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Examining Car and Driver’s 2023 Editors’ Choice Winners

Car and Driver recently released its 2023 Editors’ Choice winners for the best cars, crossovers, SUVs, trucks, and electric vehicles on the market. While it’s nice for automakers to have a vehicle included among the winning vehicles, dealerships can extract a deeper lesson by examining how the list can affect their marketing and advertising.

We’ll first take a look at the top 10 lists for cars, trucks, and SUVs.

Ten Best Cars

  1. BMW i4
  2. Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
  3. Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing
  4. Chevrolet Corvette
  5. Honda Accord
  6. Honda Civic
  7. Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman
  8. Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR86
  9. Toyota GR Corolla
  10. Toyota GR Supra

Ten Best Trucks & SUVs

  1. Ford Bronco
  2. Ford Maverick
  3. Genesis GV70
  4. Honda CR-V
  5. Hyundai Ioniq 5
  6. Kia EV6
  7. Kia Telluride
  8. Porsche Macan
  9. Ram 1500
  10. Rivian R1T

The Big Picture

The Editors’ Choice winners are instructive because they allow dealers deeper insight into what consumers really value. As you pay close attention to these lists, patterns can emerge. When a previous award winner falls from the list, it may be a sign of the vehicle aging in comparison to newer or redesigned models. If a redesign isn’t on the horizon for that particular model, it may be time to shift in the short term to expend advertising effort (and dollars) to push a different vehicle.

Advertising and marketing efforts yield their best results when informed by data, and lists like this provide a unique insight into what professional reviewers value in a vehicle. Maintaining fresh insights about inventory that’s in high demand can help businesses stay relevant to consumers.

Bear in mind that these lists aren’t just about the models that you sell. Sometimes they’re effective at simply letting you see how reviewers value what your competition is doing.

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John Paul Strong

John Paul Strong combines his two decades of automotive marketing experience with a team of more than 150 professionals as owner and CEO of Strong Automotive.

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