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Best Used SUVs for 2022: Reviews, Photos, and More


PUBLISHED WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2022
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Practicality and style combined.

An SUV is always a sensible choice for your next vehicle. The category is vast, and you don't have to sacrifice good looks or comfort for practicality - these vehicles have it all. Whether you're looking for something more rugged and powerful to traverse the great outdoors or something that suits both city and country, there's an SUV for you.

Fortunately, we've done the research for you and compiled a list of the best used SUVs for 2022. This list includes the most popular SUVs among customers according to CarMax sales data from September 1, 2021, through February 28, 2022.

  1. Jeep Wrangler

  2. Jeep Compass

  3. Chevrolet Equinox

  4. Ford Explorer

  5. Ford Escape

  6. Jeep Cherokee

  7. Nissan Rogue

  8. Honda CR-V

  9. Jeep Grand Cherokee

  10. Toyota RAV4

10. Jeep Wrangler

An iconic off-roader, the Jeep Wrangler both looks and acts the part of a classic, powerful SUV. 2017–2022 models of this rugged vehicle come with a 3.6L V6 engine as standard, offering 285 hp. The off-road capability is outstanding for this SUV, and the base model can tow up to an estimated 2,000 lbs. with the 3.6L V6 engine when properly equipped.

 Plus, while the base 2017–2022 model may be a little sparse inside, seating is both spacious and comfortable for bumpy rides through the mountains.

Other standard features of the 2017–2022 Jeep Wrangler include:

  • Convertible soft top

  • Cruise control

  • Brake assist

Explore more Jeep Wrangler research today.

9. Jeep Compass

If you're looking for an SUV that still has great off-road performance but the good looks of a sleek city vehicle, look no further than the Jeep Compass. From major shopping trips to weekends in the forest, the Compass suits a multitude of lifestyles. With 8.2-inches of ground clearance on 2017–2022 models, as well as four-wheel drive, it's a great choice for a rugged staycation in the great outdoors. Plus, it boasts the benefits of a few creature comforts, like a high-end interior and a six-speaker audio system.

Other features of the 2019–2022 Jeep Compass include:

  • Keyless entry

  • MP3 player

  • Dual-zone A/C

Take a look at more Jeep Compass research now.

8. Chevrolet Equinox

Another handsome addition to this list, the Chevrolet Equinox looks good on any type of terrain and keeps its passengers happy. A full redesign in 2018 brought with it Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto connectivity as standard, alongside a turbocharged base engine. 2017–2022 models of the Chevrolet Equinox offer approximately 64 cu-ft of cargo space with the rear seats folded—ideal for road trips, sports kits, and shopping sprees.

Additional standard features of the 2017–2022 Chevrolet Equinox include:

  • Steering wheel controls

  • Driver lumbar support

  • Available Wi-Fi hotspot

Discover more Chevrolet Equinox research.

7. Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer—famed for being part of the SUV revival in the 1990s—is a powerful seven-seater beast of an SUV. 2017–2022 models boast a range of powerful engines for handling anything, including tough terrain. The 2017 Ford Explorer comes with a choice of either a 3.5 L or 2.3 L four-cylinder engine and while V6 engines become optional after 2018, there is more choice in the later models. When properly equipped, 2017–2019 models with V6 engines have an estimated towing capacity of up to 5,000 lbs.

Other standard features of the 2017–2022 Ford Explorer include:

  • Back-up camera

  • Keyless entry

  • Smart device integration

Explore more Ford Explorer research here.

6. Ford Escape

The Ford Escape looks slick enough to be a city car, but with plenty of SUV capabilities. The vehicle received some fantastic updates for 2017, including improved interior and exterior styling, a stop-start feature for the turbocharged engine options, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Agile handling and plenty of cargo space (68 cu-ft with the rear seats folded for 2017–2019 models) make it a great option for long weekend trips and the voice-controlled infotainment system keeps everyone happy.

More features of the 2017–2022 Ford Escape include:

  • Power steering

  • Cross-traffic alert (2020 onwards)

  • Power mirrors

Take a look at more Ford Escape research.

5. Jeep Cherokee

Jeep really worked hard to bring true passenger comfort to the Cherokee, and it shows. A great off roader, the Cherokee also has plenty of room inside. 2017–2022 base models offer 41.1-inches of front legroom, and 40.3-inches of rear legroom, meaning tall people don't need to worry about cramped knees. The 2017 model offers a five-inch touchscreen display as standard, while 2019 ushered in the seven-inch screen. That year also introduced Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, which was previously only available as part of the 2017 Laredo trim.

Other features of the 2018–2022 Jeep Cherokee include:

  • Rearview camera

  • Driver and passenger vanity mirrors

  • Adjustable steering wheel

Dig into more Jeep Cherokee research.

4. Nissan Rogue

Two of the many benefits of the Nissan Rogue are the smooth ride and quiet cabin—two things that can sometimes be missing from an SUV. Despite being considered compact, there's a generous 70 cu-ft of cargo space, plus 2017–2022 models boast the Nissan Divide-N-Hide cargo system, allowing you to configure the cargo area into 18 different positions, depending on your needs. The sophisticated interior gives the illusion of the Nissan Rogue being a luxury car, too, which is always a big bonus during long rides.

Additional standard features of the 2017–2022 Nissan Rogue include:

  • Keyless entry

  • Auto-off headlights

  • Traction control

Need to know more? Find more Nissan Rogue research here.

3. Honda CR-V

This good-looking SUV received a total redesign for 2017. It's based on the very well-received Honda Civic and is packed with features—such as a solid infotainment system (also updated for 2017), plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. 2017–2020 models come standard with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine offering 184 hp with an optional turbocharged 1.5 L engine boosting that slightly to 190 hp. In 2020, the latter engine became standard. Nimble handling and quick acceleration (zero-60 in 7.5 seconds for the 2017 model, when new) make the Honda CR-V both fun and practical.

Other standard features of the 2017–2022 Honda CR-V include:

  • Optional rear parking aid

  • Brake assist

  • Steering wheel controls

Find out all you need to know with our Honda CR-V research.

2. Jeep Grand Cherokee

Certainly, one of the best off-roaders out there, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is the perfect choice for adventurous drivers. 2017 made the rearview camera and rear parking sensors standard features, and the upscale cabin means it's attractive from the inside out. 2018 debuted Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as standard, while blind-spot monitoring became standard in 2019. Even the 2017–2022 base models of the Jeep Grand Cherokee can tow up to an estimated 6,200 lbs when properly equipped, thanks to the 3.6 L V6 engine which generates 295 hp.

Here are some of the other standard features of the 2017–2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

  • Push-button start

  • Proximity key entry

Find more Jeep Grand Cherokee research here.

1. Toyota RAV4

Topping this list is the versatile Toyota RAV4, a striking vehicle that looks just as at home zipping through the city as it does roaring through the woods. Even the 2017 base model of the Toyota RAV4 offers an extensive list of standard features, including a 6.1-inch touch screen, remote keyless entry, and rearview camera. 2019 brought a full redesign of the RAV4 with revamped styling, and 2020 added yet more passenger-friendly elements like Android Auto connectivity.

Other standard features of the 2017–2022 Toyota RAV4 include:

  • Lane departure warning

  • Lane-keeping assist

  • Adaptive cruise control

There's plenty more Toyota RAV4 research available here.

This well-rounded collection is sure to get your search started for the perfect SUV, but if you're still searching, check out these helpful articles for more information:

* 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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