If you're shopping for a new 2023 car, truck, or SUV, you've landed at the right place. Here at Car and Driver, we've got the information you'll need to help you find exactly what you're looking for. We have the scoop on virtually every one of the 432 models available on the market—and those coming soon. We put hundreds of vehicles through our intensive instrumented testing regimen every year to catalog every data point, from how much cargo they can hold to how quickly they accelerate. Then we crown the 10Best Cars and the 10Best Trucks and SUVs—20 brilliant vehicles that best fulfill their mission, deliver great value, and are engaging to drive.
Beyond the special vehicles that earn our 10Best award, though, there are many more that are excellent at what they do. These are vehicles that we'd happily recommend to our family and friends—and you. That's what Editors' Choice is all about. Think of this list as the automotive honor roll: a place where the cars, trucks, and SUVs with the best grades are acknowledged for their excellence. Based on our objective testing and subjective driving impressions, we rank every vehicle within its segment—its grade point average, if you will. The vehicles on this list are the few from each segment that earn top marks comprising approximately the top quarter of the vehicle market. Scroll down to shop them, and click through to read more about the ones you're interested in.
Trucks, SUVs, and Vans
HIGHS: Funky exterior styling, high-value feature list, turbo engine wakes this car up.
LOWS: Less cargo space than in other small SUVs, underpowered with the base engine, steering could be more feelsome.
VERDICT: Hyundai's junior SUV is also one of its most satisfying—as long as you don't have plans to haul bulky cargo.
HIGHS: Perky optional plug-in-hybrid powertrain, futuristic appearance, well-equipped from EX trim and up.
LOWS: Base powertrain is pretty poky, buzzy engine sounds under heavy throttle, not as fuel efficient in our testing as last year's model.
VERDICT: It isn't perfect, but the Niro offers stylish looks, a practical cabin, and an attainable starting price that should help more buyers park a hybrid at home.
HIGHS: Stands out in traffic, spacious interior, strong value proposition.
LOWS: Could be more fuel efficient, all-wheel drive is unavailable, poky four-cylinder powertrain.
VERDICT: Style, substance, and a funkadelic hamster-powered image make the Kia Soul a serious threat in the small-SUV class.
HIGHS: Fun-to-drive nature, premium cabin finishings, desirable driver assistance and tech features are standard fare.
LOWS: Base engine is rather lethargic, not much more practical than a normal hatchback, some drivers may not appreciate the firm ride.
VERDICT: The CX-30 is tailor made for those who enjoy driving, which wins it our favor, but other SUVs offer more space for people and cargo.
HIGHS: Big space in the subcompact segment, plenty of cargo room, impressive fuel economy.
LOWS: Modest performance, plastic paradise interior, isn't as spirited as the Golf hatchback it replaces.
VERDICT: With an attractively low base price, the Volkswagen Taos offers big fuel mileage along with big space for such a small SUV.
HIGHS: Solid offering of standard equipment, roomier than ever, quiet and controlled ride.
LOWS: No hardcore M version, steering lacks meaningful feedback, cumbersome climate controls.
VERDICT: There's nothing radical about the new version of BMW's smallest SUV, but it offers a lot for a smallish price.
HIGHS: Youthful design, practical cabin, generous standard tech features.
LOWS: Not as luxurious as larger Volvos, all-wheel drive only available with more powerful engine, infotainment icons are too small.
VERDICT: The XC40 SUV delivers much of the same experience as other Volvos but adds its own unique flavor.
HIGHS: Fresh new look, low-stress road manners, efficient optional hybrid.
LOWS: Not as exciting as some rivals, all-wheel drive not standard, base turbo engine provides only modest acceleration.
VERDICT: The redesigned CR-V is made to maintain its place on the bestseller list, with a smooth ride, practical cabin, and fuel-efficient powertrains.
HIGHS: Future-forward styling, top models' near-luxury cabins, hybrid powertrains are worth the upcharge.
LOWS: Base four-cylinder is poky, push-button shifter takes getting used to, hybrid-SUV competitors deliver even better mpg.
VERDICT: The Tucson's broad lineup provides compact SUV buyers with an abundance of choices, including some that elevate it with surprisingly luxurious touches.
HIGHS: Responsive optional hybrid powertrain, forgiving ride, spacious cabin with plenty of tech.
LOWS: Poky base four-cylinder engine, boring driving dynamics, exterior styling isn't for everyone.
VERDICT: The new Sportage proves it has what it takes to compete with segment stalwarts and does so with flair.
HIGHS: Artful exterior design, refined handling, richer interior than similarly priced SUVs.
LOWS: Rear-seat legroom is tight, tows less than rivals, cargo space is merely average.
VERDICT: The CX-5 is true to Mazda's philosophy of building cars and SUVs with driver-friendly road manners and chic, upscale interiors.
HIGHS: Zesty turbo engine, high-class cabin, pleasing to drive.
LOWS: Just-average warranty coverage, wireless smartphone charging only offered on top trim, less headroom than in a CX-5.
VERDICT: The CX-50 brings refinement and driving joy to the compact SUV class in the way that only a Mazda can.
HIGHS: Lithe chassis, roomy inside for people and cargo, can be ordered with a third row.
LOWS: Could use a little more power, seats may feel too firm for some, interior design is a bit too businesslike.
VERDICT: The Tiguan is a stylish, European take on an American favorite, and its crisp handling is a breath of fresh air.
HIGHS: Classic BMW driver engagement, inline-six is potency incarnate, both engine choices are exceptionally fuel efficient.
