Top 10 Trucks and SUVs Cars and Drivers

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Now that the industry’s shift toward EVs has taken a serious turn, Electric Avenue is experiencing a bit of a traffic jam. And this year’s 10Best is proof of that. The evaporating-tonom sub-200-mile offerings are out of the zeitgeist, and excited new entries are popping up all over the place. Together with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Rivian R1T, the Kia EV6 became the first electric car to win the 10Best Trucks and SUVs award, and it has been six years since an electric car won the 10Best. So, how did Kia do it? Why are we so excited about an exhaustless SUV that’s as gentle as a bedtime story to the ear? Easy—Kia makes the EV6 as good and practical as our favorite gas-powered SUV and it’s fun to bake. Did we mention that it has a Drift mode available to make making donuts easier?

preview for Kia EV6 2023: Top 10 Cars and Drivers

The Kia EV6 gets the electric part of the equation too. It uses an 800 volt electrical architecture which allows it to add 100 miles of range in 11 minutes with a DC fast charger. With an EPA-rated range of up to 310 miles, the EV6 can go much further than any other EV for under $50,000.

Those handy metrics are just part of what we love about the EV6. While its platform counterpart the Ioniq 5 is already our EV of the Year, the most powerful Kia ever now has something Hyundai doesn’t: 576 horsepower. Jump in the high-powered GT performance model, and 60 mph is yours in 3.2 seconds. Prior to the EV6, getting the Kia to accelerate like that required you to push your Sephia Aunt Linda into the Grand Canyon.

Now, the EV6 doesn’t make the Top 10 list just because the GT is up to 60 mph faster than the Mustang Shelby GT500, though that’s a great thing indeed. The EV6 takes its place as each version delivers a practical package, exhibits well-bred smoothness, and is blessed with a balance of ride and handling that makes us grin. Welcome to the neighborhood, champ.

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