Cars You Don't Want To Miss Out On In 2022!

April 26, 2022

Our Most Anticipated New Vehicles For 2022

You know how when you played Runescape, you'd always get super into it and then stop playing it? Then, when you went to hop back into it there'd be a bunch of updates, new weapons, and skills you don't even know how to train or work on?

Cars are kind of like that in a way - 2022 has been a crazy, exciting, and scary year all at the same time, but the innovation and updates that the world's top brands are bringing to the table are a welcome constant. So, today we want to talk about some of the most exciting updates of 2022 for cars - there's the good, bad and ugly, and we'd venture a guess that this is the last year for gas sports cars before electric takes over.

We've got a decent amount of cars to mention today, so we'll be running through each below while touching on the horsepower, rough cost, and any cool or neat features. Let's jump right in!

 

Table Of Contents:

-Hyundai Elantra N

-Nissan Z

-Subaru WRX

-Toyota Corolla GR

-Toyota GR 86

-Honda Civic Si

-Acura Integra

-Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing

-Chevy C8 Z06

-Toyota Supra Manual

 


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2022 Hyundai Elantra SEL with ADV1 AV6 wheels and Storm lowering springs

Features and Specs of the 2022 Hyundai Elantra N

We're starting out with a car that's kind of getting a pass because it's already out, but has some new things coming - it's the Hyundai Elantra N.

The 2022 Elantra N has kind of skirted under the radar and not a lot of enthusiasts have been talking about it. Maybe that's because the front end looks like a base model Silverado. Regardless, this thing is pushing out 276 horsepower in a two-liter turbo four-cylinder, along with 289 pound-feet of torque. If you're looking to hurt someone's feelings by smoking them off the line in a damn Elantra, this is the car for you.

Elsewhere, the 2022 Elantra N also features a variable exhaust valve system so you can go into your touchscreen and change how the exhaust sounds. Starting price for the 2022 Hyundai Elantra N is $31,900, so if you're down to clown in one, it's definitely worth the shot.

2020 Nissan 350Z with Enkei RPF1 wheels and NISMO HR Lowering Springs

Features and Specs of the 2022 Nissan Z

Next up we have the Nissan Z, a real crowd favorite for a lot of car enthusiasts. Nissan made the 370Z for like 13 years and they finally just said "it's time for another enthusiast car." That means it's made for people like you and us, and the numbers back that up.

Coming in at a nine-speed automatic or six-speed manual, the new Nissan Z throws a strong right hook at the Supra, also offering a 400-horsepower twin-turbo 3.0L V6. That's not all, though - this is the first Z car to ever have launch control, and it's also coming with a mechanical limited-slip differential.

Technical aspects aside, the Z is quite the looker - it has a timeless design from the Z cars throughout the whole body, but at the same time, it's a very blank slate that gives enthusiasts an open canvas to make something unique and begs for aftermarket parts. The current estimated price for this is starting at around $40,000, but that's a steal, really.

2021 Subaru WRX base model with Apex EC7 wheels

Features and Specs of the 2022 Subaru WRX

Subie gang, where you at? The new WRX is out and about, and with Subaru officially announcing there will be no STI, this is what you get.

You'll get another boxer engine inside the 2022 WRX, this time featuring a twin-scroll turbocharger, which should help with some of the low-end torque and boost response. It's a 2.4-liter that makes 271 horsepower with 258 pound-feet of torque (which, again, is less than the Elantra) that comes in a little cheaper than the Hyundai, starting at $29,105.

One thing we learned about the new WRX is that it'll offer a new GT trim - the Subaru WRX GT. They just keep adding letters. This comes with Recaro seats, which is exciting, and we really like how they look. You'll also get electronic adjustable dampers and 18-inch alloy wheels, the latter of which is pointless since we know you'll be getting aftermarket wheels anyway. It features a nicer audio system too, but in our estimation, it's super ugly, kind of like a mix of a WRX and a Crosstrek. Though, if that's your thing, snatch it up.


Read More: Is It Worth Buying a Subaru STI or Subaru WRX?


2021 Toyota Corolla with Aodhan AH08 wheels

Features and Specs of the 2022 Toyota Corolla GR

On a better note is the Toyota Corolla GR - Toyota hinted at this car in an ad not too long ago, where it featured the Supra and the new 86. Right at the end, they said they need a third GR car to have a flying V formation, and rather than teasing it for six months like everyone else, they just announced it right away. Thank you, Toyota.

