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10 Best Midsize SUVs for 2022: Reviews, Photos, and More


PUBLISHED WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2022
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Sporty SUVs with utility and style.

Whether you're a family, an active couple, or someone who appreciates versatility, a used midsize SUV meets the demands of many different lifestyles. With flexible cargo-carrying options and seating configurations, you'll be able to make room for passengers, luggage, sporting equipment, and a furry friend or two. These vehicles also offer varying degrees of off-road ability, so you can seize outdoor adventures with confidence.

Here are the 10 most popular used midsize SUVs with CarMax customers.

(Learn more about how our lists work.)

Best Midsize SUVs for 2022

  1. Jeep Grand Cherokee

  2. Chevrolet Equinox

  3. Ford Explorer

  4. Toyota Highlander

  5. Lexus RX 350

  6. Honda Pilot

  7. Toyota 4Runner

  8. Kia Sorento

  9. Dodge Journey

  10. Ford Edge

1. Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Seeking a midsize SUV with an array of engine options and trims? The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers that and more. Fourth-generation Grand Cherokees (2011 to present) start with a 295-hp 3.6L V6 or an optional 360-hp 5.7L V8 with an estimated 7,400-lb towing capacity when properly equipped.

An available turbocharged 3.0L diesel V6 can also be found in 2017–2019 models or there's a 475-hp 6.4L V8 in 2018–2020 SRT trims. If you want race car performance in an SUV, the 2018–2020 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk tops the charts with a supercharged 707-hp 6.2L V8 that covers zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds (according to the manufacturer when new). Standard features in the 2017–2020 Grand Cherokee Overland include:

  • 20-inch aluminum wheels

  • Roof rails

  • Dual-pane panoramic sunroof

  • Perforated Nappa leather upholstery

  • Cargo compartment cover

2. Chevrolet Equinox

Chevrolet Equinox

Providing exceptional on-road comfort and fuel-sipping performance, the Chevrolet Equinox is a midsize SUV that's ideal for regular commuting and road trips. 2018–2020 models come standard with a 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder that returns an EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined.

You can also equip the 2018–2019 Equinox with an available 137-hp 1.6L turbodiesel four-cylinder engine that achieves an EPA-estimated 39 mpg highway.
Featuring a robust body structure and a suspension system that's dialed for comfort, the 2017–2020 Equinox smooths over road imperfections with precision. Standard features on the 2017–2020 Equinox L include:

  • 17-inch aluminum wheels

  • Single-zone manual climate control

  • Bluetooth connectivity

  • Rearview monitor

  • Seven-inch touchscreen display

3. Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer is a midsize SUV with a versatile cabin that's quick to customize to your needs. When carrying lots of cargo, 2017–2020 models feature second- and third-row fold-flat seats that reveal 87.8 cu-ft of volume in 2020 models. With all rows in place, you'll have room for seven passengers in the 2017–2019 Explorer and 21 cubes for luggage or groceries behind the third row. Limited and higher trims (2017–2020 models) also include a PowerFold® third-row seat for extra convenience when your hands are full. The 2017–2020 Explorer XLT includes the following standard features:

  • 18-inch aluminum wheels

  • Four-way manual front-passenger seat

  • Keypad

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

  • Perimeter alarm

4. Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander

If you're shopping for a capable midsize SUV with a comfortable cabin for seven or eight passengers (depending on the trim you choose), the Toyota Highlander delivers. 2017–2020 models include second-row sliding and reclining seats, which provide easy access to the third row with 27.7 inches of legroom. Fourth-generation models (2020–present) were also redesigned to include more second-row legroom (41 inches) and 16 cu-ft of volume behind the third row for extra cargo. With the 3.5L V6, the 2017–2020 Highlander can tow an estimated 5,000 lbs. when properly equipped.

You'll also enjoy these standard features in the 2017–2020 Highlander XLE:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels

  • Roof rails

  • Push-button start

  • Second-row retractable window sunshades

  • Blind-spot monitoring system

5. Lexus RX 350

Lexus RX 350

The Lexus RX 350 is a sophisticated midsize SUV with a stylish design and numerous driving aids. 2017–2020 models come standard with lane departure warning and intervention, forward collision warning with mitigation, and automatic emergency braking to assist you on your commute. The 2017–2020 RX 350 is also anchored by a 3.5L V6 engine with 295 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque and features a suspension system that delivers a cushioned ride. An eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, adaptable cruise control, and dual-zone climate control comes standard on the 2017–2020 RX 350 base, along with:

  • 18-inch aluminum wheels

  • Power liftgate

  • Leatherette upholstery

  • Nine-speaker sound system

  • Eight-inch display screen

6. Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot is an eight-passenger SUV that's well-suited for carpooling, road trips, and everything in between. 2017–2020 models run off a 3.5L V6 with 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque and feature available all-wheel drive for extra grip. The 2017–2020 Pilot also comes standard with drive modes for sand, snow, and mud, as well as Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) with Traction Control to help with cornering and accelerating in slick conditions. With the 3.5L V6 engine, the 2017–2020 Pilot can tow an estimated 5,000 lbs., when properly equipped, to take your camper or boat for weekend adventures.

