There are two major points within a vehicle’s life cycle: the introduction of a completely redesigned model and a significant mid-life update. If you want to maximize your new vehicle purchase, knowing these timelines can help you make the best decision.
One automaker’s marketing liberally describes the vehicle as “All-New!” can be described as On both points, but it is important to know the difference. A midlife update usually introduces attractive styling tweaks or feature updates, but a complete redesign introduces bulk changes to the vehicle. These improvements, which may include better fuel economy, more power, or new assistive technology features, can be dramatic.
With that in mind, experts at Edmunds have selected five remarkable redesigned vehicles for 2022 that are worth a look.
Acura’s three-row midsize SUV has been on sale since 2000 and enters a new generation for 2022. The latest MDX features attractive new exterior styling, additional legroom across all three rows and improved interior materials. More than ever, the MDX stands out as a true luxury SUV.
Ride and seat comfort are high points for the latest MDX, though Acura’s touchpad interface can be distracting to use while driving. The tech story isn’t all sour, thankfully. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a punchy 16-speaker ELS studio sound system, and USB charging in all three lines are contemporary conveniences. Look to get the MDX Type S as its more powerful engine is worth the extra cost.
Manufacturer Recommended Starting Retail Price: $49,195
The Honda Civic is a compact sedan staple with over 50 years of refinement. For 2022, the Civic bundles its affordable, efficient and reliable features in a more mature body style. Compared to the edgy design of the outgoing Civic, the latest model is modest – some might even call it boring. However, most experts at Edmonds appreciate the new styling direction.
Inside, the 11th generation Civic is spacious and well built. Although the base four-cylinder lacks grunt, the available turbocharged engine helps the Civic reach highway speeds or pass slow traffic with appropriate authority. Ride comfort and handling are segment-leading, but highway speeds make for high road noise levels. The 2022 Civic is priced higher than some competitors to start with, but its excellent fuel economy and compelling standard features are well worth the premium.
Starting MSRP: $23,645
Ever since the Tundra entered the full-size pickup truck market in 1999, Toyota has nurtured a growing group of loyal customers. The previous generation Tundra, which was introduced back in 2007, however, lagged behind the competitors. This redesigned Tundra shows a number of improvements, such as a smoother ride, a stronger base turbocharged V6, and even an available hybrid model that cranks up the power and delivers better fuel economy.
Although Edmunds’ real-world fuel economy results couldn’t match EPA’s estimates, the new truck boasts otherwise smooth power, an intuitive 14-inch center touchscreen and a full-width power rear window. The 2022 changes put the Tundra back in the full-size light-duty pickup buzz.
Starting MSRP: $39,695
Developed alongside Toyota’s GR86, the Subaru BRZ has become an enthusiast icon in just 10 years. Affordable, lightweight and available with a manual transmission, the BRZ Sport Coupe is an entry point for bloated drivers and a weekend toy for those with a little cash on hand. Redesigned for 2022, the latest BRZ has revised styling, a more powerful engine and an updated interior.
Steering and handling remain sharp, and an improved touchscreen adds convenience. It’s hard to match the fun per dollar here, much more than minor complaints about its engine note and sound-system quality. The same can 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 segment is extremely competitive and is dominated by the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. But the Hyundai Tucson continues to earn new buyers with its mix of affordability, comfort and convenience. And now there is the 2022 model that ushered in a new generation with useful technical features, exceptional styling and a spacious cabin.
Edmunds experts applaud the Tucson’s new ride comfort and user-friendly technology, though its engine may be sluggish to respond. The jagged design of the 2022 Tucson may divide opinion, but standard features and build quality are objectively solid for the price range.
Starting MSRP: $27,095
If you’ve been hesitant to choose a vehicle based on a particular feature or styling feature, waiting for a refresh or redesign may solve those issues. However, keep in mind that if you opt for an outgoing model year vehicle prior to a redesign or refresh, it depreciates at a faster rate than the model it replaces because the latest body styles are usually sold or sold out. It would be more desirable to do business. In.
This story was provided to The Associated Press Automotive website by Edmunds,
Miles Branman is a contributor at Edmonds and is on Twitter