June 16, 2024
Electric & Hybrid Cars

Top Selections for May 2024: Discover the Latest Tacoma, E-Class and More chosen by Editors

This month, we reviewed a variety of vehicles that have recently undergone significant updates. The 2024 Toyota Tacoma has earned our Editors’ Pick designation for its substantial improvements over the previous model. Other standouts include the revamped Mercedes-Benz E-Class and refreshed Lexus LC, which continue to impress. Additionally, we had the opportunity to test drive the Cadillac Lyriq and found it to be a worthy recommendation.

2024 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro action front three quarter

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Overview: The Toyota Tacoma is a top-notch midsize pickup offering various configurations, off-road models, and a hybrid powertrain option. It now delivers a complete and impressive package.

Rating: 8

Competitors: Ford Ranger, Nissan Frontier, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Honda Ridgeline, Jeep Gladiator

Pros: Strong performance and torque, extensive customization options, abundant off-road features, refined ride, availability of manual transmission

Cons: Noisy engine, higher price point, Limited trim lacks plushness, clunky manual transmission

Editor’s Note:

News Editor Joel Stocksdale — “I’m highly impressed with the Tacoma, even without testing the top-tier powertrain. It presents a strong performance, efficiency, refined ride, and a wide range of features and customizations.”

Analysis: 2024 Toyota Tacoma Review: All-new and highly configurable

 

2024 Lexus LC

2024 Lexus LC 500h

2024 Lexus LC 500h

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Overview: The craftsmanship and attention to detail of the Lexus LC are unmatched. However, it’s the driving experience that truly sets this car apart. The addition of a functional infotainment system further enhances its appeal.

Rating: 8.5

Competitors: Porsche 911, Chevrolet Corvette, Jaguar F-Type, BMW 8 Series, Maserati GranTurismo

Pros: One of the most comprehensive cars on the market, exceptional engine sound, award-winning design, exhilarating driving experience

Cons: Restricted trunk space, unconventional hybrid offering

Editor’s Note: 

Road Test Editor Zac Palmer — “The LC is undeniably one of my favorite cars to drive and be in. While the 2024 update brings a significant improvement to the infotainment system, there are still some areas that could be further refined. Among all the high-performance grand tourers available today, the LC 500 is the one I would choose to park in my driveway.”

Analysis: 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible First Drive

 

2024 Cadillac Lyriq

2024 Cadillac Lyriq Sport 3

2024 Cadillac Lyriq Sport 3

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Overview: The Cadillac Lyriq stands out for its impressive design, luxurious interior, and advanced technology. While there are areas for improvement in the driving experience, it remains a compelling choice for a luxury EV.

Rating: 7.5

Competitors: Tesla Model X, Audi Q8 E-Tron, Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV, Jaguar I-Pace, Genesis GV70 Electrified, Lexus RZ

Pros: Competitively priced, exceptionally luxurious interior, innovative charging technology, stylish design and driving performance

Cons: Limited cargo space, lacks sporty or ultra-comfortable driving dynamics

Editor’s Note:

Road Test Editor Zac Palmer — “I appreciate the Lyriq for its impressive interior and advanced tech features. However, there are some shortcomings in the chassis tuning that affect its handling and ride quality. Overall, it’s a strong contender in the EV market and worthy of consideration.”

Senior Editor, Electric John Beltz Snyder — “The cabin of the

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