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    Best Cars of the Year: 10 Top Picks of 2023

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

    2023 Kia Telluride
    2023 Kia Telluride
    Illustration: Lisa Sheehan

    The 10 vehicles on these pages were selected from more than 200 tested models as the best of the best for 2023. Each represents a key vehicle segment and shines for its combination of road-test performance, reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety, garnering a high-enough Overall Score to earn a coveted CR recommendation.

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    All Top Picks must come standard with key safety features, including automatic emergency braking (AEB*) that operates at highway speed and includes pedestrian detection.

    Simply put: These are the vehicles that our expert staff would enthusiastically recommend to family and friends.

    It’s no surprise that Toyotas, which have historically featured prominently on our list, are again well represented: They’re known for having good all-around performance, fuel economy, and reliability. Notably absent this year, however, are two perennial picks: the Lexus RX and Toyota Prius. These significantly redesigned models weren’t on sale in time to be included, which made room for other impressive models to appear on this year’s Top Picks list.

    Our Top Picks list is a collection of cars, SUVs, and trucks with standout performance across the board. Our Green Choice designation (indicated by a leaf icon in our ratings) is awarded to gas-powered, hybrid, and electric cars that are in the top 20 percent of all cars on the market for having the cleanest emissions, based on EPA data.

    See the vehicles that made Consumer Reports’ annual Top Picks in 2022202120202019201820172016201520142013, and 2012.

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    We investigate, research, and test so you can choose with confidence.