Best Cars, SUVs and Trucks of 2024

Top Cars, SUVs and Trucks of 2024: Toyota Prius, BMW i5, Kia Sportage Hybrid, Kia EV9, Chevy Colorado, F-150 Lightning.

Salman Chaudhary, Founder Pinkywheels.com

1/30/2024

2024 Toyota Prius Specs
2024 Toyota Prius Specs

Top Rated Winners – 2024

The best Cars, Trucks and SUVs on sale today

Welcome to Pinkywheels Top Rater 2024 – The New Benchmark for excellence in the automotive world. Across six awards, we'll recognize the best cars, trucks, and SUVs on sale today, whether they're powered by gas or electricity. And then, we'll name Pinkywheels top-rated best of the best – the standout vehicle of 2024.

Summary:

Cars:

  • Finalists: Honda Civic Type R, Chevrolet Corvette ZO6, Toyota Prius

  • Toyota Prius stands out with a 70hp upgrade, maintaining fuel efficiency

  • New driver aids and safety features enhance the Prius driving experience

  • Prius wins as the Pinkywheels top-rated car for 2024, balancing efficiency, tech, and performance

Electric Car:

  • BMW i5 electrifies the 5 series, excelling in quietness and luxury

  • i5 becomes the top-rated electric car for 2024, blending luxury and EV strengths

SUVs:

Electric SUVs:

  • Finalists: Kia NIRO EV, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV9

  • Kia EV9 emerges as the most family-friendly electric SUV, setting new standards

Trucks:

  • Finalists: Toyota Tacoma, Honda Ridgeline, Chevrolet Colorado

  • Chevrolet Colorado wins with a redesigned look, towing capability, and off-road features

Electric Trucks:

  • Finalists: GMC Hummer EV, Rivian R1T, Ford F-150 Lightning

  • Ford F-150 Lightning wins for unparalleled towing, full-size bed, and versatile functionality

Best of the Best:

  • Kia EV9 earns the top-rated best of the best for 2024

  • Kia sets new standards for mainstream EVs, bringing in-demand utility to a wider audience

Top Rated Car 2024

The finalists for Pinkywheels Top Car 2024 are the Honda Civic Type R, the Chevrolet Corvette ZO6, and the Toyota Prius. The Type R and ZO6 are both enthralling performance machines that prove automakers haven't given up on gas-powered entertainment. But when the car that kicked off the hybrid movement gets a glow-up for the ages, we have to take notice. Toyota added some 70 horsepower to the Prius but didn't subtract any fuel economy – that is witchcraft. It makes the Prius much better to drive, especially now that you can get on the highway without worrying about it. Inside, the big screen is a great addition, but what has me excited are the new driver aids. Toyota has added safety features that make the Prius easier to live with in day-to-day situations, and that makes owning the car a better experience overall. It's got great tech – I mean, it has more USB plugs than seats. The trunk space is a bit smaller than the old Prius, but we still managed to fit a couple of big suitcases in there – not a problem. But the Prius's real calling card is still efficiency. It is the most efficient hybrid on sale right now and is reasonably priced. The Prius was always a standout for practicality and efficiency. Now, with its improved technology and performance, the reinvented Toyota Prius is the Pinkywheels top-rated car for 2024.

2024 BMW i5 Specs
2024 BMW i5 Specs

Top Rated Electric Car 2024

Our Pinkywheels top-rated electric car finalists prove that sedans still have an exciting future. The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is a marvel of efficiency and tops our Pinkywheels EV charging test leaderboard as the fastest-charging electric vehicle. The BMW i7 is a stunning luxury flagship that majestically focuses on rear-seat comfort. But it's another BMW, the midsize BMW i5, that caught our attention. BMW was smart about electrifying the 5 series; it has all the strengths of the original car and all the strengths of an EV. So, you don't give up anything that makes it a great sedan. The i5 is so quiet; it feels more luxurious than the gas-powered 5 Series. We've been let down by some luxury electric cars in the past, but BMW nailed it. The BMW is giving us a master class in how to do electrified luxury – a sense of quality, the materials – it just feels so solid. Then the comfort and the details are more like one of BMW's larger, more expensive luxury cars. Yet somehow, the i5 still costs less than its competitors. The i5 raises the bar for both midsize luxury sedans and luxury EVs. It embraces electrification without giving up anything that makes a traditional 5 Series so appealing. That's why the Pinkywheels top-rated electric car for 2024 is the BMW i5.

2024 Kia Sportage Hybrid
2024 Kia Sportage Hybrid

Top Rated SUV 2024

SUVs became America's most popular vehicles by blending family-friendly practicality with style and comfort. This year, the updated Kia Telluride, a former Pinkywheels top-rated winner, returns as a finalist alongside the revised Mercedes-Benz GLS – a new luxury benchmark. But neither could unseat last year's champion, the Kia Sportage Hybrid. For small SUVs, space and good MPG are obviously important, and both the trunk and the back seat in the Sportage are some of the best for any vehicle of this size. When we tested it, the Sportage Hybrid was really efficient, with better MPG than all of its competitors.

