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70 Best SUVs for 2022: Ranked by Type & Price

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An abundance of options for SUV lovers.

Thinking about purchasing an SUV? With performance capability and highway presence already assured, why not fine-tune your search by identifying an SUV that matches your lifestyle needs? From friend groups and families wanting spacious or deluxe interiors to city dwellers and weekend off-roaders looking to fulfill their work hard, play hard ethos, there's a used SUV that will check your boxes.

To help you find your next SUV with ease, we've categorized them into sections that reflect the lifestyle features that matter to you. From AWD models and eight-seaters to crossovers, hybrids, and more, you can find which vehicles suit you and your crew. The 70 best used SUVs for 2022 shoppers are based on CarMax sales data.

Best SUVs Overall

Toyota RAV4

Whether you're a first-timer or a seasoned fan, these SUV top picks, based on CarMax sales data from September 1, 2021, through February 28, 2022, make for a great sport utility experience. Offering style and substance in equal measure, these SUVs get the job done.

  1. Toyota RAV4

  2. Jeep Grand Cherokee

  3. Honda CR-V

  4. Nissan Rogue

  5. Jeep Cherokee

Compact SUVs

Nissan Rogue

For versatile dimensions and a go-anywhere attitude, a compact SUV could be what you're looking for. This list of the top five small and compact SUVs (based on CarMax sales data from February 1, 2021, through July 31, 2021) includes city-friendly SUVs with enough space for your companions and your gear.

  1. Nissan Rogue

  2. Honda CR-V

  3. Toyota RAV4

  4. Jeep Cherokee

  5. Ford Escape

Crossover SUVs

Honda CR-V

If you're shopping for roomy dimensions, cargo capability, and a sedan-style ride, you'll love what a crossover SUV can do. Based on CarMax sales data from May 1, 2021, through October 31, 2021, these top five crossover SUVs deliver graceful handling and useful space for your crew to relax in.

  1. Honda CR-V

  2. Nissan Rogue

  3. Toyota RAV4

  4. Ford Escape

  5. Lexus RX 350

Midsize SUVs

Jeep Grand Cherokee

From an active lifestyle in your freedom years to the daily roster of family errands and adventures, the flexible dimensions of a midsize SUV could be exactly what you need. Take a look at the features and benefits of these elegant top-ranked midsize SUVs, based on CarMax sales data from May 1, 2021, through October 31, 2021.

  1. Jeep Grand Cherokee

  2. Chevrolet Equinox

  3. Ford Explorer

  4. Toyota Highlander

  5. Lexus RX 350

Large SUVs

Chevrolet Traverse

If abundant space for passengers and cargo is a priority, the practical benefits of a large SUV are clear. Based on CarMax sales data from March 1, 2021, through August 31, 2021, these large SUVs are well equipped for daily driving and big adventures.

  1. Chevrolet Traverse

  2. Chevrolet Tahoe

  3. Lexus GX 460

  4. Audi Q7

  5. Buick Enclave

Hybrid SUVs

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Combining a gas engine with an onboard electric motor, a hybrid powertrain SUV can take you farther between fill-ups. Enjoyable to drive and full of functionality, these top five hybrid SUVs—based on CarMax sales data from September 1, 2021, through February 28, 2022—are all great choices.

  1. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

  2. Lexus RX 450h

  3. Toyota Highlander Hybrid

  4. Lexus UX 250h

  5. BMW X5 Plug-In Hybrid


Nissan Rogue Sport

When conditions dictate your driving experience, an all-wheel-drive SUV is an ideal companion. Equipped to handle complex terrain and adverse weather like snow and rain, these five AWD SUVs are the top picks based on CarMax sales data from March 1, 2021, through August 31, 2021.

  1. Nissan Rogue

  2. Jeep Grand Cherokee

  3. Jeep Wrangler

  4. Jeep Compass

  5. Jeep Cherokee

Luxury SUVs

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

When only the best will do, a luxury SUV has you covered. From plush interiors to exciting tech and styling, these well-appointed SUVs ensure that every journey feels special. Based on CarMax sales data from March 1, 2021, through August 31, 2021, these five luxury SUVs won't disappoint.

  1. Jeep Wrangler

  2. Toyota 4Runner

  3. Chevrolet Tahoe

  4. Mercedes-Benz GLE 350

  5. BMW X5

Luxury Midsize SUVs

Volvo XC90

If you're a busy parent or professional who drives every day, a midsize luxury SUV can elevate your experience. Combining high-end tech and deluxe finishing with responsive handling and practical dimensions, these luxury midsize SUVs are all popular options, based on CarMax sales data from April 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020.

  1. Volvo XC90

  2. Land Rover Range Rover

  3. Porsche Macan

  4. Porsche Cayenne

  5. BMW X6

Three-Row SUVs

Ford Explorer

All SUVs are practical, but a three-row SUV is a useful upgrade to consider. If you love to include everyone on your adventures, an extra row for school buddies or four-legged friends makes the perfect space solution. Check out the five best three-row SUVs, based on CarMax sales data from May 1, 2020, through October 31, 2020.

  1. Ford Explorer

  2. Nissan Pathfinder

  3. Kia Sorento

  4. Dodge Journey

  5. Toyota Highlander

7-Passenger SUVs

Ford Explorer XLT

When your SUV needs to fit your multigenerational family, friend circle, or sports team, seating for seven passengers (plus space for cargo) is the way to go. Based on CarMax sales data from March 1, 2021, through August 31, 2021, here are the best seven-seat SUVs for you and your crew.

  1. Ford Explorer XLT

  2. Infiniti QX60

  3. Acura MDX

  4. Toyota Highlander XLE

  5. Dodge Journey SE

8-Passenger SUVs

Honda Pilot

For big trips with your loved ones, an SUV with seating for eight ensures everyone has the comfort touches and interior space they need. Try one of these top picks (based on CarMax sales data from July 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021) for an SUV that can take care of your most precious cargo.

  1. Honda Pilot EX-L

  2. Toyota Highlander LE

  3. Chevrolet Tahoe LT

  4. Honda Pilot Touring

  5. Chevrolet Traverse LT

SUVs with Three Rows under $25,000

Dodge Journey

Buying an SUV with a budget in mind is sensible, and these top five picks will ensure your three-row SUV pick stays on budget and sets you up for success. This top five list is based on CarMax sales data from June 1, 2021, through November 30, 2021.

Please note that certain model years and upper trim configurations may bring the prices of some of these vehicles over $25,000.

  1. Dodge Journey

  2. Nissan Pathfinder

  3. Mitsubishi Outlander

  4. Hyundai Santa Fe

  5. Ford Flex

SUVs with the Best MPG

Honda CR-V

An SUV with good fuel economy is a welcome addition to any busy family. Fewer fuel stops mean more time for the people who matter most—your loved ones. Check out the five SUVs with the best MPG figures, based on CarMax sales data from July 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021, and using city and highway fuel economy data from

  1. 2018 Honda CR-V

  2. 2018 Nissan Rogue (2WD)

  3. 2019 Chevrolet Equinox

  4. 2018 Nissan Rogue (4WD)

  5. 2018 Mazda CX-5

An SUV has the practical features that busy lifestyles require, with lots of standard tech and unrivaled curb appeal. Fine-tune your choice with a used SUV that has the characteristics that matter most to you.

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