by Benjamin Hunting

10 Cars, Trucks and SUVs We’re Most Excited to Drive in 2023

Cadillac Celestiq

This is a car that could very well put Cadillac back in the ultra-luxury conversation, and while I feel like I’ve typed that phrase several times in the past, electrification has leveled the playing field to the point where new traditions are ripe for taking hold.

Toyota GR Corolla

At the other end of the spectrum, the Toyota GR Corolla makes a case for yowling, spitting internal-combustion intensity with its turbocharged three-cylinder engine and rally-style all-wheel drive personality. No one was expecting an amped-up version of one of Toyota’s most modest econo-cars, but I’m certainly not complaining: With the death of the Hyundai Veloster N, it’s time to welcome a new, and hopefully just as rambunctious, player onto the hot hatch scene.

Kia EV9

The new year will bring its latest effort, the EV9, into play. Although there aren’t many details available — it should borrow the generous electric drivetrain from the smaller EV6, and feature at least 300 miles of range — the three-row SUV turned heads in concept form thanks to its smoothed-out take on the existing Kia Telluride’s Lego-brick styling.

Chevrolet Silverado EV

Featuring the same Ultium electric architecture as the GMC Hummer EV pickup, but slated to cost significantly less than its more luxurious sibling, the Silverado EV looks to surpass its Blue Oval rival with 400 miles of range while also delivering more than 660 horsepower. The Silverado EV rides on its own battery-specific platform rather than adapting the gas version of the truck’s frame.

Ford Mustang 2024

Much of the platform remains the same and so do its two main engine options (although both the turbo four and its 5.0 V8 will get a little more power), which means that the muscle car will rely on suspension tweaks and its new, more muted sheet metal to help shape a new personality.

Mercedes-Benz EQG

More interesting for drivers will be how its four-motor setup improves its already considerable off-road capabilities, and what the aftermarket decides to do with a dead-silent go-anywhere machine that features a low-range gearbox.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

The ND3 edition of the Miata is most likely going to be a facelift, but there’s always a chance of extra horsepower and a more hardcore performance model to celebrate the last non-electrified edition of the roadster that we are likely to get.

Hyundai Ioniq 6

Next year’s Ioniq 6, with its sloped roof, bustle-back and distinctly pescatarian front fascia looks nothing at all like the thoroughly excellent Ioniq 5 that came before it. Personality goes a long way, and I’m eager for EV design to stray from the “one sausage, three different lengths” philosophy that has so far guided many of these modular platforms.

Toyota Prius

The Prius has fallen behind other battery-assisted vehicles in recent years as buyers face a longer list of options, and the older model’s weird looks weren’t doing it any favors with casual shoppers. The sleeker Prius update has the potential to turn things around for Toyota, which is still leaning heavily on plug-in and traditional hybrids rather than exploring a full EV lineup.


VinFast has made a media splash over the past 12 months, but I’ve yet to actually see any of the Vietnamese brand’s upcoming slate of electric SUVs on the road, let alone had the opportunity to drive one on North American soil. I’m all for boutique brands stepping up to stir the electric car pot, and I’m eager to see how VinFast compares to other independents like Rivian and Tesla. Whether that comes via an encounter with the VF 6, VF 7, VF 8 or VF 9 remains to be seen.

The future is increasingly electrified — at least in terms of the most interesting new cars, trucks and SUVs arriving over the course of the next 12 months. As automakers turn their attention to EVs, drivers are treated to a parade of intriguing designs and impressive capabilities thanks to the best efforts of leading designers and engineers who are finally presenting a wide array of real-world electric options. Of course, there are still a few gas-powered autos worth talking about as they debut in 2023. Here are the 10 vehicles I’m most excited to drive in the coming year.

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