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The best cars you can buy in 2022

The best cars you can buy in 2022

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What are the best new cars to buy? It’s a tough question to answer, and highly dependent on what you’re looking for. Some vehicles offer value; others strive for excellence. Some try to be generalists; others specialize in a specific aspect. Maybe you’re looking for a hyper-efficient electric car or you want a raw-sounding V8. We are not here to judge.

What unites the best cars, regardless of their purpose, is that they go beyond what they need to be. Whether it’s a trusted icon that has mastered the art for decades or an upstart who catches those cars’ product planners taking a nap, the best cars go the extra mile to deliver the optimal driving experience.

There are tons of new cars out there – and we at the Gear Patrol auto department have driven most of them. Here’s our authoritative (though admittedly subjective) list of the best cars to buy in 2022.

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Best Small Truck: Ford Maverick

The Maverick isn’t the flashiest vehicle in the Ford range, but it’s a new small truck that bends the segment and perhaps redefines what a truck can be. It is the first affordable, practical and fun new passenger car in a long time. And if that weren’t enough, the base-model Maverick is now the cheapest hybrid on sale in the United States.

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Best Medium Truck: Toyota Tacoma

The Tacoma looks better than the competition; it looks muscular and athletic, but without the forced effort that other manufacturers have put into it. It’s simple, capable and durable. That combination is what many buyers of trucks and SUVs want. And that’s why the Tacoma dominates its market segment.

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Best Full-Size Truck: Ford F-150

Dropping money for a luxury car on a pickup truck seems crazy, but once you spend some time in one of the regal Ford F-150s, it almost makes sense. The F-150 is packed with all sorts of ingenious features that, combined with its massive inherent capabilities, arguably make it worth dropping $80K.

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Best Heavy Truck: Ram Power Wagon

Whether you go for the well-equipped factory Power Wagon or start with a 2500 Tradesman and then add the Power Wagon package, you get a lot of truck for your money. There’s just no other three-quarter-ton pickup that can do all the things the Power Wagon can, let alone this well.

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Best Small SUV: Hyundai Tucson Hybrid

The Tucson Hybrid does its compact crossover duty well; it’s roomy, efficient and gets the family from A to B smoothly and safely. But unlike most of its competitors, it does those tasks while striking to look at and feels like a premium product and really fun to drive.

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Best Small Luxury SUV: Genesis GV70

Genesis is still a luxury upstart — the brand only launched its first standalone vehicle in 2017 and branched out into SUVs only last year — but the GV70 is a bold, bar-setting statement of intent from a mature automaker. The GV70 not only offers a better price than the rivals such as the BMW X3 or the Audi Q5. It’s just better, and it does it all at a relatively affordable price.

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Best Mid-Sized SUV: Kia Telluride

The Telluride offers luxurious amenities at an affordable price. It’s more polished than most of its competitors from respected value brands in the price range. Unless you have a large amount of money to buy a Lincoln Navigator or are itching a serious overlanding, the Telluride should be on your three-row shortlist.

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Best Off-Road SUV: Ford Bronco

The Bronco dared to challenge the holy Jeep Wrangler. And Ford did a damn good job. The Bronco is as tough as anyone had hoped; the Wrangler has legitimate competition and even – dare we utter this profanity – may have some catching up to do.

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Best Mid-Sized Luxury SUV: Genesis GV80

Best Full-Size Luxury SUV: Lexus LX 600

The Toyota Land Cruiser is special – and the LX has always been special because it is a Land Cruiser. There just aren’t that many vehicles where you can drive the kids to school, climb a mountain without breaking a sweat, and then have your driver drive you to work in superb comfort.

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Best Minibus: Toyota Sienna

The all-new Toyota Sienna looks really cool and offers something that most competitors – minivans or three-row SUVs – don’t: excellent fuel economy and four-wheel drive in the same vehicle. That’s the kind of game-changer that can bring buyers into the minivan fold.

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Best Small Car: Honda Civic

This all-new Civic is worthy of your attention — and not just because Honda is marketing it on Twitch to young, young people like you. The Civic offers excellent handling, exceptional value, a cool interior and not just one two versions with manual gearbox.

