Best AWD Sedans for 2022
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Best AWD Sedans for 2022

By Michael O'Connor | November 19, 2021

In a world of compact cars, small electric vehicles, and SUVs, luxury sedans haven’t been getting the same amount of attention that they used to. While these vehicles may have fallen out of the mainstream culture, they are still just as fun to drive and comfortable to ride in as ever. This is especially true with an all-wheel-drive powertrain that allows you to grip the road and have better response and control over the car than you would with a front-wheel-drive or rear-wheel-drive option.

AWD sedans might not be as popular as they once were, but automakers are still innovating and improving on these classic American vehicles. For the 2022 model year, there are many new AWD sedans in production. Knowing which ones are the best can help you decide whether one of these luxurious vehicles is right for you and your family.

(Looking for 2021 AWD sedans? Check out our complete guide here).


2022 Lexus ES 250

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The 2022 Lexus ES 250 may be in competition with other luxurious sedans such as the Mercedes-Benz E-class, but it is holding onto its role as one of the most well-known luxury vehicle brands. For the 2022 model year, Lexus has refreshed the ES on the exterior by changing up the headlights, grille, and designs of the wheels. The base-model 250 comes standard with all-wheel-drive powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 203 horsepower. It also has a focus on fuel efficiency with an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.

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The interior of the ES 250 is designed to be as quiet and comfortable as possible, even at high speeds. With an 8.0-inch display and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it can provide simple smartphone integration. It also includes compatibility with Amazon Alexa, Bluetooth streaming, and Scout GPS.

Browse 2022 Lexus ES 250 listings here.


2022 Subaru Impreza

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Available as both a sedan and a hatchback, the 2022 Subaru Impreza comes standard with Subaru’s famous all-wheel-drive. This generation of the Impreza has been around since 2017 and features a four-cylinder boxer engine that comes with the Subaru Legacy and Subaru WRX and puts out 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. It is available with either a five-speed manual transmission or the continuously variable, or CVT, automatic. With a fuel efficiency of 28 mpg city and 36 mpg highway, the Impreza is working towards a spot as one of the more efficient AWD sedans on the market.

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The interior of the 2022 Impreza features simple gauges and controls and a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system. This system is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and if you upgrade to the Sport or Limited trim, you can increase the touchscreen size by 1.5 inches. It also comes with Subaru’s EyeSight driver assistance technologies, which include blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assist.

Browse 2022 Subaru Impreza listings here.


2022 Audi A4

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The fifth generation of the Audi A4 has been around since the 2017 model year and for 2022 there aren’t many changes aside from a new Black Optic style package. However, that may be for the best since the A4 is an incredibly popular AWD sedan. With Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system coming standard and a choice of two turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, you can receive up to 261 horsepower with a 12-volt hybrid system that helps start and stop the engine for better efficiency. This power also translates to a very quick zero to 60 time of just 4.8 seconds.

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The interior of the A4 is modern and high-quality, with easy-to-use technologies. This includes a 10.1-inch touchscreen, USB ports, and voice command. You also have access to an optional Bang & Olufsen 19-speaker sound system, and a digital gauge display. The upper trim levels come with a suite of safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring.

Browse 2022 Audi A4 listings here.


2022 Kia Stinger

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With a focus on premium styling and an optional all-wheel-drive powertrain, the 2022 Kia Stinger is a great choice for people who want the luxury of a sedan with the handling of a sporty coupe. For the 2022 model year, the Stinger has received updated styling and a more powerful engine at the entry level. With a new 2.5-liter turbo four-cylinder, the new Stinger puts out 300 horsepower. With a zero to 60 time of 4.6 seconds, the Brembo brake system is crucial and delivers enough responsive stopping to keep you in control at all times.

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While the Stinger’s interior isn’t quite as luxurious as a BMW 3-series or Cadillac, it does feature a large back seat and Kia’s UVO infotainment system. With an 8 or 10-inch touchscreen combined with physical buttons, it is easy to use and safer for the driver. While a six-speaker stereo system comes standard, you also have the option to upgrade to a 15-speaker Harman/Kardon system as well as many safety features like automated emergency braking and a lane-departure warning.

Browse 2022 Kia Stinger listings here.


2022 Mazda 3

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The 2022 Mazda 3 looks and feels more like a sports coupe than a four-door midsize sedan. If you want to turn this into an all-wheel-drive sedan, you will need to upgrade to the 186-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder option. However, that might be well worth it due to the extra power and the surprising efficiency. Even the bigger engine displacements still get 26 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. The Mazda 3 is available with a six-speed manual transmission, but if you opt for the larger AWD powertrain, you will need to stick with a six-speed automatic.

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For 2022, Mazda hasn’t done much in the way of changes for the Mazda 3. The interior still features a standard 8.8-inch infotainment system screen that is situated between two large, luxurious dash pads. The screen is controlled by a single rotary knob mounted on the console, which makes it easy to use and very intuitive. If you want to include things like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, you will need to upgrade to some of the higher trim levels. However, every model gets Mazda’s suite of advanced safety features.

Browse 2022 Mazda 3 listings here.


