Edmunds Top Rates: Honda Civic, Chevy Bolt, Kia Sportage, Ioniq 5 & Ford F-150

New category mix spotlights both electric and gas vehicles to reflect shifting market, consumer appetites

Edmunds announced the winners of the Edmunds Top Rated Awards 2023. The awards are determined by a combination of proprietary data and insights from Edmunds’ extensive new vehicle testing and rating process, and the winners represent the finest vehicles on sale in 2023.

The winners of the Edmunds Top Rated Awards 2023 are:

  • Edmunds Top Rated Car — Honda Civic
  • Edmunds Top Rated Electric Car — Chevrolet Bolt EV
  • Edmunds Top Rated SUV — Kia Sportage Hybrid
  • Edmunds Top Rated Electric SUV — Hyundai Ioniq 5
  • Edmunds Top Rated Truck — Ford F-150
  • Edmunds Top Rated Electric Truck — Ford F-150 Lightning

This year’s collection of awards takes a fresh approach, including categories organized by powertrain (electric and internal combustion engined) rather than price (mainstream and luxury) to better reflect the shifting market and consumers’ growing consideration of green vehicles.

“Consumers planning on re-entering the car market in 2023 might be surprised by how much has changed since the last time they purchased a vehicle. Navigating the influx of new vehicles and technology amid challenging economic conditions can make car shopping even more overwhelming than usual. That’s why we’ve done the hard work, narrowing down the options to give consumers an easy place to start their search,” said Edmunds’ editor-in-chief Alistair Weaver. “By including EVs and gas-powered models across a range of body styles and prices, the Edmunds Top Rated 2023 list highlights the best vehicles on sale this year for almost every consumer.”

The changes in Edmunds Top Rated categories for 2023 are an acknowledgment of electric vehicles’ heightened relevance for consumers due to a combination of an expanding selection, better range and efficiency, and more affordable entrants to the market. Edmunds analysts report that battery electric vehicles made up 5.17% of new vehicle purchases in 2022 — up from 2.5% in 2021. Additionally, research into electric vehicles on Edmunds.com is running well ahead of the market: EV Rankings was the most visited editorial page in 2022.

Edmunds Top Rated 2023 marks first-time wins for all of the EV category award recipients: the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Ford F-150 Lightning. In the internal combustion categories, the Honda Civic is back among this year’s winners after notching the Edmunds Top Rated Sedan award in 2022, and the Ford F-150 returns to the Edmunds Top Rated stage with its third consecutive Top Rated Truck award.

“Edmunds’ test team sets the industry standard with rigorous instrumented testing on road and track, providing the empirical data that underpins our vehicle reviews. We drive each vehicle like it is, providing car shoppers with our unvarnished opinion,” said Weaver. “It’s these qualities and our unwavering commitment to unbiased, third-party balance that underscores our confidence in delivering the best car shopping guidance in the industry.”

Also new for 2023 is the Edmunds Top Rated Best of the Best award, recognizing the standout vehicle among Edmunds Top Rated 2023 winners, with consideration given to the vehicle’s impact, innovation and relevance to car shoppers. That award will be announced on Wednesday, January 25.