The 2022 Hyundai Tucson is a sharp, ground-up redesign of an already-competent and well-executed (though perhaps somewhat mundane) vehicle that helped establish Hyundai’s foothold in the compact SUV segment. While the undersized previous-generation Tucson fell short in terms of total interior volume and comfort, the redesigned model rides on a new platform that brings it up to par with the segment’s best, including the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, and its new hybrid offering is both cost-competitive and very pleasant to drive. 2022 marks the introduction of a new generation of Hyundai’s compact, so virtually everything is new.
The 2022 Kia Carnival is Kia’s brand-new minivan that wants to make you think it isn’t a minivan. Kia also draws you in with a mountain of tech and potential for extremely cool features like the VIP Lounge second row and Mercedes-like wall of screens in the dash. It’s all far more upscale and luxurious than you’d expect from a minivan, and that’s exactly what Kia needed to do to compete against the sumptuously updated Chrysler Pacifica and the classy Toyota Sienna now on the market.
Its price tag should also get it noticed as it costs less than most other subcompact luxury crossovers but delivers more standard equipment. Acceleration from the base engine is awfully pokey for a luxury vehicle, while the stronger 45 TFSI upgrade gets 2 to 3 mpg worse than similarly powered competitors. Finally, this smallest of Audi crossovers is just too darn small.
When parked next to a BMW X4 or Audi Q5 Sportback, we know the QX55 would do the prettiest job sprucing up the driveway. It's nicely proportioned and tastefully detailed with just a hint of Infiniti's forever cool FX SUV at the rear. Driving it is a real letdown as its underwhelming handling and soul-sucking continuously variable transmission just aren’t up to snuff for a luxury model.
Throughout its 11 generations, the Honda Civic has generally followed a pattern of a revolutionary redesign followed six years later by a more cautious evolutionary approach. This is still an economy car, so there's plenty of hard plastic about (center console, door sills), but what you see and touch most come together in a tasteful, modern design that looks (and feels) like it belongs in a much pricier car.
The Subaru Outback was already the go-to choice for those who need a vehicle for going on adventures off the beaten path, but want something other than an SUV. The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness debuts this year as an answer for all those current owners who have been lifting their Outbacks even higher, putting on rugged tires and lamenting the novel swing-in roof rails aren't strong enough for all uses. The Wilderness does that from the factory and looks extra cool to boot.
The 2022 Acura MDX is the luxury brand’s three-row family crossover, and it received a complete overhaul for this new generation. If you’re looking for a luxury ute that offers something a little different than the rest of the herd without sacrificing quality, utility or performance, the 2022 MDX might just be the crossover you’re looking for. For 2022, the Acura MDX has been completely redesigned from the ground up.
Already one of the top choices after its redesign two years ago, the 2021 Avalon improves with even more variety. It adds all-wheel-drive as an option to a lineup that already includes V6, hybrid and high-performance TRD options. The 2021 Avalon gets a number of significant, if not earth-shattering changes over the previous year.
The 2021 Volvo XC40, by contrast, is a break from the Volvo norm in a good way. This was our first crack at the XC40, specifically the T5 AWD version, tested in the city, country, mountains and seaside highways around Barcelona.
The name Tiguan comes from putting the words "tiger" and "iguana" together. Its standard turbocharged engine, which provides the stronger acceleration and lower fuel economy of rival optional upgrade engines, represents a rare contradictory element to the story. The top-recommended Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 do (plus the Ford Escape), while also offering more efficient base engines.
In the wake of its historic diesel-emissions scandal, Volkswagen says it is reinventing itself as an electric-car company. In America, however, buyer interest in small hatchbacks is waning, while U.S. car buyers are mad for crossovers. It's hard to fault that strategy, but VW also might've played it a bit too safe.
The 2021 Nissan Armada full-size SUV got a bit of a makeover for the new model year, with a nip and a tuck in the front and the rear; a big, new infotainment screen and other techl; a reshuffled trim lineup and new standard features. On the flip side, there’s less of a chance to customize it through options and packages compared to its rivals like the Toyota Sequoia, Ford Expedition and the newly updated Chevrolet Tahoe. The Nissan Armada got a mid-cycle refresh for the 2021 model year.
