2022 red Hyundai Elantra on the test track

The 10 Best Small Sedans For 2022

There used to be a time when every automaker had at least one sedan model in its lineup, since those cars were such a common sight on America’s roads and driveways. For many years, sedans dominated the dealerships. However, the rise of SUVs, which offer more cargo space and elevated seating positions, has made the four-door sedan segment gradually lose popularity.

Today there are fewer and fewer sedans on the market, although most remain competent transportation options for individuals and families. They all have reasonably large trunks, are roomy enough for five passengers, and have plenty of power.

They’re not going to impress you with their handling, and of course, they don’t offer sporty behavior, let alone off-road capabilities. But that’s not what the best sedans are made to do. Instead, these cars aim to get people from point A to B in style and comfort.

#1: 2022 Honda Insight

2022 silver Honda Insight cruising down the street
Via: My Car.

Important Info

  • Base price: $26,000
  • Updates: Minor
  • 0-60 mph: 7.7 seconds
  • Fuel Economy City 51 mpg / Hwy 45 mpg
  • Basic Warranty: 5 years / 60,000
  • Our Rating: 8.6 / 10

OUR THOUGHTS: PROS & CONS

Summary: The Insight 2022 offers balanced and efficient driving manners at a reasonable price in addition to having an attractive and elegant design

Pros: Impressive fuel economy, many of its safety features are standard, excellent ride quality

Cons: Less athletic than rivals, noisy gas engine, limited headroom in the back

The Honda Insight 2022 is presented as an attractive option for families looking for an elegant and modern style, with a reasonable degree of comfort and safety and, above all, efficiency. In terms of design, it remains identical to the previous model, with flowing lines that give it a modern and elegant appearance.

The cabin is modern and elegant, and oriented to the driver’s comfort. The seats are leather, with eight power adjustment options for the driver and four for the passenger.

The 2022 Honda Insight comes with enough to enjoy the road, sporting features like an 8 “color touch screen with Handsfreelink function and reverse camera viewing when it comes to technology.

It also has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, a sound system with 8 speakers, and a digital tachometer with a 7” multi-information display.

In terms of performance, the 2022 Insight features the third generation i-MMD two-engine hybrid system, which combines a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that together deliver 151 horsepower and 197 lb-ft of torque.

#2: 2022 Audi A3

2022 black Audi A3 sedan at high speed
Via: Motor y Racing

Important Info

  • Base price: $35,000
  • Updates: Minor
  • 0-60 mph: 6.3 seconds
  • Fuel Economy City 28 mpg / Hwy 36  mpg (Quattro version)
  • Basic Warranty: 5 years / 60,000 miles
  • Our Rating: 8.5 / 10

OUR THOUGHTS: PROS & CONS

Summary: The completely redesigned A3 offers a revised layout and enhanced technology that translates into more enjoyable driving dynamics

Pros: Comfortable ride, classic Audi refinement, decent gas mileage

Cons: Less powerful than the previous model, cramped cabin, small trunk

The 2022 Audi A3 has been modernized in every way. It features sharper styling and contemporary interior technology, plus convenient features that will appeal to many buyers. The new A3 comes with a 201-hp, 221 lb-ft of torque turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with a 48-volt hybrid system. This powertrain is available with front-wheel drive or Audi’s quattro four-wheel drive system.

As for the interior, a more conservative style was adopted from the larger A4 sedan to give the A3 more personality. Two large air vents flank the car’s gauge display and a stitched panel line at the top of the dash.

Available sports seats come with synthetic suede upholstery and padded seating surfaces. As for cargo space, the trunk has enough room for an average trip.

The new A3 comes with either a 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen or a larger 12.3-inch optional unit. Additionally, the digital display of the Audi virtual cockpit indicator will also be standard.

Driver assistance technology comes with basics like automated emergency braking as standard, and the latest technology is available as an option package. Safety features also include an available Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keeping Assist.