LOWS: Auto stop/start feature is rough-edged, interior design could offer more glamour, puny side mirrors.
VERDICT: Yes, it's an SUV, but the X3 channels its 3-series sports sedan cousin to surprising effect.
HIGHS: Strong-performing engines, wears designer-chic sheetmetal, top-spec interiors are gorgeous.
LOWS: Limited rear-seat legroom, awkwardly placed infotainment control knob.
VERDICT: The GV70's high-end looks and posh cabin steal the spotlight from established players—and make the Genesis look like a steal.
HIGHS: Joyful driving demeanor, perky turbocharged engines, uniquely Porsche exterior design.
LOWS: Base interior accouterments are too basic, the rear seat isn't very spacious, doesn't haul as much cargo as some rivals.
VERDICT: The Macan is one of our favorite SUVs mainly because it adheres to Porsche's sporting ethos while providing extra space for passengers and gear.
HIGHS: Sleek Scandinavian styling, efficient four-cylinder engines, premium cabin ambiance.
LOWS: Disappointing infotainment interface, puny interior storage bins, the ride can be stiff on the largest available wheels.
VERDICT: Volvo's unique take on luxury is in full effect in the upscale and handsomely appointed XC60 SUV.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
HIGHS: Rewards spirited driving, looks and sounds the part, prolific powertrain.
LOWS: Spaciousness is not its forte, lackluster interior materials.
VERDICT: The Stelvio QF mates the Giulia QF sedan's nimbleness and power with all-wheel-drive traction and wagon-like practicality and begets an SUV that makes your heart pound.
Porsche Macan GTS
HIGHS: Endless fun on a twisty road, room for kids and cargo, powerful twin-turbo V-6.
LOWS: Tall riders won't care for the rear seat, lofty starting price, some rivals offer more cargo space.
VERDICT: Almost magically, Porsche makes the Macan GTS a credible family SUV with the soul of a sports car.
HIGHS: Thoroughly livable ride, vast configurability, multiple advantages over the Jeep Wrangler.
LOWS: Interior skews more farmhand than fancy, exhaust note doesn't live up to the excitement of driving one, epic wind noise on the highway.
VERDICT: The Ford Bronco can scratch almost anyone's itch for a cool-looking SUV with mega off-road capability without sacrificing good paved-road behavior in the process.
Ford Bronco Raptor
HIGHS: Rock-crawling, desert-flying capability, 4500-pound tow rating, the 418 bucking broncos under the hood.
LOWS: Fuel mileage is not its forte, ultra-wide stance fills up road lanes and parking spots, begs for the F-150 Raptor's hairier turbo V-6.
VERDICT: An off-road predator with surprising versatility.
HIGHS: Plenty of space for cargo and passengers, scrappy V-6, base model gets a lot of standard features.
LOWS: Unremarkable driving experience, conservative styling outside and in, lacks a full-on off-road model.
VERDICT: The Passport is a well-rounded family SUV with lots of standard safety tech and a spice-free personality.
HIGHS: Refined powertrain, actually capable Trailsport model, just as family-friendly as the last version.
LOWS: City fuel economy could be better, entry-level infotainment display is dinky, Honda's Odyssey minivan remains the more practical choice.
VERDICT: Improvements and a styling refresh make the Pilot a more rugged and more desirable option at the top of Honda's lineup.
HIGHS: Intuitive control layout, generous standard equipment, value-oriented pricing.
LOWS: Narrow door cubbies, exterior styling isn't for everyone, large mirrors create wind noise at highway speeds.
VERDICT: If you're in the market for a comfortable family SUV with a luxury bent, the 2023 Palisade should be on your short list.
Hyundai Santa Fe
HIGHS: Affordable pricing, lower trims offer desirable equipment, comfy ride.
LOWS: Base engine is a slouch, some rivals achieve better fuel economy, rear seating could offer more headroom.
VERDICT: The Hyundai Santa Fe is a good value boasting popular features as well as myriad powertrain options—just steer clear of the base engine.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
HIGHS: Modern design with a rugged vibe, plethora of models, luxury-car trimmings on high-end versions.
LOWS: All-wheel drive costs extra; top models are priced in luxury-brand territory; we'll miss you, Hemi V-8.
VERDICT: With legit off-roading chops and a refined on-road nature, the Grand Cherokee is equally at home on the trail, on the turnpike, or on its way to the kids' soccer game.
Jeep Grand Cherokee L
HIGHS: Top-spec interiors are downright luxurious, three rows of seats are standard, legitimate off-road ability.
LOWS: Higher pricing than competitors, V-6 engine is rough-edged, V-8's fuel economy isn't pretty.
VERDICT: If a big, family-friendly, off-road-capable SUV with luxe accommodations is on your wish list, you might want to put a bow on a Grand Cherokee L.
HIGHS: A smaller but more fuel-efficient Telluride with more powertrain options, spacious second-row, pleasant ride.
LOWS: Third row is for kids only, front-wheel-drive models are prone to torque steer, limited towing capacity.
VERDICT: The Sorento offers a lot for a little. It also features a comfortable and spacious interior, as well as a variety of powertrain options.
HIGHS: Stylish and comfortable family transport, long list of standard features, top models offer near-luxury experience.
LOWS: Sedate on-road demeanor, could be more fuel efficient, occasionally overzealous driver-assistance features.
VERDICT: Well-priced, nicely equipped, and unquestionably refined, the Telluride is the complete package.
HIGHS: Engaging road manners, nicely-trimmed cabin, stylish and upscale looks.
