When it comes to choosing the best values in cars, there are lots of experts to turn to — but it's hard to argue that the crew at Kelley Blue Book don't belong on the list near the top. For decades, the company has been the go-to resource for used car buyers and sellers looking to see just how much they should pay (or charge) for any particular pre-owned vehicle.
But KBB also traffics in new cars, too — and as in 2021, the company has released a list of the best values in new cars for 2022. With top-pick selections from 16 different categories, there's a new car, truck, SUV or van selection for just about every buyer, chosen, as always, based on first-hand testing, pricing, depreciation, insurance and other key factors.
So without further ado: here are the 17 best cars to buy in 2022.
The new Maverick may be Ford's entry-level model, but the Blue Oval spared no expense in making it one of the most best vehicles of the year. With a choice of 40-mpg hybrid or turbocharged engines, an incredibly versatile cabin and bed and a remarkably affordable price, it redefines bang-for-your-buck in the pickup market.
The new 2022 Civic takes everything we loved about the old one — its playful nature, its reliability, its surprisingly commodious interior — and adds a better design inside and out. A Civic Si and Civic Type R are coming, but for now, you can still get the hatchback with a stick shift.
If you don't know about the RAV4 by now — how it's one of the most popular vehicles in America, how it delivers Toyota build quality in an extraordinarily versatile platform — well, you really owe it to yourself to take one for a test drive and find out what the fuss is about.
The Expedition may be among the older members of this list, but don't hold that against it; its turbocharged V6 power and gigantic interior make it an ideal vehicle for folks with big families and big road trip plans.
Don't let winter catch you off-guard.
Some may consider putting the Mustang name on an electric family crossover heresy, but odds are good those folks haven't driven it yet. Between its exhilarating power delivery, fun features (built-in cooler, anyone?) and excellent driving range, the Mach-E is the non-luxury EV to get right now.