by Benjamin Hunting

The 10 Best Cars, Trucks and SUVs I Drove in 2022

The Best Sports Sedan Anyone’s Built in Years: Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

The Blackwing edition of Cadillac’s midsize CT5 four-door illustrates that driver engagement is still possible in an era where electronic nannies, all-wheel drive systems and titanic curb weights have pushed luxury pilots further away from the tarmac than ever before.

The Best Pure Sports Car You Can Buy: Mazda MX-5 Miata

The Mazda MX-5 Miata embraces the relentless forward march of technological process while at the same time clinging to a driving past that’s quickly receding into the rearview mirror.

The Best Case for Electrified Extroversion: BMW iX xDrive50

Proving the future doesn’t always have to look like a hard sell from the corporate concerns that brought you Robocop, the iX’s interior is a welcoming sanctuary of warmth replete with organic design cues and materials elevating it above much of the rest of the luxury pack.

The Best Pragmatic Icon Revival: Nissan Z

The new Nissan Z might be the best example of something borrowed and something new currently out there, grabbing a 400-horsepower twin-turbo engine from the in-house Infiniti brand, carrying over its previous platform, and wrapping it all in sheet metal that pulls heavily from both the ‘70s and ‘90s high points of classic Z design.

The Best Electric Car Everyone’s Forgotten About: Chevrolet Bolt EUV

Although the Chevrolet Bolt and its slightly larger EUV sibling missed out on GM’s new Ultium battery platform, they still have a lot to offer EV fans on a budget.

Is it any surprise that this year’s list of outstanding vehicles is half-filled with electric cars?  For me as a journalist, 2022 marks the tipping point where I spent just as much time charging battery-powered cars and SUVs as I did gassing up at the fuel pump, a testament to just how deep electrification has penetrated into nearly every niche of the new vehicle market.

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