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Most Reliable SUVs for 2022

By Michael O'Connor | August 8, 2022

With new-car prices at historic levels, it's essential that you have complete peace of mind over your new vehicle's reliability. So to make your shopping process easier and less stressful, we rounded up the best SUVs and crossovers for 2022 in terms of their reliability.

This way, you know your dollars are going towards a vehicle that will last you and your family a long time.

Read on to learn about the most reliable SUVs for this year from brands like Honda, Toyota, Ford, Chevy, Mazda, Hyundai, Lexus and Kia:


2022 Toyota RAV4

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If there has ever been an automaker that is known for producing dependable vehicles, Toyota is it. The longevity that their cars are famous for also extends to their selection of SUVs, one of the most popular being the RAV4. The 2022 Toyota RAV4 is a compact SUV with a lot to offer in the way of features and drivability. Its standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine puts out 203 horsepower through an eight-speed automatic transmission and comes with your choice of front- or all-wheel-drive. This model year of the RAV4 is also quicker than the previous versions with a zero to sixty time of just 7.4 seconds, which is at the high end of the spectrum for its class.

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Inside, the RAV4 is incredibly ergonomic and features many practical storage spaces to bring functionality along with its dependability. The lower trim levels come with very basic materials but these can be upgraded as the trims get on the higher end. The standard 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system can also be upgraded to 8 inches and includes a 4G LTE hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto connectivity. The 2022 RAV4 also comes with a wide variety of standard driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking.

Browse 2022 Toyota RAV4 listings here.


2022 Ford Expedition

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Ford is one of the most trusted automakers in the world and its vehicles continue to be some of the top sellers in many different categories. Their flagship SUV, the full-size Expedition is a large SUV that remains at the top of the list for people looking for a dependable family wagon. For the 2022 model year, the Expedition has revised styling on the inside and outside so you can have a whole new experience with this classic SUV. The 3.5-liter V6 powertrain is twin-turbocharged and puts out 380 horsepower and a massive 470 pound-feet of torque. The Limited trim level bumps that up to 400 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque, while the Timberline variant puts out 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque.

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Inside, the Expedition is enormous and the higher the trim levels get, the more luxurious the materials are. The second row comes standard with a bench seat but this can be exchanged for captain’s chairs if you want even more space in the cabin. The touchscreen infotainment is a standard 12 inches and is run by Ford's Sync4 infotainment software. This can also be upgraded to 15.5 inches.

Browse 2022 Ford Expedition listings here.


2022 Honda CR-V

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For years, Honda has been one of the leading manufacturers of reliable, practical automobiles and that reputation extends to their compact crossover SUV, the CR-V. For the 2022 model year, the CR-V has stayed the same as it was for the previous model year but it is expected to receive a full redesign in 2023. That being said, the 2022 version still has the cargo room and the same turbo 1.5-liter engine putting out 190 horsepower that made this generation so popular to begin with. This powertrain runs through Honda’s continuously variable automatic transmission, which has been praised as being one of the best on the market. If you want to upgrade to the hybrid version, this is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine and two electric motors, which put out 212 horsepower. This version offers the best fuel economy at 40 MPG city and 35 MPG highway.

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The interior of the 2022 CR-V is stylish for its category and offers quite a bit of cargo space for its size. This combination of style and practicality is one of the things that makes it one of the best SUVs you can buy right now. The lower trim levels come with a 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that only has controls for the radio, but this can be upgraded to 7 inches with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

Browse 2022 Honda CR-V listings here.


2022 Hyundai Santa Fe

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Hyundai has a reputation for making cars with a high-reliability rating but they are also very high-ranking when it comes to their comprehensive factory warranty, which covers the powertrain for up to 10 years. This same warranty and reliability score applies to their mid-size crossover, the Santa Fe. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe features a wide variety of available engines. These include a 2.5-liter four-cylinder putting out 191 horsepower, a turbocharged 2.5-liter putting out 277 horsepower, and a hybrid with a turbo 1.6-liter four-cylinder gas engine that puts out 226 horsepower. The gas-only versions are available with front- or all-wheel-drive while the hybrid version is AWD only.

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One of the things that Hyundai is known for aside from their reliable vehicles is the high quality of the interiors in those reliable cars. The cabin of the 2022 Santa Fe is both attractive and practical and offers all kinds of optional and standard features like a digital gauge cluster, ventilated seats, and a head-up display. You have a choice between an 8.0- or 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, both of which have complete smartphone connectivity. It also comes with Hyundai’s suite of standard safety features such as forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and more.

Browse 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe listings here.


2023 Toyota Highlander

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As we know, Toyota is one of the most reliably dependable automakers on the market and their mid-size SUV, the Highlander, stands out from the crowd in this oversaturated category. For the 2023 model year, the Highlander has gotten a new powertrain, replacing its old V6 engine with a new turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder that puts out 265 horsepower and runs through an eight-speed automatic transmission. For the hybrid version, the engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with two electric motors putting out 243 horsepower running through a continuously variable automatic transmission. The payoff for replacing the old V6 with the new four-cylinder comes in the form of a more fuel-efficient powertrain, which is said to deliver around 24 MPG combined.

