From electric to combustion, automobiles are becoming ever more tech-infused and connected. 2022 should be an interesting year for automakers as shortages of microchips and other vital parts continue to be an issue. Labor is also an issue, but Autotrader has released its Best New Cars for 2022 list even with all the problems.
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The Autotrader list below is alphabetical, so they did not rate these in any favorite order. The list includes electric, hybrid, and traditional combustion cars and is relatively well-rounded. Read on to find out what the editors at Autotrader thought of their picks!
Autotrader Best New Cars for 2022
2022 Acura MDX
The MDX is all-new for 2022, boasting features like dual 12.3-inch display screens, standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with Amazon Alexa Built-in. A favorite feature is the ELS audio system, and our editors like the smooth, quiet ride, sharp handling, and interior comfort.Autotrader
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning
Combining the popularity of the F-150 pickup with the capability off an all-electric vehicle creates a real winner. With Ford’s Intelligent Backup Power, over-the-air software updates, and 11 power outlets available, this version of the F-150 is the perfect tool for both consumers and contractors. Bonus points for the large “Frunk.”Autotrader
2022 Ford Maverick
Great tools and services usually fill an unmet need, and that is exactly what the Ford Maverick does. While other popular small trucks have grown in price and size over the years, the Maverick gets it just right. The base price is under $20,000, a hybrid version is standard and is estimated to get 42 mpg in city driving, it can tow 4,000 pounds, it has a multi-position tailgate, and it’s attractive.Autotrader
2022 Genesis GV70
While Genesis is a relatively new luxury brand, it hit an out-of-the-park home run with the GV70. It’s good-looking, is both smooth and quick on the road, and has tons of up-to-date tech. One of our editors’ favorite tech features is the slightly off-center 360-degree parking camera – somehow it manages to give a camera view that looks like there’s a drone hovering just off the rear side of the car, so it comes off more like augmented reality than just a parking camera. The available 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 makes 375 hp and is as smooth as BMW’s best.Autotrader
2022 Honda Civic
This new version is the most mature, sophisticated Civic ever. While technically the Honda Civic competes against cars like the Toyota Corolla, this Honda feels like a level up. The interior boldly takes a minimalist approach yet manages to make that feel elegant. Our editors especially like the Civic EX’s combination of features, power and value.Autotrader
2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5
Electric vehicles have matured beyond just traditional gasoline cars fitted for electric powertrains later in life. Now, cars like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 are purpose-built EVs designed to be electric from the very beginning. This matters because when you eliminate the need for a large gas tank and delete a huge chunk of metal from between the two front wheels, the designer is freer to make dramatically different choices in terms of the car’s overall look, interior space and technology. And our editors like the way the Ioniq 5 looks.Autotrader
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Long popular with outdoorsy types and suburbanites alike, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is the perfect vehicle to explore the type of living that starts where the pavement ends – but with a little extra space when compared to the Wrangler. Jeep has taken the Grand Cherokee and made it grow up with two handsome versions – the standard Grand Cherokee, and a new three-row version, the Grand Cherokee L.Autotrader
2022 Kia Carnival
It’s hard to remake something that’s very familiar, but with the Carnival, Kia has done exactly that. Kia managed to rework the trusty minivan into something that retains the function of a minivan, but with the sophistication of a luxury SUV. And that isn’t just marketing spin – when our editors were driving the Carnival, several people asked if this is “a new Kia SUV.” It is remarkably attractive, functional and sophisticated.Autotrader
2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS
If you’re looking for an electric car that boasts the luxury, reputation and innovation of Mercedes-Benz, the EQS is for you. Depending on the version you choose, you can expect a range of 340 – 350 miles. Our editors think the range and interior of the EQS are enough to win over many Tesla shoppers, beyond the fact that the EQS also is good-looking.Autotrader
2022 Nissan Frontier
The 2022 Nissan Frontier is such a dramatic update of the previous version, it’s essentially a new truck. The Frontier’s 3.8-liter V6 engine produces 310 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque, making it best in class second only to the Ford Ranger. Inside, you’ll find newly available features like Zero Gravity seats, wireless phone charging, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a variety of power outlets.Autotrader
2022 Rivian R1T
Pickups and SUVs have been a sort of blind spot when it comes to electric vehicles, as their size and weight (and often the demands placed on trucks) make them poor candidates for all-electric power. But now, Rivian has opened that door. Like Tesla, Rivian isn’t a long-standing legacy automaker, yet it has created a very compelling electric vehicle that looks good and performs well. The Rivian R1T isn’t a concept or plan or a “someday” electric truck – it is here now making its way into consumers’ hands, and it is very good.Autotrader
2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI
The eighth generation of VW’s affordable and fun performance car, the 2022 Golf GTI now has an Audi-like interior, compelling tech, more power and a modern new look. The Golf GTI’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine also makes impressive power, paired through a standard 6-speed manual transmission.Autotrader
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Last Updated on February 9, 2022.