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Motor Authority’s Best Car to Buy 2022

  • Rivian R1T: Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2022

    The first production electric pickup truck, the Rivian R1T, marks a clean-sheet rethink of how vehicles are packaged. It’s so well done as not only an EV, but also a lifestyle choice, that it earns the title of Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2022. The R1T is not only our first electric winner, but also the first pickup to win the award. It’s the most versatile vehicle we’ve ever driven, and no other vehicle on the market matches its breadth of capability and performance. The R1T squared off with some stiff competition from a variety of segments, including EVs, luxury cars...

2022 Nominees

2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing 2021 Cadillac CT4
MSRP: $33,395
2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing 2022 Cadillac CT5
MSRP: $37,295
2022 Rivian R1T
2022 Rivian R1T
MSRP: $67,500
2022 Lucid Air 2022 Lucid Air
MSRP: $87,400
2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS
MSRP: $104,400
2022 BMW M3 and M4 Competition xDrive 2021 BMW 3-Series
MSRP: $41,250
2021 BMW 4-Series
2021 BMW 4-Series
MSRP: $45,600
2022 Volkswagen Golf R and Golf GTI 2022 Volkswagen Golf
MSRP: $29,880
2022 Hyundai Elantra N 2022 Hyundai Elantra
MSRP: $20,200
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Best Car to Buy News

  • Frankencar 2022: The best of our Best Car To Buy nominees
    Frankencar 2022: The best of our Best Car To Buy nominees

    The Rivian R1T bested the competition to be named Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2022. It took on a field of eight finalists, and came out on top after a shockingly brief argument among our editors. Each of the nominees brought elements to the competition that we liked. Those finalists were the...

  • 2022 Rivian R1T
    Let’s make the Rivian R1T better

    Merely 24 hours ago the Rivian R1T was named Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2022. It’s simply the most impressive vehicle we drove this year. It also moves the entire industry forward. But the Rivian R1T isn’t perfect. No vehicle is. It could be better. Here’s how. 800 volt, now...

  • 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
    Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing: Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2022 nominee

    The name might be new, but the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing is anything but. It's a significantly updated version of the ATS-V, with a new name to fit Cadillac's every-changing nomenclature. That's no bad thing. Even though its more refined and sharper both in design and dynamics, the Cadillac CT4-V...

  • 2022 Lucid Air
    Lucid Air: Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2022 nominee

    There's a new range, charging, and efficiency king in the EV arena and it doesn't wear a Tesla badge. The car to beat in all three categories is the Lucid Air, and it's a clean-sheet electric luxury car arriving now. With a gorgeous design, up to 520 miles of EPA-rated range, up to 1,111...

  • 2022 Hyundai Elantra N
    Hyundai Elantra N: Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2022 nominee

    With the Elantra N, Hyundai has turned a boring compact sedan into one of the best values for enthusiasts. The Hyundai Elantra N was barely a blip on our radar until late in the year when West Coast Editor Brian Wong drove it and insisted it should be part of the bumper crop of nominees for Motor...

  • 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS
    Mercedes-Benz EQS: Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2022 nominee

    The shift to electrification is in the works at Mercedes-Benz. The new S-Class is amazing, but it didn't make the final cut this year because it was upstaged by its future replacement: the EQS. A full-size electric hatchback, the Mercedes-Benz EQS is a tour de force even the S-Class can't match as...

  • 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing
    Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing: Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2022 nominee

    Mark this moment in history, because the flag's been planted and this is the end. The Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing is the unicorn enthusiasts waited for rather impatiently. Now it exists, but it likely won't for long as Cadillac switches to an all-electric lineup. Whether the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing...

  • 2020 Chevrolet Corvette convertible
    Motor Authority’s Best Car To Buy: Past winners

    Before Motor Authority's Best Car To Buy 2022 is announced on Jan. 3, we thought we’d look back on our past winners to gauge our preferences and examine our benchmarks for how we evaluate cars. Over the last 11 years, the winners have ranged from coupes and wagons to convertibles and...

  • 2022 GMC Hummer EV prototype, engineering drive, September 2022 at the Milford Proving Grounds
    Motor Authority's Best Car To Buy 2022: Cars that didn't make the cut

    The battle royale is on. Motor Authority's annual Best Car To Buy award automotive boxing match is underway. It's the time when the year's new or significantly updated luxury and performance vehicles fight for supremacy. In a year that was much too similar to the last, the nominees ranged from...

  • 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing
    One of these 8 cars will be named Motor Authority's Best Car To Buy 2022

    We're in the middle of a changeover from the internal combustion engine to electric propulsion. The good news for auto enthusiasts is power comes easily for EVs. The bad news is they'll mark the end of manual transmissions and rumbling V-8 soundtracks. As the market turns toward more and more...

  • 2022 Volkswagen Golf R and Golf GTI
    VW GTI/Golf R: Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2022 nominee

    The Volkswagen GTI's all-around talents have earned it a special place in our hearts over the years, and the Golf R has only made the hot hatch cooler, quicker, and more extreme. We've loved it, too. Both cars get a redesign for 2022 that turns up the power and technology, while also evolving the...

  • 2022 BMW M3 and M4 Competition xDrive
    BMW M3/M4: Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2022 nominee

    The BMW M3 and M4 just keep getting faster, both in a straight line and around a racetrack. Not only are the base versions more powerful than the outgoing models, but the M3 and M4 Competition models ramp up the power and performance even further. Every M3 and M4 is powered by a turbocharged...

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