2024’s Best Cars
When shopping for a car, you’re probably looking for something that will take you from point A to B and provide reliable transportation. But you may also have other priorities in mind. You might want a do-it-all sedan that can handle the commute and grocery runs with ease while providing a pleasant ride and a spirited powertrain. Or maybe you’re in the market for a performance car that can fry your synapses on a canyon run or a high-speed blast down an empty highway.
Those with multiple needs and tastes will appreciate the wide variety of cars available in 2024. From sleek electric vehicles that offer a quiet, smooth driving experience to muscular sports cars that offer a rush of adrenaline, there’s a car out there for everyone.
Every year, Car and Driver (owned by Hearst) ranks the best new and used cars on sale for its annual 10Best lists. The rankings boil down a vehicle’s overall quality into one number, using the same process that Car and Driver employs for its road tests. Each vehicle is scored on how well it drives, a score that is calculated by measuring acceleration, steering feel, and handling ability in both a straight line and around curves.
Cars that earn a 1 on the list are considered the best of their class, a designation that carries more weight than just a single test result. Those that rank 10 out of 10 are the ultimate performers, combining excellent engineering with refined craftsmanship and sophisticated features in a package that’s easy to live with.
These cars are a delight to drive and a pleasure to own. From a luxurious and comfortable luxury car that can haul four adults to an affordable family-hauler with plenty of cargo room, these winners represent some of the top models on the market in 2024.
The Honda Accord is a benchmark in the midsize sedan category, offering a blend of comfort and efficiency that few competitors can match. The latest incarnation adds smart technology and a more aggressive look, but maintains the same refined, quiet, and spacious cabin as its predecessors.
If you’re in the market for a premium luxury car, the 2024 BMW 7 Series is a solid choice. A fresh redesign doesn’t herald any significant development leaps, but it still delivers the goods when compared to rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Lexus LS, both of which favor buttery ride comfort over sharp handling.
The Supra returns to the 10Best for 2023 partly because of a manual-transmission option that takes the interaction between driver and machine to a whole new level. Even if you opt for the automatic, though, the Supra will thrill you with track-ready handling and an eager engine under the hood. It also comes with the kind of advanced safety tech that’s standard in many premium vehicles.