The thing we love most about midsize SUVs is their versatility. There’s plenty of room for your family or your carpool, yet they’re agile and not too challenging to park in busy areas.
Because there are so many great options, it was tough to narrow the field down, but here are five of the best midsize SUVs on the market in 2022.
Kia Telluride Sets a High Bar
The Kia Telluride edged out the competition by offering a luxury midsize SUV without the hefty price tag. The Telluride’s robust V6 delivers 291 horsepower while still managing to achieve decent gas mileage. Adults ride comfortably in all three rows, and the cargo hold expands from 21 cubic feet to 87 cubes with the second-and third-row seats folded. Starting at a little over $44k, it’s the best value on the road right now.
European Sophistication Made Affordable: Volkswagen Atlas
A lot of three-row SUVs like to boast their spaciousness, but the Volkswagen Atlas is one of the few with third-row seats that adults feel comfortable in. Its cargo area is large enough to hold several suitcases without having to fold the back seats. We like the optional 276-horsepower V6 engine for its capability and fuel economy balance. It’s a great option for families with older kids or older relatives to cart around.
Let’s Have Some Fun in the Mazda CX-9
It’s hard to resist being instantly charmed by the Mazda CX-9’s sleek design and upscale interior. But once you hit the road, you’ll be hooked by its grace and agility, and its responsive 250-horsepower turbo inline-four seems to anticipate what you want to do. And for the level of amenities and refinement at an affordable price point, the Mazda CX-9 should top your test-drive list.
To Know the Subaru Ascent is to Love It
There’s plenty to love in the three-row Subaru Ascent. Like all Subaru SUVs, it comes standard with AWD, and its sturdy 260-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine is in line with the pack when it comes to fuel economy, plus it tows up to 5,000 pounds. Its interior is smaller than many of its competitors, but it’s comfortable and versatile, with plenty of storage bins and cubbies.
Ford Bronco: the GOAT
It may not be sized for big families, but the all-new Ford Bronco is the right size for big adventures. Coming in hot at a turbocharged 300-horsepower, the Bronco is the only midsize SUV on our list that offers a manual transmission and GOAT mode. With two- and four-door options available, the Bronco is ideal for smaller families who like getting close to nature by removing the top and doors. Whether you’re crawling over rocks or rockin’ down the highway, it is sure-footed and composed.
Comfortable and Dependable: Honda Pilot
It may seem more buttoned-down than its rivals, but if you’re looking for years of trouble-free service, fuel efficiency, and affordability, you’ll get all of that in a Honda Pilot. Its 3.5L V6 kicks out 280-horsepower, and available AWD includes mud, snow, and sand settings. Its passenger and cargo areas are on par with the Subaru and Mazda and include an impressive amount of creature comforts to keep everyone happy on trips of all lengths.
Ready to Set Up Your Test Drives?
And that’s our roundup of five midsize SUVs that are worth adding to your test-drive list. Whether your taste is sleek and sophisticated, or you prefer a taste of the wild, there’s something here to please everyone’s senses.
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