Major automakers such as Ford, General Motors and Stellantis will still dominate the US market in 2022, producing everything from sports sedans to luxury SUVs and electric cars. Not-so-popular American brands like Lucid, Nikola, and Karma have also stepped up their game this year, so the market is flooded with tons of options to the point where choosing the right one to fit your lifestyle becomes a daunting task.
While some cars simply offer good value for money, others strive for excellence by going the extra mile to deliver a reliable, versatile, performance-oriented and stylish model. These new American cars stay ahead of the competition and buying a car may be the best decision you’ve ever made.
10 Lincoln Corsair
The Corsair, which debuted in 2020, is based on the Ford Escape crossover, so Lincoln has enough luxury features to hide its mainstream origins. Although the Corsair is Lincoln’s smallest vehicle, it’s not exactly athletic enough to take on twisty roads. So it’s better to think of the Corsair as a luxury compact SUV designed for comfort seekers.
The 2022 Lincoln Corsair is available in three trim levels: Standard, Reserve and Grand Touring. The Standard model starts at $36,370 and makes 250 horsepower from a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. The new Corsair stands above more expensive competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class, Infiniti QX50 and Audi Q5.
9 Chrysler 300
While the 2022 Chrysler 300 has had some nice improvements, it’s not all that different from the big sedan introduced nearly two decades ago. In addition to the V6 and V8 engine options, one reason for the Chrysler 300’s longevity is that few large cars manage to offer its Bentley-on-a-budget styling.
The base 300 Touring is equipped with a 292 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 and starts at $31,770. If you want more luxury and convenience at a decent price, the mid-range Touring L is a better option and Chrysler adds a new air filtration system.
8 Ford Bronco Sport
The Ford Bronco Sport is a compact SUV designed for thrill seekers, day trippers and tourists. The new Bronco Sport is ruggedly built with a safari-style roof, 4×4 capability and all-terrain functionality. The cabin is spacious and the luggage compartment can accommodate two mountain bikes.
The Ford Bronco Sport runs on the same platform as the Escape crossover and all models come with four-wheel drive. The base model starts at $28,165 and gets its power from a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder. If you need more oomph, go into the Badlands with $38,000 to get a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that puts out 250 horsepower. The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport outshines more expensive rivals like the Jeep Wrangler and GMC Terrain.
7 Buick Encore GX
If you need a sub-compact SUV that’s slightly larger than the regular Buick Encore, go for the intelligently designed five-seater GX. With its streamlined stance, sharp body lines and athletic tone, the new Encore GX stands out with poise. The agile performer confidently balances power, agility and efficiency.
The Preferred base model starts at $24,400 and has a 1.2-liter turbo engine. If you want the best value for money, the mid-range Select trim is the best choice, as it comes equipped with an 8-way power driver’s seat, 18-inch wheels and roof rack side rails. Depending on how you outfit the Encore GX, it can outperform the Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade and Subaru Crosstrek.
6 Jeep Grand Cherokee
The new Jeep Grand Cherokee comes completely redesigned to meet the demands of everyday off-road adventures. While the Grand Cherokee 2022 is very similar to the Grand Cherokee L, the former can only hold five occupants, while the latter can hold seven. Jeep is overhauling the rather dated interior of the departing Grand Cherokee, with higher trim levels like the Summit and Overland featuring more upscale luxury materials.
The diverse powertrain lineup of the new Grand Cherokee offers a decent amount of power for any model. The base Laredo starts at $38,325 and pumps out 293 horsepower and 257 lb-ft of torque from a 3.6-liter V6. It’s a great alternative to more expensive mid-sized SUVs like the Buick Enclave.
5 Ford Mustang
Each version of the 2022 Ford Mustang is fun to drive, with combinations of performance and personalization for everyone. Even the more aggressive Mustangs, except for the 760-horsepower Shelby GT500, are good everyday drivers. The rear seat is roomy enough for a pony car and the view out completes the Chevrolet Camaro.
The entry-level Mustang EcoBoost starts at $28,600 and its 2.3-liter 4-cylinder makes up to 310 horsepower. But if you want to appreciate the Mustang in all its glory, then the GT or the Mach 1 is a good choice.
4 Lincoln Kite
The 2022 Lincoln Kite is not as big as the full-size Navigator, but also not as small as the two-row Nautilus. The Lincoln Aviator’s luxurious cabin, advanced technical features and powerful powertrains propelled it to the top of its class, and we think it outperforms rivals such as the Cadillac XT5, Volvo XC90 and Land Rover Discovery.
The Lincoln Aviator is pretty fast in a straight line, but it feels wallowing in corners. The plug-in hybrid electric Grand Touring model, which puts out an exciting 494 horsepower, makes a little more than the standard model which starts at $51,465, but it’s well worth the extra money.
3 Ford Expedition
The new Ford Expedition is the largest family car in the model’s history, with a third row of seats that won’t torture adults. While other cars in the large SUV segment may have comparable towing capacity and off-road capability to the Ford Expedition, none can boast of its smooth handling and cavernous cabin.
The 2022 Ford Expedition starts at $51,110 and is a cheaper alternative to the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon. All 2022 Ford Expedition trims are powered by a bold twin-turbocharged V6 and work with independent rear suspension.
2 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
For the 2022 CT4-V Blackwing, Cadillac holds nothing back in delivering a sports sedan that was born in luxury but bred for the track. With a refined interior that includes specially reinforced and heated front seats with 18-way power seats, suede microfibre accents and a luggage compartment that can accommodate five cabin bags, the 2022 CT4-V Blackwing is more than ready for your everyday driving.
The raw power of the 427 horsepower 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 makes the 2022 CT4-V Blackwing one of Cadillac’s most powerful sports sedans. Starting at $58,995, the new Blackwing gives the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, BMW M3 and Audi RS5 Sportback a run for their money.
1 Lincoln Navigator
The Lincoln Navigator has the same mechanics as the Ford Expedition, but its luxury components give it an edge. The large luxury SUV seats eight people, with a third row of seats offering more legroom than the GLC-Class and other competitors. The Standard Navigator costs $76,710 and comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 440 horsepower.
Lincoln’s proprietary semi-autonomous driving mode, known as the Active Glide, is arguably the best new feature for the 2022 Navigator. Like Cadillac’s Super Cruise technology, the Active Glide lets you enjoy a true hands-free driving experience. There’s also a front-facing camera that easily identifies bumps in the road and adjusts the suspension to dampen the effect.