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Published January 11, 2022
What is the best used car to buy in 2022?
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If you need a car, you’ll be anxious to make the right choice. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best options to help you make the correct decision.
A used car means you’ll avoid the instant depreciation in value that all new models suffer from – you’ll lose thousands in resale value as soon as you leave the lot.
Luckily, the choice of used cars has never been more impressive, with some truly great SUVs and sedans released in recent years – perfect for 2022.
When it comes to economy, safety and performance, sedans can’t be beaten. Whether you’re looking for a luxury model or something more affordable, we’ve rounded up sedans to suit all budgets.
The luxury German brand put all the stops with this dynamic update to their sedan range. Sharp handling, turbocharged engines and responsive transmission make the 3 Series a joy to drive.
The Live Cockpit Plus system was updated to include navigation and the Connected Package Plus became standard, with added real-time traffic updates and stolen-vehicle recovery as part of BMW’s Remote Services. The M340i model offers even more power, thanks to its six-cylinder engine.
Kia keeps a fine balance between affordability and ‘wow factor’ with the Optima, and the 2020 version of their popular midsize sedan is no exception.
There are four trim levels, all featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, plus an array of advanced safety technology. As you’d expect, the top-of-the-range SX model has impressive tech, as well as breathtaking power courtesy of its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
The Japanese manufacturer’s midsize all-rounder is hard to beat when it comes to family-sized sedans. As always, the drive is engaging and exciting, and the interior is just as good, with roomy, comfortable driver and passenger seats. This model dropped the EX trim and manual transmission but welcomed a Sport Special Edition and upped its game when it comes to infotainment.
Ford bowed out of making sedans with this model sadly, but the Fusion went out with a bang. As always with Ford, versatility is important, with four Fusion powertrains to choose from, two of which are electrified, and six trim levels.
FordPass Connect, which offers remote options to start the car and lock and unlock its doors, comes as standard. Performance-wise, the 2020 Fusion sits between sports sedan and family car.
One of the few midsized sedans to offer all-wheel drive, Nissan’s five-seater comes in five trim levels and is a great value entry into the sedan market. Safety Shield 360 is available on all versions, presenting a long list of active safety features including pedestrian detection and high-beam assist.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto comes as standard, and the ProPilot Assist system is available to aid steering management and vehicle speed in specific driving conditions.
If you’re on the lookout for a Chevy sedan, the 2020 Malibu seats five and boasts a spacious interior for family outings. It’s powered by either a standard 160-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine or an optional 250-hp, turbo 2.0 liter.
Tech is just as impressive as the power behind the Malibu, with 4G LTE available on most trim levels, and Apple and Android connectivity as standard.
Now here’s a car that stands out from the crowd. With muscle car styling and the highest horsepower of any sedan released in 2021, the Dodge Charger packs a heck of a punch.
There’s a selection of V8 models, and the SRT Hellcat Redeye is the one that got everyone talking, with 797 horsepower. While all models feature retro styling in the exterior, climbing inside reveals a very modern machine, with heated seats in some versions and state-of-the-art infotainment.
Last but not least in our sedan list is one of Toyota’s top models, which wowed critics with a redesign and a hybrid version.
Five trim levels present plenty of choice. Whichever you go for, you’ll be wowed by the smooth and agile handling. Inside, seating is plush and can be upgraded to include ambient interior lighting and heated front seats.
If you have a large family and/or an adventurous lifestyle, you’ll be looking for an SUV rather than a sedan. Some of the finest manufacturers in the world released top-notch SUVs over the past few years. Here are the best used SUVs for 2022:
Comfort and reliability make the Pathfinder perfect for family road trips. V-6 powertrain is standard and there’s also optional all-wheel-drive – helpful if you’re carrying a heavy load.
Entry-level models are equipped with driver assistance features, and pricier versions include adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring, so you feel extra secure on the open road.
SUVs can prove expensive, so it’s great that manufacturers like Kia can make them at a lower budget. The Sorento doesn’t scrimp on impressive features, despite its wallet-friendly price.
This seven-seater offers an incredible amount of cargo space, despite its size. This model handles brilliantly on the bumpiest of roads, and Kia threw in the intuitive UVO infotainment system to make long journeys even more enjoyable.
Nissan overhauled the Rogue last year and critics loved it. You will too, thanks to its confident handling and raft of safety features.
Every Rogue includes standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control. The 37 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the rear seat is handy for vacations or long journeys.
Despite its compact size, Lexus somehow gave this SUV plenty of cabin space, so it still ranks highly in comfort. There are two trim levels to pick from, and standard selling points include 17-inch wheels, forward collision warning, plus keyless ignition and entry.
When it comes to SUVs, the eight-seater Highlander is a great all-rounder. It was overhauled in 2020 to include a V6 engine and eight-inch touchscreen as standard, with the latter even available at 12.3 inches.
High-end material used in the cabin is a talking point, as is its comfortable handling, whatever the terrain.
Whether you’re looking for a sporty sedan or a rugged SUV, EchoPark is sure to have the perfect car for you in stock. Talk to one of our Experience Guides today or shop from the comfort of your couch.