LOWS: Larger rivals offer more rear-seat space, snug cargo area with third-row in place, a few more horsepower wouldn't hurt.
VERDICT: It won't trick you into thinking it's a Miata, but the CX-9 embodies the spirit of Mazda's lovable sports car in a three-row family SUV.
HIGHS: Broad range of powerful powertrains, deluxe interior finishes, intuitive infotainment software.
LOWS: The optional third row is cramped, turbo V-8 is a pricey option, more luxe than sporty.
VERDICT: The X5 offers impressive performance and a whiff of driving fun to go along with its luxury look and premium feel.
HIGHS: Designer-chic luxury ambiance, well-integrated tech, refined road manners.
LOWS: Snug passenger space in optional third row, twin-turbo V-6 adds a lot of coin to the bottom line, no hybrid or plug-in hybrid option.
VERDICT: When passers-by ask if the GV80 SUV is a Bentley, you know you're driving something special.
HIGHS: Strong powertrains, sports-sedan driving traits, impressive 7700 pounds of max trailering.
LOWS: Easily optioned into six-figure territory, rides too stiffly on the largest tires, optional PSCB brakes are touchy.
VERDICT: If you consider an SUV a necessary evil, know that the fun-to-drive Cayenne is a bona fide superhero that's ready to save the day.
HIGHS: Super-Swede styling, a masterpiece of an interior, XC90 Recharge is a quick accelerator.
LOWS: No-adult third row, expensive second-row captain's-chair option, at these prices pure electric SUVs start to look competitive.
VERDICT: While every Volvo XC90 delivers on the luxurious end of the business, only its plug-in powertrain will wow SUV shoppers who have a need for speed.
HIGHS: Colossal cargo space, compelling 420-hp V-8 and turbodiesel engines, room enough for a town hall meeting.
LOWS: Interior finishes don't match luxury price at higher trim levels, thirsty V-8s, options quickly hike price.
VERDICT: Confident road manners, acres of space inside, and solid tow capability add up to a likable giant, but all that capability comes at a painful cost at the pump.
HIGHS: Adult-sized third row, quiet interior, feels agile for its size.
LOWS: Exterior styling isn't for everyone, a few oddly placed cabin controls, high-end models can cost as much as luxury SUVs.
VERDICT: The Tahoe delivers exactly what buyers want in an XXL SUV: a generously sized cabin, an impressive suite of features, and a broad range of trims to suit a variety of budgets.
GMC Yukon / Yukon XL
HIGHS: Plenty of space throughout the three rows of seats, several good engine choices, comfortable ride.
LOWS: More expensive than Chevrolet analogue, most models guzzle gas, might not fit in your garage.
VERDICT: Outside of a minivan, there are few vehicles on the road today that offer as much space for passengers and cargo as a Yukon.
HIGHS: Quiet as a library inside, ride is velvety smooth, desirable powertrain options.
LOWS: Third row isn't very roomy, power-folding rear seats are slow, mediocre cargo space.
VERDICT: The X7 is the biggest BMW, but it's still satisfying to drive and serene to ride in.
Cadillac Escalade / Escalade ESV
HIGHS: Luxe interior, high-tech features abound, the debut of the hot-rod V-series variant.
LOWS: Outrageously priced high-end models, gas-guzzling V-8 powertrains, similarly priced rivals offer more badge envy.
VERDICT: The Escalade is the modern American luxury vehicle writ huge.
Land Rover Range Rover
HIGHS: Elegant exterior styling, sumptuously outfitted cabin, range of powerful and polished powertrains.
LOWS: Six-figure starting price, plug-in hybrid only offered on base trim, snug third-row headroom.
VERDICT: Suave, sophisticated, and sybaritic, the 2023 Range Rover is everything a flagship luxury SUV should be.
HIGHS: Thoughtfully designed interior, quick with the optional turbo 2.0-liter, more handy than you might think.
LOWS: Ride jostles, Hyundai Santa Cruz tows more, entry-level XL trim is beyond basic.
VERDICT: The Maverick is a spunky compact pickup truck with unexpected capability.
Hyundai Santa Cruz
HIGHS: Carlike handling and cushy ride, nicer interior than most small pickups, lockable cargo-box cover and in-bed trunk.
LOWS: Sluggish standard engine, too few control knobs and buttons on priciest models, most mid-size rivals offer more truck capability.
VERDICT: The Santa Cruz provides pickup-truck traits in a snazzier, comfier package—just don't expect mega off-road capability.
HIGHS: Comfortable ride, spacious cabin, weatherproof below-the-bed cargo box.
LOWS: Rivals wilder off-road versions, V-6 is sole engine, smallish bed.
VERDICT: Honda has made the Ridgeline a stellar performer for everyday on-road use at the sacrifice of some traditional rough-and-tough pickup capability.
HIGHS: Nicely tailored cabin, wide range of available trims, optional hybrid model offers better fuel economy.
LOWS: Flinty ride quality over imperfect pavement, most desirable equipment limited to top models, nonhybrid powertrains guzzle gas.
VERDICT: From the work-spec XL to the posh Limited trim, there's an F-150 for every style and budget.
Ford F-150 Raptor
HIGHS: Gnarly performance, unbeatable off-road capability, why can't every pickup ride this smoothly?
LOWS: Lousy V-6 exhaust note, expensive gas bill, there's a limit to how big a truck can be—and this is it.
VERDICT: The F-150 Raptor is one seriously intense truck, but it's surprisingly amenable to everyday use as long as you don't expect it to fit into normal-size parking spots.
