My One-Day Sneak Peak at the New 2022 Models at the Washington Automotive Press Association’s Annual Car Rally

By Randi Payton

The annual car rally, hosted by the Washington Automotive Press Association (WAPA), is the highlight of my year. It is the one time I get to experience many of the latest new vehicles in one day. This year, more than 30 of the new 2022 models were on-site to drive on the western shores of Chesapeake Bay, Maryland.

Out of the 30 new 2022 vehicles at the annual rally held on Thursday, October 2, 2021, I got a chance to test-drive about 20 new models at 15 minutes intervals each. Some of which are not available for sale until later this year.

I was impressed by the diverse choice of models on hand, including the newest electric sedans, trucks, and SUVs on sale for the 2022 model year.  

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The 2022 Subaru BRZ is super sporty and Subaru safe. It will start arriving at dealerships in November. It is a fast and lightweight sports coupe powered by a DOHC 4-cylinder 2.4 Boxer engine that generates 228 horsepower.

The 2022 Lexus IS300 F Sport is undoubtedly quiet, luxurious, and fast, generating 241 horsepower from a turbocharged 2.0-liter six-cylinder engine.

Completely redesigned for the 2022 model year, the 2022 Lexus NX Plug-In-Hybrid is smooth, beautiful, and more fuel-efficient.

The all-new 2022 Genesis GV70 is a fun-to-drive SUV, powered by a 3.5-liter, turbocharged engine with 375 Horsepower and 391 lb.-ft. of torque.

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is sporty, adventurous, with an open pickup truck bed and the versatility of an SUV.

The 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer is a full-size SUV with three rows and seven seats. Ideal as a limousine vehicle or for a large family, it’s powered by a 6.4-liter V-8, generating 471 horsepower, with an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard four-wheel drive.

The Maserati Ghibli is plush with Italian design and top-of-line luxury materials. In addition, it is highly refined and has twin-turbo power that gets 345 to 580 horses, depending on the trim.

Mazda’s first all-electric MX30 is a stylishly designed sports SUV that goes on sale in California this year and later expands to other states. The electric range averages 100 miles per charge. A plug-in hybrid is in the works.

No key or push-button start is needed. Instead, just sit down in the Polestar, step on the brake, and put it into gear to power the vehicle. The Polestar 1 takes off like a jet. The electric Polestar brand, which started under Volvo, is an independent Chinese-owned company. It has an electric range of 265 miles with a starting price of $47,200 MSRP.

The all-new 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro is the second fully electric vehicle by VW. The ID.4 averages 334 miles per charge from a 77kWh battery and a 204ps motor. The ID.4 even looks like it’s fun to drive, and it is.

The 2022 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X rejoins the pickup truck race with a new modern and bold design. Its powerful six-cylinder engine generates 310 horsepower on the streets and plenty of features for off-roaders.

The complete list of vehicles at the rally included:

Mazda MX-30 SUV, Volkswagen ID.4, Polestar 1, Audi Q5, Ford Bronco, Ford Bronco Sport, Genesis GV70, Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Tucson, Hyundai Santa Cruz, Infiniti QX60, grand Wagoneer, Kia Sorento, Kia Carnival, Lexus NX, Mazda MX-30, Nissan Pathfinder, Subaru Outback Wilderness, Toyota RAV4 Prime, Volkswagen Tiguan, Nissan Frontier, Honda Civic, Mazda Miata, Subaru BRZ, Genesis G70, Acura TLX Type-S, Audi SQ5 Sportback, Lexus IS500, Maserati Ghibli, Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo, and the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class.