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What’s New With SUVs for 2022?

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Automakers continue to try to satisfy America’s appetite for SUVs with new and redesigned 2022 utilities in all sizes and price ranges. The overall pace of these reveals is on par with 2021 introductions, though 2022 also features an acceleration of new electrified SUVs.

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Below are the new SUV shopping options for 2022 — all-new vehicles as well as full redesigns of some old friends — along with links to deeper dives on them from Cars.com. For 2022 SUVs with less dramatic freshening such as styling tweaks, updated tech features or additional powertrain options, you can check out our ongoing coverage of these vehicles. (Note that all prices include the destination fee.)

Acura MDX

Honda’s premium brand gives its MDX flagship three-row SUV a redesign for 2022 after skipping the 2021 model year. It continues to be an upscale value with impressive standard features and safety tech — including new stop-and-go adaptive cruise control — even on the base front-wheel-drive model starting at $49,045. Among its 2022 upgrades are a new second-row seat that can convert from a bench to captain’s chairs and a new media system that includes wireless smartphone connectivityAmazon Alexa integration and a 12.3-inch display — though with a console touchpad, not a touchscreen control. The carryover V-6 gets a new 10-speed automatic transmission and optional is a new 355-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6.

Genesis GV70

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The new-for-2022 GV70 is a sportier compact luxury SUV that fits under the bigger GV80. The GV70 shares underpinnings with the G70 sports sedan and offers sporty driving manners and standard adaptive suspension, but adds all-wheel drive and SUV practicality. Power choices are a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6. As with other Genesis models, the GV70 features a high-quality interior, sophisticated tech including a 14.5-inch touchscreen, and a value starting price for the premium features of $42,595.

Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai’s Tucson compact SUV gets a full makeover while retaining its traditional value attributes of features for the price, a roomy and good-looking interior, and generous warranty coverage. One step back for Cars.com editors, however, is that higher trim levels switch from conventional controls to distracting touch-sensitive controls. The new Tucson has expanded choices to 10 trim levels — including a new XRT adventure version — across three powertrains, including a base four-cylinder, a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. Prices start at $26,745 for the base gasoline model.

Infiniti QX55

Based on Infiniti’s more traditional QX50 premium SUV, the QX55 adds a swoopy roofline while retaining most of its cabin and cargo space and other SUV attributes. The only powertrain is a 268-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a continuously variable automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. The QX55’s luxury might fall a little short of rivaling BMW or Mercedes-Benz, but pricing is a relative value starting at $47,525.

Infiniti QX60

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A key 2022 launch for Nissan’s premium brand is the redesigned QX60, its three-row family SUV that shares some underpinnings with the redesigned Nissan Pathfinder. Infiniti gave the new SUV sleek styling, more luxury and a much-needed tech overhaul. A 12.3-inch touchscreen is standard and the 2022 now has (finally) Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability and wireless charging. The V-6 carries over with a new nine-speed automatic transmission replacing the old continuously variable automatic. Key for its family market, the QX60 now offers second-row captain’s chairs and added a second-row center console that can be removed and stored in the rear. Pricing starts at $47,875.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The mid-size two-row Grand Cherokee is redesigned for 2022, incorporating the all-new platform and most of the styling, tech upgrades (including standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) and other features already found in the longer Grand Cherokee L three-row version. Coming in early 2022 is the Grand Cherokee’s first 4xe plug-in hybrid option, as well — a 375-hp all-wheel-drive system with a company-estimated 25 miles of all-electric driving range (EPA ratings are not yet posted). The standard powertrain is a 293-hp six-cylinder, and the Grand Cherokee still offers a V-8 option. The starting price for a base rear-wheel-drive model is $39,185.

Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Wagoneer

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Jeep revives the Wagoneer badge for a pair of flagship SUVs to take on the world of full-size three-row SUVs, from the GMC Yukon XL to the Mercedes-Benz GLS. The two Wagoneers look slightly different outside and have different levels of luxury, but both have acres of room inside and a load of standard and optional tech. The Wagoneer has a standard 5.7-liter mild-hybrid V-8 and rear- or four-wheel drive, while the Grand Wagoneer has a 6.4-liter V-8 and standard four-wheel drive. A tech highlight is an upgradable driver-assistance system for the Grand Wagoneer that Jeep says eventually will offer hands-free driving on specified roads. And you can have a Wagoneer with multiple displays — including one for the front passenger — with  Amazon Fire TV for Auto capability. Wagoneer pricing starts at $60,845; the Grand Wagoneer starts at $89,845.

