Recent winners for 2022 in MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car Rankings include Grand Wagoneer, Telluride, Ford and Audi

Jeep Grand Wagoneer and Kia Telluride come after big winners in the latest update of the MotorTrend Ultimate Car Rankings. After launching these in-depth 2020 new car rankings, we’ve updated them twice a year so car buyers have the latest tools to sift through a turbulent car market full of choices.

You can find the full lineup of more than 40 ranked segments at motortrend.com/cars, but for the key highlights from our latest recap of MotorTrend Ultimate Car Rankings updates (our second of two updates for 2022), read on.

Our ranking system evaluates each model’s entire range and focuses more on the trims and models that people actually buy the most. This is how it works.

The Grand Wagoneer’s win

The Grand Wagoneer impressed MotorTrend enough to earn it a spot as a 2022 SUV of the Year finalist. Some on staff scoffed at the idea of ​​Jeep offering a $100,000 SUV, that is, until they experienced it. The standard-length model is very roomy, and we described its interior as “Audi-esque.” a longer-wheelbase L version joins the family for 2023 for those who need more room. Despite some of the lowest fuel economy and mileage scores in the segment, the 2022 Grand Wagoneer will make up ground with good scores for value (informed by data from the experts at IntelliChoice), technology and especially design innovation. The last measure is adapted to the segment in question; so a full-size luxury three-row SUV will need equal parts practical and luxurious forms of design innovation. And the Grand Wagoneer delivers, with room to stretch out, a great interior and an available McIntosh 23-speaker audio system.

So what could put more distance between the 2022 Grand Wagoneer and the second-place Lincoln Navigator and third-place Cadillac Escalade? A good NHTSA safety rating like the Navigator could help, and Jeep’s new Hurricane I-6 could lift fuel economy and range scores⁠ over the current V-8 models—but hopefully not at the expense of the driving experience. Find out if the Jeep holds its position in about six months when we release our next ranking update.

How did Telluride regain the top spot?

The 2023 Kia Telluride is once again our top-rated three-row SUV among non-luxury brands after relinquishing the top spot to the Subaru Ascent in our latest update covering the first half of 2022. So what changed? Mostly it’s a matter of value. The Telluride fared better this year in IntelliChoice’s annual survey of nearly 2,500 vehicles sorted down to trim. For the 2021 model year, high insurance costs were part of what lowered the Telluride’s overall value score, a reminder that we look at much more than just purchase price when considering value. For this year’s analysis, expected insurance costs remain high with Telluride, but five-year resale value has risen so much that its overall value score improved from poor to average.

Ford earns more podium finishes than any other brand

Ford came out on top with its unprecedented number of award-winning vehicles for this second half of the 2022 round of rankings. That means no other brand came close to Ford’s total of 14 vehicles in first, second and third place. Aside from the fact that only three of those 14 honors are for first place, it’s still quite an achievement to have so many vehicles near the top. In case you’re wondering, the first three vehicles were the 2022 Ford Mustang (Performance Coupe), 2022 Ford Expedition (Full-Size Three-Raw SUV), and 2022 Ford Maverick (Compact Truck). Toyota also has an impressive 11 podium finishes, six of which are first place finishes, also unprecedented by any brand this time around.

Audi continues to lead in luxury

Audi once again has more podium places than any other luxury brand. What’s new for this round of rankings is that it also takes the title for most top spots among luxury brands. Audi’s sedans and gorgeous fastbacks have fared better overall than its SUVs, with the Q8 taking the brand’s sole SUV top spot. The other four first places went to the A5 Sportback, A6 sedan, A6 Allroad and A7 Sportback.

Go to motortrend.com/cars/ to find out if your favorite marque has any winners on the podium for this round. Within MotorTrend Buying Guide, you can search our ranking pages directly by body type, view top rated vehicles on brand pages or go directly to a vehicle using our vehicle drop down menu. Or try Car Match, which uses rankings as a basis – answer a few quick questions and we’ll take care of the rest and make some recommendations.

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