Toyota Grand Highlander, Buick Invista and some beautiful luxury cars

Toyota Grand Highlander, Buick Invista and some beautiful luxury cars

It’s been a month since we brought you a full roundup of Autoblog editors’ picks, and that top list will continue to grow as more new cars hit the market. For November 2023, we have three SUVs coming in different sizes and prices including the Buick Envista, Toyota Grand Highlander and Mercedes-Benz GLS. And if you’re looking for a sports convertible, the BMW Z4 is one that should be on your shortlist, as it’s finding its way into this month’s Editors’ Picks as well.

In case you missed our previous Editors’ Pick posts, here’s a quick refresher on what’s going on here. We rate all new cars we drive from 1 to 10. Cars that are exemplary in their segments earn an Editors’ Choice rating. These are the ones we recommend to our friends, family, and anyone who is curious and asks the question. The list you’ll find below consists of every car we evaluated in November that earned an Editors’ Choice.

Toyota Grand Highlander 2024

Quick take: The Hybrid Max is the one to get, but the Grand Highlander comes highly recommended for its extra space, beautiful interior, and fuel-efficient engines.

a result: 7

What it competes with: Kia Telluride, Jeep Grand Cherokee L, Chevy Traverse, Honda Pilot, Subaru Ascent, Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9, Kia Sorento, Buick Enclave, Nissan Pathfinder, Volkswagen Atlas, Mazda CX-90

Positives: Two hybrid powertrain options; Exceptional cargo space; The third row is usable; An elegant and quiet trip.

cons: Expensive for this sector. Less noisy and slow hybrid powertrain.

From the editors:

Senior Editor, Electric, John Peltz Snyder – “The Grand Highlander is a great alternative to the standard Highlander for Toyota faithful for its usable third row. The choice of engines is a big boon, too, whether you want a gas-sipping hybrid,” a solid-state gas engine or a plug-in hybrid. More powerful with extra performance. You’ll just have to pay more for all of it.”

Deep analysis: 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander review: A powerful, new three-row competitor

2024 Buick Invista

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  • Image credit: John Beltz Snyder

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  • Image credit: John Beltz Snyder

  • Image credit: John Beltz Snyder

  • Image credit: John Beltz Snyder

Quick take: The Envista is one of our top picks for subcompact SUVs. They offer tremendous value in an attractive design that looks much more expensive than it is. Home ride for Buick.

a result: 8

What it competes with: Ford Bronco Sport, Chevy Trax, Jeep Compass, Chevy Trailblazer, Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX-30, Honda HR-V, Nissan Kicks, Toyota Corolla Cross, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Mini Countryman, Kia Soul, Kia Seltos

Positives: Compelling design; Ample space for portion. A quiet and refined driving experience; Powerful and efficient motor. Well equipped. low price.

cons: All-wheel drive is not available; Armrests are a bit hard.

From the editors:

Senior Editor, Electrical, John Beltz Snyder – “I was quite impressed with the Envista. It feels different from the competition, but without looking outlandish. The price belies the car’s comfort, just as the production numbers belie its around-town exuberance. If you don’t need a system Four-wheel drive, and you want a really nice car on a budget, Invista isn’t a bad way to go.”

Deep analysis: 2024 Buick Invista review: Looks like it’s priced at $60,000 and costs less than $30,000

2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS

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Quick take: The GLS brings S-Class panache to a full-size SUV. Her journey is amazing. The design is elegant with a touch of solidity and the interior is large and utilitarian.

a result: 8

What it competes with: BMW X7, Audi Q7, Acura MDX, Volvo XC90, Lincoln Aviator, Range Rover, Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Positives: Very comfortable driving; AMG Entertainment model; Tons of utility Stylish and attractive design.

cons: Expensive option; It still works with the infotainment technology from the previous generation.

From the editors:

Road test editor Zach Palmer – “As far as three-row luxury SUVs go, it’s somewhere between the GLS and the X7 for me. The I actually like that it still rocks the climate controls from Mercedes’ previous generation with physical buttons and switches. The interior design is general, comfortable and spacious at the same time. That’s doubly true for the ultra-luxurious GLS 600 Maybach version of ‘Easily the most luxurious SUV on four wheels outside of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. If you want an S-Class but need more space, it’s hard to go wrong with this GLS.”

Deep analysis: The 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS gets its first major update

2023 BMW Z4

Quick take: The Z4 is all about pure fun, and it happily gets the job done thanks to the M40i’s beautiful inline-six, light, agile body and convertible nature.

a result: 7.5

What it competes with: Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, Jaguar F-Type Convertible, Ford Mustang Convertible, Porsche 718 Boxster, Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Positives: Surprisingly good handling. Both the four- and six-cylinder engines are spunky and fun. Compact and attractive design.

cons: On the expensive side versus the Mate Supra platform; The technology lags behind other new BMWs.

From the editors:

Road Test Editor Zach Palmer – “The Z4 is a criminally underrated sports car. All that hype goes to the Toyota GR Supra’s less expensive platform mate, but don’t forget these two share a platform, engines and more. When it comes down to it With BMW performance, the Z4 M40i is truly one of the best cars in the range, largely because it’s much lighter than even the M2. The only thing missing is a manual transmission like the Supra offers, then the Z4’s going to be close to perfection for a convertible sports car. . It’s comfortable and quiet enough that you can happily drive it every day. Don’t forget the Z4!”

Deep analysis: 2023 BMW Z4 first drive review: More fun than you think

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