2024 MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards
Honda Accord – Best Family Car
When you’re talking family cars, the Honda Accord is likely to come up in the conversation early, and with good reason. The Accord, our 2024 winner for Best Family Car, has not only been a very popular family choice for generations, but great reliability means Accords are often passed down through generations of family members.
Our Accord winner began its 11th generation by not only becoming better in every respect, with highly efficient powertrains, both hybrid and non, but also looking sharper and delivering ride and handling well-above it’s still very reasonable price point.
BMW 5 Series – Best Luxury Car
For years now, the BMW 5 Series has been increasing its luxury profile without sacrificing the superior performance this midsize sport sedan is well known for. That not only continues for the all-new 8th generation, our choice for Best Luxury Car, but now BMW has seamlessly integrated EV power into the mix. Whatever your taste there is a BMW 5 Series ready to please.
Acura Integra – Best Sport Sedan
Last year, the Acura Integra earned our Best Sport Sedan award, and as a follow up, they boosted performance big time with the Integra Type S; so, it’s an easy call as a repeat winner. Replacing the 200-horsepower 1.5-liter turbo with a 2.0-liter unit that cranks out 320-horsepower is the just the start, as the Type S gets a revised suspension, tech upgrades, and more aggressive style; all delivered with Acura’s savvy finesse, which makes it as luxurious as it is fun.
Ford Mustang – Best Sport Coupe
The Ford Mustang was the first and is now the last pony car. Leading a segment for many decades is one thing, but totally eliminating your competition is another, that’s almost reason enough to make the Mustang our choice for Best Sport Coupe. But also with the launch of its 7th generation, the Mustang took its biggest step ever towards modernization, it looks tougher, and of course delivers more performance bang for the buck than ever.
Ford may have stopped selling sedans altogether here, and even used the Mustang name to launch an electric SUV, but the new piston-powered Mustang coupe is proof they’re committed to keeping the real Mustang alive for gearheads for years to come.
Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray – Best Performance Car
Adding electrification to a vehicle can benefit it in many ways, but it’s all about performance when it comes to the Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray, our choice for Best Performance Car. By adding a small electric motor to the front axle of the mid-engine C8 Corvette, Chevrolet has not only created the quickest production Corvette ever with 2.5-second 0-60s and mid 10-second ¼-miles, but has also delivered the first ever all-wheel-drive Corvette. It’s proof that adding battery power is about much more than just efficiency.
Hyundai IONIQ 6 – Best EV
Hyundai has been a true leader in the EV movement, and delivers their latest with some old-school flair, the IONIQ 6 sedan. It features the same basic powertrain as their fantastic IONIQ 5 SUV, but it’s wrapped in some very dynamic yet familiar 4-door sedan packaging that makes it even more appealing.
Volkswagen ID.4 – Best EV
2021’s Volkswagen ID.4 SUV was just the start of all things EV for VW, with a host of ID full-electrics coming, yet they still found time this year to make their ground-breaking ID.4 even better, with more standard tech and better materials in the revised interior, while also lowering the starting price.
Kia EV9 – Best EV
But there’s only one EV that we’d say was truly a game changer this year, and that’s the Kia EV9. As the first true reasonably priced family size 3-row all-electric SUV, the EV9 not only sets a new benchmark for EVs, but for family SUVs in general.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – Best Small Utility
Our Best Small Utility, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, truly stands above the rest. It’s more than just the 38-miles of EV range that the all-wheel-drive plug-in powertrain delivers every time you charge it, there’s also great comfort in its not so small cabin, and with one of the few 3rd row options in the segment, tremendous flexibility to help growing families get through whatever life throws at them.
As an EV when you want it, and comfortable getaway machine when you need it, it’s a sure bet for us to pick the Outlander PHEV as our best small Ute.
Jeep Grand Cherokee – Best Midsize Utility
That ability to handle just about anything is also a theme for our Best Midsize Utility, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which is a back-to-back winner. After existing for decades as a rough around the edges take it or leave it SUV, the 5th generation Grand Cherokee arrived with all kinds of surprises including an extended L version with 3 rows of seating, and even an available 4xe plug-in powertrain which is very popular. For a brand that survived on tradition for decades, the Grand Cherokee makes a truly modern statement by any measure.