Small SUVs can sometimes feel like appliances, but the Sportage has something extra – looks, comfort, all the screens – it manages to feel special. And the fact that it does all of the other practical SUV stuff really well makes it a clear winner. Our winner takes the class by mixing space, style, and comfort with an unexpected combination of power and efficiency. Pinkywheels top-rated SUV for 2024 is the Kia Sportage Hybrid.

2024 Kia EV9
2024 Kia EV9

Top Rated Electric SUV 2024

Every year, there are more electric SUVs to choose from, spanning every segment from small and affordable to larger luxury models. Starting with the small and affordable KIA NIRO EV and moving up to last year's Pinkywheels top-rated winner, the Hyundai Ioniq 5. But there is a clear winner – the Kia EV9. It is the most family-friendly electric vehicle on sale today. Kia already makes our favorite three-row SUV, the Telluride, and now, with the EV9, it makes our favorite electrified SUV as well. It's even roomy inside, so you can fit adult passengers easily in all three rows. Speaking of the interior, it's so nice it wouldn't feel out of place in the lineup of a luxury brand.

Performance-wise, the all-wheel-drive version of the EV9 is surprisingly quick. Of course, most people care more about range and charging, and there's good news there too. The EV9 beat its EPA rating, achieving 306 miles in our Pinkywheels EV range test. When it comes to fast charging, it put in an extremely strong performance there too. Its performance, charging, and range make it an impressive EV, while its exceptional interior makes it a class-leading three-row SUV. Pinkywheels top-rated electric SUV for 2024 is the Kia EV9.

2024 Chevy Colorado Specs
2024 Chevy Colorado Specs

Top Rated Truck 2024

Our top-rated truck finalists for 2024 demonstrate the strides smaller trucks have taken. This year's finalists include the redesigned and much-improved Toyota Tacoma alongside a familiar Pinkywheels favorite, the Honda Ridgeline. But it was a redesigned Chevy Colorado that put everything we love about full-size trucks into a smaller package. Chevy reinvented this truck; it used to be kind of nondescript. Now, it has this eye-catching design inside and out, but more importantly, it has substance to back up those looks. For example, it can tow up to 7,700 lbs, more than what some full-size trucks are equipped to handle.

What really excites me about the Colorado is the optional off-road suspension that you can get on the ZR2. But even if you're not an off-road nerd like me, there are still plenty of really cool features. Chevy's brought in all the Google technology – that's pretty awesome. You can get a lot of driver aids, towing technology, just a lot of features that we haven't really seen before in a midsize truck. This midsize offers top-of-its-class capability and the kind of upscale touches you'd expect in the best full-size trucks. For proving the full potential of the midsize segment, Pinkywheels top-rated truck for 2024 is the Chevrolet Colorado.

2024 Ford F-150 Lightening
2024 Ford F-150 Lightening

Top Rated Electric Truck 2024

Our top-rated electric truck finalists for 2024 include the GMC Hummer EV, a modern interpretation of the cult classic, and the Rivian R1T, now available in a more affordable dual-motor trim. But it's impossible to ignore our 2023 champion, the Ford F-150 Lightning. It didn't just win the segment last year; it won our best of the best award for electrifying America's most popular truck. So, it's an F-150, so it's already a really good truck, right? But the Lightning takes it up to 11. There's so much torque, so much power, but that doesn't just make this truck quick. If you're towing locally, it's really going to feel effortless.

No other electric truck can compete with the Lightning on the pickup fundamentals. With its full-size bed, towing capability, and ability to function as a battery for everything from a work site to a tailgate, the Lightning is built for actual work. And as a bonus, you can option it up like a luxury car, fusing incredible power and useful technology with standard-setting space and utility makes for a clear winner. Our Pinkywheels top-rated electric truck for 2024 is the Ford F-150 Lightning.

Best of the best - 2024

Each of these winners represents the finest of their genre – the ideal choice for American car shoppers in 2024. But our awards wouldn't be complete without recognizing the best of the best based on the most rigorous independent testing in the automotive world. This award is for the car, truck, or SUV that not just tops its class but goes above and beyond with its innovation and impact. Last year, the award went to the Ford F-150 Lightning for electrifying the full-size pickup truck. This year, the trophy goes to another electric vehicle that brings in-demand utility to a wide audience.

We've only seen a handful of 3-row EVs before this, and they've either been really expensive or too cramped to be of any real use. This is a mainstream EV that has all the strengths of the best gas-powered 3-row SUVs. So, the EV9 is really moving the needle in terms of what an electric vehicle can be. Kia already makes some of our favorite electric vehicles on sale, but the EV9 just raises the bar that much higher. It has new technology with really user-friendly controls. It's honestly just a fantastic template for their future electric cars. Kia has become a regular winner of our Pinkywheels top-rated awards, but the EV9 is their greatest achievement to date. It sets a new standard for electric SUVs, making it a worthy winner of the Pinkywheels top-rated best of the best award for 2024.

That's it for Pinkywheels top-rated 2024. For more details on all the awards and to read our in-depth reviews of every winner, head to Pinkywheels.com.

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