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The 20 Most Reliable SUV Models in 2022

2022 Cadillac XT5

Some people are drawn to particular SUV models because of their appearance. Others consider fast acceleration the most important factor when selecting a car. Although appearance and acceleration will instantly draw you to a particular car, reliability should be the most crucial factor. Generally, reliability is understood as the ability of a car to run without breaking down. In order to discover how reliable an SUV model is, you can view its RepairPal Reliability Rating online. The rating measures a car’s dependability based on the frequency, cost and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance. The ratings are usually scored out of 5. Below, we will identify some of the most reliable SUV models you can get in 2022 and their respective RepairPal Reliability ratings.

2022 Nissan Armada

20. 2022 Nissan Armada (3.5/5)

The SUV model seats eight passengers, but the SL and Platinum have second-row captain’s chairs which reduce the capacity to 7. Second-row passengers enjoy 41 inches of legroom, while the third-row passengers enjoy only 28.4 inches. Another notable feature is its cargo volume of 16.5 cubic feet behind the third row. You can further expand the cargo space to 95.4 cubic feet by folding the third rows.

Dodge Durango

19. 2022 Dodge Durango (3.5/5)

This car is equipped with the standard Pentastar VVT V6 engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Its engine delivers an impressive fuel economy of 29 mpg on the highway while also delivering 295 HP. As if 295 HP isn’t powerful enough, you can equip it with a Hemi V8 engine. The latter engine delivers 475 HP and its acceleration time runs from 0-62 mph within 5 seconds. Currently, the engine is why the car is the fastest and most powerful in North America.

2023 Toyota Sequoia

18. 2022 Toyota Sequoia (3.5/5)

This SUV model comes in handy when you need to tow load. The car can tow up to 7,400 lbs, which is equivalent to the weight of a rhinoceros, seven grand pianos, or a Nissan Titan. Its high towing capacity can be attributed to features like its boxed frame and independent rear suspension. Amazingly, these features are rare in most SUVs. So the next time you are out on an adventure with your family and need to tow boats or trailers, you know the SUV model to get.

2022 Honda Pilot

17. 2022 Honda Pilot (3.5/5)

Here comes a car equipped with an effective technology called Honda Sensing. Honda Sensing is a driver-assist system that helps reduce collisions. One reason collisions occur is when a driver drifts from their lane. The driver-assist system protects you from collisions through its sensor inputs. These sensor inputs instantly provide alerts if they notice you have drifted from your lane. Besides alerting you, the system provides steering and braking assistance whenever necessary.

Hyundai Palisade

16. 2022 Hyundai Palisade (3.5/5)

It is not uncommon for rear-end collisions to occur as a driver reverses. Rear-end collisions typically occur in parking lots and driveways due to poor visibility and high traffic. Fortunately, this SUV model is equipped with Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance technology. The system is in most cars but not as advanced as in this car. According to AutoNation Hyundai, the technology uses advanced scanners in this car, while in other cars, it is just a backup camera. The scanners can therefore detect oncoming traffic 65 feet away.

2022 Ford Explorer Timberline

15. 2022 Ford Explorer (4/5)

This SUV model was built with busy families in mind. The car can comfortably accommodate six people. If you wish to accommodate seven people, you could get a second-row bench seat. As for cargo space, there is 18.2 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seats. When you fold down the third row, you will have a total of 47.9 cubic feet. If you have a large family and frequently buy plenty of groceries, you will find this model reliable when carrying many passengers and items.

Mazda CX-9

14. 2022 Mazda CX-9 (4/5)

The SUV model’s rating is based on the annual amount you will spend repairing it. With its average annual repair and maintenance cost of $539, the amount is significantly less than the average amount people spend maintaining their cars alone. According to The Balance, the average person spends at least $1,000 on car maintenance. Although you will need to repair the car from time to time, you are not likely to repair parts that would quickly drain your pockets.

Toyota 4Runner

13. 2022 Toyota 4Runner (4/5)

This is the SUV model to get if you need an excellent off-roader. First, it is equipped with an X-REAS suspension which helps you negotiate corners and carve through roads with minimal effort. For increased traction, the car runs on 20-inch alloy wheels and premium tires. Some off-roaders may still experience some difficulty navigating certain trails. Fortunately, this off-road car can handle any trail through its Crawl Control feature. The feature automatically modulates the throttle and brakes on five low-speed settings so that you can focus on navigating the challenging terrain.

2022 Toyota Highlander

12. 2022 Toyota Highlander (4/5)

If you desire a car that is fuel efficient, this is the SUV model to consider. The car uses a V-6 engine which delivers an exceptional fuel economy of 35 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Its engine is paired up with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Since the transmission has more gears than the average 6-speed transmission, there are more high gears a driver can use to minimize excess fuel consumption. Its low fuel consumption can also be explained by its quick acceleration of 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds. According to Car Buying Strategies, the acceleration is quicker than most third-row SUVs. With minimal effort needed to accelerate quickly, you use less fuel to move.
2022 Kia Telluride

11. 2022 Kia Telluride (4/5)

This SUV is reliable when it comes to its vast array of safety features. When you acquire this car, it comes equipped with Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), airbags on the knee area and front seat, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), and Hill Start Assist Control (HAC). Since these are standard safety features, you will not need to spend more money installing safety features. Besides saving money on optional safety features, you also enjoy the benefits of being kept safe from possible accidents.

