The 9 Cars Rated ‘Best in Class’ for 2022

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Looking for a new vehicle? The Rivian R1T is your best choice, according to the car experts at Edmunds, a company specializing in automotive research and reviews.

The vehicle earned the first-ever Edmunds Editors’ Choice award, a new honor made part of the Edmunds Top Rated Awards 2022. In a press release, Edmunds says of the Rivian R1T:

“The first all-electric pickup truck to market, it offers an impressive combination of on- and off-road performance, cutting-edge technology and thoughtful utility.”

This year’s winners were chosen after an extensive testing and ranking process that included more than 300 vehicles. The highest-ranking vehicles earned the best overall test ratings based on:

  • Performance
  • Comfort
  • Technology
  • Fuel economy
  • Value

The nine vehicles recognized as the best of their type for 2022 are:

  • Sedan: Honda Civic
  • Luxury sedan: Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • SUV: Kia Telluride
  • Luxury SUV: Genesis GV70
  • Electric vehicle: Tesla Model 3
  • Luxury electric vehicle: Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo
  • Truck: Ford F-150
  • Sports car: Subaru BRZ
  • Editors’ choice: Rivian R1T

Edmunds notes that the Tesla Model 3 and Kia Telluride earned their top honors for the third straight year. Meanwhile, it was the second consecutive year that the Ford F-150 won its category.

Getting the best deal on a car

Of course, our advice to anyone shopping for a brand-new car has been consistent: Rethink your plans.

You will almost always do better buying a slightly used, new-to-you vehicle instead of a shiny new model. As we note in “You Should Never Buy These 12 Things New“:

“The value of a new car drops like a rock as soon as you drive it off the lot. Rather than finding yourself upside-down on your car loan five minutes after signing the paperwork, look for a quality used car that has already taken the huge depreciation hit.”

For tips on finding the right used car, check out “5 Steps You Must Take Before Buying a Used Car.”

If you just cannot imagine life without that new-car smell, at least check out Edmunds’ “Best Car Deals and Incentives” tool. It makes it easier to find out whether dealers in your area are offering any incentives or rebates for the particular vehicle you are considering buying new.

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