J.D. Power Car Ratings:Best Cars 2022

Liz Kim | Aug 02, 2022

What are the best new cars of 2022? Whether you're looking for the best cars for gas mileage, the best cheap cars, or the best luxury cars, J.D. Power can recommend one that ranks highly for quality, overall appeal, or both. How do we know which models are the best cars to buy? J.D. Power surveys tens of thousands of verified new-vehicle owners every year, and people like you tell us what they like and don't like about the vehicle they purchased. Based on this Voice of the Customer feedback from people who own new vehicles, we can share the following list of the best cars of 2022.

2022 New Car Ratings

Instead of relying on a handful of experts, J.D. Power calculates car ratings based on what the people who own them tell us about the new vehicles they purchase. First, J.D. Power verifies that the tens of thousands of people who participate in the company's surveys actually own the make and model they're rating. Second, based on millions of data points provided by those new-vehicle owners, the company analyzes and summarizes owner sentiment in the annual Initial Quality Study (IQS) and Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study. Based on this year's study results, if you're looking for the best new cars, they're on this list.

What Are the Best Cars of 2022?

This year, our list of the best cars includes three models that earn top rankings for both quality and overall appeal in their respective segments. They are:

  • 2022 Genesis G80—Top-ranked for quality and overall appeal in the Upper Midsize Premium Car segment
  • 2022 Lexus IS—Top-ranked for quality and overall appeal in the Compact Premium Car segment
  • 2022 Mini Cooper—Top-ranked for quality and overall appeal in the Compact Sporty Car segment

Are you looking for a different kind of vehicle? Be sure to check out the best SUVs of 2022 and the best trucks of 2022.

All the Best Cars of 2022 for Overall Quality 

According to the 2022 IQS, these cars receive awards based on what the people who own them think of their overall quality. You will find them listed below in alphabetical order by make and model.

2022 BMW 2 Series

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The highest-quality Small Premium Car is the BMW 2 Series. The ranking encompasses the all-new, second-generation 2 Series coupe as well as the existing 2 Series Gran Coupe. The Gran Coupe is an entirely different car that shares little more than a name with the Coupe. The redesigned 2 Series Coupe has rear-wheel drive (RWD) or available all-wheel drive (AWD) and comes in two trim levels: 230i and M240i. Meanwhile, the 2 Series Gran Coupe is a 4-door coupe with standard front-wheel drive (FWD) or available AWD. It comes in 228i and M235i trims. All 2022 BMW 2 Series cars have a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.

To learn more, read our 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe review or our BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe review.

2022 BMW 7 Series

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The highest-quality Large Premium Car of 2022 is the BMW 7 Series. Because it is the automaker's flagship model, it is one of the best luxury cars of 2022. The full-size sedan offers a range of turbocharged 6-cylinder, V8, and V12 engines and a plug-in hybrid power plant that provides up to 17 miles of driving range on electricity alone. In addition, AWD is standard across nearly the entire lineup. Aside from the spacious cabin for your passengers, the 7 Series boasts a never-ending buffet of desirable comfort, infotainment, and safety features.

2022 Chevrolet Corvette

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The highest-quality Premium Sporty Car of 2022 is the Chevrolet Corvette. In fact, the Corvette distinguishes itself as the highest-quality model in the automotive industry, making it one of the best sports cars you can buy. It's been two years since the eighth-generation Corvette arrived with its distinctive looks and mid-engine drivetrain layout, but owners are satisfied with the latest design. Chevrolet offers the 2022 Corvette as a 2-door coupe or convertible, each equipped with a 6.2-liter V8 engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission powering the rear wheels. New for 2022, a C8.R Edition pays homage to the Corvette's racing heritage.

To learn more, read our 2022 Chevrolet Corvette review.

2022 Chevrolet Malibu

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The highest-quality Midsize Car of 2022 is the Chevrolet Malibu. The 4-door family sedan comes in your choice of LS, RS, LT, and Premier trim levels. The first three have a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 160 horsepower, while a 250-hp 2.0-liter turbo-4 lives under the hood of the Malibu Premier. Power from the smaller engine flows to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT), while the Premier employs a traditional 9-speed automatic transmission.

To learn more, read our Chevrolet Malibu review.

