaging to drive, easier to see out of than a Camaro, transformative performance packages.
LOWS: Interior quality isn't exactly impressive, optional Recaro seats are uncomfortable, base turbo-four engine fails to excite.
VERDICT: The Mustang is still the definitive pony car, with performance and personalization combinations for everyone.
Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
HIGHS: The most immersive Mustang ever, surprisingly easy to live with, performance numbers that rival exotics.
LOWS: Fighting the urge to unleash the beast, it has a gas-guzzler tax for a reason, the Track Pack costs how much?
VERDICT: The Shelby GT500 mixes the accessibility of a Mustang with the excessive thrills of a rollercoaster.
Mazda MX-5 Miata
HIGHS: Affordable open-top freedom, joyful handling characteristics, expertly tuned controls.
LOWS: Snug passenger accommodations, road noise can get fatiguing on long drives, firm ride.
VERDICT: Despite some compromises, the Miata's eager handling will delight driving enthusiasts.
HIGHS: Still small and light, stronger and more responsive flat-four engine, delightful handling traits.
LOWS: Some generic styling bits, still not the quickest car in town, firm ride doesn't qualify as refined.
VERDICT: The BRZ remains true to its affordable and fun-to-drive nature, which is a boon for fans of that formula.
HIGHS: Agile handling with refined on-road ride, more powerful four-cylinder, slick-shifting six-speed manual is standard.
LOWS: Pedal placement isn't ideal for heel-toeing, driver-assistance tech only available with the automatic transmission, standard brakes aren't up for track duty.
VERDICT: With a playful chassis and more power than the outgoing model, the new 86 is a driver's delight.
HIGHS: Supercar performance, daily-drivable, near-luxury cabin environs in the upper trims.
LOWS: We're missing a manual transmission, few driver-assistance features, exhaust sounds too subdued at low revs.
VERDICT: Ferrari moves and incandescent performance with a Chevrolet price tag makes the Corvette C8 a hugely desirable sports car, one with mass appeal.
Porsche 718 Boxster
HIGHS: Engaging driving demeanor, gutsy turbocharged engines, stylish drop-top looks.
LOWS: Base engine sounds grainy, limited cargo space and storage, drab interior design.
VERDICT: One turn behind the wheel will make you forget the Boxster's few flaws as it charms you with its sharp handling and eager nature.
Porsche 718 Cayman
HIGHS: Joyful handling, two fantastic transmission choices, easily customizable.
LOWS: Limited interior storage cubbies, entry-level four-cylinder doesn’t sound premium, premium pricing.
VERDICT: With transcendent handling and gutsy engines, the Cayman is a driver's dream come true.
HIGHS: Premium powertrains, joyful driving demeanor, near-luxury cabin.
LOWS: Poor rear outward visibility, not easy to get in and out of, this car begs for a manual transmission.
VERDICT: Despite sharing its platform with the BMW Z4, the rebooted Supra feels truly special and worthy of its historic name.
HIGHS: Incredible performance no matter the weather, peerless driving experience, spectacular powertrains choices.
LOWS: Digital gauges are easily obscured, prohibitively priced for average people, odd automatic shifter.
VERDICT: The 911 continues to be the perfect sports car for those who can afford one.
Porsche 911 Turbo / Turbo S
HIGHS: Incredible acceleration times, incredible handling traits, incredible braking abilities.
LOWSStratospheric price tag, missing a manual-transmission option, ride can feel stiff.
VERDICT: The 911 Turbo is an unassuming supercar, but it's as amazing as anything wearing an exotic badge.
Porsche 911 GT3
HIGHS: Glorious naturally aspirated flat-six, unrivaled steering fidelity, inspiring to drive on the track or the street.
LOWS: Stick-shift equals slower acceleration, stiffest damper setting is too stiff for street use, carbon-fiber-roof option only saves 2 pounds.
VERDICT: The GT3's special engine and transcendent chassis make it the purest and most rewarding 911 to drive.
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