Car and Driver’s 10 Biggest Stories of 2022

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As 2022 draws to a close, we look back at the 10 stories Car and Driver a website that made the biggest waves in the automotive industry. In other words, these are the articles you’ve clicked on the most. With topics ranging from gas prices to catalytic converters to all sorts of new sheet metal, this roundup should have something for everyone.

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Corvette will launch as a four-door SUV brand in 2025

Corvette is one of the most recognizable names in the automotive industry, so it makes sense that Chevrolet would try to leverage the brand even further. And that’s exactly what’s expected, as we’ve reported that the Corvette will become its own sub-brand in GM’s portfolio, expanding from 2025 when an electric Corvette SUV and some sort of four-door arrive.

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The 2023 Honda Accord is the best looking Accord ever

Although the Honda Accord is no longer one of the best-selling cars in the country, it’s still a big deal. This was evident when Honda launched the new eleventh generation model this year and received a great response from our audience. The 2023 Accord unfortunately ditches the more powerful turbo 2.0-liter engine, but we decided we still liked the base 1.5-liter and hybrid enough to keep it on our The 10 Best Lists of 2023.

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Winter is back, but don’t leave your car idling

It was one of the most read stories of the year. Why? Let’s not beat around the bush: because people love the opportunity to argue in the comments section. Apparently it’s human nature to take it personally when Car and Driver tells you to stop letting your car “warm up” for 20 minutes just so you don’t get goosebumps. Some members of our staff were also incensed by this advice, as were a number of our readers who clearly hate reading the story just so they can complain on Backfires. With that in mind, there were also many readers who agreed that it is wasteful and not very environmentally safe to let a modern vehicle idle.

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When will car prices come back down to Earth?

We’ve all been there in high school economics class when we were taught the rule of supply and demand. But when the unfortunate reality of global supply chain issues reached our beloved cars, we all wanted — no, necessary answered. At a time when 82 percent of car buyers are paying over sticker for their new vehicle, we spoke with industry experts to find out why car prices have soared and when we can expect them to drop. Based on the popularity of this story, we weren’t alone in our search.

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North Carolina is looking to eliminate public EV chargers, possibly in the trash

This year gave us North Carolina House Bill 1049, which would allocate $50,000 to destroy free public car chargers unless free gas and diesel pumps are built along with them. One of the bill’s sponsors, Ben Moss, is from District 52, where later in the year public car chargers were disabled for four days after local terrorists shot up local substations. Afterwards, the perpetrators were probably horrified to learn that the list of things powered by electricity included the gas pumps in the area.

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2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV revealed with 664 hp, 400-mile range

When one of America’s best-selling nameplates goes electric, you know it’s going to cause a stir. That’s exactly what happened when Chevrolet revealed the new EV version of its Silverado full-size pickup, which won’t arrive until the 2024 model year but is poised to make inroads into the burgeoning electric pickup market nonetheless.

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US Gas Prices Are Skyrocketing – How Much Worse Will It Get?

Nothing scares Americans like expensive gasoline — except perhaps a gas shortage — so when prices soared in March to unprecedented highs, the fear was palpable. When the story was published, the national average for a regular user had just topped $4. Prices continued to rise until June, when that figure reached $5 a gallon. Mercifully for the nation’s general blood pressure, they have since come down, falling below $3 in some states.

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The 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse is a badass new breed of pony

Ford is working on the entire Mustang lineup for 2024, but the news that really got people excited was the new Dark Horse performance variant. With sinister looks and numerous mechanical upgrades, it’s the new top dog in the 5.0-liter Mustang lineup, and we now know that its massaged Coyote V-8 will produce 500 horsepower.

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The 2023 Toyota Sequoia arrives with a standard hybrid powertrain

When a car hasn’t been redesigned in over a decade, you know there’s a lot of pent-up anticipation for the new one. That proved to be true for Toyota’s redesigned Sequoia, which entered 2023 with a new design, upgraded interior and standard hybrid V-6 engine.

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The 10 car catalytic converter thieves are targeting the most

Hide your children! Hide your wife! Hide your catalytic converter? Yes, one of the biggest stories in autodom this year was the rising rate of catalytic converter theft. Robberies of this important auto part, which works to clean up emissions from internal combustion engines, increased in 2022 due to the value of the precious metals found inside. Palladium, rhodium and platinum can all be salvaged from catalytic converters and sold for quick cash, and we’ve scoured data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) to identify the 10 most commonly targeted vehicles by thieves.

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