Best Crossover SUVs You Can Buy In 2022

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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, Automotive Editor - March 18, 2022

Modern crossovers utilize a unibody platform with the body of an SUV for the best qualities of both. Crossovers feature a more comfortable ride and improved handling over truck-based SUVs while retaining the same high ground clearance, inclement weather capability, and spacious cabin. Crossovers have surpassed traditional SUVs because of their car-like qualities, leading to a large stockpile of options to choose from. These four crossovers are our top choices for vehicles to purchase in 2022.

Be sure to also check out our picks for the best truck-based SUVs.

Best Small Crossover: 2022 Ford Bronco Sport

Why it's a top pick: Despite sharing the same platform as the Ford Escape, the Bronco Sport has a far more rugged design and more off-roading capability than the majority of its rivals. These qualities are expected, as the Bronco Sport shares a name with the larger, more capable Bronco. The Bronco Sport’s interior can be equipped with nifty features like a slide-out table in the cargo area, a 400-watt power inverter, a glass hatch, and a built-in bottle opener on the rear liftgate. Every Bronco Sport comes with all-wheel drive and the standard three-cylinder engine delivers impressive fuel economy.

Worth knowing: The range-topping Badlands trims is a capable off-roader with a front-facing trail camera, heavy-duty skid plates, an upgraded AWD system, extra terrain management modes, off-road cruise control, and up to 8.8 inches of ground clearance.

Honorable mentions: Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson, Toyota RAV4

Best Midsize Crossover: 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Why it's a top pick: The Jeep Grand Cherokee may not have the same off-roading prowess as the Wrangler, but it’s not that far off while bringing far more refinement. The midsize SUV is also available with luxurious materials and high-tech features that make the SUV feel like a premium option. All of this is wrapped in a package that retains Jeep’s ruggedly handsome design. The Grand Cherokee is available with multiple engines, but noteworthy ones include a 5.7-liter V8 engine and a plug-in hybrid powertrain that includes a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors.

Worth knowing: For the first time in the Grand Cherokee’s history, there’s an available three-row model called the Grand Cherokee L that has spacious seats for up to seven people. Jeep is also continuing to sell the outgoing generation as the Grand Cherokee WK.

Honorable mentions: Honda Passport, Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Edge

Best Three-Row Crossover: 2022 Kia Telluride

Why it's a top pick: Compared to the masses, the Kia Telluride manages to carve out its own niche in the class with an upscale look, optional luxury features, and spacious interior. There’s seating for up to eight people, depending on configuration, and a decent amount of third-row legroom with 31.4 inches. When it comes to cargo space, the Telluride offers up to 87 cubic feet of space, a large amount for the class. The Telluride has some nifty features that make it easier to interact with passengers in the back of the SUV including Driver Talk which amplifies the driver’s voice through the rear speakers.

Worth knowing: 2022 sees the Telluride receive a 10.25-inch touchscreen as standard, as well as Kia’s Highway Driving Assist system that can handle most of the driving on the highway, making the SUV even more of a value option than before.

Honorable mentions: Jeep Grand Cherokee L, Hyundai Palisade, Mazda CX-9

Best Towing: 2022 Ford Explorer

Why it's a top pick: Most midsize SUVs top out at 5,000 pounds of towing capacity, but the Ford Explorer offers up to 5,600 pounds of towing capacity. To get the most out of the Explorer, you’ll have to get the available twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes 400 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque, as well as the Class III Trailer Tow Package. Even with a cabin full of passengers and 5,600 pounds on the back, the Explorer’s V6 engine gets the SUV down the road swiftly.

Worth knowing: For people that want the look of a sporty SUV without ponying up extra money for the more powerful V6 engine, there’s a new ST-Line trim that has the same look as the ST, but with the more efficient four-cylinder engine.

Honorable mentions: Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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