For the second year in a row, no Toyota SUVs made the list of Car and Driver’s Editors’ Choice Awards for 2023. This comes as a considerable surprise, as the Japanese automaker had previously earned multiple awards in 2020 and 2021. Despite the lack of recognition this year, Toyota remains a formidable presence in the automotive industry, having released a number of highly acclaimed vehicles in recent years.
The Editors’ Choice Awards highlight the most noteworthy vehicles of the year, as chosen by Car and Driver’s expert panel of automotive journalists. In the SUV category, the editors chose to honor a total of 10 vehicles, a selection that conspicuously excluded any Toyota models. This marked a remarkable divergence from the past two years, when the Japanese automaker had won multiple awards in the same category.
The 2023 Toyota SUV lineup is an impressive one, featuring vehicles such as the RAV4, Highlander, and Land Cruiser. All of these models have received positive reviews from both critics and consumers alike, with many praising their performance, fuel efficiency, and safety features. Despite their high quality and popularity, none of these vehicles managed to secure a coveted Editors’ Choice Award.
The reasons for Toyota’s lack of recognition this year remain unclear. It could be that the automaker’s vehicles simply didn’t meet the editors’ exacting standards. It is also possible that the competition in the SUV category was particularly fierce this year, making it difficult for any one model to stand out.
Whatever the reason, it appears that Toyota’s SUVs will have to wait until 2024 to receive the Editors’ Choice Awards. The Japanese automaker will no doubt continue to produce high-quality vehicles in the meantime, and will undoubtedly remain a formidable presence in the industry.