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5 Best Cars for 2023

4 minute read

By Christopher Brown

Key Takeaways

  • The results are in, and VW, Honda, Toyota, Acura, and Mazda reign supreme in 2023.
  • From quality commuters to performance-driven hot hatchbacks, there’s a lot to love about the latest and greatest cars.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for the car enthusiast. But you don’t have to know your way around an engine block to take an interest in the best cars of the year. You could be in the market for a new car yourself. If that’s the case then you’re in the right place.

Today we’re going to take a look at the most attractive new options available to car buyers in 2023. From Honda to Toyota, to Mazda to VW, there’s a lot to love about 2023’s slate of vehicles. Whether you’re on the hunt for a reliable commuter or looking for a little more luxury, you’ll no doubt discover it here.

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Enough yammering! Let’s take a look at the best cars of 2023!

Acura Integra

Price: $32,495 – $36,8951 (depending on the trim)

Fuel Efficiency: 30/37 MPG

Horsepower: 200 HP

2023 marks the return of the Integra, and oh what a return it is. Acura’s brand new four-door hatchback is an entry-level luxury vehicle that’s powered by Honda’s legendary turbocharged 1.5-liter engine. Stylish sport seats give the interior an upscale feel, and complement the Integra’s responsive handling nicely.

The Integra comes standard with a 10.2-inch digital gauge and a 7-inch infotainment system that’s upgradable to 9-inches. It comes standard with lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and automated braking, with the option to add front and rear parking sensors, and low-speed braking control.2

Honda Civic

Price: $26,145 – $32,0453 (depending on the trim)

Fuel Efficiency: 30/37 MPG

Horsepower: 158 HP

It would be more surprising if the Honda Civic didn’t make our list of the year’s best. A perennial performer through and through, the 2023 Honda Civic delivers another year of great reliability, desirable tech features, and impressive performance at a price point that demands attention. The 2023 model is available in both hatchback and sedan, and offers buyers four engine options to choose from.

The interior is full of convenient small and large storage spaces, and comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The 2023 Civic shines in the safety-assistance department, offering automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control standard.4

Mazda3

Price: $23,550 – $35,3005 (depending on the trim)

Fuel Efficiency: 28/37 MPG6

Horsepower: 191 HP

The brand that’s become synonymous with a fun driving experience did it again with this year’s Mazda3. This punchy little hatchback makes short work of tight corners, and the optional turbocharged 2.5-liter can go from 0-60 in just 6.1 seconds. The all new Mazda3 is available in all wheel drive too.

The inside is equal parts practical and stylish. Easy to use controls simplify the driving experience, and standard safety features like collision mitigation and adaptive cruise control are nice to have. It leaves a little to be desired in the storage and leg room department, but the Mazda3 is a great option for commuters that put a premium on performance.

Volkswagen GTI

Price: $30,530 – $39,8707 (depending on the trim)

Fuel Efficiency: 25/34 MPG8

Horsepower: 241 HP

Speaking of performance, the all new VW GTI delivers all the power fans of the brand love so much. The iconic hot-hatchback comes standard with a 241 HP 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with two impressive transmission options, including a six-speed manual and a seven-speed automatic.

VW modernized the interior this year with two large displays including a standard 10-inch infotainment touchscreen. It is loaded with standard safety features driver-assistance tech, like automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, emergency assist, as well as the brand’s IQ.Drive system.9

Toyota GR Corolla

Price: $36,995 – $50,99510 (depending on the trim)

Fuel Efficiency: 21/28 MPG11

Horsepower: 300 HP

This isn’t your uncle’s Corolla. Toyota’s brand new GR is designed to compete with the top performing hot-hatchbacks in the industry, and it does it with class-leading style. The 2023 GR Corolla is powered by a turbocharged three-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission capable of generating a jaw dropping 300 HP.

Sporty interior features include a push button start, automatic climate control, and sport seats. The 8-inch infotainment display is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ready, and the standard safety features rival even the most generous brands. The 2023 GR Corolla is backed by a 5-year powertrain warranty and comes with complimentary maintenance for 2 years or 25,000 miles.12

Hit The Gas!

We didn’t need to mention the ultra-fast sports cars hitting the streets in 2023 to get drivers excited about this year’s slate of new rides. Honda, Toyota, Mazda, Volkswagen, and Acura have done more than enough to impress car aficionados and consumers the world over. It’s safe to say that there’s never been a better time to bring home a new car. The only thing left for you to do is take one for a spin.

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