HIGHS: Lavish interior, handles and rides well, handsome styling.
LOWS: Can get needlessly expensive, rivals can tow more, no regular-cab option.
VERDICT: The Ram 1500 impresses as a half-ton pickup not based on sheer capability alone, but also by how comfortable and impressive it is off the job site.
Ram 1500 TRX
HIGHS: The quickest gas-powered pickup sold today, an unsinkable off-roader, Bud Light on the outside and Champagne Krug on the inside.
LOWS: Refuels from a trough, larger than most parking spaces, why no rear-drive mode?
VERDICT: The 702-hp TRX is a gift from both the horsepower and off-road gods.
HIGHS: Big-time towing capacity, high-end models offer posh digs, Power Wagon and Rebel models offer off-road capability.
LOWS: Diesel powertrain uses an ancient six-speed auto, highest-output diesel not offered on all models, sometimes a big truck is too much truck.
VERDICT: The Ram 2500 and 3500 are effective tools with pleasant interiors that their hard-working drivers are sure to appreciate.
HIGHS: Outpaces rivals with more than twice the towing capacity, a higher payload, and one extra seat.
LOWS: More expensive than rivals, thirstier than its peers, less warranty coverage than competitors.
VERDICT: The Metris is the class leader of a vanishing class.
HIGHS: Stows 'n Goes hard, available AWD and PHEV options, the only relevant Chrysler.
LOWS: PHEV is FWD-only, AWD sinks fuel economy, PHEV's uppermost trim is eye-wateringly expensive.
VERDICT: The 2023 Chrysler Pacifica's interior versatility, as well as its variety of powertrain and drivetrain options, helps this minivan stand out in this fiercely competitive segment.
HIGHS: Reconfigurable seating, desirable driver-assists are standard, quick acceleration among minivans.
LOWS: Heavy second-row seats are a pain to remove, stiff ride on optional large-diameter wheels, dated infotainment system.
VERDICT: With a flexible interior, a generous roster of standard features, and surprisingly eager performance and handling, the Odyssey is well-rounded and compellingly competent.
HIGHS: Smooth-running V-6 engine, supple ride, attractive inside and out.
LOWS: Front-wheel drive only, not as much room for cargo as other vans, optional second-row reclining chairs can't be removed.
VERDICT: The Carnival hauls like a van, looks like an SUV, and rides like a luxury car, and this blend of traits make it an excellent choice.
HIGHS: Handy driver-assistance features, quieter inside than rivals, helpful fleet-management apps for businesses.
LOWS: GM's archaic commercial vans are cheaper, warranty coverage is basic, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter offers a higher max payload capacity.
VERDICT: The Transit combines value, features, and versatility in a van that's ready to be put to work—or set up as a camper for overlanding adventures.
Ford Mustang Mach E
HIGHS: Tesla-rivaling acceleration, stylish on the inside and out, competitive range.
LOWS: A Mustang coupe is more exciting on a twisty road, the muscliest model is priced way higher than desirable lower-end Mach-Es, some models have a stiff ride.
VERDICT: The Mustang Mach-E excels at being an electric SUV, but it isn't as exciting as America's first pony car.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
HIGHS: Undeniably distinctive design, rapid fast-charging capability, entertaining to drive and rides really well.
LOWS: Not a lot of space in the frunk, surprisingly wide turning circle, no wireless Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
VERDICT: With look-at-me styling, quick charging, and fun driving traits, the Ioniq 5 excites us for Hyundai's electric future.
HIGHS: Cool exterior design, zippy on-road personality, spacious and nicely styled cabin.
LOWS: Limited front-trunk space, infotainment system is more retro than futuristic.
VERDICT: Affordable, lively, and easy to live with, the EV6 electric SUV does most everything right.
HIGHS: Practical and cargo-friendly cabin, decent driving range with the larger battery pack, quiet when cruising.
LOWS: Infotainment system isn't as intuitive as we'd like, unexciting driving dynamics, base model doesn't offer as much range as more expensive trims.
VERDICT: The ID.4 is an electric car for the people, but it provides drivers little to get enthused about.
HIGHS: Gut-punch EV power, cossetting ride quality, futuristic and fashionable interior.
LOWS: Styling won't appeal to everyone, rear-seat riders sit low, high-performance M60 model is downright expensive.
VERDICT: If the iX is the harbinger of BMW's electric future, tomorrow is looking bright.
HIGHS: Quiet cabin, competitive driving range, elaborate interior design.
LOWS: Not as quick as rival EVs, infotainment menus are confusing, ride can be harsh over potholes.
VERDICT: Cadillac's first stab at an electric SUV forgoes performance in favor of luxury and comfort.
HIGHS: Off-beat design, athletic driving demeanor, punchy electric powertrain.
LOWS: Some rivals offer more range, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto don't work wirelessly, Hyundai and Kia models offer similar performance for less money.
VERDICT: Genesis's first stab at a luxury EV SUV has pierced right through to the heart of that growing market.
Ford F-150 Lightning
HIGHS: Electric motors pack a wallop, practical cabin and frunk storage area, looks just like your neighbor's gas F-150.
LOWS: Longer-range battery is an expensive upgrade, lousy range when towing, this year's gigantic price hikes.
VERDICT: The F-150 Lightning is for buyers who want a full-size EV pickup truck that looks just like its gas-powered stablemates—and who don't need to tow heavy trailers long distances.
HIGHS: An EV pickup that can go anywhere, explosively quick Quad-Motor model, multiple clever design features.
