Top Winner is 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC SUV

PORTLAND, Ore., – The 2023 All Electric Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC SUV takes the overall top score in the 2024 AAA Car Guide. Every year, AAA ranks new electric vehicles, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, diesel vehicles that meet California emission standards, and vehicles that run on hydrogen fuel. Vehicles must be all-new or completely redesigned for 2023 or 2024.

The AAA Car Guide includes comprehensive reviews of each vehicle based on 13 criteria, including the number of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (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.

“Consumers shopping for a new vehicle have many choices and the process can be overwhelming. For those wanting an EV or a hybrid, the 2024 AAA Car Guide can help by rating and ranking the latest vehicles,” says Marie Dodds, public affairs director for AAA Oregon/Idaho.

This year’s overall winner is the 2023 All Electric Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC SUV.  This all-electric SUV not only won the top score overall but is also named 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, U.S. drivers now can have everything they know and love about an F-150, powered by electricity. 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:

2024 Car Guide Winners

Find the complete listing of all of the winners and honorable mentions here.

You can also find reviews of many of these vehicles at the AAA Oregon/Idaho car reviews – EVs, hybrids and plug-in hybrids.

AAA 2024 Car Guide
Overall winner, Best Large SUV and Best Over $60k: 2023 All Electric Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC SUV
AAA 2024 Car Guide
Best Small Car: 2023 Volvo S60 Recharge Ultimate Black Edition (plug-in hybrid)
AAA 2024 Car Guide
Best Midsize Car: 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE 350 4MATIC Sedan (electric)
AAA 2024 Car Guide
Best Large Car: 2023 BMW i7 xDrive60 (electric)
AAA 2024 Car Guide
Best Pickup: 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat (electric)
AAA 2024 Car Guide
Best Small SUV: 2023 Hyundai IONIQ 5 Limited (electric)
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Best Midsize SUV: 2023 Genesis Electrified GV70 Prestige (electric)

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.

EV 101:Online resource for anyone interested in going electric, whether shopping for new OR used.

#AdultingwithAAA: Car Care Electric Vehicles – Low Maintenance – No Problem: AAA series for young adults providing helpful tips, advice and life hacks on all things “#Adulting”.

Mobile EV Charging Pilot & AAA EV Member Benefits: AAA Oregon/Idaho offers mobile EV charging as part of our roadside assistance and will get EV owners back on the go if they run out of charge. AAA Oregon/Idaho also offers EV charging at many of our AAA Service Centers. These are just some of the many benefits and services we offer our members who drive EVs.

EV Research: AAA in-house experts conduct research about consumer sentiment around EVs and their functionality.

AAA Car Guide Website: For those in the market for newer used EVs, the online resources also contain links to the two prior editions in 2022 and 2023.

AAA also provides consumers with other resources such as 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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