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It isn’t always about who is the fastest, is it? Car and Driver tested a bunch of new cars and SUVs this year to see which ones were the fastest. However, these were some of the slowest vehicles that made the list.

Thew Toyota Corolla Cross was one of the slowest new cars

The Toyota Corolla Cross  is one of the slowest new cars and SUVs Car and Driver tested this year
The Toyota Corolla Cross is one of the slowest new cars, and SUVs Car and Driver tested this year | Toyota

Car and Driver didn’t find much to complain about with the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross, except that it was slow. In fact, the Toyota Corolla Cross is still a reliable and reasonable choice for an SUV. Technically, the Cross is a crossover – not quite a sedan, not quite an SUV. But it has all of the benefits of an SUV. Car and Driver says that the all-wheel drive version is a full second slower than the regular Corolla hatchback tested.

The 2022 Cross made the journey in 17.0 seconds at 83 mph in the quarter-mile. It takes 39.9 seconds to hit 110 mph, but you probably won’t need to go that fast anyway. With a starting price of $24,710, the Toyota crossover is safe, reliable, and affordable. It doesn’t really need to be fast.

As far as new cars go, the Volkswagen Tiguan makes up for the slow acceleration

The 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan got a refresh for the new year, but it didn’t make it any faster. Volkswagen gave the SUV new LED headlights and a sporty grille, but no more horsepower than before. Car and Driver still says the 2022 Tiguan is one of the top new SUVs heading into next year. It earned a 9.5 out of 10 after various tests, and one of the highs noted was that it had sporty handling and a spacious cabin.

The 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan reached 60 mph in 9.1 seconds. In the quarter-mile, it reached 83 mph in 16.9 seconds. Not that anyone is doing a quarter-mile test in a Tiguan, but the stats are there anyway. The starting price is $37,790, a bit higher than the Cross, but still fairly reasonable.

The Nissan Sentra SR looks sporty, but doesn’t drive like a sports car


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When it comes down to it, the 2022 Nissan Sentra SR has a lot of positives. Unfortunately, it was one of the slowest vehicles tested by Car and Driver. When the experts tested it on the skidpad, it did OK. The Sentra did it in 17.0 seconds at 84 mph in the quarter-mile test. It reached 100 mph in 25.2 seconds. And while it isn’t slamming gears and winning races, its low base price and the long list of standard active safety features make up for the slow going.

The 2022 Sentra SR starts at $22,825 and has a few trim levels to choose from. The Nissan sedan also looks pretty stylish on the outside, and Car and Driver says the inside is comfortable.

So if you are looking for a fast new car, these SUVs and sedans might not be right for you. However, the low price and safety features make the Toyota Corolla Cross, Volkswagen Tiguan, and Nissan Sentra SR a good choice for drivers.