5 Best Full-Size Cars to Buy In 2022 According to KBB

Determining which full-size cars are the best options to live with takes a lot. Each measure will tie into a vehicle’s value, from commuting to parking to safety features, tech, comfort, and cargo space.

Kelley Blue Book (KBB) is no stranger to determining a vehicle’s value, assessing each example comprehensively. According to their experts, the following are the five best full-size cars to buy in 2022.

The Toyota Avalon, like the Chevrolet Impala, is a long-lasting car.
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2022 Toyota Avalon

As an upscale and slightly larger Toyota Camry, the Avalon impresses. It boasts a roomy, relaxing, and lavish interior, a user-friendly infotainment system, and a surplus of standard safety features. The Avalon accelerates swiftly with its 301-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine but also nets decent gas mileage. 

The EPA estimates the Avalon will achieve 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Unfortunately, the all-wheel drive (AWD) and TRD models were dumped last year, but shoppers can pick up a base model for $36,375. The higher-priced Limited and Touring trim levels will fetch around $43,000, KBB contends.

2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

A hybrid is available if the gasoline-powered Toyota Avalon doesn’t tickle a shopper’s fancy. With the same Lexus-level refinement, KBB explains the Limited trim features rich leather upholstery, real wood trim, and ambient cabin lighting. The Limited trim also qualifies for an Advanced Safety Package adding parking sensors and a 360-degree camera system. 

The powertrain is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder mated to two electric motors for a total output of 215 horsepower. The XLE trim achieves slightly better gas mileage with 44 mpg on the highway to the Limited and XSE’s 43 mpg. Yet, the EPA estimates both will eke out an exceptional 43 mpg in the city. The base hybrid starts at $37,250, and the top-of-the-line variant is just $5,000 more.

2023 Kia Stinger

With sharp handling and sporty styling, the Kia Stinger pulls no punches in competing with rivals from Germany. On the interior, the Stinger features the safety and infotainment tech found in luxury offerings.

Rear-wheel drive (RWD) and a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder provide the base GT-Line with 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. The top-of-the-line GT2, however, spins all four wheels with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 producing 368 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque.

The EPA estimates the RWD four-cylinder variant to achieve 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. On the other hand, the AWD V6 will do 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The Stinger begins at $36,590 for the GT-Line trim and $51,790 for the GT2 model, KBB states, and AWD is a $2,200 option. 

2022 Chrysler 300

With fierce exterior looks, the Chrysler 300 came with a fuel-friendly 292-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 or mighty 363-horsepower 5.7-liter Hemi V8. The EPA estimates a combined 23 mpg for the rear-wheel-drive 300 and 21 mpg combined for AWD. The V8 version drops fuel efficiency to a combined 19 mpg. 

The 300 had immense cabin space with upscale touches, even if it was a bit dated. Yet, that meant all of its infotainment features were user-friendly. Chrysler’s big, comfortable sedan was easy to live with, but it didn’t provide the handling capabilities its sporty competitors provided.

KBB says the 300 starts at around $33,545, and the range-topping 300S begins at about $42,155. Although AWD is an extra $2,750, it starts lower than its rivals and offers the lowest top-trim price in the class.

2023 Volkswagen Arteon

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The Arteon is much more upmarket than expected from Volkswagen. The sporty and stylish interior is only enhanced by generous standard features. The Arteon comes with VW’s Digital Cockpit Pro, tri-zone climate control, wireless charging capabilities, and IQ.DRIVE safety tech. With the coupe-like architecture, rear headroom is sacrificed. 

However, the Arteon makes up for it with generous cargo capacity. Under the hood lives a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder churning out an impressive 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The base trim level has standard FWD, but the top two trims come with AWD.

For fuel economy, the FWD version will achieve an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. AWD drops those numbers by three and two mpg, respectively. The power and opulence come with a price, though. The base SE R-Line starts at $43,010, the popular SEL R-Line at $47,180, and the Premium R-Line model at $50,175, KBB says.

Which full-size car is the best one to buy?

Realistically, all five cars are markedly different from one another. One is a bargain-priced Lexus; another is a hybrid version of the same four-door. One is a widely capable M3-killer, another is an aging muscular sedan, and the last competes with Europe’s luxury cars.

If customers want the best full-size hybrid car, there’s only one option—the Toyota Avalon Hybrid. The Kia Stinger kicks the Chrysler 300C to the curb if sportiness is required. On the luxury side, while it may be more expensive, the Volkswagen Arteon beats out the Toyota Avalon.