Let’s get one possible misconception out of the way right off the bat. Just because a car earned itself a spot on our disappointing list today doesn’t mean it’s a bad car per se. We based our entries on criteria surrounding our preconceived notions, that’s all. Just take the Lincoln Navigator for example; what seemed to be one of America’s greatest luxury cars turned out to be just another mundane SUV.
Back in the day, our standards for cars were severely low. Just look at some of the most beloved, yet overrated sports cars from the 2010s for example. After the 2010s, we’ve learned to keep our expectations high, and not unrightfully praise bland cars. But, we digress.
These brand-new 2022 model-year cars disappointed us all in one way or another.
10/10 Volkswagen ID. Buzz
When the first concept of the Volkswagen ID. Buzz came to fruition in 2017, the world was in awe. Finally, we’d be seeing a proper revival of the classic Volkswagen Type 2 Microbus. Even now in 2022, we’re still amazed at how good this electric van looks.
As a comfortable, efficient family vehicle, the ID. Buzz ticks all the right boxes. In all honesty, there’s not much we can critique the electric Microbus on, except one thing. It failed to fill the shoes it set out to fill… Perhaps that’s our own fault for expecting it to be as magnificent as the original hippie van…
9/10 Toyota Sequoia
The Toyota Sequoia stood tall as the ultimate, sensible family SUV since we can remember. However, the brand-new generation Sequoia left us wanting more, especially the Capstone Sequoia.
Albeit comfortable on long journeys, and relatively powerful with its 3.5-liter V6 powertrain that makes 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque, it suffers from an identity crisis. No longer does the third row of seats fold flat, and the rear headroom is rather tight. Just like the ID. Buzz, the Sequoia remains a brilliant family SUV, yet it doesn’t live up to the Sequoia name.
8/10 Audi RS3
Many people will steam out of their ears seeing the latest Audi RS3 on our list, but we have a very good reason as to why it earned a spot. Despite the new Audi RS3 being one of the best hot hatches on sale, it doesn’t revolutionize the RS3 at all.
It utilizes the same 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-five as the previous-generation Audi RS3 and is marginally quicker than its predecessor too. To be specific, the new RS3 has 401 hp at its disposal, whereas the previous generation had 400 hp. The previous generation ran from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, while the new RS3 does it in 3.3 seconds. Apart from the heavily improves styling and updated interior, the new RS3 brought nothing new to the table. The cheaper, older RS3 brings better value for money…
7/10 Nissan Z
The hype surrounding the new Nissan Z was astronomical. Nissan said it would engulf a twin-turbo V6 that sent all of its power to the rear wheels via a manual gearbox. The latter half of that sentence was what was most intriguing about the Z, and consequently the reason behind the manual Supra’s existence too.
Obviously, there was an immediate rivalry between the Toyota GR Supra and Nissan Z. In the real world, however, the Supra outperformed the Z in every single way, and the Nissan was hardly cheaper. Once again a great car that just didn’t accomplish what we hoped it would.
6/10 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
Within a sea of cheap, horrible used pickup trucks you should avoid, we hoped the Toyota Tacoma’s offroad performance version, the TRD Pro, would be the perfect breath of fresh air we all needed. However, that proved to be far from the truth.
The all-wheel-drive Tacoma TRD Pro comes with a 3.5-liter V6 that puts out a measly 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque allowing it to do 0-60 in 9.21 seconds. Compared to the Ranger Raptor’s speculated 5-second 0-60 time, the TRD Pro seems irrelevant, even when considering its offroading potential. We were hoping for so much more…
5/10 Volkswagen Golf GTI
As Harvey Dent once said, “You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” Unfortunately, that’s exactly the case with the Mark 8 Volkswagen Golf GTI. Despite it inhabiting one of the best four-cylinder engines ever built, the current-generation Golf GTI’s absurd price ($31,625) and controversial styling doomed it.
It’s not easy to admit one of the most beloved hot hatches is a disappointment… In all honesty, we were expecting the GTI to swim against the stream, not flow with it.
4/10 Toyota bZ4X
There are a handful of reasons why the Toyota bZ4X didn’t live up to the hype surrounding it at first. For instance, when we first saw pictures of the bZ4X, we were glad to see Toyota take part in the performance crossover segment alongside the Model Y and the Kona N, but it turned out in much more of a dreary vehicle than we hoped for.
Not only does the Toyota bZ4X have an electric range well below its rivals, but it’s much less powerful and less exciting to drive. The top-of-the-range all-wheel-drive Toyota bZ4X can do 160 miles – 60 miles less than the EPA claims – on a single charge and only has 201 hp at its fingertips.
3/10 Subaru WRX
There is very little reasoning needed to explain why the new Subaru WRX turned out to be such a letdown. In all fairness, the WRX isn’t necessarily a bad car, it’s actually a step up from the previous generation.
But its plastic-plastered exterior and awkward appearance made us dislike it instantaneously. That’s not even to mention that we won’t be getting an STI this time around (in car terms, that’s a bad thing).
2/10 Acura Integra
We don’t know why carmakers suddenly like to disrespect their older, influential cars’ names (Mustang Mach E, cough-cough), but here we are. In 2022, Acura decided to revive the Integra nameplate but made it share virtually zero traits with the original Integra.
Instead of being a tiny two-door coupe, the new Integra is a large four-door fastback, much like the Honda Civic. The only way in which Integra can save this marketing disaster from spiraling down, even more, is by boggling our minds with a proper Integra Type R.
1/10 BMW XM
The talk surrounding the BMW XM wasn’t all too positive from the get-go if we’re honest. That said, it still had one redeeming quality… the fact that it would feature BMW’s most powerful powertrain yet.
Combined, the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 and electric motor found in the XM generate 644 hp, and 735 hp in the Label Red XM. The XM should sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. Albeit quick, the XM is far from being as quick as the BMW M5 CS and is barely an improvement on their current performance SUVs. The main reasons behind the XM’s hate are its horrendous styling, un-BMW-like shape, and rather mediocre performance figures…
Sources: netcarshow.com, caranddriver.com, motortrend.com