Before you get too excited about the 2022 Ford Bronco and read too deeply into this review, just know that popping over to the nearest Ford dealer and expecting to just buy a new Bronco off the lot is basically impossible. Now, you should be able to place an order for some point in future (hopefully not too distant), so it'll still be good to know that the new Bronco is every bit as enjoyable as it seems in pictures and on paper. It enjoys tangible advantages when driving on road over its chief rival, the Jeep Wrangler, while being just as capable of traveling far into the woods, over rocks and through the mud.
With its smaller-than-average size, the V6-powered 2022 Toyota Highlander is a bit of niche choice among three-row SUVs. The 2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a totally different story, however, for one extremely good reason: it gets 35 mpg combined with all-wheel drive. When you consider that the only other hybrid three-row SUV is the even-smaller Kia Sorento, the Highlander's size deficiency all of a sudden is less of an issue.
First the Earth cooled and shortly thereafter Toyota introduced the current generation of the 4Runner. Now, the 2022 Toyota 4Runner does benefit from key updates done in recent years, especially to its infotainment and safety tech, and various new trim levels were introduced to keep things fresh. For 2022, there's the new TRD Sport, which might as well be dubbed TRD On-Road with its big 20-inch wheels and adaptive suspension borrowed from the Limited.
Well, it's probably best to consider the 2022 Honda CR-V as the best place to start the search since it basically checks off all the objective, practical, sensible-shoes criteria. You get three USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a variety of other smartphone integration apps and a six-speaker sound system.
Ride comfort, handling, interior noise, safety ratings, fuel economy, cabin security … we could go on, but just know that there are reasons to consider a Jeep Grand Cherokee or Toyota 4Runner instead. The exterior paint bleeds through onto the pillars and other parts of the interior.
No other three-row SUV offers the variety of options as the 2022 Ford Explorer. Ultimately, we think these various niche choices within the Explorer lineup are the most compelling because they offer things that few other competitors can match. The Explorer Hybrid's emphasis on performance over fuel economy is also a bit puzzling, falling substantially short of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.
The 2022 Hyundai Palisade was already one of our top-recommended three-row SUVs. Of course, one of our editors liked those elements enough that he made sure the Palisade he personally bought was a Calligraphy. Then again, it's a lot harder to find a Telluride these days, so the Palisade is not a terrible fallback position.
The 2022 Kia Sorento is a different sort of three-row SUV, and that's actually the main reason to consider one. The Sorento offers four powertrain choices, most notably the regular Sorento Hybrid that gets 37 mpg combined and the new 2022 Sorento PHEV plug-in hybrid that'll travel 31 miles on electricity only. In the end, not every car has to have an apples-to-apples competitor, and although the Toyota Highlander perhaps comes the closest, the unique Sorento proves that being different can be a good thing.
The 2022 Nissan Frontier represents the first redesign of Nissan's midsize pickup in many years. It features updated styling, a much higher-quality interior and a refined, powerful engine and transmission. It has a remarkably smooth and powerful V6 with a similarly slick transmission.
You may not be able to get your hands on a 2022 Chevrolet Corvette for anywhere close to sticker price in today’s markup-heavy car economy, but taken for its amiable MSRP, the C8 Corvette is still the performance bargain of the century. There’s no other car at the Corvette’s price point that can match its performance and usability. The next closest all-round package that legitimately goes toe-to-toe with the Corvette is the Porsche 911.
Who would've thunk that one of the hottest cars on the market would be a three-row family crossover from Kia, of all brands? In other words, no matter how much we recommend the 2022 Telluride, you may not be able to find or afford one. All of that said, the 2022 Kia Telluride is indeed our top-recommended three-row family crossover.
The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is an entirely different type of vehicle. Really, it's best to view the Santa Cruz as an alternative to compact crossover SUVs rather than midsize pickups. Part of that comes down to global supply shortages, but the Santa Cruz is at least good enough to warrant the interest.
The 2022 Lincoln Nautilus is the middle child of Lincoln’s excellent crossover and SUV lineup. Up until a year ago, it was also the odd one out in that it lacked Lincoln's mid-century-modern-inspired interior design that's wowed since it originally showed up in the Navigator. Lincoln knows its target market is much more concerned with things like ride quality than they are skid pad ratings.
In Lincoln's heyday, its cars were big, powerful and extravagant. The 2022 Lincoln Aviator shows the brand has recaptured the essence of those good old days, while still pushing forward into the future with the latest tech offerings and an available plug-in hybrid powertrain that provides competitive all-electric range and a staggering amount of power. It's also a style leader, particularly inside, which was true of Lincoln's midcentury classics, but obviously missing for the better part of 30 years.