#3: 2022 Audi A4

2022 blue Audi A4 with mountain and water background
Via: El Carro Colombiano

Important Info

  • Base price: $41,000
  • Updates: Minor
  • 0-60 mph: 5.2 seconds
  • Fuel Economy: City 24 mpg / 31 Hwy
  • Basic Warranty: 4 years / 50,000 miles
  • Our Rating: 8.5 / 10

OUR THOUGHTS: PROS & CONS

Summary: The Audi A4 remains current thanks to an elegant design, a cabin that combines sophistication with functionality, and agile handling

Pros: Athletic handling, surprisingly sporty acceleration, refined ride quality

Cons: No manual gearbox available, unintuitive infotainment, small exterior mirrors

The Audi A4 40 TFSI S line 2022 is a compact executive-style sedan that, despite a conservative appearance, remains respectful of its lineage with a comfortable cabin that creates a feeling of exclusivity.

Inside, a 10.1-inch touch screen stands out, responding correctly during multimedia management. Likewise, the driver and passengers will enjoy crisp music playback, thanks to a Bang & Olufsen system with 3D sound.

The Audi A4 offers plenty of connectivity features, including the Audi Connect systems, the Audi Phone Box, and the navigation platform Plus with MMI Touch.

In addition to its front and front side bags, it integrates starting assistant, progressive steering, front and rear disc brakes, light and rain sensors, sports suspension, parking assistant plus, and tire pressure monitor.

The A4 is available in the 40 and 45 versions, both with a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 12-volt hybrid system and complemented with Audi’s quattro AWD system. The A4 40 produces 201 horsepower while the 45 bumps the power output to 261 horses. A seven-speed automatic is the only available transmission.

#4: 2022 Subaru WRX

2022 white Subaru WRX on race track
Via: Autonocion

Important Info

  • Base price: $30,000
  • Updates: Moderate
  • 0-60 mph: 5.4 seconds
  • Fuel Economy City 19 mpg / Hwy 26 mpg
  • Basic Warranty: 3 years / 36,000
  • Our Rating: 8.4 / 10

OUR THOUGHTS: PROS & CONS

Summary: The 2022 Subaru WRX is a fierce rally machine, now more capable and fun

Pros: Subaru’s all-wheel-drive system, available six-speed manual, rally-car ride, and handling

Cons: Average fuel efficiency, not the quietest cabin, power figures may disappoint some enthusiasts

The Subaru WRX is back with a welcome update from the ground up—featuring the new base Subaru Global Platform, a revised engine, and the latest technology. All of this without losing the unique character of the WRX.

The next generation of the WRX will not be a radical change in terms of aesthetics but rather an evolution of the current model.

Regarding its interior, the new WRX benefits from the design and technology of the latest Subaru models. We highlight its large 11.6-inch vertical touch screen with the famous Starlink infotainment system from the Japanese manufacturer.

Everything is accompanied by a rather sporty style with a dark-colored upholstery, with red trim, a thick steering wheel, and aluminum pedals. All this will be accompanied by the well-known EyeSight brand security and assistants package.

The new WRX features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder turbocharged boxer engine, known as FA24, which starts from about 275 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain is complemented by a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed CVT automatic.

#5: 2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2022 red VW Jetta GLI photoshoot on concrete set
Via: OK Noticias.

Important Info

  • Base price: $32,000
  • Updates: Minor
  • 0-60 mph: 5.8 seconds
  • Fuel Economy: City 25 mpg / 32 Hwy
  • Basic Warranty: 4 years / 50,000 miles
  • Our Rating: 8.3 / 10

OUR THOUGHTS: PROS & CONS

Summary: In addition to being more spacious and accessible, the performance of the Jetta GLI is on par with the Golf GTI

Pros: Fun to drive, roomy back seat and trunk, more affordable than the GTI

Cons: It doesn’t look sporty enough, the best features are reserved for the top trim, the GTI offers better interior materials

The Jetta is one of the most successful automobiles in its category, with a proven track record in many markets worldwide. The facelift for 2022, which includes the GLI version, maintains the MQB platform, guaranteeing rigidity and lightness. It also incorporates the latest technological advances, with various exterior and interior changes.

Upfront, we can see a redesign that translates into a new fascia, and a new grille with the distinctive maxi-honeycomb design that integrates a center bar—the GLI emblem.

The new Jetta GLI has a new-generation multi-function touch steering wheel and gear lever and new upholstery and decorative elements, such as red accents in the seams and trims for that unmistakable GLI identity.

