Editors’ Choice April 2022 | The Toyobaru twins and the Kia EV6

This month’s Editors’ Picks we honored the Toyobaru twins – Toyota GR86 and Subaru BRZ – and the all-new Kia EV6. We also evaluated a number of other EVs and mainstream SUVs, but it was the newer models that stood out in their respective segments. Even before all the upgrades to the GR86 and BRZ, they were shoes for editors’ picks. However, their respective scores have both increased for the new generation, and they continue their winning streak. Meanwhile, the Kia EV6 is one of our favorite new cars on sale – read on to find out more.

In case you missed our previous Editors’ Choice articles, here’s a quick recap of what’s going on here. We rate all new cars we drive with a score of 1-10. Cars that are exemplary in their respective segments earn Editors’ Choice status. These are the ones we recommend to our friends, family, and anyone who is curious and asks. The list below includes all the cars we reviewed in March that earned an Editor’s Choice.

Toyota GR86 2022

Quick take: Compromises are rare when it comes to the GR86. It handles extremely well, has a reasonably powerful boxer engine and is very low priced. It’s a sports car worth every penny.

Score: 8.5

What it competes with: Subaru BRZ, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, Toyota GR Supra 2.0, Nissan Z

Advantages: Superb handling, punchy engine, excellent value for money

The inconvenients: Basic interior niceties, noisy on the highway, stiff ride

From the publishers

Road Tests Editor Zac Palmer – “When it comes to getting the most bang for your buck, no new car does it better than the GR86 (or BRZ). It’s accessible to drive for someone new to sports cars, but offers all the control and balance experienced enthusiasts also seek. I stuck my nose at the previous generation 86 and BRZ because of the engine (mid-range torque drop), but with that completely corrected for this new car, I can wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone.

Editor James Riswick – “I drove a GR86 with the six-speed automatic transmission. This pairing adds a Sport mode that nicely sharpens throttle response and increases the frequency of downshifts. It does this quickly when picking up the throttle and intelligently anticipates the need to do so when braking hard in a corner. I still preferred to use the paddle shifters…not to mention the manual transmission. Either way, the GR86 is more fun to drive than more practical hot hatches, and more practical than a Miata. A happy medium.

Associate Editor Byron Hurd – “The 86 was already a solid value and the GR redesign makes it even more so, especially in this market. With the dewatering of cheap staples, the GR86 is even more attractive than its predecessor. I really can’t think of a reason not to buy one if you’re looking for a cheap enthusiast’s car with a solid warranty.

In-depth analysis: 2022 Toyota GR 86 First Drive | A catchy chorus

2022 Subaru BRZ

Quick take: The BRZ is finally a complete sports car with an engaging engine, a perfect chassis and a super affordable price to boot. We cannot recommend it highly enough.

Score: 8.5

What it competes with: Toyota GR86, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, Toyota GR Supra 2.0, Nissan Z

Advantages: Superb handling, punchy engine, great value for money, better ride than the GR86

The inconvenients: Basic interior, noisy in cabin, limited utility

Publishers:

Road Tests Editor Zac Palmer – “I personally prefer looking at the GR86 over the BRZ, but I would never blame anyone for going with the Subaru. As James points out below, driving on certain roads is slightly kinder to our butts in the Subaru. That said, pretty much all of the praise I’ve heaped on the GR86 above applies to the BRZ as well. It really is the perfect sports car for so many people.

Editor James Riswick — “Of the Toyabaru twins, I choose and recommend the BRZ. No need to guess. Its ride is more compliant than the GR86, which is good for your spine around town and for keeping the rear end set up on a mountain road where the pavement isn’t pristine. Otherwise, this car is a joy to drive, and the new engine makes all the difference: it’s actually mid-range now, and it sounds pretty good, especially as you approach the redline.

In-depth analysis: 2022 Subaru BRZ first drive | Save the sports cars!

Kia EV6 2022

Quick take: The Kia EV6 does so much from a mechanical and technical point of view. It’s the complete and very competitive package in the EV space. Meanwhile, its eye-catching design might be enough to sell you.

Score: 9.0

What it competes with: Hyundai Ioniq 5, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Volkswagen ID.4, Tesla Model Y, Polestar 2, Volvo C40 Recharge, Volvo XC40 Recharge

Advantages: Stellar design, nice (and futuristic) interior, good range, fast acceleration

The inconvenients: Frunk expensive and limited

Publishers:

Editor James Riswick — “A home run. Among reasonably affordable EVs (so not a Taycan or Mercedes EQS), this is my nomination for best of the bunch. Compelling head-turning design, cool and functional interior, easy-to-use technology, above-average material quality, ample space, tidy ride balance… and I haven’t even mentioned its impressive range and load credentials. Kia doesn’t mess around.

Editor Joel Stocksdale – “Despite using many of the same mechanical and electrical parts from its siblings, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Genesis GV60, the Kia EV6 manages to stand out as a one-off offering. to the others, with a completely unique and very clean style.The interior in particular, with its futuristic-looking center console, its striped dashboard (at least in the GT-Line models) and its low roof give it the impression of a sports car or GT. And more importantly, its unique suspension tuning helps it feel better on the road. It has much less body roll and better body control over bumps than the Hyundai, this which makes it a more fun and inspiring car for sport driving. It’s a little firmer, but that’s a compromise we like. Plus it comes with all the other great features of the platform, such as powerful electric motors s, impressive range, vehicle-to-charge charging, support for 350kW fast charging, plenty of legroom and a spacious cargo area. It’s a very impressive electric vehicle in every way.

Deputy Editor Byron Hurd – “I enjoyed the EV6 even more than I enjoyed the Hyundai Ioniq 5. I prefer Kia’s interior styling and control interface, although I think Kia’s exterior styling Hyundai’s sci-fi is a bit more interesting.”

Detailed information : 2022 Kia EV6 Review | Equal parts cool and practical

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