Just as Harry Styles and Lizzo are trending with songs of the summer, Honda is hitting it hard with its own best-selling SUV of the summer. But Chevy, Hyundai, Kia and Nissan are also in terms of sales. What makes a summer song great is that it appeals to a lot of people, has an irresistible hook, and the video makes you want to play it loud at the beach. Many of the same things apply with a small SUV; it has to look good, make you feel good and it’s something you want to drive to the beach. So, as Lizzo would say, “It’s about time,” some of these SUVs started trending.
2022 Honda CR-V
It makes sense that the 2022 Honda CR-V is on trend this summer. According to car sales tracker GoodCarBadCar, Honda’s CR-V is the leader in small SUV sales this summer. It also makes sense, as an all-new CR-V is coming for 2023 with a third row, a new hybrid engine and a likely price increase. Thus, the 2022 are flying lots. There are plenty of reasons to buy a 2022 Honda CR-V. The 2022 starts at $27,750 in two-wheel-drive LX trim. The only change for the 2022 model was that all-wheel drive became standard on the most expensive CR-V version, the Touring. For all other models, it’s a $1,500 option. The Hybrid starts at $30,960.
The five-seat 2022 Honda CR-V comes standard with the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance and safety technologies, as well as a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. The interior of the CRV is also a nice place to hang out, especially in Touring trim. But even base models have a nicely laid-out dash, premium plastics, and supportive seats.
2022 Chevy Equinox
The 2022 Chevrolet Equinox is the second best-selling SUV this summer and starts at $25,800, but this base version is only available by special order. You’re more likely to find the LT version in your dealership’s lot. The LT comes with a long list of standard features such as an eight-way power driver’s seat, body-color trim, and more.
For 2022, the Equinox gets an RS package. The RS stood for Rally Sport, but that means it adds a sporty touch to the Equinox. The RS has larger wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, as well as some driver safety aids. The Premier has a hands-free power tailgate, fog lights, memory settings and a larger eight-inch infotainment screen.
2022 Hyundai Tucson
The Hyundai Tucson comes in at No. 3 this summer. For 2022, the Tucson got a power boost, more cargo space, more legroom, and it has a lot to offer. The 2022 Hyundai Tucson stands out at a low price. It starts at $26,135 for its base version. It is offered in a range-appropriate hybrid version and has a powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that can develop 187 hp. If you want all-wheel drive, you’ll have to shell out an extra $1,400.
The 2022 Tucson’s starting price ranges from MSRP $24,950 for the SE trim to MSRP $43,200 for the Plug-In Hybrid Limited trim.
2022 Kia Sportage
Much like the CR-V, a new, updated Sportage is coming for 2023, which means a 2022 Sportage is a bargain at dealerships as they try to sell them out before the new ones arrive. The 2023 will be bigger, more powerful and more efficient, but the 2022 has a lot of value. We love the sporty 2022 Kia Sportage GT. The Sportage’s base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder making 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. But you can upgrade to the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. That’s an impressive amount of muscle for a small SUV.
The 2022 Sportage also offers plenty of style for $24,090 with funky LED lights up front and an interior that looks way better than its low base price would suggest.
2022 Nissan Rogue
The Nissan Rogue ranks fifth among small SUV sales this summer. The 2022 Nissan Rogue starts at $26,700 for front-wheel drive in S trim. It comes in SV, SL, and Platinum trims. Top Tier Platinum is $36,480. All-wheel drive is a $1,500 option on any trim. Three screens are available: a 10.8-inch color head-up display, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a large 9.0-inch floating touchscreen. A head-up display is also an option for $400 on the Platinum.
Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 is standard on the 2022 Nissan Rogue. It has a variety of safety aids, like auto brake and cross traffic alert, and lane departure warning.
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