Best 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 17, 2022

From off-roaders to enormous people carriers, modern SUVs are available in all shapes and sizes. SUVs became popular because of their all-weather capability, high seating position, and spacious cabins, but have stuck around because automakers continue to make them better. Improved ride quality, more efficient engines, and nicer interiors ensure SUVs are here to stay. There are a lot of good SUVs on the market, but these are our top four choices to buy in 2022.

Be sure to also see our top picks for the best crossovers.

Best Overall: 2022 Jeep Wagoneer

Why it's a top pick: The Jeep Wagoneer is everything anyone could ask for out of a large SUV. It has three rows of spacious seating for up to eight people, a rugged body-on-frame platform, and a powerful 5.7-liter V8 engine. Not to mention, the Wagoneer can tow up to 10,000 pounds. Despite being a heavy-weight bruiser, the Wagoneer boasts a high-end cabin and a refined ride on the highway, making it a capable cruiser. Equip the Wagoneer with the right packages, and it becomes highly capable off-road.

Worth knowing: The Wagoneer’s 5.7-liter V8 features a 48-volt mild-hybrid system and cylinder deactivation to save fuel, helping it get an above-average fuel economy rating of up to 18 mpg combined.

Honorable mentions: Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Ford Expedition

Best Interior Space: 2022 Chevrolet Suburban

Why it's a top pick: With up to 144.7 cubic feet of cargo space, the Chevrolet Suburban offers more cargo space than nearly every other SUV on sale. Even behind the rear seats, the Suburban has 41.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which is an enormous amount. Thanks to its boxy design and elongated body, the Suburban offers roomy seating for up to nine people. The third row can seat adults comfortably with 36.7 inches of legroom.

Worth knowing: The GMC Yukon XL, which is closely related to the Suburban with the same powertrains, platform, and overall size, offers the same amount of space as the Chevy. The only difference is that the Yukon XL has a different design and slightly nicer materials.

Honorable mentions: Ford Expedition Max, GMC Yukon XL, Cadillac Escalade ESV

Best Towing: 2022 Ford Expedition

Why it's a top pick: The Ford Expedition goes against the grain in the large segment by not having an available V8 engine. While the majority of SUVs in the class come with a V8 engine as standard, the Expedition is equipped with a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine. It’s a burly motor that produces up to 440 and 510 pound-feet of torque. These figures help the Expedition tow up to 9,300 pounds, which is one of the higher figures for any large SUV.

Worth knowing: Ford’s BlueCruise hands-free driver-assist system is now available on the Expedition Platinum trim, bringing hands-free driving on mapped highways. BlueCruise is one of just a few hands-free driver-assist systems available today.

Honorable mentions: Jeep Wagoneer, Nissan Armada, Chevrolet Tahoe

Best Off-Roader: 2022 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Why it's a top pick: The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited was engineered from the get-go to be a tremendously capable off-roader. The boxy SUV goes beyond just having standard four-wheel drive. Solid axles, massive 35-inch all-terrain tires, up to roughly 13 inches of ground clearance, and heavy-duty Fox shocks, help the Wrangler have an approach angle of 47 degrees and a departure angle of 40 degrees. When tackling the outdoors, the Wrangler’s removable doors and roof help you soak in nature to the fullest.

Worth knowing: There are five different engines for the Wrangler that include a 470-hp 6.4-liter V8 to a plug-in hybrid turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 375 hp.

Honorable mentions: Ford Bronco, Toyota 4Runner

, 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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