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The Best Family SUVs in 2022

The days of drinking Fireball at the bar or playing Call of Duty until dawn are long gone. You’ve settled down, started a family, and found that special someone. The only issue is that your single-life vehicle, whether it was a hot hatchback, sports car, or even simply an old beater, won’t do. You require a large SUV, but how do you decide which one to purchase? Stop talking, family. In order to assist you, we’re going to list the top three-row SUVs in each category according to our Buyer’s Guide Ultimate Car Rankings. You can choose from a variety of three-row SUVs that are midsize, full-size, mainstream, luxurious, hybrid, and other options to meet your demands.

1. The 2022 Subaru Ascent

It should come as no surprise that the 2022 Subaru Ascent, the largest vehicle Subaru has ever made, has plenty of room for up to eight people and goods. There are even 19 cupholders on it. You aren’t looking hard enough if you can’t find a spot in this automobile to put your drink. The Ascent’s strong engine, AWD drivetrain, and practical sliding second row seats were all great features. Although we aren’t major lovers of the fairly uninteresting exterior design, The Ascent wears its emphasis on functionality on its sleeve. The third-row seats are also somewhat cramped. Despite this, the Ascent’s pros were so strong that we named it the best 3-row SUV in its class.

Specifications

Base price: $33,970
Passenger space: 154 cu ft (seats 8)
Cargo space: 44 cu ft
Engine specs: 2.4L turbocharged flat-4 (260 hp, 277 lb-ft)
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 21/27/23 mpg

ProsCons
Strong engineBoring exterior design
Strong engineSmall third row
All-Wheel-DriveSmall 6.5-inch touchscreen on base model

2. The 2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

The 2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a terrific option to get the best of both worlds if you’re searching for a three-row SUV but don’t want to sacrifice fuel efficiency. For good reason, the Highlander Hybrid is our top-rated three-row hybrid SUV. With its four-cylinder gasoline engine and electric motor sharing power tasks, it can go more than 600 miles on a single tank of gas. That engine, meanwhile, is a tad noisy, and it probably needs a little more torque. According on the configuration, the Highlander Hybrid’s interior capacity may accommodate up to 8 passengers while still providing respectable cargo room. The third row is a little cramped, though, just like the Subaru Ascent.

Specifications

Base price: $40,770
Passenger space: 141 cu ft (seats 8)
Cargo space: 48 cu ft
Engine specs: 2.5L I-4 and electric motor (243 hp comb, 175

ProsCons
Good fuel economyNoisy gasoline engine
600+ miles of rangeTight third row
Spacious cargo areaLacks personality

3. The 2022 Chevrolet Suburban

The 2022 Chevrolet Suburban is definitely your best option if maximum passenger and freight room is your top priority. The sheer size of the Suburban is unmatched by many other SUVs now on the market. Although the EPA has not yet released an official passenger volume number, it is obvious from the Suburban’s design that there will be more than enough room for 8 passengers. Although the basic model’s crude coil-sprung suspension left us unimpressed, the higher trims’ adaptive magnetic ride control combined with air suspension results in a very comfortable ride. All grades feature pleasantly responsive engines.

Specifications

Base price: $58,290
Passenger space: TBD (seats 8)
Cargo space: 94 cu ft
Engine specs: 5.3L V-8 (355 hp, 383 lb-ft)
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 15/20/17 mpg

ProsCons
Comfortable ride (on higher trims)Unrefined standard suspension
Roomy interiorLackluster interior
Responsive powertrains 

3. The 2022 Lincoln Aviator

The 2022 Lincoln Aviator might be the right choice if you’re seeking for a roomy SUV that also provides an experience that is a cut above some of the more “common” things. Because of its attractive exterior and interior design as well as its powerful engine, we chose it as our top luxury 3-row SUV. It has a maximum seating capacity of seven, one fewer than some of the other SUVs in this group, but it makes up for it with a balance of performance and opulent features. Although there is a plug-in hybrid version, we felt it was lacking.

Specifications

Base price: $53,620
Passenger space: 144.7 cu ft (seats 7)
Cargo space: 42 cu ft
Engine specs: 3.0L turbo V-6 (400 hp, 415 lb-ft)
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 18/26/21 mpg

ProsCons
Awesome design inside and outSnug third row
Impressive base engineAwkward door release button
Balance of luxury and performanceUnderwhelming plug-in hybrid

4. The 2022 Lexus RX450h L

The Lexus RX Hybrid from 2022 offers a fantastic balance of luxury and fuel efficiency. Our reviewers appreciate the RX’s quiet ride and well-appointed interior. The hybrid drivetrain provides conservative fuel efficiency while providing a smooth power delivery. Unfortunately, even though the RX Hybrid has an optional third row that may theoretically accommodate seven passengers, that row is really only appropriate for young children. Other than that, the Lexus RX Hybrid is a fantastic luxury alternative for the money. Just a quick reminder that this only applies to the outgoing 2022 version of the RX because it will be completely redesigned for 2023 (including hybrid and new plug-in hybrid variants).

Specifications

Base price: $53,185
Passenger space: 116 cu ft (seats 7)
Cargo space: 58 cu ft
Engine specs: 3.5L V-6 with electric motor (308 hp comb)
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 29/28/29 mpg

ProsCons
Powerful and frugal hybrid engineTiny optional third row seat
Upscale interior trimmingsF Sport trim is more stiff than sporty
Excellent overall valueFour-star NHTSA overall safety score

5. The 2022 Lincoln Navigator

It makes sense to get a little ballsy and get one of the most opulent family SUVs money can buy given how much time you could spend driving with your complete family in tow. The vehicle at the top of the hill is a 2022 Lincoln Navigator. The Navigator has a stunning appearance and an art-deco interior that is furnished with luxurious (no pun intended) materials. The twin-turbo V-6 has lots of torque and is smooth and strong. Although there is some road noise and the ride could be a little smoother, the 20-speaker audio system should be able to drown it out.

Specifications

Base price: $79,975
Passenger space: 172 cu ft (seats 8)
Cargo space: 64 cu ft
Engine specs: 3.5L turbo V-6 (440 hp, 510 lb-ft)
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 17/23/19 mpg

ProsCons
Refined, capable powertrainSlightly brittle ride
Gorgeous interior trim choicesUnderutilized digital gauge display
Amazing 20-speaker audio systemSome road and wind noise

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