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2024 AAA Car Guide - EVs Reign Supreme

SUVs also dominate, with the addition of three new categories

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AAA awards the 2023 All Electric Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC SUV with the overall top score for the 2024 Car Guide. This year, all category winners are either electric, plug-in electric hybrids or hybrids. Additionally, the SUV category was divided into small, midsize, and large due to popularity among car buyers.

"This research is designed to help consumers make well-informed decisions when shopping for a new vehicle," said Mike Hoshaw, vice president of automotive services, AAA East Central. "Since SUV’s continue to increase in popularity, this year’s AAA Car Guide separates SUV’s into three categories so car buyers can easily distinguish between the extensive number of available options."

Category Winners

Each of the AAA Car Guide winners has numerous ADAS safety features and performance capabilities. Announced today, the 2023 All Electric Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC SUV earned the top score overall, best large SUV, and best car over $60k. Researchers noted that the Mercedes-Benz has a very comfortable ride, a quiet cabin, and excellent headlight coverage.


The Ford F-150 Lightning ranks 1st in the pickup category. With its cutting-edge design, advanced technology, and energy efficiency, US drivers now can have everything they know and love about an F-150, designed for the electrified lifestyle. Researchers noted that the Ford F-150 Lightning has plenty of interior room for passengers and lots of standard ADAS features.

The highest scoring ranked by category are:




2023 All Electric Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC SUV (electric)

Small Car

2023 Volvo S60 Recharge Ultimate Black Edition (plug-in hybrid)

Midsize Car

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE 350 4MATIC Sedan (electric)

Large Car

2023 BMW i7 xDrive60 (electric)

Pickup Truck

2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat (electric)

Small SUV

2023 Hyundai IONIQ 5 Limited (electric)

Midsize SUV

2023 Genesis Electrified GV70 Prestige (electric)

Large SUV

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC SUV (electric)

Best Under $40K

2023 Honda CR-V Sport Touring (hybrid)

Best Between $40K - $60K

2023 Hyundai IONIQ 5 Limited (electric)

Over $60K

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC SUV (electric)

The AAA Car Guide includes comprehensive reviews of each vehicle based on 13 criteria, including the number of ADAS safety features, fuel efficiency, emissions, braking, handling, ride quality, and acceleration. These vehicles are tested, scored, and placed in one of seven vehicle type categories by the Automotive Research Center (ARC) of the Automobile Club of Southern California. 

AAA Efforts in EV Education

If you're an EV owner or someone interested in making the switch or trying a rental, AAA has got you covered with a range of resources and services. Since its establishment, AAA has been dedicated to advocating and educating people on mobility topics, and electric vehicles (EVs) are no exception.

AAA also provides consumers with other resources like the Your Driving Costs calculator, estimates of the cost to own a vehicle based on financing that vehicle, owning and driving it for five years, and trading in that vehicle at the end of those five years.

The 2023 AAA Your Driving Cost analysis revealed that EVs have the least expense associated with annual ownership costs in the categories of maintenance, repair and tire costs, fuel and licenses, registration and taxes.  

Winners, detailed evaluation criteria, vehicle reviews, and an in-depth analysis of the ADAS technology can be found at

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