The Energizer Bunny's got nothing on the Dodge Challenger. It just keeps going and going and going without a major redesign, turning the calendar over each year with new colors (this year it's Gold Rush!) and trickling down elements from top-dog performance models to lesser versions to create new variants (hello R/T Scat Pack Shaker Widebody!). The end result is a 2021 Dodge Challenger that is both hopelessly out of date, yet still one of the coolest cars on the road.
The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV and slightly larger Bolt EUV carry the baton for GM’s successful early entry into the electric vehicle space. Call them what you will, they’re efficient and fun, and the 2022 model year sees a redesign and the option of a few extra inches in the EUV. Also, the Bolt EUV is the first vehicle outside the Cadillac brand to offer GM’s Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance system.
Toyota’s long-running reputation of making trucks that last forever is surely contributing strongly to the Tacoma’s sales success. Toyota nailed this truck’s look, and that automatically gives it a leg up on less attractive competitors. It has the go-anywhere demeanor that (if current design trends are any indication) is what truck buyers are looking for today.
The 2021 Nissan Leaf is one of the longest-running electric car nameplates on the market, which partly explains why it’s the bestselling electric car in the world. An eight-way power driver's seat is optional, as are heated seats.
The 2021 Kia Soul is very much an evolution of a car that debuted more than a decade ago as an answer to tall, boxy hatchbacks like the Scion xB and Nissan Cube. It even won an Autoblog comparison test that also featured the Hyundai Kona, Jeep Renegade and Honda HR-V.
The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a solid truck with a lot of capability that earn it a wide fan base. While its strong capability, diverse powertrain lineup and generous infotainment offerings provide more than enough competence to satisfy the needs of full-size pickup buyers, those seeking a truck that consistently goes that extra mile would be wise to check out those rivals. The 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 gets a new Multi-Flex tailgate (pictured in the gallery below), which is essentially a tailgate-within-a-tailgate that offers multiple functions including a work surface, a step, and an extension of the load surface.
In fact, the SV and SR provide so much extra stuff for so little money, you'd be a little nuts to go with the base car. The latter would be the upside to that glacial acceleration, and honestly, Nissan's engineers have done a good job to ensure the Kicks doesn't feel that slow around town. The Kicks gets many worthwhile updates and additions.
The 2021 Hyundai Sonata makes a stronger case for itself after last year's complete redesign. No longer merely a value play — although it is still keenly priced and well equipped — Hyundai’s midsize sedan has a rejuvenated sense of style and also boasts impressively up-to-the-minute tech. The model line has been fleshed out with a fuel-sipping Hybrid and the Sonata’s first performance version ever, the highly credible Hyundai Sonata N Line.
Like Cyrano de Bergerac, it's impossible to get past the nose of the 2021 BMW 4 Series. Keen to make a bolder, even controversial design statement, BMW has expanded its signature kidney grille to an extent not seen since the early 1950s when tall radiator grilles were still found on virtually every car on Earth.
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is a heavyweight mammoth that is unapologetically bold and quintessentially Escalade. Its general shape and design still plummets from the same tree as a Chevy Tahoe or Suburban, but there’s no mistaking this SUV’s new look for anything but a bejeweled, bold and brash Cadillac. Combined with the long-awaited independent rear suspension design, these pieces bring the Escalade’s ride up to par with the most comfortable and luxurious SUVs on sale today.
The BMW 3 Series used to be a crown jewel of the automotive landscape. Quite simply, the last 3 Series was less involving and fun to drive, while its well-built-but-drab interior didn't exactly wow luxury shoppers. Tougher still, it faced better competition than ever before, competitors that started to clear the lofty bar set by past 3 Series.
For many in the United States, the name Land Rover Defender will be a new one. Oh sure, the illustrious original was sold for a few years in the 1990s and you'll see them here or there as imported classics, but the weight of history just isn't anchored to the name Defender here.
With the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class, however, there is enough that's distinctive, versatile and stylish in its execution that it manages to exceed expectations for the segment and stand more assuredly on its own feet. A big reason for the GLB's transcendent appeal is its extra-large size for the segment and extra-boxy shape.
Go ahead and consider the 2021 Honda CR-V the baseline for any compact SUV search. It's easy to see why it continues to be such a best-seller: for the vast majority of compact SUV buyers, and especially families, it checks every box. For them, the Subaru Forester or more rugged versions of the Toyota RAV4 will be better bets.