The mid-size segment is becoming more popular among US buyers. These vehicles offer enough safety and power at one end but does not harm fuel economy and increase the price as full-size models. If you pick a four-cylinder engine where it is available, the MSRP won’t be too far away from the compact crossover class.
Most carmakers are offering two- and three-row configurations. In the mid-size class, you will find four-, six-, and eight-cylinder units. Further options include luxury and non-premium packages. US and Japanese companies split the lineup, rebranding the luxury vehicles.
We are expecting a lot of moves in the foreseeable future. Here is the list of top 10 new mid-size SUVs for 2022 with all the changes we expect.
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk remains the most powerful SUV in the market. The default configuration is delivering 707 hp thanks to the famous Hellcat engine. Aftermarket tuning squeezes even more power. Jeep will redesign Grand Cherokee for the 2022 season, as well as the Trackhawk model. Even the arrival of the Ferrari Purosangue SUV is not going to beat the output of this vehicle. Special upgrades outside and inside will make the offer breathtaking and we expect the price to reach a step closer to $100,000. Trackhawk will be worthy of investment.
2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Trackhawk is the most powerful, and the 2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will be the most efficient three-row SUV in the market. The Japanese company replaced a V6 as the base engine, with a smaller four-banger. Well, the power output is suffering, since Highlander hybrid lost 80 ponies. But, no other SUV in the class can beat 35 mpg. Even the most efficient units cannot deliver more than 30 mpg on the highway. The new 2022 Highlander might also introduce the TRD Pro package. However, this upgrade is not going to be available with a hybrid setup.
2022 BMW X5 M
The most popular German SUV is bringing the revisited performance-oriented package. A 4.4-liter twin-turbo setup is a top-notch technology that is capable to create 600 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of twist. That is not all, since the 2022 BMW X5 M will get the special upgrade with the Competition package. If this is too much for you, the M50i is using the same engine with 523 horsepower. On the other hand, you will save about $30,000, since the MSRP of the X5 M starts above $110,000. If you are willing to spend so much, you can compare BMW’s unit with the new Mercedes AMG GLE 63 SUV.
2022 Lexus RX F Sport
Lexus it Toyota’s premium subsidiary. The RX is the most popular luxury SUV and its sales are on the level of non-premium models. The lineup is versatile. The base version is a two-row RX350. The RX350L upgrades it with the third row and RX450h is a hybrid. Still, the best upgrades are coming with the 2022 Lexus RX F Sport package. The carmaker will revisit this bundle to make the SUV more attractive. There won’t be mechanical upgrades, but the improved aerodynamic will make the RX slide on the road.
2022 Ford Explorer Plug-In Hybrid
Ford was losing the battle in the mid-size segment. However, the all-new Explorer is ready to conquer the market and rival Toyota Highlander and Jeep Grand Cherokee. The best thing about the SUV is the availability of a hybrid setup. In two years, it could evolve into 2022 Ford Explorer Plug-In Hybrid. In Europe, this kind of drivetrain is ready to produce 450 horsepower. Also, premium Lincoln Aviator makes 495 ponies. Chiefs didn’t want to go too far with the Explorer Hybrid, which is on par with its rivals with 318 hp and 322 lb-ft of twisting power.
2022 Volvo XC90 Electric
Compact XC40 is getting an all-electric setup. It is just a matter of time when its bigger siblings are taking the same path. Knowing Swedish carmaker, they won’t wait for too long. The first rumors about the 2022 Volvo XC90 Electric are here. The company will develop a mid-size model in the next couple of seasons to battle Tesla Model X and the upcoming Ford Mach E. Specifications are yet unknown but expect at least 200 miles of range and the class-leading recharging technology. Volvo might drop the time under 1 hour for the full refill.
2022 Genesis GV80
Genesis is Hyundai’s premium brand and the GV80 is the latest model that entered the mid-size luxury SUV segment. The carmaker is working on further vehicles – GV70 and GV60, as well as GV90, which could be Land Cruiser’s rival. The 2022 Genesis GV80 will still be fresh for most buyers and the first feedbacks will be available. We will learn more about the reliability, so the GV80 is going to be a big hit or a disappointment. The price of the luxury SUV starts at just under $50,000. With a V6 engine and Prestige package, it reaches $75,000.
2022 Chevy Traverse Redline Edition
After Tahoe and Suburban, General Motors is turning to the mid-size SUV segment. A facelift is scheduled for the 2022 season for the vehicle that debuted in 2018. Well, the revisit will be inspired by the new generations of full-size models. The 2022 Chevy Traverse Redline Edition is again the highlight of the lineup. To get this package, buyers will have to pick the Premier trim level with a V6 engine. The upgrade costs $2,500 and adds unique wheels, interior and exterior details, as well as the sunroof. Still, with the Premier trim, the overall price will exceed $50,000.
2022 Subaru Ascent
Another relatively new SUV will be ready for the first big update. Subaru made an immediate impact when it launched the mid-size three-row model. The 2022 Subaru Ascent is going to offer a unique engine setup with a flat-four Boxer as the centerpiece of it. Cosmetic changes will make the SUV more appealing, while the update of the Starlink infotainment system provides more options. A huge 11.6-inch touchscreen display will sit at the center of the dashboard on top trim levels. The base price is quite attractive for the vehicle that offers a unique driving impression. The facelift will boost the MSRP, but not above $36,000 for the entry-level package.
2022 Ford Bronco
We hope the 2022 Ford Bronco is not going to be a debut. The company already prolonged the premiere of the legendary SUV for 2021. Another delay would disappoint buyers. No other vehicle caused so much interest in recent history. Since Ford didn’t unveil too many details about Bronco, there are still a lot of rumors surrounding the famous vehicle. We expect to see the 2022 Bronco as the big rival to Jeep Wrangler, which includes two- and four-door configurations. Engine choices are still a secret, but everything is possible with this SUV – four-, six-, eight-cylinder units, as well as hybrid and all-electric motor.