Best Vehicles 2023 – Popular Mechanics | CarTailz

Since their introduction, cars have revolutionized transportation as we know it, quickly evolving into the advanced vehicles of all shapes and sizes that we see today. Whether you view these machines as easy transportation from point A to point B, as working partners to transport what you need, or even as an escape route to remote landscapes, they bring freedom into our lives. Therefore the Popular mechanics The automotive test team has worked hard to put cars, trucks, electric vehicles and car accessories through their paces to bring you the best.

We’ve ridden hundreds of miles on some of the best roads, trails and racetracks in the country. Whether you’re howling through the off-road short course at Rausch Creek Off-Road Park here in Pennsylvania or scaling some of the technical corners of the Utah Motorsports campus, we’ve given every vehicle proper training. And those that remain below have proven themselves worthy of automotive excellence.


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The best cars for growing families, off-road enthusiasts and even racers.

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Best Hot Hatchback

Toyota GR Corolla
Toyota GR Corolla
Credit: Matthew Crisara

Best 4×4 sedan

Subaru WRX
Subaru WRX
Credit: Trevor Raab

Best 4WD SUV

Honda Passport trail sport
Honda Passport trail sport
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Best off-road SUV

Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro
Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro
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Best rear wheel drive sports car

Nissan Z
Nissan Z

Now 20% discount

Credit: Matthew Crisara

Best off-roader

Ford Bronco
Ford Bronco
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Best family SUV

Kia Telluride
Kia Telluride
Photo credit: Courtesy of Kia

Best performance sedan

Hyundai Elantra N
Hyundai Elantra N
Photo credit: David Dewhurst Photography

Best luxury sedan

Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid
Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid
Credit: Trevor Raab

Best all-wheel drive sports car

BMW M240i xDrive
BMW M240i xDrive
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best trucks

Trucks for everything from escorting your weekend project to blasting through sand piles in Baja.

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Best Electric Super Truck

GMC HummerEV
GMC HummerEV
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best value

Ford Maverick
Ford Maverick
Photo credit: Courtesy of Ford

Best on-road manners

Honda Ridgeline
Honda Ridgeline
Photo credit: Courtesy of Honda

Best compact

Hyundai Santa Cruz
Hyundai Santa Cruz
Photo credit: Courtesy of Hyundai

Best Rock Crawler

Chevrolet Silverado ZR2
Chevrolet Silverado ZR2
Photo credit: Courtesy of Chevrolet

Best high-speed off-roader

Ram 1500 TRX
Ram 1500 TRX
Credit: Matthew Crisara

Best budget off-road performance

Toyota Tacoma SR5 Trail
Toyota Tacoma SR5 Trail
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Best all round truck

Toyota Tundra TRD Pro
Toyota Tundra TRD Pro
Credit: Matthew Crisara

best electric vehicles

Bring the noise to the electric avenue.

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The best affordable 4WD electric car

Hyundai Ioniq 5
Hyundai Ioniq 5

Now 38% discount

Credit: Trevor Raab

Best handling

Kia EV6 (GT Line)
Kia EV6 (GT Line)
Photo credit: Courtesy of Kia

Best EV Grand Tourer

BMW iX M60
BMW iX M60

Now 23% discount

Credit: Trevor Raab

Best EV Interior

Mercedes-Benz EQS
Mercedes-Benz EQS
Credit: Trevor Raab

Best Electric Truck

Ford F-150 Lightning
Ford F-150 Lightning
Credit: Matthew Crisara

Best electric off-roader

Rivian R1S
Rivian R1S
Photo credit: Courtesy of Rivian

Best Accessible EV

Charge Volvo XC40
Charge Volvo XC40
Photo credit: Courtesy of Volvo

Best Luxury EV

Jaguar I Pace
Jaguar I Pace
Credit: Trevor Raab

best accessories

Tools, awnings and other extras to make your next trip easier.

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Best Jack tool

Jack Rod Stand
AGM-Products jack stands
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Best license plate erasure

Bumper Plugs
Bumper Plugs
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Best combination torque wrench

Click through torque wrench
MichaelPro Click Through Torque Wrench
Credit: Trevor Raab

Best EV Charger Adapter

Tesla to J1772 adapter
Lectron Tesla to J1772 Adapter
Credit: Trevor Raab

Best Portable Water System

Go to the drinking water tap
Dometic Go Hydration tap
Credit: Matthew Crisara

Best Portable Air Mattress

Air mattress 2.0
Luno air mattress 2.0
Credit: Matthew Crisara

Best aftermarket wheel

Wheels
nomadic bikes
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Best roof awning

ExoShell 270 awning
iKamper ExoShell 270 awning
Credit: Matthew Crisara

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