Toyota Grand Highlander – Best Large Utility
No brand covers the SUV landscape better than Toyota, with nine versatile and different designs, including the longtime great-selling 3-row utility, the Highlander. Where did they go from there? Well, Toyota made a Highlander that’s bigger and better, and appropriately named it the Grand Highlander, our Best Large Utility choice. While capitalizing on the Highlander name, the Grand Highlander is not a stretched Highlander, but a new, reimagined vehicle. Combine that with three powertrains that include two different hybrids, and it immediately becomes a high-water mark for its class.
Porsche Cayenne – Best Luxury Utility
Our Best Luxury Utility award goes to the Porsche Cayenne. Yes, Porsche is a performance-first brand, but if you’ve been inside a Cayenne, you know their attention to detail, and tradition of constant incremental improvements, has paid big dividends for the Cayenne and for Porsche buyers.
You can go mild to wild with everything from the standard 348-horsepower 6-cylinder to an over-the-top 729-horsepower Turbo E-Hybrid, and even an outrageous track-capable Turbo GT assembled with Porsche GT race parts. It’s an SUV the way only Porsche could do it, and it’s fantastic!
Chevrolet Colorado / GMC Canyon – Best Small Truck
Whether it’s the economy, gyrating fuel prices, or just the fact that people have realized that maybe they don’t need to drive a ginormous truck around every day; midsize trucks have made a real resurgence of late.
Leading that charge, and our Best Small Truck winners, are GM’s capable duo the Chevrolet Colorado & GMC Canyon. Both are all-new, and not only brought unique features to the segment, but big-truck style and capability too; plus, more options than ever for conquering off-road adventures.
Chevrolet Silverado – Best Fullsize Truck
And we’ll keep the GM tough truck love coming with our Best Fullsize Truck award going to the Chevrolet Silverado. The Silverado 1500 improved this year with more diesel power and significant improvements in off-road chops. The Silverado HD lineup also gets increased off-road performance options, as well as major improvements for the interior and towing technology. And on top of all that, they finally joined the EV truck game with a Silverado EV work truck with more range than any EV pickup yet. Quite a year for Silverado, and quite a year for Chevy trucks.
Ford Mustang – Best of the Year
The Ford Mustang is our 2024 MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Best of the Year! The new 7th generation Mustang boasts serious updates that are just adding insult to injury to the competitors that it has left in the dust. Yes, no more Camaros or Challengers for now, as the Mustang gallops on as the last remaining pony car.
3 years ago, we gave the electrified Mustang Mach-E this award, for ensuring that the Mustang name will live on. This time around, it drives off with the award for doing the things that the piston-powered Mustang has done for years, only better.
That includes delivering 486-horsepower’s worth of real-deal V8 muscle in the Mustang GT for the enthusiasts, and at the same time making the full Mustang experience attainable to just about everyone with the base EcoBoost 4-cylinder turbo, which now cranks out 315-horsepower.
Ford’s Performance Pack can be added to either one and includes chassis bracing, a limited slip rear, wider wheels, and bigger brakes.
The new Mustang is truly a modern showcase inside with lots of screen space, yet plenty of traditional controls remain, and those screens can even be configured to give off an old-school vibe.
Then you throw in things like a new Performance Electronic Parking Brake which simplifies whatever e-braking hijinks you plan on getting into. And, there’s a brand-new Mustang for the stable, the Mustang Dark Horse.
This menacing looking ‘stang gets a nice round 500-horsepower from the 5.0-liter thanks to upgraded internals from the GT500, quicker steering, a suspension overhaul, and a complete retune of just about every system to provide tremendous grip on the racetrack, without sacrificing the Mustang’s daily usability.
60-years ago, the Ford Mustang changed the game by making the joy of high-performance driving accessible to more people than ever, and now that we’re well into the 21st Century, not much about that reality has changed. The Ford Mustang, America’s original pony car lives on, and is better than ever. And that’s why it’s the MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Best of the Year.