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The third quarter of 2022 is here and with the changing leaves, we're updating our list of the highest rated vehicles of the year. Changes this year are small, with only two new additions and one demotion, following a seven-day test.

Joining the ranks, we have the track-ready Chevrolet Corvette Z06, which slots in behind the Genesis GV70 and the Land Rover Range Rover. But the Rover only keeps its spot in seven-seat form – the posher four-seat model didn't fare as well in our testing. This update also sees a third model from Genesis, as the brand's flagship G90 sedan comes in at number five. The GV60, meanwhile, drops to eighth after our most recent review. Meanwhile, those high-performers that joined last quarter's list, the McLaren 765LT Spider and Aston Martin DBX707, they've fallen off amid more affordable competitors.

As with last year, this list is limited to vehicles we’ve reviewed in 2022 and does not include any of last year’s stars. We’ll update this list at the end of each quarter and will note the changes at the bottom. Stay tuned for that, but in the meantime, check out the full list and let us know how you feel in the comments or at feedback@motor1.com.

10. Honda Civic Si

Verdict

9.3 / 10

Gallery: 2022 Honda Civic Si: Review

The Honda Civic Si is a perennial favorite, so it’s little surprise to see the redesigned sport sedan ranking so highly. As usual, it pairs a buttery-smooth manual transmission with impressive agility, and while detractors will note the Si technically has less power in its new form, the turbocharged 1.5-liter boasts more accessible torque, which we call a net win. The one drawback to this new model is that Honda may have swung too far in the opposite direction in curing the Civic’s polarizing styling. Still, we’d be hard-pressed to find a more likable offering at this price point.

Brandon Turkus, Managing Editor

9. BMW M240i

Verdict

9.3 / 10
2022 BMW M240i Exterior Front Quarter

While many modern BMW M cars have become too heavy and complicated, the M240i is a refreshing blast from the past. It’s light, agile, and quick, reminiscent of the previous M2, and its old-school design cues pay homage to classics like the 2002. With a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six underhood, this two-door 2 Series produces a whopping 382 horsepower and will sprint to 60 miles per hour in just 4.1 seconds.

Jeff Perez, Senior Editor

8. Genesis GV60

Verdict

9.3 / 10

Gallery: 2023 Genesis GV60 Performance Review


Say what you will about its looks, the Genesis GV60 still stands out as the pinnacle of Hyundai's first crop of electric crossovers. A sibling of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, both products that made earlier versions of this list, the GV60 is more powerful, more entertaining, and far better appointed. And that's all saying something, as the Ioniq and EV6 already qualify as powerful, entertaining, and premium feeling.

Brandon Turkus, Managing Editor

7. Ford F-150 Raptor

Verdict

9.3 / 10

Gallery: 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor: Review

It's big, it's wide, it's thirsty, and it's ostentatious. But the 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor is also  capable of tackling just about any terrain, thanks to its 450-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 and Fox Racing long-travel suspension. The Raptor is also very comfortable, with leather and microfiber suede upholstery and a buttery-smooth ride over even the most broken pavement. "Fun-to-drive" usually applies to a sports car's performance on a canyon road, but in the F-150 Raptor's case, it means snappy acceleration on asphalt and stump-jumping composure everywhere else.

Brett T. Evans, Senior Editor

6. Ford Bronco Raptor

Verdict

9.3 / 10

Close your eyes and imagine your perfect vehicle. Practicality is a concern, so you'll want seating for at least four adults. Performance is important too, so nothing less than 400 horsepower, please. And a dash of top-down fun would be nice. Now open your eyes and take a good, long look at the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor. Its wider track, better suspension travel, and twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 make it perfect for attacking a lonely dirt road, while the decently spacious interior, removable roof and doors, and retro styling ensure there's enough fun to go around. Oh, your ideal vehicle is cheap and efficient, too? Well, nothing's perfect.

Brett T. Evans, Senior Editor

5. Genesis G90

Verdict

9.4 / 10

Luxury, technology, and a pretty darn good driving experience put the Genesis G90 high on our list of highest-rated cars. With up to 409 horsepower from a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 with an integrated starter generator, and a back row built for royalty, it's hard not to fall in love with the G90 from either seat. As I noted in my first drive, “for those wanting more than just a rolling status symbol, the new Genesis G90 hits all the right notes.

Jeff Perez, Senior Editor

4. GMC Hummer EV

Verdict

9.5 / 10

Back and more polarizing than ever, the reborn, all-electric GMC Hummer EV is a revelation and a promising sign of where GM's electrified efforts are going. Effortlessly quick and utterly capable off road, the Hummer EV's primary shortcomings are its high price (for now), limited availability (again, for now), and immense width. Considering two of those issues will resolve themselves in the coming years, there's a lot to like about GMC's first EV and GM's introduction to Ultium.

Brandon Turkus, Managing Editor

3. Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Verdict

9.6 / 10

Gallery: 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: First Drive

If the standard Corvette Stingray felt like a world-beating sports car when the eighth-generation car and its mid-engine layout appeared, the latest Z06 is the same thing but for full-throated supercars. Available starting at $106,000, the base Z06 is like a Stingray on steroids. But spend just $15,000 to score the Z07 and Carbon Aero packages, and you'll find a mid-engine track weapon that can stand toe to toe with the best from Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche, and Lamborghini

Brandon Turkus, Managing Editor

2. Genesis GV70

Verdict

9.6 / 10

Gallery: 2022 Genesis GV70 2.5T: Review

Genesis is on a streak of success. With the GV70, in particular, the compact crossover offers more style and higher-end luxury elements than any other SUV in the segment. Even with the base turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, the GV70 still offers 300 horsepower and 311 pound-feet, and inside, a gorgeous 14.5-inch touchscreen display stretches across the dash.

Jeff Perez, Senior Editor

1. Land Rover Range Rover 7-Passenger

Verdict

9.7 / 10

Gallery: 2022 Land Rover Range Rover: First Drive

The Land Rover Range Rover has been a luxury benchmark for decades and that's not set to change with the fifth-generation SUV, which hides dramatic changes under a modest reskinning. A joy to drive whether it's packing JLR's own turbocharged straight-six or the twin-turbocharged BMW-sourced V8, the new Range Rover is even better from the backseat, where a new high-dollar, four-seat layout promises Maybach-rivaling luxury.

Brandon Turkus, Managing Editor

Change Log:

April 4, 2022: List created with Kia K5, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Acura MDX Type S, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Infiniti QX60, Lexus LX, Kia EV6, BMW M240i, Honda Civic Si, and Genesis GV70.
July 1, 2022: Land Rover Range Rover, GMC Hummer EV, Genesis GV60, Ford F-150 Raptor, Ford Bronco Raptor, Aston Martin DBX707, and McLarent 765LT Spider replace Kia K5, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Acura MDX Type S, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Infiniti QX60, Lexus LX, Kia EV6.
October 6, 2022: Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Genesis G90 replace McLaren 765LT Spider, Aston Martin DBX707 removed. Genesis GV60 demoted following seven-day test.
December 31, 2022: TBD

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