Shortages of microchips, fuel price hikes, supply chain issues, ports full of ships – it seems like the whole world is conspiring to make it harder to find and buy a car these days. Fortunately, most major brands still have plenty of vehicles for sale, although you may have to wait a week or two to find your exact match. But affordability is the easiest part of the puzzle – which car should you choose?
Perhaps you can take the easy way out and make the decision based on our 10 Hottest Cars of the Summer, a list of the most searched new and used cars on Autotrader, ranked in order of number of searches. Everyone is looking at these cars, which may affect the availability of a few models. Car shortages are regional issues, depending on the inventory in your area. Whether they’re available or not, these 10 vehicles are clearly the hottest cars this summer.
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1. 2022 Ford F-Series
The F-Series is always at or near the top of the best-seller lists, so it’s no surprise that it’s also the most searched-for vehicle family on Autotrader in 2022. The 2022 F-Series includes an incredible selection of trucks for almost every use imaginable. , from your standard full-size pickups like the F-150 to extremely heavy-duty trucks like the F-250, F-350 and F-450. There’s also the all-electric F-150 Lightning and the off-road F-150 Raptor for those looking for something out of the ordinary.
2. Jeep Wrangler 2022
Legendary off-road capability, the most enviable aftermarket and community support on the planet, and iconic good looks too? Yes, the 2022 Jeep Wrangler is almost too good to be true. But despite his impressive pedigree, it takes a devoted fan to listen to his somewhat uncivilized behavior on the road. Still, with such capability at your fingertips at a starting price under $30,000, it’s no surprise that this is one of the hottest cars of the summer.
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3. 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
The Silverado has long been a favorite for its performance, wide range of trim levels and impressive features. With an all-new interior borrowed from GM’s full-size SUV lineup, the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 adds some pep and technology to the mix to further sweeten the deal. New for 2022, the High Country version is available with GM from GM,
Super Cruise autonomous driving system; the base 2.7-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder gains 72 lb-ft of torque, and there’s a new off-road-focused ZR2 variant.
4. Ford Mustang 2022
Whether you’re looking for a 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder or a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 or something in between, the Ford Mustang has what you need at a great price. Yes, the high-end Mustang GT500 starts at nearly $75,000, but that ticket buys you a 760-horsepower rocket that revs like it thinks it’s a Porsche. Not that the 450 horsepower in the good old 5.0-liter V8 (or 470 in the Mach 1 version) is anything to be sniffed at.
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5. Chevrolet Corvette 2022
An American mid-engine super sports car on the most wanted list? Which one gives? Well, it’s a Corvette, and regardless of the formula, it’s an American icon, all the more so when it manages to battle European royalty and win on their turf. A track-focused Corvette Z06 is on the horizon for 2023. Meanwhile, there’s the IMSA GT LM Championship C8.R Edition, which adds a dose of Accelerate Yellow or Hypersonic Gray exterior paint, yellow brake calipers, unique wheels and a high-wing spoiler to the standard Corvette 3LT’s bag of tricks.
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6. 2022 Toyota Tacoma
The Toyota Tacoma has become a standard option in the off-road crowd, almost as popular as the Jeep Wrangler and maybe even more so with some people. It is supported by Toyota TM,
reliability and build quality. This truck also has rugged aftermarket support from decades of Tacoma trucks navigating roads, asphalt and more. The Tacoma’s innate off-road capabilities and true mid-size pickup utility have also taken it to such heights, even as it competes with a legend.
7. Ram 1500 2022
If there’s a job to be done, the Ram 1500 is up for it. With diesel, V6, V8, and even hybrid powertrains available, plus a great infotainment system, available air suspension, and plenty of storage options, the Ram 150 is an easy choice for a work truck. If you’re looking for something more, like serious off-road performance, there’s the 702 hp Ram 1500 TRX. Those looking for more luxury might prefer a standard 5.7-liter Hemi V8 and Laramie, Rebel, Limited, or Limited Longhorn trim.
8. Honda Civic 2022
If there is a more popular compact than the Honda HMC,
Civic, someone should let the American public know because it has been one of the top three selling passenger cars in the US since 1973. The current model is all-new for 2022, with everything from the base model on the Si on the Type R get. overhaul from the ground up. The new model builds on the strengths of its predecessors while improving efficiency, performance and technology.
9. GMC Sierra 1500 2022
GMC is the high-end corporate cousin of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and is just as ready to work hard. Updated for 2022 with an updated exterior look and a new interior, the GMC Sierra 1500 is dressed for success and equipped for it, too. The major upgrades match the Silverado’s, with an upgraded 2.7-liter turbocharged engine. However, GMC is also adding its off-road-focused AT4X trim and the all-new, even more luxurious Denali Ultimate.
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10. Toyota Tundra 2022
The 2022 Toyota Tundra is all-new with a hybrid powertrain option and no V8. This forward-looking view of the full-size pickup segment may explain why so many people are researching the 2022 Tundra. But so is the chiseled new body, corrosion-resistant composite bed or hybrid powertrain. 389 horsepower, 479 lb-ft twin-turbocharged V6. Whatever the reason, those who love leather and power sunroofs will appreciate the a la carte options, though the Premium and 1794 trims offer a number of popular features and luxury upgrades. If you prefer the earlier body style and V8 power, there are plenty of used Tundras too.
10 hottest cars from summer 2022
- 2022 Ford F-Series
- 2022 Jeep Wrangler
- 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
- 2022 Ford Mustang
- Chevrolet Corvette 2022
- 2022 Toyota Tacoma
- Ram 1500 2022
- Honda Civic 2022
- 2022 GMC Sierra 1500
- 2022 Toyota Tundra
This story originally took place on Autotrader.com.