Last year's complete redesign of GM's full-size SUVs was the most significant since the early 1990s, with the long-awaited switch to an independent rear suspension resulting in substantial improvements to the ride, handling, interior space and cargo capacity. The 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe and its extended-length Chevy Suburban sibling, which get a few key updates described below, are therefore more competitive against their scarce number of rivals. In fact, even if we might prefer the Ford Expedition's turbo V6 as a base engine, the Chevrolets overall can be considered our new top full-size SUV choices.
When Volkswagen introduced the refreshed U.S. spec Tiguan in May, we thought the tweaked and upgraded version of the compact crossover would begin around the price of the current model. The entry-level 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan S currently retails for $26,440 after the $1,195 destination fee, the 2022 Tiguan S will cost $27,190, a $750 bump. The extra money's spent on an eight-inch digital cockpit standard on all trims, a 10-inch screen boasting greater customization available as an option, plus VW's Car-Net with Wi-Fi.
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson is a sharp, ground-up redesign of an already-competent and well-executed (though perhaps somewhat mundane) vehicle that helped establish Hyundai’s foothold in the compact SUV segment. While the undersized previous-generation Tucson fell short in terms of total interior volume and comfort, the redesigned model rides on a new platform that brings it up to par with the segment’s best, including the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, and its new hybrid offering is both cost-competitive and very pleasant to drive. 2022 marks the introduction of a new generation of Hyundai’s compact SUV, so virtually everything is new.
The 2022 Kia Carnival is Kia’s brand-new minivan that wants to make you think it isn’t a minivan. Kia also draws you in with a mountain of tech and potential for extremely cool features like the VIP Lounge second row and Mercedes-like wall of screens in the dash. It’s all far more upscale and luxurious than you’d expect from a minivan, and that’s exactly what Kia needed to do to compete against the sumptuously updated Chrysler Pacifica and the classy Toyota Sienna now on the market.
Its price tag should also get it noticed as it costs less than most other subcompact luxury crossovers but delivers more standard equipment. Acceleration from the base engine is awfully pokey for a luxury vehicle, while the stronger 45 TFSI upgrade gets 2 to 3 mpg worse than similarly powered competitors. Finally, this smallest of Audi crossovers is just too darn small.
When parked next to a BMW X4 or Audi Q5 Sportback, we know the QX55 would do the prettiest job sprucing up the driveway. It's nicely proportioned and tastefully detailed with just a hint of Infiniti's forever cool FX SUV at the rear. Driving it is a real letdown as its underwhelming handling and soul-sucking continuously variable transmission just aren’t up to snuff for a luxury model.
Throughout its 11 generations, the Honda Civic has generally followed a pattern of a revolutionary redesign followed six years later by a more cautious evolutionary approach. This is still an economy car, so there's plenty of hard plastic about (center console, door sills), but what you see and touch most come together in a tasteful, modern design that looks (and feels) like it belongs in a much pricier car.
The Subaru Outback was already the go-to choice for those who need a vehicle for going on adventures off the beaten path, but want something other than an SUV. The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness debuts this year as an answer for all those current owners who have been lifting their Outbacks even higher, putting on rugged tires and lamenting the novel swing-in roof rails aren't strong enough for all uses. The Wilderness does that from the factory and looks extra cool to boot.
The 2022 Acura MDX is the luxury brand’s three-row family crossover, and it received a complete overhaul for this new generation. If you’re looking for a luxury ute that offers something a little different than the rest of the herd without sacrificing quality, utility or performance, the 2022 MDX might just be the crossover you’re looking for. For 2022, the Acura MDX has been completely redesigned from the ground up.
Already one of the top choices after its redesign two years ago, the 2021 Avalon improves with even more variety. It adds all-wheel-drive as an option to a lineup that already includes V6, hybrid and high-performance TRD options. The 2021 Avalon gets a number of significant, if not earth-shattering changes over the previous year.
The 2021 Volvo XC40, by contrast, is a break from the Volvo norm in a good way. This was our first crack at the XC40, specifically the T5 AWD version, tested in the city, country, mountains and seaside highways around Barcelona.
The name Tiguan comes from putting the words "tiger" and "iguana" together. Its standard turbocharged engine, which provides the stronger acceleration and lower fuel economy of rival optional upgrade engines, represents a rare contradictory element to the story. The top-recommended Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 do (plus the Ford Escape), while also offering more efficient base engines.