Chevrolet Traverse

10. 2022 Chevrolet Traverse (4/5)

This SUV model simplifies the process of adjusting the car’s performance on unnavigable surfaces. That was made possible through its Driver Mode Selector button, which helps you to navigate various terrains like snowy or rocky paths. Once you push the button based on the path you are driving on, the button increases traction to prevent you from skidding. You can also push the button when you need traction to tow a trailer or any other heavy load. Traction is important for towing since the weight of the load can otherwise drag the car down a slope.

2022 Infiniti QX50

9. 2022 Infiniti QX50 (4/5)

This particular SUV comes equipped with a feature called ProPilot Assist. The feature helps the driver control acceleration, steering, and braking during single-lane highway driving. To activate the feature, all you need to do is push its button. After activating the feature, you can decide whether or not to let the car operate on your behalf in stop-and-go traffic. ProPilot Assist relies on two technologies to function: Intelligent Cruise Control and Directive Adaptive Steering.

2022 Toyota Venza

8. 2022 Toyota Venza (4/5)

Another family-friendly SUV to consider is this particular one. Its family-friendliness has to do with its effective fuel efficiency numbers. One reason families fear traveling long distances is the amount of gas they would end up using. However, with this car, you can travel very long distances for a vacation without worrying about quickly depleting your gas. This SUV can do 40 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highways. With a full 14.5-gallon fuel tank, it can do 536 miles on the highway.

2022 Hyundai Kona

7. 2022 Hyundai Kona (4/5)

For tall people looking for a car that suits them, this would be the SUV model to purchase. The car provides 94.1 cubic feet of passenger space, which comfortably accommodates five adults. Additionally, the SUV has a headroom space of 39.6 inches. If we focus on passenger space, we should also focus on its cargo space. The car’s cargo space expands to 45.8 cubic feet when the backseats are folded down. Besides accommodating a lot of cargo, the car’s low load floor makes it easy for you to load and offload cargo.

2022 Lexus RX 350

6. 2022 Lexus RX 350 (4/5)

To curb collisions, the car is equipped with a technology called Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC). DRCC enables you to travel at a consistent speed while also maintaining a safe distance between you and the car in front. If you drive too close behind a car, the technology will slow down to prevent a collision. DRCC can detect cars in front of you since it uses an in-vehicle camera and a grille-mounted millimeter-wave radar. Once DRCC detects an object, it automatically decelerates the car. The technology will apply the brakes if slowing down may not prevent a collision.

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe

5. 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe (4/5)

At some point, you may have to drive with a baby on board. This car enables you to carry your baby safely due to its two LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) connectors. One connector goes to the rear outboard seats, while the other goes to a tether anchor for the rear middle seat. Reaching for the lower anchors is challenging since they are located too deep in the seats. However, that is great since your child will be tightly secured.
2022 Cadillac XT5

4. 2022 Cadillac XT5 (4.5/5)

The car may not be visually appealing, but it delivers one of the most impressive performances you will ever see. Its base engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that delivers 235 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque. Though still powerful, you can install an optional 3.6-liter V6 engine which produces 310 HP and 271 lb-ft of torque. According to Carmax, the latter engine delivers enough power to haul over several watercraft machines, motorcycles, or snowmobiles.

2022 Chevrolet Trax

3. 2022 Chevrolet Trax (4.5/5)

The SUV model excels in terms of handling. Thanks to its steering, you can effortlessly maneuver in and out of tight spaces like a parking lot or drive-through. Its steering is light and easy to control, making it ideal for driving within the city. For a sense of stability, while driving through small gaps, its steering is quite firm.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek

2. 2022 Subaru Crosstrek (4.5/5)

With the continual rise in gas prices, it would be best to get a fuel-efficient car like this one. Its 2.0-liter engine and continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) all deliver 28 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. Additionally, the car can cover a distance of 500 miles with its single fuel tank, which makes it capable of competing with sports cars. Another great thing about the distance is its ability to go far, which means you will hardly stop at a gas station.

2022 Honda HR-V

1. 2022 Honda HR-V (5/5)

Some off-roaders are considered excellent, yet they still miss the mark. For instance, some off-road SUVs may take some time to traverse a tricky path. Thanks to this SUV model’s Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System technology, you can effortlessly traverse challenging terrain since the technology is highly responsive. Due to its rapid response to loss of traction, the driver becomes confident to drive on any terrain without worrying about slipping. The technology is electronically activated and actively sends power to the rear wheels when you climb over hilly areas.


Hopefully, you have understood the importance of considering reliability when shopping for an SUV. By considering reliability, you will, for instance, purchase a fuel-efficient car at a time when gas prices are continually rising. If you fail to consider reliability, you will end up spending a lot of money on your SUV on fuel, repairs, and so on. Fortunately, this article displays 20 reliable SUV models you can purchase in 2022 to get you started.

Benjamin Smith

Written by Benjamin Smith

Benjamin Smith is one of the managing editors of Moneyinc. Ben's been focusing on the auto and motorcycle sector since 2005. He's written over 1000 articles in the space and continues to learn about it each day. His favorite car is "any Bugatti" and he's a die hard Harley Davidson fan.

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