By Miles Branman | Edmunds
There are two key points in a vehicle’s life cycle: the introduction of a completely redesigned model and a major mid-life update. If you want to maximize the purchase of your new vehicle, knowing these timelines can help you make the best decision.
A car manufacturer’s marketing could freely describe the vehicle as “all new!” on both counts, but it is important to know the difference. A midlife update usually heralds attractive styling tweaks or feature updates, but a full redesign introduces large-scale changes to the vehicle. These improvements, including better fuel economy, more power or new useful technology features, can be dramatic.
With this in mind, Edmunds experts have selected five remarkable 2022 redesigned vehicles that are worth checking out.
Acura’s three-row mid-size SUV has been on sale since 2000 and enters a new generation for 2022. The latest MDX features striking new exterior styling, extra legroom in all three rows and improved interior materials. More than before, the MDX comes across as a bona fide luxury SUV.
Ride and seating comfort are high points for the latest MDX, although Acura’s touchpad interface can be distracting while driving. Fortunately, the technical story is not all sour. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a punchy 16-speaker ELS Studio sound system and USB charging in all three rows are modern conveniences. Look to get the MDX Type S as its more powerful engine is worth the extra cost.
Manufacturer’s recommended retail price: $49,195
The Honda Civic is a compact sedan with 50 years of refinement. For 2022, the Civic packs its affordable, efficient and reliable attributes into a more mature body shape. Compared to the outgoing Civic’s edgy design, the latest model is modest – some might even say it’s dull. However, the majority of Edmunds experts appreciate the new style direction.
Inside, the 11th-generation Civic is spacious and well-built. While the base four-cylinder has no grunt, the available turbocharged engine helps the Civic hit highway speeds or pass slower traffic with proper authority. Ride comfort and handling are class-leading in the segment, but road noise is higher at highway speeds. The 2022 Civic is priced higher than some competitors to start with, but the excellent fuel economy and compelling standard features feel worth the premium.
From MSRP: $23,645
Since the Tundra entered the full-size pickup truck market in 1999, Toyota has nurtured a growing customer base. However, the tundra of the last generation, introduced in 2007, began to lag behind the competitors. This redesigned tundra offers many improvements, such as a smoother ride, a robust turbocharged V6 and even an available hybrid model that increases power and offers better fuel economy.
While Edmunds’ actual fuel savings results didn’t match the EPA’s estimates, the new truck also offers smooth power, an intuitive 14-inch central touchscreen and a full-width electric rear window. The changes for 2022 put the tundra back at the center of the full-size light-duty pickup discussion.
From MSRP: $39,695
Developed together with Toyota’s GR86, the Subaru BRZ has become an enthusiastic icon in just 10 years. Achievable, lightweight and available with a manual transmission, the BRZ sports coupe is both an entry point for budding drivers and a weekend toy for those with a bit of cash to spare. The latest BRZ has been redesigned for 2022 with revised styling, a more powerful engine and an updated interior.
Steering and handling remain sharp, and an improved touchscreen adds convenience. The fun per dollar here is hard to beat, much bigger than minor complaints about the engine noise and the quality of the sound system. The same can also be said about the Toyota GR86. But of the two, we think the BRZ is the better buy.
Starting MSRP: $28,990
The compact SUV class is fiercely competitive and is dominated by the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. But the Hyundai Tucson continues to earn new buyers with its blend of affordability, comfort and convenience. And now the 2022 model marks the beginning of a new generation with useful technical features, eye-catching styling and a spacious cabin.
Edmunds experts appreciate the new Tucson’s ride comfort and easy-to-use technology, although the engine can be slow to respond. The 2022 Tucson’s whimsical design may divide opinion, but standard features and build quality are objectively solid for the price range.
From MSRP: $27,095
EDMUNDS SAYS: If you’re hesitant to choose a vehicle based on a particular function or style trait, waiting for a refresh or redesign can solve those problems. However, keep in mind that if you opt for the outgoing model year vehicle before it is redesigned or redesigned, it tends to depreciate faster than the model it replaces, as the latest body shape is usually more attractive when sold or traded. in.
This story was provided to The Associated Press by the car website Edmunds. Miles Branman contributes to Edmunds and is on Twitter