LOWS: Costly starting price, no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, off-road tires sap on-road range.
VERDICT: The R1T is the electric pickup truck of the moment, and its engineering is as impressive as its performance.
Coupes, Convertibles, Hatchbacks, Sedans, and Wagons
HIGHS: Confident driving manners, standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, among the most affordable new cars.
LOWS: Too small to seat rear passengers comfortably, lacks performance, not much cargo capacity.
VERDICT: Packed with popular standard tech features and parsimonious with your gas money, the Rio is a good car at a great price.
HIGHS: Impressive highway fuel economy, comfortable ride, sub-$20K price.
LOWS: Lackadaisical acceleration, smaller back seat than competitors, base model's spartan cabin.
VERDICT: The updated Versa remains a cheap, well-appointed subcompact sedan packing a surprising number of driver-assistance features.
HIGHS: Exterior styling with some flair, spacious interior, budget-friendly pricing.
LOWS: Could stand a few more horsepower, why no stick on the sedan?
VERDICT: The current-production Civic carries on the tradition of fuel efficiency and joyful road manners and elevates it with handsome exterior and interior design.
HIGHS: Top models feel premium inside, handsome interior design, nimble handling.
LOWS: Hatchback model suffers poor rear visibility, punchy turbo engine is an expensive add-on, six-speed manual not offered with all-wheel drive.
VERDICT: Mazda's compact sedan and hatchback look sharp, feel upscale, and are lovely to drive, traits that make the 3 special in the world of small cars.
HIGHS: Hot new styling, beefed-up performance, same great fuel efficiency.
LOWS: New lower roofline results in slightly less headroom, rearward visibility, cargo room.
VERDICT: The Prius has finally become the best version of itself, with a sexy shape that finally matches its sexy fuel economy.
Honda Civic Type R
HIGHS: Has more grip than most people have nerves, hits 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, a hot hatch that's easy to live with.
LOWS: Big performance lasts only as long as its tiny fuel tank, excessive road noise, interior only comes in two-tone red and black.
VERDICT: To car enthusiasts it's swoon-worthy, but the motoring masses will also appreciate the Civic Type R's charms and built-in practicality.
Honda Civic Si
HIGHS: Crisp-shifting manual, impressive front-drive grip, a more-affordable GTI alternative with more standard equipment.
LOWS: 50 horses short of greatness, lacks heated seats or adaptive dampers, entertaining exhaust sound is MIA.
VERDICT: The Civic Si is a scrappy compact sports sedan that most people can afford—but it's begging for a bump in horsepower.
Hyundai Elantra N
HIGHS: Strong performance, rowdy exhaust note, tenacious grip.
LOWS: Polarizing nose design, interior reveals its econo-car roots, sunroof exclusive to automatic-equipped cars.
VERDICT: What's not to love about the boisterous Hyundai Elantra N's impressive athleticism, snorting exhaust, four-door convenience, and affordable price?
Toyota GR Corolla
HIGHS: Fiery turbo three, customizable all-wheel-drive system, tenacious cornering grip.
LOWS: Closer pedal placement would be nice, must keep the revs up to unlock max power, only built in limited quantities.
VERDICT: With 300 horsepower on tap and several performance-enhancing features all dialed up to eleven, this Corolla is anything but boring.
Volkswagen Golf GTI
HIGHS: Impressively balanced handling, satisfyingly speedy, hatchback versatility.
LOWS: Disappointing interior materials, convoluted infotainment interface, summer tires exclusive to top-spec Autobahn trim.
VERDICT: The supreme driving delights of a Golf GTI come wrapped in a compact package of practicality and value.
Volkswagen Golf R
HIGHS: Recommended daily dose of horsepower and torque, exquisite handling behavior, any excuse to drive one is the right one.
LOWS: Starting price puts it close to hotter competition, the wrong direction in infotainment design, a larger rear bias for Drift mode wouldn't hurt.
VERDICT: The Golf R takes everything we love about the GTI and adds more horsepower with all-wheel drive but at the expense of what made the Golf so tempting: affordability.
Volkswagen Jetta GLI
HIGHS: An engine with a kick, confident handling, civilized ride.
LOWS: All-season tires, the manual shifter has too long a throw, seats could use more lateral support.
VERDICT: The Jetta GLI would be a better GTI alternative with the right tires, but its span of nice-to-have standard features is impressive.
HIGHS: Spry driving demeanor, fuel-efficient powertrain, high-tech interior.
LOWS: Not as quick or as much fun to drive as the S3, toggle shifter takes some getting used to.
VERDICT: The A3 has everything we like about modern Audis, shrunk down to size small.
HIGHS: Sharp handling, punchy turbo four, Audi styling in size small.
LOWS: Toggle-switch shifter isn't intuitive, we'd like a bit more tactility from the steering, takes a second for the turbo to spool up.
VERDICT: The S3 outperforms the standard-issue A3 but stops short of the high-performance territory occupied by the mighty RS3.
HIGHS: Sweet, fast and fun; good braking; the twin-kidney grille is the right size here.
LOWS: As pretty as a pug, no manual transmission, tight rear seat.
VERDICT: The 2-series coupe is thrilling even in base guise, but its exterior styling looks low resolution.
HIGHS: Attractive new styling, more ways to spec the hybrid powertrain, spacious cabin.
LOWS: Punchy turbo 2.0-liter no longer offered, we miss the stick shift, all-wheel drive is not an option.
VERDICT: This excellent new 2023 Accord is merely an evolution of the last one, but why fix what's not broken?
