10 Most Popular SUVs of 2022
Getting the right ride for you and your family is important, which is why choosing an SUV (whether brand-new or used) is tough. When you’re shopping for a new SUV, it could be a good idea to check out the most popular SUV models for the current year. That way, you’ll know you’re buying something worth your time and money.
If you don’t know which SUVs are particularly popular, good news; below, you’ll find a breakdown of the 10 most popular SUVs for 2022. Some are new cars, while others are popular in spite of their ages. Even better, lots of these SUVs should remain popular throughout 2023 and maybe even beyond!
The Hyundai Tucson is a redesigned compact SUV and one of the most popular in the country overall. Thanks to its phenomenal handling with automatic transmission and upscale interior, this SUV is ideal for both budget-minded and luxury-loving drivers.
It features a premium cabin, plenty of cargo space and legroom in the back, and lots of safety features like a rearview camera. On top of that, driving the Tucson is a dream thanks to its responsive steering system. Note that the 2022 Tucson has been completely redesigned from earlier models.
Then there’s the Honda CR-V: another compact SUV well worth its weight in dollars. It’s a class leader in a variety of important areas, such as interior design. Indeed, the CR-V looks like it should be much more expensive than it actually is. The seats are all roomy and comfortable no matter where you happen to sit.
On top of that, the CR-V comes with excellent cargo capacity and good gas mileage, usually hovering between 28 and 32 miles per gallon in the city or on the highway, respectively. With 190 horsepower and options for four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the CR-V can go practically anywhere you need without breaking the bank.
Alternatively, the Kia Sportage might be a better SUV for your needs. This compact SUV has a very classy and upscale interior cabin, which is both roomy and aesthetically pleasing to boot. The 2022 model comes with a black “nightfall addition” trim, which makes it look especially sleek when driving no matter the environment around you.
On top of these elements, the Sportage features an intuitive touchscreen “infotainment” system, perfect for keeping your kids occupied during long rides. The Sportage also drives very well and handles nimbly. However, gas mileage could be a little better, as you’ll be lucky to get 23 miles per gallon in the city and 25 on the highway.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Then there’s the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The 2022 model of this vehicle features a completely new design. As a midsize SUV, it has plenty of room for you, a passenger, and three other riders in the back.
Although it’s a bit pricey, and it doesn’t have the best cargo capacity, it’s a phenomenal choice for adventures thanks to its easy off-road capability and great suspension (especially if you choose the Jeep Wrangler trim).
The interior, as well, is first-class and is very comfortable. The seats are supportive, even when driving on bumpy terrain. The Jeep Cherokee boasts some tech features, as well, like safety cameras or advanced GPS navigation tools you can leverage when exploring off the beaten path.
The Honda Pilot is a top-tier midsize SUV with enough room for seven or eight people. It accelerates like a dream, and it has reasonable gas mileage at about 20 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway. With 280 hp, getting up to top speed feels easy at all times.
The Honda Pilot also features lots of tech-oriented amenities and systems, plus very roomy seats and lots of space in the cargo area. The above-mentioned amenities include automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay, and more. You can choose between Pilot Sport and TrailSport trims depending on your aesthetic preferences.
You might consider the Hyundai Palisade, a midsize SUV with plenty of room for people and cargo alike. On top of that, it offers a very comfortable ride thanks to its cushioning suspension and very roomy seats. The vehicle produces lots of engine power at 291 hp, and it can seat up to eight people at once.
The Palisade further comes with intuitive tech features, most notably driver assistance features. These allow you to drive more comfortably and easily on roads with clear lines. Most drivers will make use of these standard features when driving out in America’s heartland and there’s nothing to see for miles around.
The Ford Expedition is a large SUV with enough capacity for eight people total. The 2021 redesign model is the most recent version of this vehicle and it comes with two seating rows instead of three. Regardless, it produces up to 400 hp thanks to its very tough engine, and it has decent towing capacity and gas mileage for this class of vehicle.
Also nice are the infotainment controls, the spacious cabin, and the interior design. Keep in mind, however, that this SUV is not the most comfortable when driving on bumpy roads. So it’s best for driving on paved roads rather than offroading.
The Chevrolet Suburban is a large SUV with enough room for up to eight people. Despite its size, it has decent gas mileage of up to 27 mpg on the highway and its largest engine can produce up to 420 hp. In addition to a plethora of safety features, this SUV boasts lots of legroom for each of its seats, plenty of cargo space, and an intuitive infotainment system perfect for long journeys with a full family in tow.
Toyota’s RAV4 is a hybrid SUV with one of the best fuel economies you’ll find: 41 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, in fact. With a 219 hp engine and a fuel-efficient hybrid system, this could be one of the most budget-friendly long-term purchases you make all year.
The RAV4 comes with a spacious interior, excellent handling and maneuverability, and plenty of safety and infotainment features to make this a decidedly modern vehicle for the modern driver.
Last but not least is the Ford Escape hybrid, which has a peppy powertrain, easy handling and maneuverability, and lots of comfortable seating space. As a budget-friendly purchase, it’s also a good choice for families who don’t want to break the bank on a new SUV.
The cabin materials are a bit cheap and the cargo space isn’t anything to write home about. But this crossover SUV can fit five people comfortably and is great for those wanting to save on both the initial purchase of an SUV and on gas later down the road. It’s a good alternative to the Ford Explorer.
There are, of course, lots of other great SUVs to consider. These come from established automakers like Subaru, Volkswagen, and more. You can consider the Nissan Rogue, the Chevrolet Equinox or Chevrolet Traverse, and other Chevy rides. Or maybe you’d prefer the Toyota Highlander, Hyundai Santa Fe, or Ford Bronco. There are far too many SUVs to consider in total.
But whether you want a luxury SUV or a plug-in hybrid car, Advantage Rent-a-Car can help. We have a rental fleet including many of the above SUV models plus lots of other cars, convertibles, and trucks. Contact us today for more information!