Skip to main content

When you start car shopping, it can feel like all of the best SUVs are super expensive. It makes sense, considering the fact that prices for cars, trucks, and SUVs have been steadily rising over the years. However, you don’t have to spend luxury money to get a high-quality sport utility vehicle. In fact, three of the four best 2022 SUVs are under $35,000 according to J.D. Power. Let’s take a look at what these SUVs are and all of the features they offer.

A gray 2022 Kia Telluride | Kia
The 2022 Kia Telluride | Kia

1. The 2022 Kia telluride is the number one SUV

The 2022 Kia Telluride is number one, according to J.D. Power. Its price starts at $32,790. This 2022 Kia Telluride cost is for the base model, the LX. The 2022 Kia Telluride LX has a 3.8-liter V6 engine that makes 291-hp and can tow up to 5,000 pounds. The LX can also seat up to eight passengers and has a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a push-button as well as remote start. It also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

2. The 2022 Chevy Traverse is one of the best new SUVs

Third-row seating isn’t the only feature that makes the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse attractive. It’s essentially the twin of the 2021 GMC Acadia, but it has more storage space and more passenger space. Like the 2021 GMC Acadia, the 2021 Traverse has an 8-inch touchscreen and the ability to connect to smartphones, as well as GMC’s Teen Driver monitoring program. It’s even priced the same as the 2021 GMC Acadia, at $29,800.

3. The 2022 Toyota Highlander is just over $35,000

The 2022 Toyota Highlander price starts at $36,420 for the base model L. There are a total of six trim levels available, with the Platinum being the most expensive. The 2022 Highlander Platinum price is $50,725.

The 2022 Toyota Highlander L comes with 18-inch wheels, LED lights, and heated mirrors. It also has keyless entry and ignition, an 8-inch infotainment system, and a six-speaker sound system. In addition, the Highlander is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and has a WiFi hot spot.

There are a total of six Highlander trims: the L, LE, XLE, XSE, Limited, and Platinum. Each of these ups the niceness of the Highlander with add-ons like roof rails, a sunroof, and a heated steering wheel. If you have the budget for higher trim levels and packages, you’ll get yourself a really nice Toyota SUV.

4. The 2022 Subaru Ascent rounds out the top 4

The 2022 Subaru Ascent starts at $33,970. It’s a solid midsize SUV with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. This is paired with a continuously variable transmission and all-wheel drive. The Subaru Ascent also has LED headlights, a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, and is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

In addition, the Subaru Ascent comes with a six-speaker sound system, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keep assist. It can tow up to 2,000 pounds, according to Edmunds.


6 Things to Know Before You Buy the 2022 Kia Telluride