Now, as the year draws to a close, we're compiling the best of the best from 2023 into a list (and who knows, maybe it'll be updated before the end of the year). Some finalists may surprise you, while others easily made it into the top ten.
After careful analysis, we have selected the most notable cars released in 2023, which stand out not only for their innovative technology, but also for their exclusive design. These include models from respected manufacturers like Aston Martin and Porsche, as well as from other auto giants that have contributed to the evolution of automotive design and engineering. These cars not only represent technological progress, they also symbolize a step into the future of automotive art.
Best of the Rest
Of course, we wanted to make our list more extensive, because 2023 was truly a fruitful year. And the Chinese went around the whole world, assembling, for example, the same urban and universal car BYD Dolphin, which received pan-European recognition. Therefore, some cars for one reason or another were not included in our rating. For example: We criticized the Hyundai Elantra N for its hard, plasticky interior, and while the new BMW M2 is absurdly powerful, it doesn't particularly impress in terms of either design or comfort. Range Rover, Mercedes and Volvo all had their own little problems that kept them out of the top ten.
10. BMW i7
The new i7 is as luxurious as modern BMWs. Its all-electric powertrain gives it 536 horsepower and a range of up to 300 miles, but you need a second row. The massive 31.3-inch 4K video screen folds down from the ceiling and comes with built-in streaming services, as well as plenty of amenities like massaging seats and even auto-closing doors. It's essentially a Rolls-Royce at a fraction of the cost.
9. Aston Martin DBX707
The Lamborghini Urus has a serious competitor in the Aston Martin DBX707. Its 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine produces 697 horsepower, accelerates to 100 km/h in 3.1 seconds and has a top speed of 311 km/h. Aston engineers have also recalibrated the air suspension for improved body control and tweaked the electronic power steering to make it incredibly responsive – especially for a car of this size.
8. Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy with all-wheel drive
Hyundai almost never misses these days. The updated Palisade—especially in the luxurious Calligraphy trim—is another winner, thanks to its premium luxury interior, excellent safety equipment and affordable price. You can get a fully loaded Palisade Calligraphy for just $52,000.
7. Genesis GV60
True high-performance electric vehicles are few and far between, but the GV60 Performance has enough power and poise to make it worthy of praise. With 429 horsepower, the GV60 Performance can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 4.0 seconds, with a total range of a respectable 378 km.
6. BMW X7
BMW's largest SUV is also one of the best. The three-row X7 gets an update for 2023 that adds a 375-horsepower mild-hybrid inline-six engine, fresh exterior styling and the iDrive 8 infotainment system with a new 14.9-inch touchscreen. This is a great luxury SUV in every way.
5. Lexus RX Hybrid
Lexus fully adheres to the mantra: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." The 2023 RX Hybrid is all-new, although it looks very similar to the SUV it replaces. The arrival of an updated hybrid powertrain with more power and efficiency makes Lexus' best-selling model even more compelling; The 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine gives it 246 horsepower and fuel consumption of up to 9 liters per 100 km.
4. BMW XM
Even though the XM is a 2,721kg hybrid SUV, believe it or not, it is actually a stunning performance vehicle. Its 664 horsepower allows it to accelerate to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds, and it can even travel up to 13.5 km on battery power alone. This is amazingly good, although it sounds like a pun in relation to the characteristics of a standard electric car today.
3. Mercedes-AMG SL43
The Mercedes-AMG SL43 is the first four-cylinder SL in 60 years, and it's stellar. The 375 horsepower is plenty to get you going quickly, the handling is superb and, in typical Mercedes style, the cabin is plush and loaded with technology. It's not that it's cheap, but its starting price of $111,050 makes the SL43 the most affordable option of the bunch.
2. Chevrolet Corvette Z06
With a new 5.5-liter flat-plane V8 engine under the hood, the Z06 is a powerful car. It produces 670 horsepower and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.6 seconds, with a top speed of 304 km/h. It's also incredibly dynamic, thanks to super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires and adaptive Magnetic Ride Control. Chevrolet has created a true supercar in the form of the new Z06 - we call it the "Detroit Ferrari."
1. Porsche 911 Carrera T
The Porsche 911 Carrera T is a car worthy of being passed down from generation to generation. Its 3.0-liter turbocharged flat-six engine produces 339 horsepower and a blazing 7,500 rpm, all controlled by a seven-speed manual transmission. The 911 Carrera T is an exciting sports car in every way, and it might be the best way to spend $118,000.