Best Luxury 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

Consumers continue to purchase SUVs and automakers are more than happy to respond with even better luxury options. From subcompact luxury SUVs to large three-row options with room for the entire family, there are more luxury SUV options to choose from than before. With so many options to choose from, it can be hard to narrow down a good list to choose from. These are our top picks for the best luxury SUVs you can buy in 2022.

Be sure to also check out our picks for the best luxury cars to buy.

Best Small Luxury SUV: 2022 Genesis GV70

Why it's a top pick: Genesis has proved that it can compete with the best European luxury brands and has finally entered the compact segment with the all-new GV70. The GV70 has the athletic handling to back up its sporty exterior design but is all class on the inside. As one would expect, the GV70 offers value in a segment that’s not really known for it, coming with standard features that other automakers charge extra for. The GV70 is the SUV that will help Genesis become a more well-known brand.

Worth knowing: The all-new GV70 is based on the G70 sports sedan and is one of the few compact SUVs in the class to come with standard all-wheel drive.

Honorable mentions: BMW X3, Lexus NX

Best Midsize Luxury SUV: 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

Why it's a top pick: There are plenty of midsize SUVs to choose from, but few offer the same combination of luxury, technology, and comfort as the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class. Beaming with tech that’s seamlessly combined in a 12.3-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, the GLE is not only a high-tech vehicle, but it's also a treat for the eyes. Mercedes has some of the best interiors in the industry and the GLE meets the standard with an opulent cabin that remains eerily quiet when driving.

Worth knowing: Mercedes offers the GLE with a cutting-edge air-suspension system that can help the midsize SUV jiggle itself out of sand or mud and lean into corners to minimize body roll.

Honorable mentions: Audi Q7, BMW X5

Best 3-Row Luxury SUV: 2022 Lincoln Navigator

Why it's a top pick: Lincoln has ditched cars and switched its attention to SUVs. The decision led the Lincoln Navigator to be the modern interpretation of the ultimate luxury vehicle. The Navigator’s cabin is downright plush, especially in one of the SUV’s Black Label trims. Thanks to its enormous body, the Navigator is spacious, offering adult-friendly seating in all three rows. The SUV also has a generous amount of cargo space with up to 120.3 cubic feet of space in the available long-wheelbase model.

Worth knowing: While most large American SUVs come with a V8 engine, the Navigator features a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 450 horsepower. The engine may be down a few cylinders to rivals, but it can still tow up to 8,700 pounds.

Honorable mentions: BMW X7, Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Best Sporty Luxury SUV: 2022 BMW X3

Why it's a top pick: Few compact SUVs are as enjoyable to drive as the BMW X3. To get into something more powerful and more athletic in the segment, you’re going to spend a lot more money. The X3 is available with a diverse lineup of powertrains that range from 248 hp up to 503 hp. Beyond straight-line speed, the X3 handles better than some of BMW’s sedans with a balanced ride, an impressive amount of grip, and well-weighted steering.

Worth knowing: BMW has given the X3 a refresh for 2022 with an updated design, a new 48-volt mild-hybrid system for the turbocharged six-cylinder engine, and optional 12.3-inch screens for the infotainment system and digital instrument cluster.

Honorable mentions: Porsche Macan, Audi SQ5

, 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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