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Best cars unveiled in 2022: here are the 10 best

This year, our list of the best cars includes three models that earn top rankings for both quality and overall appeal in their respective segments.

01. 2022 BMW 2 Series

The highest-quality Small Premium Car is the BMW 2 Series. The ranking encompasses the all-new, second-generation 2 Series coupe as well as the existing 2 Series Gran Coupe. The Gran Coupe is an entirely different car that shares little more than a name with the Coupe. The redesigned 2 Series Coupe has rear-wheel drive (RWD) or available all-wheel drive (AWD) and comes in two trim levels: 230i and M240i. Meanwhile, the 2 Series Gran Coupe is a 4-door coupe with standard front-wheel drive (FWD) or available AWD. It comes in 228i and M235i trims. All 2022 BMW 2 Series cars have a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.

02. 2022 BMW 7 Series

The highest-quality Large Premium Car of 2022 is the BMW 7 Series. Because it is the automaker’s flagship model, it is one of the best luxury cars of 2022. The full-size sedan offers a range of turbocharged 6-cylinder, V8, and V12 engines and a plug-in hybrid power plant that provides up to 17 miles of driving range on electricity alone. In addition, AWD is standard across nearly the entire lineup. Aside from the spacious cabin for your passengers, the 7 Series boasts a never-ending buffet of desirable comfort, infotainment, and safety features.

03. 2022 Chevrolet Corvette

The highest-quality Premium Sporty Car of 2022 is the Chevrolet Corvette. In fact, the Corvette distinguishes itself as the highest-quality model in the automotive industry, making it one of the best sports cars you can buy. It’s been two years since the eighth-generation Corvette arrived with its distinctive looks and mid-engine drivetrain layout, but owners are satisfied with the latest design. Chevrolet offers the 2022 Corvette as a 2-door coupe or convertible, each equipped with a 6.2-liter V8 engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission powering the rear wheels. New for 2022, a C8.R Edition pays homage to the Corvette’s racing heritage.

04. 2022 Chevrolet Malibu

The highest-quality Midsize Car of 2022 is the Chevrolet Malibu. The 4-door family sedan comes in your choice of LS, RS, LT, and Premier trim levels. The first three have a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 160 horsepower, while a 250-hp 2.0-liter turbo-4 lives under the hood of the Malibu Premier. Power from the smaller engine flows to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT), while the Premier employs a traditional 9-speed automatic transmission.

05. 2022 Genesis G80

The highest-quality Upper Midsize Premium Car of 2022 is the Genesis G80. This luxurious sedan, replete with decadent design touches inside and out, is available with a 300-hp, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine (2.5T) or a 375-hp turbo V6 (3.5T). The G80 2.5T comes with RWD or AWD, with the 3.5T has standard AWD. It is worth noting that Genesis G80 owners also gave this model the top score for overall appeal, easily qualifying it as one of the best luxury cars of 2022.

06. 2022 Honda Odyssey

The highest-quality Minivan of 2022 is the Honda Odyssey. Ever the favorite among the parent set, the Odyssey continues to impress with its cargo and passenger versatility. Under the hood, you’ll find a 280-hp V6 with a 10-speed automatic transmission delivering power to the front wheels. The Odyssey has all the safety tech and excellent crash-test scores to set parents’ minds at ease, along with loads of family-focused infotainment and comfort features to keep the passengers amused.

07. 2022 Hyundai Accent

The highest-quality Small Car for 2022 is the Hyundai Accent. Thanks to its high quality, the Accent sedan is more than just one of the best small cars; it’s also one of the best cars under $20,000. The Accent gets its mojo from a 120-hp 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that should return about 36 mpg, making it one of the best cars on gas. A standard CVT delivers the power to the front wheels; Hyundai dropped the manual transmission for 2022. The Accent comes in three trim levels: SE, SEL, and Limited.

08. 2022 Kia Forte

The highest-quality Compact Car of 2022 is the Kia Forte. This 4-door sedan is one of the best compact cars for a good reason, as Kia gives you four trim levels from which to choose. The Forte FE’s focus is on gas mileage, so it’s one of the best fuel-efficient cars of 2022. The LXS and sporty GT-Line add equipment and style. And the Forte GT delivers genuine performance. A 147-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder paired with a CVT is standard in all but the GT, which boasts a 201-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a dual-clutch automatic transmission. For 2022, Kia gave the Forte’s styling a makeover and improved the car’s standard and available technology.

09. 2022 Lexus IS

The highest-quality Compact Premium Car of 2022 is the Lexus IS. This small luxury sport sedan is available in a variety of flavors, starting with the 241-hp IS 300 with RWD and the IS 300 AWD with 260 hp. Then comes the IS 350 F Sport with a 310-hp V6, with the IS lineup culminating in the new-for-2022 IS 500 F Sport Performance with a 472-hp 5.0-liter V8 frothing under the hood. Lexus IS owners are very fond of their vehicles, as the IS also takes the prize for the most appealing compact premium car for 2022.

10. 2022 Mini Cooper

The highest-quality Compact Sporty Car of 2022 is the Mini Cooper. Loaded with personality, the Cooper lineup gives you numerous ways to get your Mini on. Starting with the body configuration, you choose between the Hardtop 2-Door, Hardtop 4-Door, and Convertible. Then there are several powertrains, including a 134-hp turbocharged 3-cylinder (Cooper), a 189-hp turbocharged 4-cylinder (Cooper S), and a 228-hp turbo-4 (John Cooper Works). Want an electric Mini Cooper? The Cooper SE supplies a 114-mile range on a single charge. Add the seemingly endless ability to customize a Mini and it’s no wonder owners feel at one with the Mini Cooper, which also earned a top ranking as the most appealing model in its class.

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