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These top crossover SUVs and body-on-frame sport utility vehicles offer tons of passenger space, high ground clearance, and plenty of room 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 sport utility vehicles that offer more truck-like functionality. Either way, if you end up in one of these recommendations you’re likely to have a family friendly crossover or SUV that suits your lifestyle.

Every year, Good Housekeeping teams up with Car and Driver to reveal the top 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 deemed among the best new crossover or SUV for families this year.

1. Best subcompact crossover SUV: 2022 Mazda CX-30

If you are on a budget but looking for something that’s stylish and family-friendly, the Mazda CX-30 is a good option. In addition, it received a 5-star overall safety rating from NHTSA and was also an IIHS Top Safety Pick+.

2. Best luxury subcompact crossover SUV: 2022 BMW X2

The BMW X2 is available in sDrive28i, xDrive28i, and M35i trim levels. Even though it’s considered an SUV, it resembles a hatchback thanks to its sloping roofline. Inside, high-quality materials surround the cabin. Overall, this is a great fit for families looking for lots of luxury in a small and nimble package.

3. Best compact crossover: 2022 Mazda CX-5

Have a small family? The Mazda CX-5 will check a lot off your shopping list. Under the hood is a 187-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. But you can always upgrade to the more powerful turbocharged engine.

4. Best luxury compact crossover: 2022 Volvo XC60

Comfort and style? You’ll find both with the Volvo XC60. It received an exterior refresh for the 2022 model year. Plus, this compact crossover offers good fuel efficiency with all its powertrains and delivers a smooth ride.

5. Best luxury midsize SUV: 2022 Genesis GV80

With a design-focused exterior, the Genesis GV80 will turn heads wherever you go. Inside, the Genius tech system includes adaptive cruise control, collision avoidance, and lane-keeping assist to keep you and your loved ones out of harm’s way.

6. Best full-size SUV: 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee pulling a trailer
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee | Jeep

If your family craves fun and adventure, the Jeep Grand Cherokee L is the SUV for you. There’s plenty of room for front and rear seat passengers inside the cabin. Plus, there is an available V8 engine option that really pushes limits. 

7. Best luxury full-size crossover SUV: 2022 BMW X7

This BMW model offers three rows of seating, making it the model with the most cargo space. Engine options include the base 335-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder. Plus, there is also the M50i’s twin-turbo 523-horsepower, 4.4-liter eight-cylinder, and the 612-horsepower V8.

8. Best midsize SUV: 2022 Ford Bronco

The new and improved Ford Bronco is back and better than ever. So, if you like the idea of having solid off-roading capabilities but need a practical ride for everyday excursions, this is the mid-size SUV for you. A 300-horsepower turbo 2.3-liter four-cylinder powers it but a 330-horsepower twin-turbo 2.7-liter six-cylinder engine is available.

9. Best large SUV: 2022 GMC Yukon AT4

2022 GMC Yukon AT4 off road
2022 GMC Yukon AT4 | GMC

The GMC Yukon AT4 comes equipped with a 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8 or a mightier 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8. Thanks to its fully independent suspension and 20-inch all-terrain tires, it offers a smooth ride. Plus, there’s seating for up to 8.

10. Best luxury large SUV: 2022 Lincoln Navigator

If you need the best in luxury features, the Lincoln Navigator is the way to go. Its spacious interior offers amenities such as leather upholstery, wood details, and heated and cooled seats. The Sync 4 infotainment system is accessible through a large 13.2-inch display and gives you an enhanced multimedia experience.

In reality, there’s no “one-size-fits-all” SUV that suits every family. However, there is an impressive variety of models on the market. You may not love one of the new family crossovers and SUVs on this list – and that’s OK. This top ten list can provide a great place to start shopping and ultimately help find the right fit your your crew.

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