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More About Edmunds Top Rated Awards 2022


Based on our extensive testing and ranking process, the Edmunds Top Rated Awards are presented to the finest vehicles in eight different segments. The awards don't just recognize the best vehicles launched in the previous year, they honor the best currently on sale as new, irrespective of when they were introduced. We can and do have repeat winners.

An Edmunds Top Rated Award is the hallmark of automotive excellence and signifies that a vehicle delivers a best-in-class experience. Highlighting your brand's place among our 2022 Edmunds Top Rated Award winners is an excellent way to stand out from the pack and keep your vehicle top of mind with shoppers. We are happy to provide accolades, quotes and badges for you to use in your advertising efforts.

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More about the 2022 Edmunds Top Rated Awards
Edmunds Top Rated Award winners are selected by the Edmunds' editorial team based on their informed opinion gathered during their vehicle testing and ranking process. Edmunds' editors selected the overall winners from a group of finalists that consisted of each of the highest-ranked eligible new vehicles as of December 15, 2021, in their vehicle classes assigned by Edmunds. Eligible vehicles must have undergone the full Edmunds testing process by December 15, 2021, and be available for sale as new on January 1, 2022.

Vehicles are segmented based on the following criteria:

  • Edmunds Top Rated Sedan: Mainstream segments across all sizes of sedan (extra-small, small, midsize, large). The winner offers the best blend of comfort, utility, performance and value.

  • Edmunds Top Rated Luxury Sedan: Includes segments across all sizes of luxury sedans (extra-small luxury, small luxury, midsize luxury, large luxury), as well the exotic sedan segment. A true luxury experience is the main focus of this award, but value is also taken strongly into account.

  • Edmunds Top Rated SUV: Includes all mainstream SUV segments (extra-small, small, midsize, midsize three-row, large). The winner best defines the top qualities of an SUV: accommodating, capable, comfortable and, of course, a good value.

  • Edmunds Top Rated Luxury SUV: Like our Luxury Sedan category, Edmunds Top Rated Luxury SUV definitively has to represent luxury but also offer genuine SUV capability. The segments include extra-small luxury, small luxury, midsize luxury, midsize three-row luxury, large luxury, super luxury.

  • Edmunds Top Rated Truck: Includes small, midsize, large (full-size) and heavy-duty segments. Capability underlines the award, but the winner must also balance comfort, technology and value. Innovation (smart storage solutions, multi-folding tailgates, power tailgates, etc.) also plays a role here.

  • Edmunds Top Rated EV: Edmunds chooses the Top Rated EV from the electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle segments. These vehicles have a starting MSRP below $50K before factoring in any tax credits. All the typical qualities that make for a good car or SUV are examined, but range and efficiency play a significant role.

  • Edmunds Top Rated Luxury EV: In common with the EV category of Edmunds Top Rated, the Edmunds Top Rated Luxury EV segment considers all electric car, electric SUV and electric truck categories by starting MSRP rather than by brand. Given that the EV segment is still relatively new and expanding, and that EVs typically command higher prices than internal combustion engine vehicles, there continues to be some crossover from typical non-luxury brands to the luxury segment. Edmunds considers any electric vehicles over $50K (before tax credits) to be eligible for the luxury class. Range and efficiency also are important considerations.

  • Edmunds Top Rated Sports Car: Sports cars span perhaps the widest range of vehicles, from hot hatchbacks to exotic supercars. Performance plays a role, but it's about the entire experience as well as the cost. Segments that are included are convertibles, coupe, luxury sport convertibles, exotic sport convertibles, muscle cars, super muscle cars, luxury sport coupes, exotic sport coupes and hot hatches.

  • Edmunds Editors' Choice: The Edmunds Editors' Choice award is given at the Edmunds' editors discretion to a vehicle that exceeded expectations and delivered something genuinely new. It may or may not fall into one of the categories listed above.

Vehicles are rated and ranked based on the following criteria:

  • Driving: Acceleration, braking, steering, handling, and drivability

  • Comfort: Seat comfort, ride comfort, climate control, noise/vibration

  • Interior: Ease of use, getting in/out, driving position, roominess, visibility

  • Tech: Audio and navigation, device integration, voice controls, mobile web (as applicable) and driver aids (as applicable)

  • Storage: Cargo space, small item storage, car seat accommodation, hauling/towing (as applicable to SUVs and/or trucks)

  • Economy: EPA Fuel Economy ratings plus Edmunds independent testing. For EVs; EPA and Edmunds EV Range Test results

  • Good Value: Build quality, cost, warranty, ownership benefits

  • Wildcard: Subjective scores awarding extra points for vehicles that offer a uniquely compelling design, are fun to drive and have a unique personality, and/or provide intangible value

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