2022 Genesis G80

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The highest-quality Upper Midsize Premium Car of 2022 is the Genesis G80. This luxurious sedan, replete with decadent design touches inside and out, is available with a 300-hp, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine (2.5T) or a 375-hp turbo V6 (3.5T). The G80 2.5T comes with RWD or AWD, with the 3.5T has standard AWD. It is worth noting that Genesis G80 owners also gave this model the top score for overall appeal, easily qualifying it as one of the best luxury cars of 2022.

To learn more, read our 2022 Genesis G80 review.

2022 Honda Odyssey

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The highest-quality Minivan of 2022 is the Honda Odyssey. Ever the favorite among the parent set, the Odyssey continues to impress with its cargo and passenger versatility. Under the hood, you'll find a 280-hp V6 with a 10-speed automatic transmission delivering power to the front wheels. The Odyssey has all the safety tech and excellent crash-test scores to set parents' minds at ease, along with loads of family-focused infotainment and comfort features to keep the passengers amused.

To learn more, read our Honda Odyssey review.

2022 Hyundai Accent

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The highest-quality Small Car for 2022 is the Hyundai Accent. Thanks to its high quality, the Accent sedan is more than just one of the best small cars; it's also one of the best cars under $20,000. The Accent gets its mojo from a 120-hp 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that should return about 36 mpg, making it one of the best cars on gas. A standard CVT delivers the power to the front wheels; Hyundai dropped the manual transmission for 2022. The Accent comes in three trim levels: SE, SEL, and Limited.

2022 Kia Forte

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The highest-quality Compact Car of 2022 is the Kia Forte. This 4-door sedan is one of the best compact cars for a good reason, as Kia gives you four trim levels from which to choose. The Forte FE's focus is on gas mileage, so it's one of the best fuel-efficient cars of 2022. The LXS and sporty GT-Line add equipment and style. And the Forte GT delivers genuine performance. A 147-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder paired with a CVT is standard in all but the GT, which boasts a 201-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a dual-clutch automatic transmission. For 2022, Kia gave the Forte's styling a makeover and improved the car's standard and available technology.

To learn more, read our 2022 Kia Forte review.

2022 Lexus IS

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The highest-quality Compact Premium Car of 2022 is the Lexus IS. This small luxury sport sedan is available in a variety of flavors, starting with the 241-hp IS 300 with RWD and the IS 300 AWD with 260 hp. Then comes the IS 350 F Sport with a 310-hp V6, with the IS lineup culminating in the new-for-2022 IS 500 F Sport Performance with a 472-hp 5.0-liter V8 frothing under the hood. Lexus IS owners are very fond of their vehicles, as the IS also takes the prize for the most appealing compact premium car for 2022.

To learn more, read our IS 350 review or our 2022 Lexus IS 500 review.

2022 Mini Cooper

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The highest-quality Compact Sporty Car of 2022 is the Mini Cooper. Loaded with personality, the Cooper lineup gives you numerous ways to get your Mini on. Starting with the body configuration, you choose between the Hardtop 2-Door, Hardtop 4-Door, and Convertible. Then there are several powertrains, including a 134-hp turbocharged 3-cylinder (Cooper), a 189-hp turbocharged 4-cylinder (Cooper S), and a 228-hp turbo-4 (John Cooper Works). Want an electric Mini Cooper? The Cooper SE supplies a 114-mile range on a single charge. Add the seemingly endless ability to customize a Mini and it's no wonder owners feel at one with the Mini Cooper, which also earned a top ranking as the most appealing model in its class.

To learn more, read our 2022 Mini Cooper review.

All the Best Cars of 2022 for Overall Appeal

According to the 2022 APEAL Study, these cars receive awards based on what the people who own them think of their overall appeal. You will find them listed below in alphabetical order by make and model.

2022 Genesis G80

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The most appealing Upper Midsize Premium Car of 2022 is the Genesis G80. You'll find a good overview of the G80 above, as this model also ranks highest in its segment for quality. Clearly, the G80's appeal goes beyond fit-and-finish and extends to the car's performance, style, comfort, interior layout, and technology. The G80 looks like nothing else in its segment, making it look and feel special. And Genesis offers a long list of ownership perks, such as valet pick-up and delivery for service with a loaner vehicle, to make its customers feel valued.