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The interior of the 2023 Highlander is spacious and simple with room for eight passengers with a bench seat in the second row and the moderately roomy third row. Some of the higher trims are available with captain’s chairs, which brings the passenger count down to seven but also gives more legroom and cargo space. It comes with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system but the higher trim levels get an upgraded 12.3-inch display as well as a second display that acts as a digital gauge cluster.

Browse 2023 Toyota Highlander listings here.


2022 Kia Sorento

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Kia has a reputation for creating dependable, practical vehicles that are designed for everyday use for commuters and families. However, they also have a touch of style and smooth handling that makes them a pleasure to drive on top of being able to count on them every day. The mid-size Kia Sorento is a great choice for people who want a little bit of everything with their practical SUV. It features a large selection of powertrain options, all of which are available in front- or all-wheel-drive. The first of these is a 2.5-liter inline-four putting out 191 horsepower and this can be upgraded to a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 281 horsepower if you want a fairly large boost in power. It is also available in a 1.6-liter four-cylinder hybrid version that generates 227 horsepower.

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The 2022 Sorento’s interior is attractively designed and uses solid build quality to bolster the overall feel. The dashboard can be equipped with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and other high-end features that give it an even more high-end look. The most basic Sorentos come with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that can be upgraded to 10.3-inches on some of the higher trim levels.

Browse 2022 Kia Sorento listings here.


2023 Toyota Sequoia

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While Toyota might be well-known for making practical vehicles with a small footprint, their full-size SUV, the Sequoia, is just as powerful and capable as some of the other large luxury SUVs available on the market from automakers like GMC and Buick. For the 2023 model year, the Sequoia has been completely updated and redesigned with a modern, high-end feel. The standard powertrain is the iForce MAX hybrid engine, which is a twin-turbo 3.4-liter V6 and an electric motor that works in conjunction to produce 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. This, combined with the ten-speed automatic transmission, make it a great choice if you want a daily driver for the family that also has a bit of off-road capability.

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The all-new Sequoia’s interior is large and incredibly passenger-friendly with three rows of seats and optional captain’s chairs for the second row. The low profile of the Sequoia’s exterior means there isn’t as much headroom as some of the other SUVs in its class but this is made up for with the cargo space and leg room. One of the biggest upgrades for the new generation of the Sequoia is a new 14.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes standard on every trim level but the most basic one. This system uses Toyota’s popular infotainment software that has every available connectivity option for your smartphone or tablet.

Browse 2023 Toyota Sequoia listings here.


2022 Chevrolet Trax

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Chevy is a classic American brand that is known for creating reliable, powerful vehicles like the Suburban for families all over the country. If you want that legacy of power and versatility in a smaller package, the Trax is a great option. This subcompact SUV is perfect for city driving and comes with all the features you would want from a Chevy vehicle. The engine that is available for all trim levels for the 2022 Trax is a 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder putting out 155 horsepower. While this won’t give you much in the way of towing capacity, it is more than enough for commuting or driving around town.

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The Trax features a very high seating position, which gives it a driveability that many SUVs in this segment are missing. Even though it is smaller inside, it feels spacious and doesn’t have the cramped feel of a subcompact vehicle. The stitched dashboard inserts give it a touch of upscale class and it features a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Connectivity.

Browse 2022 Chevrolet Trax listings here.


2022 Mazda CX-5

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Mazda was recently named the most reliable car brand for 2022 by Consumer Reports and the CX-5, in particular, was at the top of the list as both a new and used SUV. For the 2022 model year, the CX-5 has gotten some new exterior styling and interior comfort features. The base engine of the 2022 CX-5 is a 187-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine but this can be upgraded to a turbocharged version that puts out 250 horsepower. For a small SUV, this is quite a bit of power and should be more than enough for an exciting drive around town.

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At the higher trim levels, the interior of the Mazda CX-5 is on par with many high-end luxury SUVs and sedans. The attractive layout and quality materials make for a comfortable driving experience and an upscale look. While this is a small SUV, it still has enough cargo room for nine suitcases without folding the back seats down. It comes with a 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system that can be controlled using a rotary knob, which makes it much easier for the driver. It also comes with a variety of safety features like automated emergency braking and lane-keeping assist.

Browse 2022 Mazda CX-5 listings here.


2022 Lexus RX

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Lexus is known for its luxury vehicles and high-end interiors but they also have a high-reliability rating and they are known for being one of the most reliable used SUVs you can find. The 2022 Lexus RX is no exception. With two different powertrains to choose from: a 3.5-liter V6 and a V-6 hybrid, the RX offers a smooth, comfortable ride that is more enjoyable than most of the other SUVs in its category. The hybrid version is also incredibly fuel-efficient with a rating of 31 MPG city and 28 MPG highway.

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Inside, the RX is everything you would expect from a Lexus. It features soft leather and metallic and wood trims as well as ergonomic seats and comfortable materials all around. The standard touchscreen infotainment system is operated with an 8.0-inch display but this can be upgraded to 12.3-inches as well as the addition of in-dash navigation. The RX also comes with Lexus’s large suite of standard safety features including automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

Browse 2022 Lexus RX listings here.


Final Thoughts

When searching for a new or used car, one of the most pressing matters is whether or not it is going to last for a long time. When it comes to new SUVs, choosing something that offers a wide range of features and versatility, as well as dependability, is essential. By understanding what some of the most reliable SUVs on the market have to offer, you can find a vehicle that will serve you well for many years and give you the confidence you need that it will run well every time you get behind the wheel.