10 Best Cars and Trucks for 2022
The 10Best award by caranddriver.com is still going strong at 40 years old. What sets this award apart from the rest is that a car can earn a spot on the list and then keep it year after year. A 10Best nod also guarantees that the vehicles recognized aren’t simply the best of new cars, but also the best of what’s available on the market for less than $90,000.
Previous winners are pitted against new automobiles and trucks for two weeks. They then rate each vehicle on a 100-point scale after driving, climbing into third rows, instrumented testing, probing, opening trunks, taking meticulous notes, and learning infotainment systems. The automobiles and trucks that emerge all have either a special capability or unique feature.
Here are the 10 best cars and trucks for 2022:
Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
Maybe you assume the 472-hp CT4-V Blackwing is only a companion to the 668-hp CT5-V Blackwing. This belief is incorrect, despite its apparent rationality. Even staff members who favor the larger Blackwing say that the compact Blackwing is a stunning vehicle in its own right. Staff opinion on the matter is divided, but towards the end of 10Best testing, genuine believers came up to proclaim that the CT4-V Blackwing is the superior sports sedan. This was according to Tony Quiroga.
Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing
Vegas oddsmakers do not accept bets on the winners of the 10Best list. However, according to Joe Lorio, if they had, the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing would’ve been the clear favorite. It has some astounding statistics. They’re impressive: a standard six-speed manual transmission, a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 producing 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque while weighing little over two tons, and rear-wheel drive purity.
Even huge fans of performance enjoy saving money. This is why the Corvette has a strength that distinguishes it from dozens of other vehicles and adds to its allure: it’s the ultimate performance bargain. Compared to most SUVs, cars, and trucks, this is something to cherish.
However, if you think the Corvette is more about the bargain than about speed, think again. According to Dave VanderWerp, it is flat-out faster around a demanding track than everything else on the list, including the lighter and purer-driving Porsche Boxster and Cayman.
For years, Jeep Wrangler purchasers have had to settle for less since that’s the only way to get a go-anywhere four-by-four with removable roof and doors. Although one could argue that the Jeep’s allure stems from its archaic charm, Joey Capparella is of the idea that Ford’s new Bronco demonstrates that there is a better approach.
According to Elana Scherr, everyday supervillains are dull. The Commute and Last-Minute Carpooler may not elicit the same horror as the Joker or Dr. Doom, but a tedious commute or a crowded car, just like an evil plot, can lead to growing despondency. The Honda Accord may appear to be comparable to other dull sedans, but it is a revelation to drive it.
According to Ezra Dyer, all superheroes require a behind-the-scenes fixer; somebody who is as low-key as they are important. Consider Pepper Potts, Alfred, and the person who sharpens Aquaman’s trident. That can be likened to the Kia Telluride. It can’t tow a 787, win the Baja 1000, or pull a wheelie, but it’s perhaps the most recommended vehicle, just because its comprehensive perfection makes the mundane tasks of daily driving more enjoyable. Fortunately, this is the SUV that makes it all possible.
Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman
The Porsche 718 has a unique ability to accelerate. The 718 looks and performs well. It’s extremely fast. The 718 line includes two mid-engine twins, the Boxster droptop and the fixed-top Cayman, both of which we commemorate here once again.
According to Rich Ceppos, their performance capabilities have been passed down through four generations. It’s basically in their DNA, which appears to emanate from a place only the Zuffenhausen engineers are aware of and have accessibility to. The Boxster and the Cayman, which came from planet Porsche in the 2006 model year, have earned the 10Best award 23 times in the 25 years since they first went on sale in the United States.
According to K.C. Colwell, people tend to idolize sports vehicles and sports sedans whenever it comes to hero-worship. However, situations frequently necessitate the space and capability of a pickup truck. For far too long, trucking meant putting up with a jarring ride, an uncomfortable interior, and regular $100 fill-ups. Then there was the contemporary Ram 1500. Its cabin is outfitted with materials suited for a luxury sedan, in respect of the people who drive pickup trucks day after day.
Subaru BRZ/Toyota GR86
The initial Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S (later Toyota 86) both had two weaknesses: grip and power delivery. According to Ezra Dyer, the rear-wheel-drive chassis was fantastic, but the tires had the grip of bowling shoes. Also, the 2.0-liter flat-four engine had a torque curve with a death valley at around 3000 rpm.
Volkswagen Golf GTI
Is it possible for ordinariness to be a superpower? It seems absurd, like a superhero not wearing a cape or not wearing their undergarments on display. However, the Volkswagen Golf GTI’s strongest point has always been that it excels at the mundane. According to Mike Duff, the GTI was among the most awarded 10Besters long before the new eighth-generation car appeared, and it was frequently paired with a Jetta or Golf sibling.
Since 1983, it has made 16 appearances. It has never been hard to understand the allure of this car, which is that it is a genuine German sports car at a modest price. The good fuel economy, five seats, and cabin capacity make this car more practical than other compact crossovers.