2022 Kia Carnival

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The most appealing Minivan of 2022 is the Kia Carnival. The Carnival replaced the Sedona as Kia's family hauler and impressively garnered the accolades its first year out. Its handsome appearance is backed up by the goods; it has a strong, 290-hp V6, tons of kid- and parent-friendly features, a full phalanx of safety and infotainment technology, and sterling crash-test scores.

To learn more, read our 2022 Kia Carnival review.

2022 Kia K5

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The most appealing Midsize Car for 2022 is the Kia K5. Previously known as the Optima, the K5 continues to build its own reputation as a stylish family sedan with sharp looks, a roomy cabin, athletic handling, and a comprehensive package of technology and safety features, some of which are newly standard for 2022. The K5 offers a 180-hp turbocharged 4-cylinder with the LX, LXS, GT-Line, and EX trim levels. The sport-tuned K5 GT gets a 290-hp turbocharged 4-cylinder. Most K5s have FWD, but AWD is selectively available.

To learn more, read our Kia K5 review.

2022 Lexus IS

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The most appealing Compact Premium Car of 2022 is the Lexus IS. You can find an overview of the IS above, as this model also ranks highest in its segment for quality. Regarding design, performance, the interior layout and comfort, and other variables, this Lexus satisfies its owners better than any other luxury model in the segment. Undoubtedly, the all-new IS 500 F Sport Performance model, which arrived for 2022, contributes to owner satisfaction.

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

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The most appealing Large Premium Car of 2022 is the Mercedes-Benz EQS. Because the EQS is the first modern electric car from Mercedes, this ranking also qualifies it as one of the best electric cars. Within its aerodynamic body, the EQS dazzles occupants with glamorous interior appointments and jaw-dropping technology, undoubtedly helping it to land the top APEAL ranking in the segment. When shopping for this full-size luxury sedan, you'll find the EQS450+, with its 329-hp RWD electric drivetrain setup, or the EQS580 4Matic, with a 516-hp AWD powertrain. According to Mercedes, both offer up to 350 miles of range on a single charge.

To learn more, read our 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS review.

2022 Mini Cooper Clubman

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The most appealing Compact Car of 2022 is the Mini Clubman. To understand what a Clubman is, imagine a Mini Cooper Hardtop 4-door stretched in length and equipped with side-hinged rear barn-style cargo doors instead of a hatchback. The result is more passenger and cargo space than a Cooper can supply. Two engines are available: a 189-hp turbocharged 4-cylinder (Cooper S) and a 301-hp turbocharged 4-cylinder (John Cooper Works). Mini's All4 AWD system is optional with the Cooper S Clubman and standard with the John Cooper Works.

2022 Mini Cooper

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The most appealing Compact Sporty Car of 2022 is the Mini Cooper. You can find a complete overview of the Cooper lineup above, in the section discussing the model's top quality ranking for 2022. And because of its numerous configurations, these quality and appeal rankings make the Mini Cooper one of the best hatchback cars, best convertible cars, and best electric cars of 2022. What makes the Mini Cooper so special? No matter the configuration, it is one of the most distinctive cars on the road today, and owners love the Cooper for it.

2022 Nissan Versa

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The most appealing Small Car of 2022 is the Nissan Versa. Priced from less than $17,000, the subcompact Versa sedan is one of the best affordable cars you can buy. It may not be fancy, but it offers a compelling blend of style, interior room, and cargo space in a vehicle that can fit a budget. All three versions of the Versa—S, SV, and SR—have a 122-hp 4-cylinder engine paired with a manual transmission or a CVT.

To learn more, read our Nissan Versa review.

2022 Porsche 911

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The most appealing Premium Sporty Car of 2022 is the Porsche 911. It nudges the second-place Chevrolet Corvette for the honor, but both qualify as among the best sports cars you can buy. As iconic a sports car as there ever was, the 911 never fails to impress, whether in hardtop, Targa, or cabriolet form. The lineup ranges from the standard but still delectable 350-hp Carrera to the spectacular 640-hp Turbo S. The 911 wouldn't be a 911 without its rear-mounted engine, which means that you stow luggage in the front trunk. You can even squeeze two smaller passengers into the rear jump seat. An AWD system is available, but like all classic sports cars, the 911 comes standard with RWD.

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