Best Luxury Cars You Can Buy In 2022

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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, Automotive Editor - March 17, 2022

The luxury car segment used to be more pronounced than it is now, as nearly every automaker offers an upscale trim these days. With so many options, it can be difficult to know what separates a luxury vehicle from the rest of the pack. It comes down to the intangibles, like the quality of the materials, the smoothness of the powertrains, the comfort of the seats, and the way the suspension handles rough roads.

While luxury has become more accessible, these four vehicles are our choices for the best luxury cars you can buy in 2022.

Best Overall: 2022 BMW 3-Series

Why it's a top pick: The BMW 3-Series is a do-it-all vehicle thanks to its wide range of trims and powertrains. From hardened track star with the M3 to fuel-efficient daily driver with the 330e PHEV, there’s a 3-Series for everyone. Regardless of trim, the 3-Series upholds BMW’s iconic qualities of being agile around corners, having a sporty design, and featuring an upscale cabin. The 3-Series goes above and beyond with a comfortable ride and a backseat that’s actually capable of housing adults.

Worth knowing: For 2022, the M3 gains all-wheel drive for the first time in the model’s history and continues to be one of the few options in the class to be available with a manual transmission.

Honorable mentions: Genesis G70, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Volvo S60

Best Value: 2022 Genesis G70

Why it's a top pick: With a starting price tag of $40,970, the Genesis G70 undercuts a lot of its competitors, but doesn’t feel like a budget-oriented luxury car. The G70 stands out with its high-quality interior, athletic handling, and impressive infotainment system. Every G70 comes standard with a 10.25-inch touchscreen and nearly every safety feature under the sun as standard. The G70 doesn’t skimp on performance, either, as the sedan is available with a 365-hp twin-turbo V6 engine.

Worth knowing: The 2022 G70 arrives with a makeover that includes updated styling to look like Genesis’ SUVs and a new 10.25-inch display.

Honorable mentions: Volvo S60, Acura TLX, Kia Stinger

Best Tech: 2022 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Why it's a top pick: Mercedes-Benz packs the E-Class with a high-tech infotainment system that includes a 12.3-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Passengers can interact with the infotainment system in multiple ways including the touchscreen, physical controls, voice commands, or touchpad controller. The system looks fantastic and is intuitive to use with seamless smartphone compatibility, available augmented reality for the navigation system, and an available Burmester audio system that sounds incredible. The E-Class also has Car-to-X communication that allows the vehicle to communicate with other cars on the road about traffic or obstacles.

Worth knowing: While the E-Class sedan is plenty spacious, Mercedes offers the model in a wagon body style with a maximum of 64 cubic feet of cargo space, seating for up to seven, and raised ride height for light off-roading capability.

Honorable mentions: Audi A6, BMW 5-Series

Best Sportiness: 2022 Porsche Panamera

Why it's a top pick: The Porsche Panamera may be classified as a large sedan, but the vehicle corners like it’s an elongated sports car. On a windy road, the Panamera shrinks around the driver, feeling like a much smaller vehicle than it is thanks to immediate steering response and minimal body roll. Depending on what powertrain you get, the Panamera is a missile in a straight line. The quickest Panamera is capable of getting to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds. Power ranges from 325 hp up to 690 hp with the PHEV powertrain.

Worth knowing: In addition to a sedan body style, the Panamera is available as a wagon that’s called the Sport Turismo that has all of the same qualities as the sedan, but is more practical.

Honorable mentions: Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, Audi RS7, BMW M5

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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