U.S. News’ 4 Best Large Cars for 2022 Won’t Be Available for Much Longer
Once the crowning jewel of automakers, large sedans are a dying breed. Rather, nearly in the grave already. As car manufacturers focus on fulfilling SUV demand and EV production, customers must wave goodbye to what was the standard American automobile. U.S. News & World Report compiled a list to showcase what is left in the large segment, and while these cars are among the best large cars for 2022, the following are the last four left on sale and won’t be available for much longer.
What is replacing the Toyota Avalon?
Toyota killed off the Avalon in August 2022; unfortunately, the all-wheel drive and TRD models were dumped last year. Edmunds reports the Avalon was replaced with Toyota’s all-new, high-riding, hybrid-only Crown. As the last of the Avalons are sold off, shoppers can pick up a base model for $36,375. Higher-priced trim levels will fetch a little over $43,000.
As an upscale and slightly larger Toyota Camry, the 2022 Avalon impresses. It boasts a roomy, comfortable, and lavish interior, a user-friendly infotainment system, and an abundance of standard safety features. The Avalon accelerates swiftly with its 301 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and nets excellent gas mileage.
Why was the Chrysler 300 discontinued?
Earlier this year, Stellantis confirmed that the Chrysler 300 would be discontinued after the 2023 model year. MSN purports that the nail in the coffin could have been that the large car didn’t make the cut to get the 707 horsepower Hellcat engine. However, parent company Stellantis seeks to electrify most of its offerings by 2025.
Nevertheless, the 300 starts at around $32,000, and the range-topping 300S begins at about $38,000. Therefore, the sedan starts considerably lower than its rivals and offers the lowest top-trim price in the class.
As for what you can expect from the 2022 Chrysler 300? It comes with a fuel-friendly 292 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 or potent 5.7-liter Hemi V8. The 300 also has immense cabin space with upscale touches, even if they are a bit dated. Yet, all of its infotainment features are user-friendly. Chrysler’s big, comfortable sedan is easy to live with, but it doesn’t provide the handling capabilities its sporty competitors provide.
Is the Dodge Charger being discontinued?
Along with the 300, Stellantis is also ditching the Charger. Motorious reports that Canada’s Brampton Assembly Plant—where the Charger, Challenger, and 300 are produced—is undergoing complete modernization and retooling. The effort is to electrify the fleet, and production on at least a Charger EV will commence in 2025. Currently, the price on the base SXT starts at $32,500, lower than many others in the large sedan segment. For drag strip-worthy acceleration, the Hellcat Redeye begins at $85,695.
For those looking for more muscle in their LD platform sedan, the 2022 Dodge Charger provides a four-door option with immense power. Base models feature the 292 horsepower V6, but varying degrees of raucous V8s are available in 5.7, 6.4, and supercharged 6.2-liter variants.
Consumers could have anywhere from 370 horsepower in the R/T to 797 horsepower in the SRT Hellcat Redeye and Jailbreak models. On the inside, much of the comfortable, spacious cabin is carried over from the 300, but the trimmings are rather underwhelming. Another downside is that the Charger doesn’t have the safety features typically found in a sedan at its price point.
Will there be a 2023 Maxima?
In its last call, the 2023 Nissan Maxima starts at $38,140 in its base SV trim, above the class average. The top-of-the-line Platinum trim begins at $44,250 and comes with maple wood trim on the dash.
However, MotorTrend reports this large car will be ushered out of production this coming year as Nissan invests in EVs. Although an all-electric Maxima hasn’t been confirmed, Nissan has teased the large sedan may return through the automaker’s “tech innovation.”
With a comfortable cabin brimming with high-end materials, the Nissan Maxima is an amenity and safety feature-packed cabin. With a fuel-efficient 300-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, the Maxima also sports superior driving dynamics to its midsize sibling, the Altima. However, the Maxima’s tight rear seat and relatively small trunk make it less practical than the Altima. Regardless, the luxurious cabin may make up where the Maxima falls short on pragmatism.
The end of the standard full-size sedan and large car segment
In recent years, every automotive manufacturer has moved to cancel their standard, non-hybrid large sedans. As automakers move with the times, greater focus is being placed on SUVs, midsize hybrids, and EVs. The dwindling segment saw the exit of the Chevrolet Impala, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Azera, Kia Cadenza, and Volkswagen Passat. After their departures, only the sedans listed above remained.
Unless you want a luxury, hybrid, or EV large sedan, act fast. While these vehicles are among U.S. News’ best large cars for 2022, production on the 300, Charger, Maxima, and Avalon have already ceased or will stop in the near future.