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Buyer’s Guide: Every Full-size SUV for 2022

These are the new vehicles to consider if you need to move a lot of people and their stuff.

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As battery-electric SUVs make headlines, the full-size SUV segment remains one of the last to continue to use mainly traditional, large-displacement gas engines. With a job description that includes offering plenty of room for people and their gear, the ability to tow a boat trailer or a camper, the expectation to handle a variety of road and driving conditions, and offer a slew of luxury and convenience features, just a reminder that these big vehicles end up weighing a lot more than their smaller, mid-size siblings.

Alphabetically, we’ve listed every new full-size SUV available in Canada for 2022. If you’re looking for more details or ready to buy, click on the model name link to find the relevant Kelley Blue Book Value.

 

Cadillac Escalade/ESV - Base MSRP: $90,498/ $93,998 CAD

The 2022 Escalade is a large and luxurious SUV with an enormous cabin and cargo hold that could double as a Vancouver studio apartment. With its three rows of roomy seating, the Escalade has space for up to eight passengers on board. Choosing the extended wheelbase ESV model increases cargo room even more. Better still, its lineup of available V8 and turbodiesel inline-6 engines deliver the expected power and towing capability from Cadillac’s biggest and most expensive SUV. General Motors’s SuperCruise semi-autonomous drive mode allows for hands-free driving on approximately 320,000 kilometres of approved highways throughout Canada and the U.S.

 

Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban - Base MSRP: $59,248/ $62,248 CAD

Sharing its platform with the Escalade, the 2022 Tahoe is just as roomy and comfortable, with seating for up to nine with the available front bench seat. A 12.3-inch digital display becomes standard in the LT trim and makes a fine tech complement to the 10.2-in infotainment touchscreen that’s also standard. The SUV shares the Chevrolet Silverado pickup’s ladder-frame construction, and three of the truck’s engine choices (two V8s and a turbodiesel inline-6) are also on the menu. Don’t think that this Chevrolet is in any way a rough rider, however. It’s wonderfully comfortable. The long-wheelbase Suburban offers even more cargo room.

 

Ford Expedition - Base MSRP: $69,840 CAD

The 2022 Expedition can seat up to eight, hit the highway, and go off-road. It's a roomy and versatile vehicle. Available features include a new hands-free driving feature, BlueCruise, to make highway driving easier. And a new off-roading model, the Timberline, makes its debut this year. The rest of the range goes from well-equipped to almost luxurious. Many full-size SUVs have V8 engines, but this one employs a fuel-efficient turbocharged V6. Some of the Expedition's panels are aluminum to save what is admittedly a heavy vehicle from becoming too lumbering.

 

GMC Yukon/XL - Base MSRP: $ $61,148/$64,148 CAD

The third member of GM’s large SUV models, the 2022 Yukon, comes with two wheelbases and three engines. It continues to be a large SUV with truck-like towing capabilities. With the latest redesign, it has greater interior space, improved driving manners, and more variety in its model range. The new top trim of the Yukon is the Denali Ultimate. This luxurious SUV has massaging front seats, exclusive leather appointments, unique wood and aluminum trim, and much more. Naturally, the long-wheelbase XL model has more interior space, and it’s the one to get if you need maximum passenger and cargo room.

 

Infiniti QX80 - Base MSRP: $82,345 CAD

The 2022 QX80 isn’t the fanciest or most high-tech player in this field, nor does it have the strongest name recognition. But it has a generous list of standard features. One of its best standard features is a stout V8 engine. The interior uses nice materials, though the design and technology in the vast cabin are outdated compared to most rivals in this segment. Infiniti’s largest SUV gets some nice tech and safety updates for 2022. It has a new 12.3-in infotainment system and standard wireless phone charging. You also get more safety features, including driver attention alert, front knee airbags, and second-row outboard seatbelt pre-tensioners.

 

Jeep Wagoneer - Base MSRP: $80,995 CAD

Wearing a name that dates to the hallowed original luxury Jeep SUV of 1963, the Wagoneer is an all-new model for 2022. This new Wagoneer seats up to eight in three rows of seats, and its chassis features a rugged truck-style ladder frame with independent rear suspension. (If you need more room, a longer Wagoneer L is on the way for 2023). Power comes from a 5.7-litre V8 with a 48-volt mild hybrid system that helps to give the Wagoneer a laudable max towing capacity of 10,000 pounds. The Grand Wagoneer is a far more luxurious trim level, powered by a 6.4L V8.

 

Lexus LX 600 - Base MSRP: $107,450 CAD

If you’re going by the traditional belief that a luxury SUV should be rugged and capable yet posh and refined, the 2022 LX 600 may just be the ultimate SUV. With its new twin-turbo V6, it’s hard not to look at the Lexus as a sort of off-road grand touring SUV. We’d split the LX 600’s competitors into two groups: those that prioritize off-road capability and those that don’t. Lexus recently debuted a new infotainment system, making its way into the new LX 600. Standard “Active Height Control.” is an adjustable hydraulic suspension system capable of raising the LX for off-road obstacles or lowering it to ease getting in and out.

 

Lincoln Navigator/L - Base MSRP: $ $108,300/$111,550 CAD

The Navigator is based on the Ford Expedition, but Lincoln has transformed it into a proper luxury conveyance. The big Lincoln’s adaptive suspension, infotainment system, and driver assistance technologies all receive upgrades for 2022. This spacious SUV has an extraordinarily plush interior housing a high-end audio system as standard, a comprehensive array of safety equipment and many convenience features like power-retractable running boards. There’s seating for eight unless the optional second-row captain’s chairs are chosen, resulting in room for seven on board. The longer Navigator L doesn’t bring any more passenger space but turns a plentiful cargo area into a cavernous one.

 

Nissan Armada - Base MSRP: $70,498 CAD

The 2022 Armada is the biggest, most capable, and most luxurious SUV in the Nissan lineup. While it’s not as fuel-efficient or road-friendly as a more car-like SUV like the Nissan Pathfinder, the Armada has truck-like capabilities. Standard fold-flat second-row and third-row seats go a long way in maximizing the cargo capacity of the Nissan. Despite not having any unique off-road trims or option packages, the Nissan is a good off-roader equipped with 4-wheel drive. The beefy V8 engine under the hood of every Armada delivers class-leading power and generous towing capacity.
 

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