What Were the Most Popular SUVs in 2022?

What were the most popular SUVs in 2022? Kelley Blue Book compiled a list of the best selling SUVS during the calendar year and most of the models, like the RAV4 and CR-V, are obviously on it. But, there are still some surprises in the top 5. Which SUVs sold the most in 2022 according to KBB?

No. 1: Toyota RAV4

We’re shocked that the RAV4 is on top of this list. Kidding, the Toyota RAV4 for the last several years has held down the No. 1 spot because it fits the needs of so many people. It seats five, has a good sized cargo hold, and comes in several different versions that make it either a boulevard cruiser or even an off-roader. The RAV4 comes as a basic $27,975 in LE trim, or can come downright luxurious in $36,280 limited trim.

You can also order the RAV4 in a Hybrid, which means it comes with Toyota’s clever all-wheel drive system. The Prime version is a plug-in hybrid SUV that offers up to 42 miles of all-electric range. We’re not surprised that Toyota sold 399,941 versions of this SUV in 2022 according to Kelley Blue Book.

No. 2: Honda CR-V

Front angle view of gray 2023 Honda CR-V crossover SUV
2023 Honda CR-V | Honda

Honda is chasing the RAV4 with its CR-V, and it’s getting closer. The 2022 sales figures from KBB combine two different CR-Vs because Honda updated the CR-V for 2023 in the middle of 2022. One way to boost sales is to launch a new version of an SUV. The new CRV is larger, more powerful with 190-horsepower turbo engine, and it has more traditional two-box SUV styling.

Like the RAV4, the CR-V can also come as a hybrid. For 2023, pricing starts at $31,110.  Honda sold 239,155 examples of the CR-V in 2022.

No. 3: Tesla Model Y

This one’s a surprise. Not that Tesla Model Y is a bad SUV, far from it. It’s expensive, it’s funky, it’s and electric. But, the Model Y also holds the distinction of best-selling EV in the U.S. right now.

The Model Y is quick, it’s fairly luxurious, it has tech galore, and with a 330-mile range, it addresses many of the concerns that EV buyers have. It starts at $52,990, or $56,990 for the Performance version that will hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. Jeep sold 231,400 Model Ys in 2022.

No. 4: Jeep Grand Cherokee

A green Jeep Grand Cherokee midsize SUV is parked outdoors.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee | Jeep

When Jeep re-launched the Grand Cherokee in 2022, many were wondering if it would keep the same rough-and tumble four wheel drive, good looks, and power of the previous version. Not to worry, Jeep hit a home run with the new Grand Cherokee and sold 223,345 examples in 2022. It comes in 11 trim levels, from the base $42,830 Laredo to the uber-lux $79,000 Summit Reserve 4xe PHEV.

Jeep skipped making a hybrid version and instead makes a potent 4xe plug-in version that can silently trundle through the woods to grandmother’s house.

No. 5: Toyota Highlander

A white 2023 Toyota Highlander midsize SUV is driving on the road.
The 2023 Toyota Highlander | Toyota
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Totally not surprised. The Highlander meets the needs of a lot of buyers, and it has a reasonable starting price, and immense capability. The Highlander for 2023 has new turbocharged engines, and a cool all-wheel drive hybrid system. It can also seat seven or eight passengers, and it can hold plenty of luggage for week-long road trips. 

The Highlander starts at $36,420, and the Highlander Hybrid starts at $40,220. Toyota sold 222,805 examples of the Highlander in 2022.