Toyota has a reputation for building durable, high-quality cars, trucks and SUVs. Its lineup is populated with top-rated cars in every category, including many in US News & World Report’s 2022 rankings. The Toyota Avalon won Best Large Car for the Family and Best Large Car for the Money for the fourth year in a row. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid took home the best hybrid SUV and electric SUV for family honors. Finally, the Toyota Camry Hybrid was a finalist for several awards, including Best Hybrid and Electric Car for the Money and Best Hybrid and Electric Car for the Family.
Using US News’ list, we put together the five best Toyota models based on US News’ overall score. All these vehicles have won awards and are among the top vehicles in their class
1. The 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid ranks as the best new Toyota
- Total Results: 8.7/10
If you’re shopping for a midsize hybrid family car that doesn’t look like a round block of cheese, you can’t go wrong with the Toyota Camry. Named a finalist for US News’ 2022 Best Hybrid and Electric Car for the Money and 2022 Best Hybrid and Electric Car for the Family, the Camry Hybrid offers all the goodness of the regular Camry at up to 53 mpg.
Along with excellent fuel economy, the hybrid powertrain delivers quick and smooth acceleration. It balances performance with a quiet, comfortable ride, making it a nice place to clock up the miles. US News thinks the Toyota Camry Hybrid is “worthy of serious consideration” and should be at the top of your list.
2. The 2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is a large sedan with lots of space
If you want a Toyota Camry hybrid but need something bigger, the Avalon might be your ticket. It’s spacious, well-appointed, and offers plenty of room and a large cargo area. US News ranked it as one of the best cars in its class and named it a finalist in their 2022 Best Hybrids and Electric Cars for Families.
The Avalon boasts all the qualities that make the Camry stand out, including decent performance, a comfortable, quiet ride, and plenty of features. The Avalon Hybrid is also good with gas, getting up to 44 mpg.
3. The 2022 Toyota Avalon shares many features with the hybrid model
Much of what was said about the Toyota Avalon Hybrid can be said about the regular Avalon. Unlike the Avalon Hybrid, the regular Avalon took home two US News awards for 2022, including Best Large Car for the Money and Best Large Car for the Family.
Like the hybrid model, the 2022 Toyota Avalon impresses with its Lexus-like features, spacious high-level interior, comfortable seats and large trunk. This is motoring in the classic sense of a large family sedan. Unfortunately, like many classic family sedan nameplates before it, the Avalon is out to pasture after 2023.
4. 2022 Toyota RAV4 is the best new Toyota SUV
- Total Results: 8.1/10
Toyota’s 2022 RAV4 occupies the small crossover sweet spot, with room for five, room for cargo, and good fuel economy of up to 35 mpg on the highway. Like its Toyota siblings, it should be quiet, comfortable and provide years of reliable service.
Unlike the other Toyotas on this list, the regular RAV4 didn’t win an award or be a finalist for anything in 2022. But that won’t stop you from watching it. It is still one of the best small SUVs on the market.
5. 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a fuel efficient SUV
The big advantage of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid over the standard RAV4 is fuel economy. Hybrid models get up to 41 mpg city and 38 mpg highway. But like the regular RAV4, it offers room for five people and plenty of room for cargo. The cabin is superior, with an easy-to-use infotainment system and plenty of features.
The RAV4 Hybrid also went home empty-handed from the US News Awards ceremony. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a winner. As hybrid SUVs go, the combination of room, features and great fuel economy is still hard to beat.
Which new Toyota model is the best car for you?
The Toyota models on this list exemplify the brand’s lineup of great vehicles. After all, the car brand is known for manufacturing high-quality cars. To determine which new car or SUV is best for your daily driving needs, we recommend hitting the road for a few test drives.
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