The GR Corolla might be the car we're most excited for, even above the Z. It's featuring an inline three-cylinder engine that pushes out a monstrous-for-the-size 300 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, pairing nicely with a six-speed manual transmission. It's all-wheel-drive too, and there are talks of multiple editions, exclusive colors, and a carbon-fiber roof. We can't wait.

The price is still being speculated here, but it'll probably be in the ballpark of around $30,000-40,000 depending on what options you go with.

2022 Toyota GR86  with Konig Hypergram wheels and Nitron Racing coilovers

Features and Specs of the 2022 Toyota GR 86

Sticking with Toyota, they also dropped the GR86 in that same commercial - you've seen it, it's funny. We really love how these cars look, and for 2022 it'll feature a 2.4-liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine that pushes out 228 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque with a manual or automatic transmission.

The 86 also comes with a slightly higher trim level in its Premium model, which comes with 18-inch wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires, complete with a color-matched duckbill spoiler for an additional $3000. We don't know if that's worth it but it's up to you at the end of the day - the base GR86 starts at $27,700 and Premium comes in at $30,300. It's a driver's car, and is a good upgrade from the last-gen 86 platform.

2020 Honda Civic Si with AVID1 AV06 wheels and D2 Racing lowering springs

Features and Specs of the 2022 Honda Civic Si

Honda saw what all the other industry players were doing and took matters into their own hands with the new Civic Si. It's got a whole new look for 2022, but to us, it looks like they took all the sport out of the car. The tension was so angular and aggressive looking, but now it looks like smooth SpongeBob.

Anyway - the interior for the 2022 Civic Si has a head unit that looks like it was just glued to the top of the dash and then a vent goes across the entire car that just looks stupid. We went to Honda's website to check out more info on this thing and found out the Si has two trims - the Si and the HPT which, for those wondering, just means it comes with High-Performance Tires for better summer performance. That's it.

The Si starts at $27,300 and the Si HPT is $27,500 - both offer a 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder that makes 200 horsepower, which so far is the lowest on our list. There could be a saving grace here though, as the Type R is being shown and setting new records - a few images have circulated but it's mostly speculation. Save this, Honda.


Read More: Is It Worth Buying A Honda Civic Type R over a Si?


Features and Specs of the 2022 Acura Integra

Speaking of disappointments, the Acura Integra is also coming out - now, we're not sure if this is really a bad car, but when rumors circulated about the new model year, we were expecting a dope coupe as a lot of us were. What we got instead was a very regular-looking sedan, essentially a nicer Civic, as it was back then and still is today.

The problem here is that there are some absolute heaters coming out for enthusiast cars, and Honda/Acura is moreso targeting the general consumer market rather than dedicated enthusiasts. The Integra features a 1.5-liter turbo inline-four, which in effect makes it a third trim level to the Civic Si - it'll be offered in manual and automatic which is exciting, and we're glad they added stickshift to the equation. It's a tough one to feel out but who knows? The new Integra could surprise us.


Read More: Manual Vs. Automatic Transmission - Which Is Better?


Features and Specs of the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing

Another car that we don't think has gotten enough attention and definitely needs more is the domestic car that rivals the Supra and Z - the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing, which is already a badass-sounding name. Starting at $58,995, it's a bit pricey, but in that similar territory to the Supra, except you get a twin-turbo V6 under the hood. It serves up 476 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque, fed through a 10-speed automatic or six-speed manual because Papa Caddy knows what you want.

These things look damn good too, and they come with a carbon fiber package, magnetic ride control, Brembo brakes, and basically everything else that's good about cars. We're stoked - it's one of the most expensive cars on the list, but that's for a good reason.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with BC Forged HCA 383 wheels

Features and Specs of the 2022 Chevy C8 Z06

Now, if you don't want a sedan and you have even more money just burning a hole in your pocket, the new Chevy C8 Z06 might just be for you. There's no confirmed price yet, but this is by far the most expensive car on the list, going into the six digits.

We thought it'd be cool to touch on because the 670 horsepower it produces makes it the most powerful naturally-aspirated V8 ever made. It also sounds amazing, revving out to 8,600 RPM. It screams, but don't worry - it didn't lose any Corvette heritage. It can come with a custom luggage set and 70th anniversary badging - now we just need some 70th-anniversary jorts and we're set.

Features and Specs of the 2022 Toyota Supra Manual

There's also a bit of a rumor going around about the manual Supra, even though there's been a rumor since the day it was announced. Toyota did just recently confirm this, and we're stoked for the car community to finally get the manual Supra it wanted and deserved. So, there's that.

 

What car are you most excited for? Let us know!

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