The final editor’s picks series for 2022 includes picks from three different sections. We recently got our first shot of the 2023 Genesis G90, and it immediately found a warm place in our hearts. Plus, some favorites from past years make an appearance. Keep an eye out for more ratings in the new year as plenty of fresh metal hits the market. 2022 is likely to see a slew of all-new electric cars and sports cars hit the road, but there are many more exciting new vehicles to come.
If you missed our previous Editor’s Picks post, here’s a quick recap of what happened. We rate all new cars we drive on a scale of 1-10. Cars that are exemplary in their respective segments receive an Editors’ Choice designation. These are the ones we recommend to our friends, family, and anyone who is curious and asks questions. The list you’ll find below includes all of the Editors’ Choice cars we reviewed in December.
2023 Genesis G90
Quick shot: The Genesis G90 is now a full-size sedan without any major compromises compared to the competition. It rides beautifully, has a technologically advanced but still usable interior, and even a powerful and refined powertrain.
Its competitors: Lexus LS 500, BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8
advantage: Gorgeous design, efficient and powerful powertrain, ultra-luxury interior, excellent value for money
shortcoming: Can’t handle as well as competitors
From the editor:
Road Test Editor Zac Palmer — “The Genesis G90 is all-new for 2023, and what an amazing luxury sedan it is. The mild-hybrid twin-turbo V6 powertrain is smooth and powerful, and it accelerates with ease. Its air suspension Racks and electronically controlled dampers float you over rough pavement without cabin distraction. Automatic doors, massaging seats, and rear-wheel steering offer every luxury you could possibly want. With the class-leading The shockingly low price compared to German luxury cars makes it all the more impressive.”
In-depth analysis: 2023 Genesis G90 First Drive Review: No more compromises
Quick shot: The Mazda3 is a great driving experience, with an interior that rivals entry-level luxury cars. The only real weak point is the slightly tight rear seat and cargo space.
Its competitors: Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Sentra, Volkswagen Jetta
advantage: Elegant exterior and interior design, enthusiast-friendly driving characteristics, interesting turbo options
shortcoming: Tight rear seat and cargo space, infotainment isn’t for everyone
From the editor:
Road Test Editor Zac Palmer – “The Mazda 3 is still one of the best compact cars you can buy. Sure, the Honda Civic will be more practical with its sheer power, but there’s nothing that can compete with the Mazda in the interior Quality and appeal. The real beauty of the Mazda3, though, is the way it drives. Whether it’s manual or turbo, you’re going to have a good time.”
Joel Stocksdale, News Editor — “I absolutely love this car. I love the design. I love the materials. But most of all, I love the way this car turns and handles. Every part of the steering input produces the same Multi-effect steering eager nose. The steering wheel gives you a high-definition picture of what’s happening between the tires and the road. The chassis feels neutral and has plenty of grip. Even its simple torsion-beam rear suspension handles slightly bumpy corners stay”
In-depth analysis: 2023 Mazda3 review: Performance and luxury at a low price
Quick shot: The Wrangler has real competition now, but the plethora of variants and massive capabilities still make it a great off-road vehicle. From 4xe PHEV to 392, Wrangler is a very interesting car.
Its competitors: Ford Bronco, Toyota 4Runner, Land Rover Defender
advantage: Excellent off-roader, variants to suit every need, practical interior and roof options
shortcoming: Expensive, poor ride and handling, inefficient
From the editor:
Road Test Editor Zac Palmer – “Even though the Wrangler is a bit awful to drive in most on-road situations, there’s only one thing that’s as good off-road as it is a Ford Bronco. I just love the 392, it’s unbelievably loud exhaust Confidence and massive power. The 4xe is also satisfying in its own way, as the PHEV is both fast and offers true electric driving. The Bronco may have some advantages over the Wrangler, but there’s no denying that this Jeep is still an epic SUV.”
News Editor Joel Stocksdale — “The Jeep Wrangler is a bit of an oddity. The steering is fuzzy and requires constant adjustment. It’s not particularly quiet, especially in the rain. It’s thirsty, which is the logical conclusion to a push-heavy, high-riding brick. But if It’s not fun, I’ll be damned. With the roof panels off and the windows down, the fun is multiplied. Visibility is excellent, and the Jeep’s narrow body makes it easy to maneuver around town confidently.”
In-depth analysis: 2023 Jeep Wrangler review: Unlimited variety, from 4xe to Rubicon 392