Best Cars of the Year: 10 Top Picks of 2022

These exceptional models meet our very highest standards for performance, safety, reliability, and more

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When you’re seeking the perfect car for you and your family, there’s an overwhelming selection to choose from. To help you zero in on the best options, Consumer Reports presents its annual 10 Top Picks: the best cars, SUVs, and trucks our experts recommend without hesitation.

To be in this group, a vehicle must have an Overall Score among the highest in its category, factoring in road tests, predicted reliability, owner satis­faction, and safety. Top Picks also must come standard in all trims with forward collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection—safety features we consider critical because they have proved to save lives.

See the vehicles that made Consumer Reports’ annual Top Picks in 202120202019201820172016201520142013, and 2012.

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New this year: We are requiring Top Picks to have highway-speed AEB. We also now add 2 points to a vehicle’s Overall Score if it has an active driver assistance system that includes an adequate driver monitoring system. The Ford Mustang Mach-E is the only one of our Top Picks this year that received the added points because its active driver assist system has effective driver monitor­ing that gives appropriate warnings when the driver looks away from the road for too long.

Several high-scoring vehicles, including the BMW X5 and Hyundai Tucson, were not eligible this year because they don’t have highway-speed AEB as standard equipment on all trim levels. This year’s Top Picks don’t include any large trucks because they lack key safety features on base models or have below-average reliability.

See the complete 2022 Autos Spotlight guide.

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