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Best family cars to buy in 2022

CVTs (continuously variable transmission) are the latest and best in the car-buying world today.

They do not cost much at all and offer benefits over traditional automatic transmissions. What’s more, they’re still the best you can get for most families.
My kids had my old minivan, bought new in 1999. It took them in and out of it with ease — the best ride they ever had. It was over 20 years old and I bought it as a second car. I’m selling it today for the same reason — the best ride they ever had.

I’ll be buying my next family car in 2022, though.

CVTs are ideal for family drivers because they improve fuel economy for the driver, keep the gas engine under control when making quick or slow changes in gear and smooth out shifting from one gear to another.
The best-known vehicles with CVTs — ones with up to 40,000 miles on the odometer — are Toyota’s Highlander and Sequoia SUVs and Jeep’s Grand Cherokee. Others include the Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Tucson, Subaru Forester, and Volkswagen Tiguan.

All of those are available with a CVT, at least on the more powerful models.

From 2022 onward, expect more vehicles to have CVTs and cheaper versions of them, too. My family will still buy or lease them, though, not buying a car outright.
I’ll buy a cheap new car for that, though, even a hybrid, to buy used in 2022. In other words, it’s going to be good enough to serve my needs, because my family will always be buying or leasing new.
1. Especially in 2022, with prices falling.

Trade-in: My Honda CRV hybrid in 2022

From 2022 onward, expect more cars to offer carsharing services as well. It’s a way to share or borrow a car and pay less for gas. They’re already widespread in cities. And they’re getting even better — like what I’m doing with my 2019 Honda CRV hybrid. My hybrid’s selling value will be down, of course. So, I’ll be trading it in 2022. I’ll get a full payback of the purchase price with just gas and taxes on the first three years, totaling $16,514.

My lease payment will be $320 a month with more for more power.

I have a 30-mile daily commute each way. My electric range will be nearly three-quarters of the way there. Plus, there’s a 70-mile range for emergencies on the battery.

Plus, I drive less than 60 miles per day.

It will be a lot easier to drive long distances and save gas in 2022 — thanks to my hybrid.

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