Standard features on the 2017–2020 Pilot EX-L include:

  • One-touch power moonroof with tilt feature

  • Power tailgate

  • Acoustic windshield glass

  • Leather upholstery

  • Integrated second-row sunshades

7. Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4 Runner

If you have a thirst for adventure, the Toyota 4Runner is a midsize body-on-frame SUV that you can take off-roading. 2017–2020 models are anchored by a 270-hp 4.0L V6 that can tow an estimated 5,000 lbs. when properly equipped.

The 4Runner comes standard with five-passenger seating but 2017–2020 models offer an available third row for seven occupants. To keep your camping gear easily accessible, an optional sliding rear cargo deck is available for the 2017–2020 4Runner. Other standard features on the 2017–2020 4Runner Limited include:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels

  • Power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control and second-row vents

  • Perforated leather-trimmed heated and ventilated front seats

  • Front and rear parking assist sonar

8. Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento

Another competent family hauler is the seven-passenger 2017–2020 Kia Sorento, which features a standard 185-hp 2.4L four-cylinder or an optional 3.3L V6 with 290 hp. This midsize SUV comes equipped with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available for enhanced traction in slick conditions. With 39.4 inches of second-row legroom (2017–2020 models), taller teens or adults ride in comfort. There is also 11.3 cu-ft of cargo volume with all rows in place for luggage or grocery hauls (2017–2020 models). The 2017–2020 Sorento L includes these standard features:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels

  • Heated outside mirrors

  • Tilt and telescopic steering column

  • 2nd-row 40/20/40 split-folding seats

  • Six-speaker audio system

9. Dodge Journey

Dodge Journey

Ideal for young families with many kids and gear, the 2017–2020 Dodge Journey is a seven-passenger midsize SUV with minivan versatility. This model features a low step-in height, which makes it easy to enter, exit, and buckle in children. The cabin also includes several cubbies, bins, and pockets to keep personal items nearby. 2020 models use a 2.4L four-cylinder with 173 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque and front-wheel drive, but 2017–2019 Journeys offer an available 283-hp 3.6L V6 with standard all-wheel drive. The 2017–2020 Journey Crossroad comes equipped with:

  • 19-inch aluminum wheels

  • LED tail lamps

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

  • Bluetooth® connectivity

  • 8.4-inch touchscreen display (2018–2020)

10. Ford Edge

Ford Edge

If you're looking for a fun-to-drive SUV for daily duty, the Ford Edge has a spacious cabin with exciting powertrain options. 2017–2020 models come standard with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine, or you can opt for a twin-turbocharged 2.7L V6 for more power (2017–2018 Sport, 2019–2020 ST). With room for five passengers, the 2017–2020 Edge is practical for families or those who carpool. Behind the second row, there is also 39.2 cu-ft of cargo volume for luggage or golf clubs. Folding the 60/40-split rear seats expands capacity to 73.4 cubes. All 2017–2020 Edge SE models come standard with:

  • 18-inch aluminum wheels

  • Manual Liftgate

  • Cloth upholstery

  • Six-speaker audio system

  • SYNC® infotainment system

Whether you're looking for strong towing abilities, room for people and cargo, or standard and optional features to enhance your drive, this list of the 10 best used midsize SUVs for 2022 shoppers is a great place to start your search.

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How We Rank Our Lists

At CarMax we’ve been buying and selling cars since 1993, and we’ve made it our business to pay close attention to which cars customers like—and buy—the most. As the largest used car auto retailer in the United States, our overall sample size is large and reflective of the variety of year, makes, and models that we sell.

To create our "Best Of" lists, our analysts look at vehicle and sales data over a recent 6-month period. Looking back over a 6-month period allows for the highest sample size possible while also providing up-to-date pricing information. Some articles may include data points with lower sample sizes.

* Price excludes taxes, title, registration, and fees. Applicable transfer fees are due in advance of vehicle delivery and are separate from sales transactions.

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