The new Jetta GLI offers a high level of technology with the 10 “touchscreen radio, Volkswagen’s Wire and Wireless App-Connect, We Connect Go, and Digital Cockpit apps.

The 2022 GLI also increases its performance, thanks to a 2.0-liter TSI turbo engine that puts out 230 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque paired with a seven-speed DSG transmission.

#6: 2022 Toyota Prius Prime

2022 aqua blue Toyota Prius Prime on backroads
Via: Motor El Pais.

Important Info

  • Base price: $29,250
  • Updates: Moderate
  • 0-60 mph: 10 seconds
  • Fuel Economy 133 MPGe
  • Basic Warranty: 5 years / 60,000
  • Our Rating: 8.3 / 10

OUR THOUGHTS: PROS & CONS

Summary: The Prius Prime was already a compelling PHEV, and its improved EV mode and overall range make it rise in the list of the best

Pros: Outstanding fuel economy, comprehensive package of standard features, comfortable cabin

Cons: Not particularly exciting to drive, dull acceleration, limited cargo space

The 2022 Prius Prime PHEV is an evolution of the plug-in hybrid we know. It’s built on the TNGA-K platform and incorporates new technology that makes it more efficient. It can go up to 25 emissions-free miles on electric drive mode when it’s fully charged.

Toyota speaks of a total range of just over 621 miles with a full electric charge and full gas tank combined. The best part is that when the battery reaches a specific minimum state of charge in EV mode, the car automatically switches to hybrid mode. Like other Prius, the Prime has a 1.8L gasoline engine associated with two electric motors (MG1 and MG2). Their combined power is 121 horsepower.

The 2022 Prius Prime comes with a battery that can be recharged from a 120v household outlet in just five and a half hours, and in just two hours if the outlet is 240v.

As for the interior, the Prius Prime features many technology features, including the suite of driving aids called Toyota Safety Shields.

#7: 2022 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

2022 white Toyota Corolla Hybrid with forest background
Via: My Car.

Important Info

  • Base price: $23,600
  • Updates: Minor
  • 0-60 mph: 9 seconds
  • Fuel Economy City 53 mpg / Hwy 52 mpg
  • Basic Warranty: 3 years / 36,000
  • Our Rating: 8.3 / 10

OUR THOUGHTS: PROS & CONS

Summary: The Corolla Hybrid offers a comprehensive package of fuel efficiency and features that ensure comfort and safety at a reasonable price

Pros: Superb fuel economy, lots of standard safety features, comfortable interior

Cons: Limited headroom, small trunk compared to rivals, slow acceleration

The 2022 Corolla Hybrid Sedan is based on the modular TNGA platform in its mid-size or C, the same used in the Prius and RAV4. The car features a sharp front end, a large lower air intake, and other traits to give the Corolla a modern and attractive styling.

The silhouette maintains the classic well-defined three-body proportions. The windshield is slightly pushed back and more reclined, accentuating its wedge profile. This modern style seen on the outside is also replicated in the interior. Three visual elements stand out in this: the digital cluster, the steering wheel, and the center screen.

Let’s start with the latter. It is 9 inches in size and is recessed into the top of the dash, although it is not the floating type as it has a huge recess at the back that reduces its visual appeal. Toyota’s infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Corolla Hybrid combined its gasoline engine and electric motor to deliver 122 Hp and 105 lb-ft of torque. The power is managed through a CVT automatic transmission.

#8: 2022 Hyundai Ioniq

2022 red Hyundai Ioniq on city street
Via: Hyundai.

Important Info

  • Base price: $24,000
  • Updates: Minor
  • 0-60 mph: 8.9 seconds
  • Fuel Economy: City 54 mpg / Hwy 56 mpg
  • Basic Warranty: 5 years / 60,000 miles
  • Our Rating: 8.2 / 10

OUR THOUGHTS: PROS & CONS

Summary: The Hyundai Ionic delivers everything you expect from a hybrid vehicle in a refreshing and unassuming package

Pros: Impressive fuel economy, sophisticated cabin feel, large cargo hold

Cons: Noisy gas engine, unexciting acceleration, lacks storage compartments for small items

The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid outperforms many compact vehicles on the market, not to mention it has multiple assists with Limited trim.

