Formerly an “entry-level” luxury SUV, the new RDX is a full-fledged luxury/sport utility vehicle that runs with Europe’s best. The A-Spec version is especially good-looking but even a base-level RDX is worth having. The turbocharged engine is quick, responsive and efficient with an estimated 28 miles per gallon on the highway. Audiophiles will love the ELS sound system; it’s one of the best available in any new car.
Ford has resurrected the Ranger name for 2019. The new Ranger is a competent and agile little brother to the well-established Ford F-150. Ultimately, the Ranger is the right combination of work-ready and everyday-useful that’s perfect for the needs of most Americans.
Shockingly good, the Genesis G70 is a car that has our staff uttering a series of “inconceivable” proclamations every time we get behind the wheel – and yes, we DO know what that word means. The G70 packs a lot of fun into a tidy package and does it for a reasonable price. The interior is a highlight with both design and materials that rival cars costing tens of thousands of dollars more.
The Sierra is staking out its own territory in the full-size pickup world. With unique features and a traditional but completely modern look, the Sierra is a great truck regardless of its origins. GMC’s Multi-Pro tailgate is more than a parlor trick -- it adds several new levels of usefulness and a wow factor to something we’ve taken for granted for about 100 years.
One of the few SUVs where the “sport” and “utility” totally and tangibly make sense in the same vehicle. We like the Passport because of its rugged look and the way it comes off like a younger version of the Honda Pilot.
If people are suddenly going to start buying electric cars based on things like attractiveness, fun and a rewarding driving experience, the I-Pace is the EV to get them there. Tesla started the luxury electric car revolution but Jaguar takes it to a whole new level.
Likely the world’s most perfect car, the GLE is a luxury SUV that pulls no punches. Filled with useful but forward-thinking technology, the GLE is capable off-road yet still manages to be serene on-road.
Nissan has improved the Altima by adding some innovative features while keeping the shell of the car very familiar. A new high-tech turbo engine, the option of all-wheel drive and a host of driver assist features are part of the reason we added the updated Altima to our list this year. We also like that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.
Plush, capable and smooth-riding, the Ram 1500 is a worthy alternative to some better-known pickups. Ram also has an innovative tailgate of its own. However, the one thing about the Ram that pushes other trucks aside is its interior: high-end audio, super soft leather and a large touch screen equal a really plush cab. Add to that an available 12,750-lb towing capacity and the Ram 1500 combines brute strength with class leading luxury – all in a pickup.
Exactly what Subaru owners have wanted for years, the Ascent is a three-row SUV that allows growing families to stay in the Subaru family.
The RAV4 isn’t just redesigned, it’s reinvented. Not only is the look more dramatic and maybe even a little more masculine, but the RAV4’s character has changed as well. Take it off-road and you feel how engineers intentionally fused fun into the RAV4 formula. Roomy inside and reasonably priced, the RAV4 is an excellent compact SUV.
Often, we see luxury brands take their wares down-market with mixed results. The XC40 is a rolling playbook on how to do that well. The interior and driving dynamics are unique to the XC40 and it feels far more premium than its under-$40,000 price suggests. We also like Volvo’s forward-thinking subscription plan that extends the Volvo vibe to the entire purchasing, ownership and exchange experience.
Finding your perfect match can be difficult, and everyone is searching for that one vehicle that checks all the boxes. With more than 300 vehicle models available, this becomes a daunting task that leaves consumers with more questions than answers. The options are endless, examining vehicle technology, safety features, driving condition options, style, make, model and trim level. Autotrader can help narrow down that shopping list. After spending the past year testing nearly every model on the market, the experts at Autotrader have decided on a list of 12 vehicles that are the best of the best.