HIGHS: Value city, can't be confused for a Chevy Malibu, impressive fuel economy even from 290-hp N Line version.
LOWS: Somewhat tall driving position, N model's too-firm ride and lack of sticky standard summer tires.
VERDICT: More than just a striking design, the Sonata delivers plenty of package for the money.
HIGHS: Fastback appearance, notable content for the price, top-tier GT trim packs a stout 290 horsepower.
LOWS: Driver's seat is awkwardly positioned, GT suffers excessive wheelspin, GT needs a summer-tire option.
VERDICT: Every Kia K5 looks sharp and provides value the whole family can appreciate—and the GT trim is a certified hot rod.
Audi A5 Sportback
HIGHS: Attractively luxurious and vice-versa, premium driving experience, hatchback bolsters practicality.
LOWS: Rear seating is short on headroom, interior design lacks character, mediocre braking.
VERDICT: Enthusiasts will enjoy how effortless it is to drive the A5 Sportback quickly, but those requiring more rear-seat space should consider the mechanically similar A4 sedan.
HIGHS: A trio of powerful, refined powertrains, balanced ride and handling, spacious cabin.
LOWS: Steering feel is lacking, some optional features are standard on rivals, we yearn for a six-speed manual gearbox.
VERDICT: The 3-series is a chameleon with multiple personalities, able to dance down a curvy road gracefully, tip-toe through town, or blaze down an Interstate as if it were an autobahn.
BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe
HIGHS: Balanced ride and handling, plenty of standard features, sweet engines range from frisky to ferocious.
LOWS: Could use a bit more interior flair, snug rear-seat headroom, distant steering feel.
VERDICT: The 4-series Gran Coupe is a 3-series sedan in designer duds.
HIGHS: Beautifully finished cabin, sporty handling and performance, even the 365-hp version represents a great value.
LOWS: Tight back seat, base four-cylinder feels lazy, having to explain what a Genesis is.
VERDICT: The G70's affordable pricing doesn't sacrifice how much fun it is to drive or compromise its spiffiness inside or out.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
HIGHS: High-fashion wardrobe, spectacular back-road dancer, steamy twin-turbo V-6.
LOWS: Automatic transmission is the only choice, cabin lacks rich material quality, brand's not known for reliability.
VERDICT: The Giulia Quadrifoglio has obvious flaws, but its blistering performance, adroit handling, and drop-dead-gorgeous styling keep it near the top of our sports-sedan wish list.
HIGHS: Silky-smooth straight-six horsepower, available six-speed manual, base model is a surprisingly comfy commuter.
LOWS: Overwhelming number of drive-mode settings, no manual-transmission option for Competition model, a little too much kidney grille.
VERDICT: The M3 is a thrilling, top-tier driver's car that's roomy, handsomely appointed, and track-attack ready.
HIGHS: Blazing acceleration, daily-commutable, long-live the manual transmission.
LOWS: We want more steering feedback, dizzyingly complicated drive-mode settings, digital tach is hard to read at-a-glance.
VERDICT: The M4 is a soul-satisfying high-power thrill ride no matter how it's ordered, but it's still a few details short of the perfect M car.
Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
HIGHS: Wired-to-your-brain steering, near-faultless chassis, comfortable enough for everyday use.
LOWS: Slower than the BMW M3, interior is still very General Motors, it won't be around much longer.
VERDICT: The CT4-V Blackwing delivers track-worthy driving manners without sacrificing the comfort required for daily commutes to work.
HIGHS: Burbling V-8 exhaust note, bonkers acceleration, sharp handling.
LOWS: Uncomfortable ride over the lumps and bumps, best driver-assistance tech costs extra, unimpressive basic warranty.
VERDICT: The C63 is one of the best V-8–powered sports coupes in the world but, sadly, taking its final victory lap.
HIGHS: Through-the-worm-hole acceleration, eye-catching design inside and out, rear-wheel steering helps it hustle.
LOWS: More luxury than hardcore, no hoon-happy drift mode, weighs almost 5000 pounds.
VERDICT: The Audi RS7 has the looks of a comic-book villain with the performance and polish of a high-horsepower superhero.
HIGHS: Rocket-ship propulsion, rear-drive mode adds spirit luxurious and comfy cabin.
LOWS: Performance is felt more than heard, styling is too stealthy, the steering lacks the feel and feedback that M cars once featured.
VERDICT: The M5's mind-boggling power, artillery-grade acceleration, glued-to-the-road handling, and posh accommodations make it one of the most formidable luxury sports sedans sold today.
Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing
HIGHS: Fiery V-8 power, razor-sharp handling, Comfort mode dials down the ride stiffness to near-luxury-car levels.
LOWS: Manual transmission locks you out of driver-assistance features, some rivals offer more flash, a few cheap plastic bits inside.
VERDICT: Although it has a few minor flaws, the CT5-V Blackwing remains our favorite V-8–powered sports sedan thanks to its balanced handling and explosive acceleration.
Mercedes-AMG E63 S
HIGHS: Pinnacle luxury, snarling boosted V8 acceleration, dynamite driving dynamics.
LOWS: You've got to pay to play, they aren't making any more of these after 2023.
VERDICT: The AMG E63 S is a dual-nature machine, offering both ballistic performance and luxury accommodations.
HIGHS: Effortless power from the optional turbocharged V-6, tech-heavy features list, nicely trimmed interior.
LOWS: Driver involvement sacrificed for comfort, bland styling, bin and cubby space is limited.
