Many buyers are drawn to SUVs for their elevated ride height, all-wheel drive, improved off-road ability, interior versatility and image compared to their car counterparts. They are the go-to vehicles these days, so there’s a constant stream of new models making their debuts. Whether you’re looking for something sporty, luxurious or rugged, there’s an SUV or Crossover out there for you. And in a sign of the times, many electric models are gaining traction as well. In this article, we have included a brief overview of what constitutes an SUV, as well as the different varieties of SUVs available. If it’s an all-around vehicle you are looking for, we’ve got our top 10 recommendations for the most popular SUVs and Crossovers for 2022.

Types of SUVs

According to the Consumer Report website, the majority of modern SUVs, sometimes called Crossovers or Crossover Utility Vehicles (CUVs), utilize a structure that resembles a typical car more closely than it does a body-on-frame truck, as were more common in the past. As such, expect better handling and ride comfort in crossovers than in truck-based models. Usually, they also offer all-wheel drive and can handle only moderate off-road situations.

The various sizes of SUVs available

  • Subcompact SUVs: As one of the fastest growing categories, these SUVs offer a slightly taller alternative to similarly-sized subcompact cars. Their small footprint also makes them easy to park and maneuver. However, buyers shouldn’t expect huge cargo volume or much in the way of off-road capability. Top examples: Hyundai Kona, Subaru Crosstrek and Mazda CX-30
  • Small SUVs: These are well-suited for drivers who are looking for more room than a small sedan can provide. Most have limited off-road abilities, but are sufficient for the occasional dirt road or muddy trail. Top examples: CR-V and Toyota RAV4
  • Mid-size SUVs: For many families, they provide the best balance of power, interior space, cargo room and safety. Mid-sized models come in two- and three-row variants, and fuel economy hovers around 18 to 22 mpg (but a few hybrids make it into the 30s.) Top examples: GV80 and Nissan Pathfinder
  • Large SUVs: These have plenty of power, interior space and towing capacity, but many are very big, bulky and require a lot to fill the tank. They may be just the thing for drivers who need to haul a trailer, lots of gear or a bunch of people. Top examples: Escalade, BMW iX and Jeep Grand Cherokee

Buying an SUV

SUVs rank among the most popular vehicles these days because of two differentiators: Passenger and cargo space. Along with performance and design, the balance between space, cargo and comfort is crucial for most shoppers. There are multiple factors that people are specifically looking for when considering acquiring an SUV, such as:

    • Comfort: Car seats for kids take up a lot of space when it comes to the interior of a vehicle. The same goes for when your kids are older or even teenagers. It is easier when your kids are between ages five to nine than when they are infants or older.
    • Cargo space: Diapers, strollers, groceries, skis, toys, more bags when traveling… space is crucial, even if you have a roof rack/roof box.
    • Seating capacity: When you have two kids in an average vehicle, you are 80% full, meaning that you would only have room for one extra passenger.

Now that we’ve learned a little bit of background information when shopping for the different types of SUVs, let’s take a look at our top 10 list of SUVs and Crossovers for 2022:

1. Nissan Pathfinder 

Like many of today’s three-row SUVs, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder aims to be a replacement for a minivan, but with a rugged appearance and a bit of towing and off-road capability. A V-6 engine is paired to a nine-speed automatic; front-wheel drive is standard, but buyers who plan to venture off-road will want the optional all-wheel drive system. The cabin features room for seven or eight passengers across three rows, and Nissan offers a host of standard driver-assistance and infotainment features, with even more advanced tech available as options.

An 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard and runs the latest version of the NissanConnect software interface; whereas a larger 9.0-inch display is standard on the SL and Platinum models. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard. A fairly basic six-speaker stereo is included, but a 13-speaker Bose system is optional.

  • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

Pricing from $43,998, nissan.ca

 

2. Honda CR-V 

The Honda CR-V was one of the original compact SUVs, and it’s still one of the best. It’s spacious interior and fuel-efficient powertrains make it a compelling compact crossover to consider. This crossover has one of the roomiest interiors in its class, with tons of space for passengers and cargo. Its ride is also relaxing on long hauls, making it a pleasure to drive. Factor in that it requires fewer fill-ups than most other SUVs thanks to the CR-V’s noteworthy fuel economy, long hauls are a breeze. Whether you’re looking for a daily commuter, errand runner or small family vehicle, the Honda CR-V is a perfect fit for a wide range of drivers, which is why it’s #2 on our list of SUVs and Crossovers for 2022.

  • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

Pricing from $30,770, honda.ca

 

3. Toyota RAV4 Prime 

Toyota hybrids have come a long way since the original Prius, and that growth is most apparent in the RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid compact SUV. This electrified model delivers the same practicality and roominess of a standard RAV4, but adds one of two available fuel-sipping powertrains, making it quicker than the non-hybrid RAV4. All-wheel drive is standard—one of the electric motors powers the rear wheels and the second motor and the gasoline engine drive the fronts—as is a continuously-variable automatic transmission (CVT). Drivers will feel that pep, too, particularly around town, where the electric motor’s immediate power delivery gives it an extra shove when taking off from a stop. The RAV4 Prime has an electric-only driving range of 68 kms, and it comes with a standard 3.3-kWh onboard.

  • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
  • Hybrid-component warranty covers eight years or 100,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for two years or 25,000 miles

Pricing from $44,990, toyota.ca

 

4. Jeep Grand Cherokee L 

Jeep is expanding the 2021 Grand Cherokee lineup—literally and figuratively—with a new model that it’s calling the Grand Cherokee L. It’s larger than the existing version you’re familiar with and includes a third row of seats that allows it to accommodate up to seven passengers. While it also sports a cabin that’s decked out in more modern infotainment tech (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Sirius XM), it continues to use the same V-6 and V-8 engines from the two-row Grand Cherokee. Driver-assistance tech, including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assist, is more of a focus on this new generation of Jeep.

  •  Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
  •  Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
  •  Three years of complimentary scheduled maintenance is included

Pricing from $59.995, jeep.ca

 

5. Genesis GV60 

The Genesis GV60 is the brand’s first electric SUV. This will be the smallest SUV in the Genesis lineup, with seating for five passengers. Powertrain information is yet to come, but we do know details about its design features, including digital side mirrors that are connected to a camera monitoring system. The GV60 also has electric door handles that automatically pop up when you approach. Inside, there’s a Crystal Sphere on the center console that serves as the shifter by indicating when the car is ready to drive. Compared to the other models in the stable, the Genesis GV60 appears to be the pick for you if driving dynamics and tech features are what you’re after. Word is that the Genesis offers up to 450 kms of range on a full charge in single-motor rear-drive form!

Warranty not available.

Pricing from $55,000, genesis.com

 

6. Mazda CX-30

The Mazda MX-30 is the first all-electric vehicle from Mazda. It will have a single electric motor with 144 horsepower, front-wheel drive and a range of up to 160 kms per charge. It’s slightly lifted suspension gives it an SUV-like feel, which makes it a perfect fit for our list of SUVs and Crossovers for 2022.

Even with that low price, it comes well-equipped. Standard features include an 8.8-inch infotainment display screen, heated front seats and automatic emergency braking. As it’s practical to maneuver around the city and is fairly fuel-economical, the Mazda CX-3 is a great choice for a couple or a small family. Standard features include heated front seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless entry with push-button start and alloy wheels. The CX-30 comes with Mazda Connected Services, which allows owners to lock and unlock, remote start and monitor their vehicle through the MyMazda app.

  • Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

Pricing from $29,900, mazda.ca

 

7. BMW iX 

BMW’s first-ever all-electric SUV in North America will hit the Canadian market in the first quarter of 2022. It has dual electric motors, providing standard all-wheel drive and plenty of performance. This SUV will have 516 horsepower for a 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds, and a range of up to 482 kms per charge. DC fast-charging capability will be standard, and the iX can recharge from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 35 minutes when hooked up to a 200-kW connection. A double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension with roll bars at both ends contribute to a stable and comfortable ride.  There’s also a standard panoramic glass roof with electro-chromatic shading that activates at the press of a button. Standard audio includes an 18-speaker Harman Kardon premium surround-sound system.

  • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • EV components warranty covers eight years or 100,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles

Pricing from $89,990, bmw.ca

 

8. Subaru Crosstrek

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is a special member of the subcompact crossover/SUV class. It has all-wheel drive and offers a plug-in hybrid variant. A good amount of ground clearance also means it can drive over thick snow rather than become stuck in it. Thanks to well-weighted steering and a composed ride, the Crosstrek feels solid and planted through corners. The suspension is tuned to be firm (but not harsh) and soaks up larger bumps with ease. Charging the plug-in-hybrid model will take up to five hours if connected to a standard household 120-volt outlet; using a 240-volt outlet does the job in as little as two hours. This Subaru is among the most fuel efficient of subcompact crossovers. The Crosstrek’s 2.0-liter engine and continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) are rated at 28 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.

  • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
  • Hybrid-component warranty covers eight years or 100,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

Pricing from $23,995 / $38,000 for Hybrid version, subaru.ca

 

9. Hyundai Kona 

The subcompact Kona is, simply put, a great package that blends car-like on-road behaviour with bold styling, a dose of practicality and an elevated driving position. Two four-cylinder engines are offered: a 2.0-liter four, which is admittedly pretty poky, and a more desirable turbocharged 1.6-liter four that delivers a lot more punch. The Kona comes with a long list of standard features, which only grows as you move through the more expensive trims. It is one of the smaller offerings in the subcompact SUV segment, but you may feel the trade-off for the Hyundai’s compact package and fun-to-drive nature more than makes up for it.

Buyers searching for popular driver-assistance features will find them on the Kona, which offers automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and a driver-attention monitor as included equipment. Other more advanced features are still optional if interested.

  • Limited warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance covers 3 years or 36,000 miles

Pricing from $21,999, hyundaicanada.com

 

10. Volkswagen Taos

Shoppers are clamoring for affordable crossovers and SUVs, and the new 2022 Volkswagen Taos is yet another entry to choose from. While it’s smaller than the compact VW Tiguan, the subcompact Taos has a surprisingly roomy back seat and a sizeable cargo hold. The Taos also boasts a new turbo-charged four-cylinder engine, and can be equipped with all-wheel drive. Add the fact that it offers an assortment of driver assists and desirable features and the 2022 Taos should be a satisfying option in a popular segment. Every Taos features a slick-looking infotainment system with a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot. A 6.5-inch touchscreen is standard, and an 8.0-inch version is optional. The system can also be equipped with built-in navigation, an eight-speaker BeatsAudio stereo, SiriusXM satellite radio and wireless smartphone charging.

  • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for two years or 20,000 miles

Pricing from $26,695, vw.ca


Shop around for the best deals

While this is not an exhaustive list of the available and soon-to-be available SUVs on the market, if you are in the market for SUVs and Crossovers for 2022, this list should give you a good head start on your research. SUV’s are far and away the most popular on the market: 

  • Sales of the Hyundai Kona are up 103% from last year
  • Mazda CX-5 is up 90%
  • Tuscon is up 61%.
  • Kia Seltos is up 271%
  • Subaru Crosstrek is up 115%.
  • The Toyota RAV4 continues to be the top-selling SUV in Canada.
  • The Honda CR-V is still a dominant player.

When you’re ready to look at buying or leasing SUVs and Crossovers for 2022, talk to one of our isure representatives to discuss your car insurance needs and various options.

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