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Here are the 10 best new cars, trucks, and SUVs we drove in 2022

Eight EVs made the top 10 this year.

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Ah, the annual end-of-year roundup, when it’s time to sit down and think about all the vehicles we tested in 2022. Comparing this year to years past, it’s notable how many electric vehicles make the list. Partly that’s because the industry released some pretty compelling new EVs this year, but it’s also a reflection of our coverage priorities—in the past, you’ve told us loud and clear you aren’t that interested in reading about new gasoline or diesel models. Read on to find out what impressed us most in 2022.

1. Kia EV6

Our winner is actually one of the first cars we tested this year, and it’s the Kia EV6. It uses a new 800 V EV architecture called E-GMP, shared with last year’s winner, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, that delivers impressive levels of efficiency for larger, heavier EVs while also boasting some of the best fast-charging in the industry—just 18 minutes from 10-80 percent on a 350 kW charger. Despite the shared roots, the Kia drives very differently compared to the angular Ioniq 5, with a sportier nature. And unlike the Hyundai, the EV6 is sold in all 50 states.

Sadly, Kia dropped the cheapest configuration from the roster this year—the $40,900 EV6 Light used a smaller battery and motor but only accounted for about 3 percent of customer orders, according to the company. Earlier this month, we got a chance to test the other end of the spectrum—the $61,400 EV6 GT, which is very fast but might just be overkill.

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