VERDICT: Neither breathtaking to drive nor to look at, the A6 nonetheless delivers on its promise of luxury—and offers a high-tech user experience as a bonus.
HIGHS: Hushed cabin, low-end thrust, spacious cargo room with hatchback practicality.
LOWS: V-6's low-key personality, distracting dual touchscreens, what's with the fake exhaust tips?
VERDICT: The A7 is a great-looking, solid-driving, comfy sedan with plenty of luxury and tech.
HIGHS: Elegant bodywork, high-end interior trimmings, value-oriented pricing.
LOWS: Enough grille for two cars, can you live without the brand recognition of a Benz or Bimmer?
VERDICT: It's not as athletic as some rivals, but the G80 offers sumptuous luxury at a far more affordable price.
HIGHS: Robust engine, upscale interior trimmings, as sporty as it is luxurious.
LOWS: Larger optional wheels worsen ride quality, awkward steering-wheel controls respond inconsistently, no complimentary maintenance.
VERDICT: Fun to drive and easy to love, the sporty and luxurious 2023 Mercedes-AMG E53 family is all about balanced goodness.
HIGHS: Glass-smooth V-6, lavish interior, supple suspension.
LOWS: Base four-cylinder underwhelms, fussy infotainment touchpad, leather's not standard at these prices?
VERDICT: The Mercedes-Benz E-class prioritizes soul-soothing tranquility over heart-pounding thrills, which is just as it should be.
HIGHS: Heavenly ride quality, hushed cabin, generous standard luxury features.
LOWS: Fuel-economy ratings are lower than other V-6 rivals, handling could be more entertaining, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren't wireless.
VERDICT: The redesigned G90 has stepped up its luxury game while still managing to undercut key rivals on price.
HIGHS: The pinnacle of modern automotive luxury, a wealth of horsepower from both powertrains, lavish mechanicals such as active air suspension and rear-wheel steering.
LOWS: Semi-autonomous driving tech is no match for a chauffeur, a subtle design across a 17-foot canvas, 5000 pounds of car.
VERDICT: It may be lonely at the top for the S500 and more powerful S580 sedans, but you won't feel anything but well-looked-after when you travel in an S-class cruise ship.
HIGHS: More ground clearance than a regular wagon, plenty of space for cargo, nicely equipped with standard tech features.
LOWS: Poky with base four-cylinder, boring to drive, engine drones during acceleration thanks to CVT.
VERDICT: Its rugged looks make it attractive to those with outdoorsy lifestyles, but the Outback's practicality and ride comfort make it a good choice for families too.
Audi A6 Allroad
HIGHS: Massive cargo area behind rear seats, posh styling, more off-road capability than the smaller A4 Allroad.
LOWS: Touchscreen dashboard isn't always intuitive, automatic transmission sometimes stumbles, starting price is on the high side.
VERDICT: The A6 Allroad is the perfect luxury car for those who need utility but want to avoid an SUV.
Audi RS6 Avant
HIGHS: Brawny styling, stomach-compressing twin-turbo V-8 performance, station-wagon practicality.
LOWS: Not cheap, guzzles gas, the upmarket charge for any color besides gray.
VERDICT: The RS6 Avant does it all, combining supercar performance with station wagon usability.
Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon
HIGHS: Gut-punch performance, asphalt-ripping handling, it's a wagon with a Drift mode.
LOWS: One of the last purebred firebreathers, no complimentary maintenance.
VERDICT: This is likely the last AMG wagon ever to run on petrol alone–and its big, bad, burly twin-turbo V-8 thunder will be dearly missed.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain
HIGHS: Deluxe interior environs, cavernous cargo bay, high-tech features abound.
LOWS: Ride quality isn't as refined as expected, rugged styling hampers overall elegance, interior storage cubbies are too small.
VERDICT: All the practicality and driving verve of a car with a thin veneer of SUV styling.
Volvo V60 / V60 Cross Country
HIGHS: Attractive exterior design, upscale interior digs, Polestar Engineered model combines speed with hybrid efficiency.
LOWS: New infotainment system isn't as user-friendly as the old, Polestar model rides stiffly.
VERDICT: For SUV avoiders, the V60 and V60 Cross Country wagons offer similar space and flexibility with more driving verve.
Volvo V90 Cross Country
HIGHS: Tasteful exterior styling, high-end interior appointments, more cargo friendly than a sedan.
LOWS: Pseudo-SUV ride height gives it a truckish feel, infotainment icons are too small, not as quick as rival station wagons.
VERDICT: If you're ok with its not-quite-an-SUV status, the V90 Cross Country offers a premium, cargo-friendly package with polished curb appeal.
HIGHS: M50 is quicker than an M3 with a better ride-handling balance, practical hatchback body style.
LOWS: Somber steering, eDrive35 and M50 models lack range, can we tone down the artificial soundtrack, please?
VERDICT: Inside the i4's traditional BMW body lives an impressive EV powertrain and one of the brand's better chassis, which gives us hope that the all-electric future will be exciting.
HIGHS: World's longest electric driving range, spacious and modern cabin, blistering acceleration.
LOWS: Tire noise permeates cabin, fussy infotainment interface, interior materials aren't up to the high asking price.
VERDICT: Swift, stylish, and state-of-the-art, the Air is a formidable electric luxury sedan, a vehicle made all the more impressive because it's Lucid's first-ever product.
HIGHS: Endless acceleration, drives like a Porsche, quick recharging capability.
LOWS: Doesn't offer the most range, can be difficult to get in and out of, fast-charger port only on one side.
