These crossover SUVs and body-on-frame SUVs offer plenty of passenger space, high ground clearance and plenty of space for cargo. Some are even equipped with three rows, making them perfect for growing families. We’ve grouped the top 10 into two main categories: new crossovers and new SUVs.
The first seven on this list are all unibody crossover SUVs that offer ride comfort more akin to a family sedan. The last three on the list are true SUVs that offer more truck-like functionality. Either way, if you fall into any of these recommendations, you probably have a family-friendly crossover or SUV that fits your lifestyle.
Every year, Good housekeeping works together with Car and driver to reveal the best vehicles for families. These vehicles have been thoroughly inspected by engineers, analysts and real parents – just like you. After reviews and thorough testing, they were considered one of the best new family crossovers or SUVs this year.
1. Best Sub-Compact Crossover SUV: 2022 Mazda CX-30
If you’re on a budget but looking for something stylish and family-friendly, the Mazda CX-30 is a good option. In addition, it received a 5-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA and was also an IIHS Top Safety Pick+.
2. Best Luxury Subcompact Crossover SUV: 2022 BMW X2
The BMW X2 is available in the trim levels sDrive28i, xDrive28i and M35i. Although it is considered an SUV, the sloping roofline makes it resemble a hatchback. Inside, high-quality materials surround the cabin. Overall, this is a great choice for families looking for a lot of luxury in a small and nimble package.
3. Best Compact Crossover: 2022 Mazda CX-5
Do you have a small family? The Mazda CX-5 will cross a lot off your shopping list. Under the hood is a 187 hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. But you can always upgrade to the more powerful turbo engine.
4. Best Luxury Compact Crossover: 2022 Volvo XC60
Comfort and style? You will find both with the Volvo XC60. It received an exterior refresh for the 2022 model year. In addition, this compact crossover with all its powertrains offers low fuel consumption and smooth handling.
5. Best Luxury Midsize SUV: 2022 Genesis GV80
With a design-oriented exterior, the Genesis GV80 will turn heads wherever you go. Inside, the Genius technology system includes adaptive cruise control, collision avoidance and lane departure assist to keep you and your loved ones away.
6. Best Full-Size SUV: 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L
If your family craves fun and adventure, the Jeep Grand Cherokee L is the SUV for you. There is ample space for passengers in the front and rear seats in the cabin. Plus, there’s an available V8 engine option that really pushes the boundaries.
7. Best Luxury Full-Size Crossover SUV: 2022 BMW X7
This BMW model offers three rows of seats, making it the model with the most cargo space. Engine options include the base engine with 335 hp turbocharged six-cylinder. Plus, there’s also the M50i’s twin-turbo 523 horsepower, 4.4-liter eight-cylinder and the 612 horsepower V8.
8. Best Mid-Sized SUV: 2022 Ford Bronco
The new and improved Ford Bronco is back and better than ever. So if you like solid off-road capability but need a practical ride for everyday outings, this is the mid-sized SUV for you. A 300PS 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbo engine powers it, but a 330PS 2.7-litre twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine is available.
9. Best Large SUV: 2022 GMC Yukon AT4
The GMC Yukon AT4 is equipped with a 355 hp 5.3-liter V8 or a more powerful 6.2-liter V8 with 420 hp. Thanks to its fully independent suspension and 20-inch all-terrain tires, it offers a smooth ride. In addition, there is room for a maximum of 8 people.
10. Best Luxury Large SUV: Lincoln Navigator 2022
If you want the best in luxury, the Lincoln Navigator is the way to go. The spacious interior offers amenities such as leather upholstery, wooden details and heated and cooled seats. Accessible through a large 13.2-inch display, the Sync 4 infotainment system offers you an enhanced multimedia experience.
In reality, there is no “one-size-fits-all” SUV that will suit every family. However, there is an impressive variety of models on the market. You might not love one of the new family crossovers and SUVs on this list — and that’s OK. This top ten list can be a great place to start your shopping and ultimately help you find the right fit for your crew.
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