2022 Chrysler 300

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In the world of large, four-door sedans, Chrysler is one of the biggest names on the market. Powerful, spacious sedans might be slowly fading away, but they are carrying the torch with the 300. With all-wheel drive available on the 3.6-liter V6 engine that puts out 292 horsepower, the Chrysler 300 is a sedan that has muscle car sensibilities more commonly found in cars like the Dodge Charger. However, the powerful engine is still fairly fuel-efficient. With an EPA estimate of 30 mpg highway, it is in the same class as some of the smaller sedans available on the market.

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The 300’s interior is designed to be simple and elegant with cloth seats on the base model and has enough cargo space for quite a bit of luggage. It also comes with Chrysler’s famous Uconnect infotainment system, which has an easy-to-use interface and an intuitive layout. It comes standard with an 8.4-inch touchscreen that also has all the smartphone integration you could want. Each 300 also comes with a one-year trial of SiriusXM satellite radio and an optional navigation system.

Browse 2022 Chrysler 300 listings here.


2022 Porsche Taycan

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For those who want the space and comfort of an AWD sedan with the quick, responsive driving experience of a sports car, the 2022 Porsche Taycan could be a great option. Since the introduction of the first-generation Taycan in 2020, Porsche has been pushing the boundaries of what a luxury electric sedan can do. As their first EV that is designed to compete with the Tesla Model 3, the Taycan has the ability to deliver all the best aspects of the things it is trying to be. With all-wheel drive available on the 4S trim level, it delivers 522 horsepower with the standard battery. This powertrain can bring the Taycan from zero to 60 in just 3.4 seconds with a two-speed transmission.

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The biggest changes for the 2022 model year are centered around the interior. With a completely revamped infotainment system that features a 10.9-inch touchscreen and an 8.4-inch one for climate settings and smartphone integration, there is no shortage of control. Each 2022 Taycan comes with standard driver-assistance technology as well. This includes emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist.

Browse 2022 Porsche Taycan listings here.


2022 Toyota Camry

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When it comes to modern mid-size sedans, the Toyota Camry is one of the leaders. As part of the eighth generation of the Camry, the 2022 model year isn’t seeing any significant changes. All-wheel-drive is available on the four-cylinder powertrain, which delivers 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The smaller engine also delivers incredible fuel efficiency with an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city and 39 mpg highway. This makes it one of the more efficient non-hybrid vehicles available on the market, which is very impressive for a four-door sedan.

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While the drivetrain performance is noteworthy, the interior of the 2022 Camry is where it really shines. With a large, spacious cabin and enough trunk space for a lot of cargo, the Camry is designed with you and your family in mind. It also features Toyota’s infotainment system, which is called Entune 3.0 and is able to integrate with your smartphone using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Last year’s incarnation of the Camry received a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA and all of Toyota’s driver-assistance technology comes standard on every trim level. This includes forward-collision warning and lane-keeping assist as well as adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking.

Browse 2022 Toyota Camry listings here.


2022 Acura TLX

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If you are looking for a more affordable version of an all-wheel-drive sedan, the 2022 Acura TLX is a good choice. With a starting MSRP of just $40,000, the AWD option is only $2,000 more and could be well worth it. Having been completely redesigned for the 2021 model year, there won’t be many changes for 2022. The TLX comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. This is one of the reasons that the TLX can compete with sportier sedans like the Audi A4 and the Mercedes-Benz C 300.

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The interior cabin of the Acura TLX is focused on the sportier aspects of the vehicle’s design. It features designer-grade gauges and a 10.2-inch infotainment system that is controlled by a touchpad on the console. It can also be controlled by buttons on the steering wheel for more convenient access by the driver. It also comes standard with a Wi-Fi hotspot and both Apple and Android smartphone connectivity. Every TLX features AcuraWatch, which is Acura’s driver-assist technology that comes with traffic-sign recognition and a monitor for driver awareness.

Browse 2022 Acura TLX listings here.


2022 Genesis G70

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In the smaller luxury sedan category, the 2022 Genesis G70 is one of the best cars on the market. For 2022, the G70 has received significant upgrades including new styling on the front and rear, an updated dashboard design, and a new semi-automated driving system. With a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 252 horsepower and an eight-speed automatic transmission, the G70 has an optional AWD that improves both traction and responsiveness. Not only that, but the four-cylinder G70 also gets 30 mpg highway and 25 city for impressive fuel economy.

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The G70’s interior has been redesigned and features high-quality materials and a layout that is focused on the driver. Every level of the G70 comes with a 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone integration and a sleek, easy-to-use interface that allows control from the front seats. It also comes with many standard driver-assist technologies like automated emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.

Browse 2022 Genesis G70 listings here.


Final Thoughts

If you are in the market for a vehicle that delivers luxury as well as power to all four wheels, 2022 is a good year for you. Some of the best AWD sedans are on the market for this model year and there are a lot of amazing options to choose from. Purchasing a new car can be difficult, but if you know what you are looking for, you can narrow down your search and find something that feels right.

While AWD cars are becoming more popular, it can be hard to find the right combination of power and handling, especially with luxury cars. Many of the vehicles coming out in 2022 ride that line between high-performance and practicality and by understanding what the landscape looks like, you can make the right choice.