VERDICT: The Taycan takes everything to love about driving Porsches and puts it into an incredibly stylish electric sedan.
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo
HIGHS: Thrilling acceleration; more rear passenger space than Taycan sedan; wagon lovers, here's your EV.
LOWS: Middling EPA range numbers, more expensive than the already-expensive Taycan sedan.
VERDICT: It's hard to say no to a wagonized version of one of our favorite hot-rod EVs—an electric sports car disguised as a wagon.
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
HIGHS: Horsepower that's always hot and ready, big racetrack energy, incredible performance value.
LOWS: Lack of outward visibility, plastic interior is less than fantastic, beefed-up 1LE suspension is too hardcore—even for us.
VERDICT: Preparing for a track day with the Camaro ZL1 is as easy as filling its gas tank and booting the right pedal.
HIGHS: An entire lineup of fun, better visibility than Camaro, expansive suite of available performance packages.
LOWS: Hard plastic interior isn't up to the asking price, Mach 1 costs almost as much as a Corvette.
VERDICT: Like cake, there are many ways to bake a perfect Ford Mustang, but ordering one without the V-8 is like forgetting the flour.
Mazda MX-5 Miata
HIGHS: A chassis that loves to zig, telepathic steering, two great open-top designs.
LOWS: Taller drivers will be scrunched, noisy cabin on the highway, who hid the glove box?
VERDICT: The MX-5 Miata offers an old-school sports-car driving experience that'll have you joyfully rowing gears and happy that sunblock was invented.
HIGHS: Small and light, peppy and responsive flat-four engine, an absolute hoot to drive.
LOWS: Interior needs a designer's touch, significant road noise, faux rear legroom.
VERDICT: Built by enthusiasts for enthusiasts at a budget price point—a tempting combo for folks who appreciate a fun drive but don't have Corvette money.
HIGHS: How steering should feel, big fun on serpentine roads, affordable sports-car entertainment.
LOWS: Road and wind noise pummel the ears, engine sounds like it's got a stomachache, you call that a rear seat?
VERDICT: Long live the manual transmission, especially when it's packaged within something as fun as the Toyota GR86.
HIGHS: Exotic sports-car performance, easy to live with on a daily basis, high-end trim offers a premium experience.
LOWS: No manual transmission offered, lacks high-tech driver-assists, not everyone loves the squared-off steering wheel.
VERDICT: Chevrolet's supercar-killer puts exotic-level performance within reach for the average Joe and Joanne.
Porsche 718 Boxster
HIGHS: Grips like hell, handles like heaven, steers like the Almighty designed the steering rack.
LOWS: Four-cylinders' gravelly soundtrack, stingy with cargo space, base interior's dreary materials.
VERDICT: The 718 Boxster is a thoroughbred sports car that can both savage serpentine roads and comfortably devour Interstates while making you feel like a hero driver every mile of the way. That's why it's one of our favorite cars of all time.
Porsche 718 Cayman
HIGHS: Endless thrills behind the wheel, both the manual and the automatic are great, broad range of models and performance levels.
LOWS: Could use more interior storage cubbies, the base engine lacks the dulcet tones of the optional flat-six, options carry brow-raising prices.
VERDICT: There are few cars on the road today that can satisfy drivers quite like the Porsche 718 Cayman.
Toyota GR Supra
HIGHS: Well-put-together cabin, spunky driving dynamics, mega turbocharged inline-six.
LOWS: Hard to see out of, lots of borrowed BMW interior bits, just try to get in and out of it gracefully.
VERDICT: The GR Supra pleases and surprises with equally large doses of performance, refinement, and attitude that combine to make it one great sports car.
Chevrolet Corvette Z06
HIGHS: Howling flat-plane crankshaft V-8, razor-sharp handling, comfortable enough to drive daily.
LOWS: Stiff ride in most aggressive driving mode, guzzles gasoline like a truck, perhaps not as flashy as a European exotic.
VERDICT: With fiery performance and a relatively accessible price tag, the new Corvette Z06 makes an incendiary entrance into the elite league of supercars.
HIGHS: Snappy hybrid powertrain, sharp on the track but comfortable on the road, provides some electric-only driving range.
LOWS: Lacks auditory drama of other sports cars, styling might be too restrained for some, limited top speed in EV mode.
VERDICT: McLaren's latest hybrid blends sports-car performance with daily drivability and decent fuel economy.
HIGHS: A performance car for all seasons, the benchmark for steering feel, powerful turbocharged flat-six engines.
LOWS: Limited interior cubby storage, automatic shifter takes getting used to, pricing that starts at high and goes up from there.
VERDICT: The 911 is thrilling to drive, easy to live with, and well worth aspiring to—and Porsche knows exactly what that's worth.
Porsche 911 GT3 / GT3 RS
HIGHS: Spectacular handling, telepathic steering, a flat-six sent from heaven.
LOWS: Prices that run from expensive to if-we-ever-hit-the-lottery.
VERDICT: The 911 GT3 models are Porsche's gift to car enthusiasts, special and rare automobiles that make driving—slowly or quickly, on the road or on the racetrack—a soul-stirring experience.
Porsche 911 Turbo / Turbo S
HIGHS: Closer than most to the speed of light, rocket-like launch control, endless lateral grip.
LOWS: Deep pockets required, begging for a manual transmission, sometimes rides too stiff.
VERDICT: Having the income to withstand a 911 Turbo into your budget is one thing, but having the discipline to keep your driver's license after buying one is another.