Standard or hybrid, SUV or truck — whatever you drive, this list of top-rated cars is something to consider before your next vehicle purchase.
The winners of the Edmunds Top Rated Awards 2024 have been announced. Edmunds, a vehicle research and review group, grants these awards annually to recognize the best new vehicles on the market, regardless of when they were released to consumers.
This year was full of newcomers. Edmunds says the award winners “reflect the depth and breadth of the new car market.”
Winners come in a variety of styles and fuel types, and four models made Edmunds’ Top Rated list for the first time this year — including the car that took home the honor of Best of the Best. Let’s see which vehicles made the list.
Award this model earned from Edmunds: Top Rated Car 2024
The Prius is a hybrid vehicle, running on both gas and electricity. It has a back camera, notifies drivers when another car is nearby and has a Safe Exit Assist feature that alerts users if there’s traffic nearby when opening the door.
Award this model earned from Edmunds: Top Rated Electric Car 2024
The BMW i5 has an 81.2 kWh battery capacity and an approximate range of 240 to 295 miles. It also has highway assist, allowing drivers to travel hands-free at up to 85 mph on the highway.
Kia Sportage Hybrid
Award this model earned from Edmunds: Top Rated SUV 2024
The Kia Sportage Hybrid comes with up to 39.5 cubic feet of rear cargo space and an extra 73.7 cubic feet of cargo space when the second-row seats are folded flat. The second row also provides 41.3 inches of legroom for passengers.
Award this model earned from Edmunds: Top Rated Electric SUV 2024
The Kia EV9 can sit up to seven adults and tow up to 5,000 pounds. It can get you on the road quickly, charging from 10% to 80% in about 24 minutes. A full charge can keep you on the road for between 230 and 304 miles, depending on the specific model.
Award this model earned from Edmunds: Top Rated Truck 2024
The Chevrolet Colorado has a maximum towing capacity of 7,700 pounds. It has up to 17 tie-downs, 13 of which are moveable. The Colorado also boasts 10 available camera views.
Ford F-150 Lightning
Award this model earned from Edmunds: Top Rated Electric Truck 2024
The Ford F-150 Lightning’s range is between 240 and 320 miles, depending on the battery buyers select. It has 580 horsepower, making it the fastest-accelerating F-150 model. The Ford F-150 Lightning also provides a Wi-Fi hotspot and various towing-assist features.
Award this model earned from Edmunds: Top Rated Best of the Best 2024
In addition to winning the honor of Top Rated Electric SUV, the Kia EV9 also took home Edmunds’ Top Rated Best of the Best honor. The latter award recognizes “the standout vehicle among Edmunds Top Rated winners,” the group says.
As noted earlier, the Kia EV9 offers lots of seating, substantial towing capabilities, and quick charging.
“Few vehicles have ever impressed our test team more than the Kia EV9,” Edmunds explains.
The group says the EV9 stands out because of its sprawling space, amenities, style and the feat of putting a three-row electric SUV on the market at a “more accessible price.”