The appearance of the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq is very typical of the brand. However, for the general public, it can divide opinions, especially regarding the design of the wheels. Although they make the car look more aerodynamic, they are still something that draws attention.

The cabin of the Hyundai Ioniq looks sleek and modern. This is mainly thanks to its floating screen housed in a piano black tone frame, giving it an elegant appearance—although it is susceptible to scratches.

The illumination of the buttons in blue also makes it look different from what we are used to. Being a hybrid vehicle, the powertrain of the Hyundai Ioniq comprises a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with 104 horsepower and 108 pound-feet of torque.

In addition, this engine works with an electric motor that puts out 43 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. In total, this power unit generates 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque through a 6-speed automatic transmission.

#9: 2022 Hyundai Elantra

Red 2022 Hyundai Elantra on test track
Via: Autocosmos.

Important Info

  • Base price: $20,800
  • Updates: Minor
  • 0-60 mph: 8.4 seconds
  • Fuel Economy: City 33 mpg / 43 Hwy
  • Basic Warranty: 5 years / 60,000 miles
  • Our Rating: 8.2 / 10

OUR THOUGHTS: PROS & CONS

Summary: Underneath the bold styling, the Elantra presents itself as a spacious, practical, efficient, and affordable sedan choice.

Pros: It’s the compact sedan with the most comprehensive suite of driving aids, good fuel economy, despite dividing opinions, the design is purposeful

Cons: The base engine feels underpowered, no AC vents or USB ports in the rear seat, the exterior styling doesn’t appeal to everyone

The aesthetic current that Hyundai calls Parametric Dynamics manifests itself in a sedan with extreme lines, unlike anything we have seen recently on the streets. As a result, the 2022 Hyundai Elantra boasts a styling closer to a fastback than a traditional sedan.

Inside, Hyundai opted for a very horizontal design, where the prominence is taken by the A/C vents. Then there is the 10.25″ infotainment screen, joined by a single panel to the digital instrument panel with the same size screen.

Compared to the previous generation, the interior of the 2022 Hyundai Elantra certainly goes up a notch in terms of design, equipment, and quality.

The heart of the Elantra is a 2.0-liter engine with 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. This is sufficient power for day-to-day life in the city, although somewhat bland for the open road.

The big surprise with the new Elantra is the behavior of the CVT automatic transmission. It’s fast and simulates shifting well without making excessive noise when accelerating or braking at any point on the tachometer.

#10: 2022 Subaru Impreza

2022 blue Subaru Impreza at high speed
Via: Car and Driver

Important Info

  • Base price: $19,700
  • Updates: Minor
  • 0-60 mph: 8.5 seconds
  • Fuel Economy City 28 mpg / Hwy 36 mpg
  • Basic Warranty: 5 years / 60,000
  • Our Rating: 8.1 / 10

OUR THOUGHTS: PROS & CONS

Summary: Aside from its playful driving character and a solid value proposal, the Impreza lacks the overall refinement and fuel economy of its rivals

Pros: Standard all-wheel-drive, lively driving character, intuitive infotainment interface

Cons: Slow acceleration, unimpressive fuel efficiency, imprecise manual gearbox

For its 2022 model year, the Subaru Impreza remains unchanged from the previous year. However, being a model with a comprehensive package of safety and comfort features, this car continues to be an exciting option.

Despite not having any changes to the interior, the 2022 Impreza offers a design with modern traits, adding some impressive styling on the outside. As standard, the EyeSight Touring Assist system offers an advanced feature that aids throttle, brake, and steering operations at a wide range of speeds.

By recognizing both the lane markings and the vehicle in front, it reduces the speed depending on the situation, even at high speeds or in heavy traffic situations.

The Impreza also offers a series of elements that allow safe and comfortable driving. Features include a front camera, driver’s seat with memory, automatic LED headlights, and automatic retractable rear view mirrors.

As for the powertrain, two engines are available: a 1.6-liter for the entry version that makes 115 horsepower and a 2.0-liter for the top trims that puts out 154 horsepower.