The shortest month of the year spawned a few Editors’ Picks picks, and they come from different categories in the automotive world. One comes with a special caveat, the Lexus NX. In particular, the new NX that gets our nod is the 450h plug-in hybrid model. We can wholeheartedly recommend an NX in this guise for its excellent electric powertrain, but the other versions don’t affect us in the same way. Other than that, it’s one of the newest from GM clearance, and it’s certainly some good ones.
In case you missed our previous Editors’ Picks posts, here’s a quick refresher on 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 will be given Editors’ Pick status. Those are the ones we would recommend to our friends, family, and anyone curious and asking the question. The list below is made up of all the cars we reviewed in January that earned an Editors’ Pick.
2022 GMC Yukon
Quick take: The Yukon is a large, comfortable and versatile SUV that has something for everyone, as long as you can tolerate the fuel consumption. It is an excellent middle ground between the Tahoe and Escalade.
What it competes with: Ford Expedition, Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, Lincoln Navigator, Chevrolet Tahoe, Cadillac Escalade
Benefits: Plenty of room, comfortable ride, great trim variety, powerful engine options
cons: V8 Fuel economy, infotainment can be slow, unexciting basic interiors
From the editors
Road Test Editor, Zac Palmer – “GM’s full-size SUVs are fantastic this time around, especially if you opt for the magnetic shocks and air suspension. The availability of a diesel engine that vastly improves fuel economy is huge, and the Denali trim is more special than ever with its unique interior design. Personally, I also prefer the Yukon’s styling over Tahoe’s.”
In-depth analysis: 2022 GMC Yukon Review | AT4 and Denali are the strongest arguments
2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
Quick take: Cadillac is on top of the mountain with its performance sedans, and the CT4-V Blackwing is no exception. One ride in this magnificent creation will convince any enthusiast that it is a sporty sedan of the highest level.
What it competes with: BMW M3, BMW M2, Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Sedan, Audi RS 5 Sportback, Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Benefits: A perfect chassis, very powerful engine, manual available, price
cons: Not quite the German equal in tech, luxury interior requires extra options
From the editors:
Road Test Editor Zac Palmer – “I would have this car above any other in the high-performance sports sedan class. It offers as much performance as anyone could ever want, and it does so in a car that still feels engaging and fun to drive It fixes the main pain points of the ATS-V and leaves you with very few things to rightly complain about.”
Associate Editor Byron Hurd – “CT4 or CT5-V Blackwing? There is no wrong answer, but it was the CT4 that converted me not only to Cadillac, but also to General Motors. GM looks set to do internal combustion with a big bang The Blackwings are the most satisfying sports sedans on their six-figure side (sorry, Alfa fans) and it doesn’t really come close.”
In-depth analysis: 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing First Drive Review | A beautiful sunset
2022 Lexus NX 450h PHEV
Quick take: Only the PHEV version of the new Lexus NX gets the Editor’s Pick nod, and that’s because it’s the only powertrain we recommend you buy among the other relatively average options. Among other luxury PHEVs of this size, however, the NX 450h is a top performer in the most essential stats.
What it competes with: Audi Q5 PHEV, Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring, Volvo XC60 Charging
Benefits: Large electric range, driving pleasure, solid interior
cons: Other NX models remain behind, interior technology could use some updates
From the editors:
Senior Editor James Riswick — “The NX PHEV gets our Editor’s Pick mainly because it’s one of the few plug-in hybrid compact SUVs. However, it goes further with a load than the others, benefiting from a well-constructed cabin and Lexus’ strong reliability reputation.”
Associate Editor Byron Hurd – “The petrol-powered NX is a competent, reasonably comfortable highway cruiser with much improved technology, but there are more attractive options out there. The hybrid is where the NX goes from just good enough to pretty good; that PHEV powertrain is excellent.”
Extensive information: 2022 Lexus NX Review | A solid entry for hybrid fighters