The American market is more obsessed with pickup trucks and SUVs than ever. In fact, larger cars represent 19 of the 25 best-selling cars in 2022. Americans bought more than 4.5 million cars this year, though Tesla’s numbers are only estimates. While trucks and SUVs are popular, sedans still hold a strong position in the market. In fact, five of the top 25 cars bought in the US this year are Toyotas. The Tacoma still leads the midsize pickup segment, ahead of the Ford Ranger and Chevy Colorado. However, Toyota’s dominance in the market goes further as the two new cars on sale are also Toyota models.
What is so attractive about the 2022 Toyota Corolla?
More than 50 million Toyota Corollas have been sold worldwide since the compact car debuted in 1966. For twelve generations, Corollas have been small, reliable and economical vehicles, and their popularity in the US continues to grow. Car and Driver reported that sales were down 21 percent from the previous year, but the manufacturer still moved 171,556 units this year.
The cute, attractive little car has significant trim and powertrain changes for the 2023 model year. Along with an economical 169-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the Corolla sedan offers an extremely fuel-efficient hybrid. The EPA estimates that the hybrid will get 53 mpg in the city and 52 mpg on the highway, a dozen more mpg than the non-hybrid.
According to Car and Driver, the SE and XLE trims will get a hybrid and now offer all-wheel drive. Each trim level gets its own unique minor visual tweaks, but the base L treatment has been removed. However, 11 other packages remain, 10 of which start below $28,000. Although the Corolla remains a popular choice, it is not the most purchased car in America.
Why do people like Toyota Camry?
Toyota Camry remains king at the top end of the shrinking midsize sedan segment. Sales were down 17 percent from last year, but far more were sold than the Corolla. The Japanese auto giant delivered an impressive 214,403 units. The only cars that sold more were the Ford F-Series (467,307), the Chevrolet Silverado (374,479), the Ram Pickup (363,089) and the Toyota RAV4 (303,341).
The Camry, like the Corolla, was able to shake off its boring styling thanks to a recent redesign. With a controlled ride and responsive steering, this is no longer a car that invites you to forget about driving. Even though sportiness is a top priority for Toyota these days, the surprisingly athletic Camry remains a solid choice.
For the 2023 model year, the Camry lineup gets more driver assistance technology, including a front-facing camera that can interpret traffic signs on a digital display. In addition, the optional Nightshade package for the SE trim adds black exterior signatures and striking matte bronze wheels, vehicle and driver states.
As the automaker’s rivals continue to offer sedans with only four cylinders, the range-topping Camry comes with a powerful V6. The 3.5-liter power unit provides 301 hp. and 267 lb-ft of torque while managing an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. However, you can get a 98bhp 2.5-litre engine which gets 6mpg more in all driving conditions. Even so, there’s a Camry for everyone in nine trim levels, each priced under $35,000.
Americans love trucks and SUVs, but these cars are still popular
Manufacturers are struggling to supply customers as supply chain issues affect the global market. Thus, sales are expected to decline, but some have been able to gain an edge. In the first three fiscal quarters, sales of the Hyundai Tucson rose eight percent, as did the Chevrolet Equinox. Subaru saw the biggest increase with the Crosstrek, up 14 percent, making it the best seller in the lineup.
Despite the fact that the popularity of pickup trucks and SUVs continues to grow, sedans are not going anywhere just yet. Ford may have discontinued all cars except the Mustang, but there’s still a market for smaller vehicles. Fortunately, the Toyota Corolla and Camry, and 20 trim levels between them, can accommodate almost any lifestyle.
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