Buying a new car in the past two years has been a journey. There is a huge car shortage due to the increasing demand from the pandemic, and production delays exacerbate long construction times. With that in mind, it’s hard to imagine that in 2022 there were model cars, trucks, or SUVs that weren’t bought. Much less that are really worth buying. However, Consumer Reports says consumers have been missing out on some great models. Here’s the top five coolest cars nobody bought last year.
How do you buy one of the coolest cars during the shortage?
The key to navigating today’s new car market is by having insane luck, tons of money, or trying to find the models no one else wants. Are there any decent cars flying under the radar right now?
With the dominance of SUVs and Crossovers, people seem to have forgotten about sedans as an option altogether. The truth is that while sedans may not be in vogue these days, there are plenty of great sedans readily available.
2022 Mini Cooper Countryman
The Mini brand has come a long way over the years. Where the legendary brand once struggled with reliability and limited models, it now offers plenty of reliability and a variety of sizes and styles of Mini.
The 2022 Mini Countryman is listed as an SUV, but it really isn’t, is it? This strange car/go-kart thing is one of the most exciting cars on the market. Consumer Reports notes that despite its excellent handling, great gas mileage and a snappy turbocharged four-cylinder option, there’s a lot to love here. However, CR says anyone considering the small “SUV” should pass the jerky three-cylinder engine and move up to the turbo four.
In 2021 Mini sold only 10,440 Mini Countrymans. This means there are likely to be quite a few 2022 models, despite the car inventory shortage.
2022 Chrysler 300
Not only is it harder to get a new car these days, but getting a new Chrysler is nearly impossible. Not because everyone craves a Pacifica, but because today the brand only has three models that carry the badge.
The Chrysler 300 is probably the most recognizable model of the brand today. Despite the model’s unfathomable success over the past decade, last year wasn’t the best for the 300. Last year, only 16,662 Americans wanted Chrysler’s brand of old-fashioned luxury.
That’s a bit of a shame, because the Chrysler 300 isn’t just a car-style icon; it’s actually a decent sedan. It is one of the few sedans still sold with a V8. It also has an AWD drive option.
2022 Audi A4
In the mid-2000s, Audi sold A4s by the bucketload, about 50,000 units per year. As of 2021, the model sold only 16,263. The 2022 Audi A4 suffered from the shift from sedans, but it’s still one of the coolest cars that offers a sporty ride and everyday usability.
Even the more powerful S4 and Allroad wagon saw significant sales declines. The A4’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pack packs a punch and the power delivery is smooth. Audi is also known for some of the most beautiful interiors in the game. Overall, the Audi A4 is a great car that is too cool to sell for so little.
2022 Audi A6
Audi seems to have had a tough year last year. On the other hand, I think a lot of automakers struggled last year. The more expensive Audi A6 sold even fewer units than the A4 last year – just 9,544.
These low sales figures may be due to the A6’s high price tag. The A6 starts at $55k and goes up to about $80k. The A6 has all the sporty character of the A4 and even starts with the 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. However, there’s an optional 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 that will shake your teeth if the 2.0-litre can’t pull it off.
2022 Toyota Avalon
The 2022 Toyota Avalon is a little different from the other coolest car nobody bought last year. The Avalon is not cool, handsome, fast or flashy. It’s actually a pretty boring car. Fortunately, the Avalon is not only quite boring.
The 2022 Toyota Avalon is one of the most practical sedan choices you can make. First, it’s a Toyota. Avalons are reliable, great on gas and luxurious as hell. Correct. Didn’t you know Toyota made a luxury sedan? Well it does, and it’s one of the smoothest, most spacious interiors I’ve ever been in. Do not sleep on the Avalon.
Unfortunately, due to another low sales year in 2021 – only 19,460 units – this will be the last year of the Toyota Avalon.
What are the coolest cars out there in 2022?
We know better than to give guarantees on the car inventory in 2022, but these models will probably be easier to find than many others due to their low sales last year. In fact, dare I say, these models may be cheaper than some of the others because of their poor sales.
Good luck with the car hunt. Remember; patience, research and open-mindedness are the keys to getting a vehicle you’re happy with.
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