Land Rover Range Rover

The redesigned 2022 Range Rover, Land Rover’s top-of the-line SUV, is available for order with deliveries coming in the spring. The new 2022 model is not to be confused with the last-generation Range Rover that’s also being sold as a 2022 in a split model year. The new generation continues to be offered in a two-row short-wheelbase version and long-wheelbase variant with an optional third row. The turbocharged six-cylinder engine lives on, but the former V-8 and diesel engines are replaced by a new turbo 4.4-liter V-8 putting out 523 hp. The interior is impressively luxurious, and the old two-screen media and control system is replaced by a single 13.1-inch touchscreen above a panel of climate controls. The new Range Rover starts at $105,350, about $12,000 more than the previous base model.

Lexus NX

The redesigned 2022 NX compact luxury SUV is a much-improved second generation. An expanded lineup returns a cheaper base trim level and adds an NX 450h Plus plug-in hybrid variant with 37 miles of electric range. Among significant upgrades is a new platform with better ride and handling, and a new multimedia system that drops the console touchpad control for a touchscreen of up to 14 inches. There’s a new 275-hp, turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine option and an improved NX 350h regular hybrid that gets an EPA-rated 39 mpg combined. Pricing for the new base model starts at $39,025.

Lexus LX 600

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The redesigned 2022 LX (formerly the 570, now the 600) is the luxury-brand cousin of the redesigned Toyota Land Cruiser that won’t be sold in the U.S., and it shares its new body-on-frame platform with the redesigned 2022 Toyota Tundra pickup truck and 2023 Sequoia SUV. A more powerful 409-hp, turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 with a new 10-speed automatic replaces the former V-8 powertrain. The new LX has seating for up to seven in two or three rows and adds new F Sport and Ultra Luxury top trim levels. The F Sport has a sportier appearance and performance tuning, while the Ultra Luxury has tech upgrades and just four plush seats. The LX’s air-spring suspension gets a wider range of ride heights, and the improved Multi-Terrain Select system has more drive modes and a dashboard display that shows camera views of surrounding hazards. Pricing starts at $88,245.

Mitsubishi Outlander

After skipping the 2021 model year, the Outlander compact SUV with its small third row is back and much improved for 2022. The Outlander rides on a new platform and shares much of its  safety and media technology, as well as its chassis and powertrain, with the latest Nissan Rogue. Despite all the sharing, however, the Mitsubishi has its own styling, interior and tuning — and better warranty coverage. A redesigned version of the Outlander PHEV is expected in late 2022. Outlander pricing starts at $27,340.

Nissan Pathfinder

After skipping the 2021 model year, the 2022 Pathfinder three-row returns with a new look, an improved interior and tech, and a roomier adult-size third row (with improved access thanks to a one-touch slide-and-tilt feature for the second row). Ample safety and driver-assistance tech now are standard, and Nissan’s ProPilot Assist highway driver-assist system is an option. Pricing with front-wheel drive starts at $34,905.

Toyota Corolla Cross

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The newest SUV from Toyota is a subcompact as conventional as you might expect from the Corolla name (and the platform it shares with the Corolla sedan) — a stark contrast from the high-style C-HR subcompact. The Corolla Cross also offers all-wheel drive, which the C-HR does not, and has more cargo and people space. Among its selling points are generous standard safety tech and a comfortable ride. Pricing starts at $23,410.

Volkswagen Taos

The new subcompact Taos is VW’s smallest SUV, joining the lineup below the compact Tiguan. It features good driving manners for a small SUV and feels peppy with its 158-hp, turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. It also has modern tech and a roomier cabin than many subcompact SUVs. Pricing starts at $24,190.

New Electric SUVs for 2022

There also is a group of new model-year 2022 electric SUVs and “SUV-ish” hatchbacks, some still to come or with limited availability. We covered the EVs separately in a new-for-2022 electric vehicle roundup here. New entries from mainstream brands include the related Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6; Mazda’s MX-30, a small city SUV sold only in California; and Chevrolet’s Bolt EUV, a larger sibling of the refreshed Bolt EV hatchback.

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New upscale electric SUVs include Audi’s Q4 E-Tron, which is smaller than Audi’s original E-Tron and its Sportback variant. BMW’s first battery SUV is the iX, with futuristic styling that has already prompted strong reaction. Volvo’s C40 Recharge is a sloped-roof variation of its XC40 Recharge Twin SUV. Rivian’s R1S is an SUV version of its R1T electric pickup with a four-motor AWD system. And Mercedes’ first electric SUV in the U.S. will be the 2022 EQB, based on the conventional GLB.

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