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The 2022 model year is shaping up to be the best yet for cars. Packed with technology, power, safety, and attractive standard features, it’s an exciting time to be in the market for a new car — especially with low interest rates available.
Manufacturers are fighting harder than ever to attract new customers and that effort shows in all the new models this year. If you haven’t shopped for a new car in a while, these new cars will have you ready to buy. While this list isn’t exhaustive, it does include a look at all the new or significantly revised car models you should know about for 2022.
Audi A3, S3 and RS3
Looking for your next sporty, compact German sedan? Offering refreshed bodywork, engines and technology, the A3, S3 and RS3 are feisty fighters in the luxury compact car segment. The S3 also now includes special adaptive dampers, further refining its sporty handling dynamics, while the top-dog RS3 brings supercar levels of performance to its compact body. Whichever model you prefer, a 2022 A3, S3 or RS3 will have you smiling ear to ear.
BMW i4 and iX
Not to be outdone by its German rivals, BMW is also debuting new electric vehicles for 2022. The iX SUV is here to play. It produces 516 horsepower through its all-wheel-drive system and is capable of 300 miles of range. The iX also offers some of the most unique BMW styling cues to date.
More sedate in its styling, the i4 sedan offers two levels of electrification: the 335-horsepower eDrive 40 and the 536-horsepower M50. The two are capable of going 300 miles and 245 miles on a charge, respectively. Curious to see what BMW has done in the EV segment? Browse all electric BMWs for sale on KSL Cars.
BMW M5 CS
Growing in size and power year after year, the BMW M5 is still a favorite. It could be described as a luxury, Autobahn cruise missile on wheels. A single-year special edition, the M5 CS is the most powerful BMW ever. Producing 627 horsepower and weighing in at 280 pounds less than its portly M5 Competition brother, this exclusive M5 covers all your needs and wants in a super sedan. Not sold on the power numbers? Nürburgring map embossed headrests might be worth the cost alone.
Chevrolet C8 Corvette Z06
The ever-popular (and hard to find) C8 Corvette received its beloved Z06 treatment in 2022. Reportedly having a sky-high 9,000 rpm redline, a flat-plane crank V8 and over 600 horsepower, the Z06 promises to be an immediate modern classic, if even for the sound it produces. There is no time like the present to make your dreams come true, and KSL Cars has a Chevrolet Corvette waiting for you.
Honda Civic Hatchback, Civic Si and Civic Type R
Hot on the heels of the debut of one of the best generations of Civic ever, Honda is releasing a trio of fun and capable flavors to add to their Civic spice rack. Soon to be available in hatchback, Si and Type R trims, the newest Civic generation has something for every taste, with each being a little more raucous than the trim beneath it.
Hyundai Elantra N and Kona N
No longer exclusive to the Veloster, Hyundai’s sharpest trim level, the “N” designation, works its magic on the Elantra and Kona this year. Both capable of 275 horsepower (with an additional 10 horsepower in “overboost”) and exercising a myriad of handling and suspension tweaks unique to the N configuration, the Elantra N and Kona N promise to be two of the most fun and affordable daily drivers on the market. Search all Hyundai Elantra and Kona listings on KSL Cars.
Kia has been pulling out all the stops on their lineup, and the addition of their new, boldly styled EV6 is no exception. Offering power up to 576 horsepower in its dual-motor GT trim, Kia estimates the EV6 will achieve 300 miles of range and will go 0-60 mph in under four seconds. Starting at just over $42,000, this attractive two-row crossover is a compelling entry into the affordable EV segment. Find all Kia listings on KSL Cars today.
Don’t call it a minivan, but Kia’s new “multi-purpose vehicle” is a minivan for the ages. With attractive styling, a well-appointed cabin, luxury features and comfort for all, the Kia Carnival competes well with minivan stalwarts such as the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. All Carnivals are powered by an ample, naturally aspirated V6, have front-wheel drive and offer a host of very nice luxury and driver assistance features normally found in much more expensive vehicles.
Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 and Countach
It’s the end of an era for Lamborghini and it deserves mentioning on this list for the Aventador’s moment in history. The Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 will be the brand’s final iteration of the Aventador and the brand’s long history with naturally aspirated V12 engines.
As a sort of symbolic “moving forward by looking backward” gesture, the beloved Countach nameplate returns in a limited production model which will include a V12 mounted with a small electric motor — a signal of things to come for Lamborghini’s powerplants. Always wanted a Lamborghini? Find yours on KSL Cars today.
Another EV making its grand entrance for the 2022 model year, the Mercedes-Benz EQS is the brand’s EV flagship. Offering immense power, 350 miles of range, opulent luxury features, commodious cabin space and Mercedes-Benz’s self-dubbed “Hyperscreen” dashboard, the EQS is an electrifying entry into the luxury EV market.
It’s a great time to be a sports car fan, and the new Nissan Z is evidence of that. Replacing the 370Z, first introduced in 2008, the new Z offers a 400-horsepower twin-turbo V6, retro-inspired styling, rear-wheel drive and an available manual transmission — all for about $40,000. Packing a lot of performance for the money, the new Z should make for good competition in the affordable sports car segment. Interested in this or another Z model? Browse all Nissan Z listings on KSL Cars.
Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR86
All-new for their second generation, these sports car twins get new looks, new interiors, and, most happily, new power under the hood. Bumping up to a 2.4-liter flat-four naturally aspirated engine, these models — replete with manual transmissions and rear-wheel drive — offer some of the best driving dynamics to be had under $30,000. Curious if a BRZ or GR86 is right for you? Be sure to visit KSL Cars for all Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR86 listings.
Not one to shy away from controversial styling, Subaru’s beloved four-door sports car, the WRX, arrives all-new for 2022. A new 2.4-liter flat-four brings 271 horsepower and is still available with standard all-wheel drive and a manual transmission. A “sport-tuned” continuously variable transmission is also available, as are adaptive dampers, but only on the top GT trim level available with the CVT. Plastic body cladding aside, the WRX will surely find a home in many enthusiasts’ garages. Find your WRX on KSL Cars today.
Volkswagen GTI and Golf R
Now in its eighth generation, the Volkswagen Golf (only available outside the United States in its base form) brings GTI and Golf R favorites back with more technology and performance than ever before. Both are still available with manual transmission and produce 241 horsepower and 315 horsepower, respectively. Hatchbacks aren’t hot sellers in the United States, but these hot hatches from VW are sure to bring out enthusiasts looking for affordable fun in a German wrapper.
With so many new or significantly refreshed models, 2022 is sure to be a break-out year for new cars. If you’re in the market, or even if you’re just browsing, KSL Cars has the listings you’re looking for.
About the author: Having owned everything from a DeLorean to an E46 BMW M3 and a Toyota Land Cruiser, Jason Bell is a lifelong car enthusiast who loves sharing his passions as a teacher, writer, speaker and social media manager. Contact him at email@example.com for comments/questions, or just to say "hi."