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Best Small Luxury Car: Genesis G70

The Genesis G70 is a tremendous value in the luxury sports sedan market. And it’s not just a value game. With great looks, a luxurious cabin, sporty driving dynamics and serious engine pop, it’s just as good as its big rivals – maybe even better.

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Best Mid-Size Car: Honda Accord

Honda won’t let you get a manual on the Accord anymore. But you still get the performance and sophistication of a luxury car at a very affordable price. There’s a reason the deal was made the Car and driver 10 Best List A wonderful 36 times

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Best Mid-Size Luxury Car: Mercedes E-Class

Best Full-Size Luxury Car: Mercedes S-Class

Today, SUVs and crossovers (maybe even pickup trucks) are the de facto choice for luxury buyers, but a few hundred miles behind the wheel of the new S-Class will remind you how appealing it is to drive a chic sedan instead.

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Best Wagon: Subaru Outback

Many vehicles try to combine the best of car-like handling and SUV-like capability and practicality, but few succeed — at a price mere mortals can afford — like the Subaru Outback, which offers as much space and off-road capability as many. exercise without the fuel-efficient pain.

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Best Sports Car: Porsche 911

The Porsche 911 is the benchmark for a reason. The current generation is an objective improvement in almost every measurable way. It is more powerful, faster, handles better, keeps occupants safer, has more advanced technology and is even more environmentally friendly than its predecessors.

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Best Affordable Sports Car: Volkswagen Golf GTI

Driving every day, the 8th generation GTI is the same GTI as always, but a little better. The car is still fast, lively and responsive. The controls remain precise. Driving the GTI is smooth and easy to drive from the get-go. Responses to your input can be downright creepy.

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Best Sport Sedan: Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

The CT5-V Blackwing delivers 668 horsepower from its supercharged 6.2-liter V8. For perspective, you get more horsepower on tap than Cadillac’s DPi-VR race car – with traction control that would be illegal in any racing series.

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Best Plug-In Hybrid Car: Volvo V60 Recharge

The V60 Recharge sounds like parental nirvana. Its hybrid powertrain delivers 415 horsepower and 494 lb-ft of torque. It accelerates from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. It doesn’t dazzle anyone with chrome trim. It’s also safe, fairly roomy, has four-wheel drive – and earns a not-particularly-guilt-inducing 30 mpg or so combined.

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Best Plug-in Hybrid SUV: Jeep Wrangler 4xe

The Hemi V8-powered Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 will win the hearts of many enthusiasts. But the hybrid Wrangler 4xe is the best Wrangler ever made. The added power and torque make it a force on the road and off-road. And the Wrangler 4xe can make a 20-mile round trip without using a drop of gas.

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Best Regular Electric Car: Kia EV6

Kia could have started with a bland, conventional crossover EV. Instead, they went bold with the EV6. It looks aggressive and sporty, and it has the impressive and fun driving dynamics to match that look.

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Best Luxury Electric Car: Mercedes-Benz EQS

The Mercedes EQS is not a sports sedan. But it drives with the kind of sturdiness and comfort that most luxury cars can only dream of. The Bentley and Rolls-Royce engineers would like to extol the virtues of ample mass when it comes to driving and NVH, and this Mercedes has plenty of mass to go around, thanks to the 108 kWh battery pack on the underside of the chassis.

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Best Electric Sports Car: Porsche Taycan

No super sedan or sport feels as fast as the Taycan in the real world. Porsche electric motors are always ready to give their all when you ask, no matter how fast they spin. To achieve something similar in a combustion engine car, you should always drive around with the engine close to the power peak.

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Best Electric SUV: Ford Mustang Mach-E

The Mach E’s crossover body, multiple battery sizes and available four-wheel drive meet the need, offering ample space, plenty of range and all-season capability. The Mustang decal and sporty styling, in turn, fills the need — a ride that looks cool.

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Best Electric Truck: Rivian R1T

How would you rate a pickup that delivers more power and torque than a Ferrari 812 GTS and can sprint like one from the line, but can also keep up with a Land Cruiser off-road? One that offers more enclosed lockable storage space than most sedans? One that offers a built-in kitchen? One that can travel in a straight line from New York to Boston without using a drop of gasoline?

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