2022 Guide to Ford SUVs
Ford’s SUV lineup for 2022 has something for everyone. From the compact EcoSport for city driving to the off-roading Bronco and the family-friendly Explorer, the offerings from the Michigan-based automaker continue to appeal to a diverse customer base. Here’s an overview of what’s available for 2022.
Subcompact and Compact SUVs
Starting with Ford’s smallest offering, the EcoSport is a five-seater subcompact SUV powered by a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine. Despite this SUV’s small size, it has an impressive 50 cubic feet of cargo storage space with the rear row folded down, and it can tow up to 2,000 pounds at its rear, which is great for the subcompact class.
If you’d like some more power under the hood, the EcoSport has an optional 2.0-liter V-4 engine capable of putting out 166 horsepower. Inside, the EcoSport’s base infotainment system features a 4.2-inch screen, but you can upgrade to an 8-inch screen with smartphone integration on every trim apart from the base EcoSport.
The five-seater Escape is a compact SUV that’s available either as a gasoline-powered or hybrid model. Its three engine options start with the base 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, with the option to upgrade to a 2.0-liter V-4, or a 2.5-liter inline-four with the hybrid setup.
The Escape can tow up to 3,500 pounds, which means it should be able to deal with a mid-sized trailer. You’ll find plenty of storage space behind the rear row as well, with over 30 cubic feet for cargo in the back. The second row of seats can slide forwards to create more cargo storage, or backwards for additional legroom.
If the Escape’s size suits you just fine but you want a little more power, maybe try the Bronco Sport. It’s also a five-seater compact SUV, but its two power options are a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine capable of generating 180 horsepower and a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that puts out up to 250 horsepower. There’s over 32 cubic feet of storage behind the second row, and over 65 cubic feet with the rear row folded.
Although the Bronco Sport has less power than its larger partner, the off-roading specialist Bronco, it’s more than capable of dealing with some rough terrain. It features 8.8 inches of ground clearance, skid plates, and tuned-up suspension.
Offering seating for five, the Ford Edge is a mid-sized SUV with a touch more storage space than its compact siblings. You’ll find over 39 cubic feet of space behind the second row of seats, rising to over 73 cubic feet with the rear row down. The Edge ST is a performance-oriented trim that includes a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-6, which offers more power than the Edge’s 2.0-liter turbocharged V4.
True off-roaders were delighted by the return of the Ford Bronco for 2021, and it’s back again for 2022. The Bronco can come in two body styles: a more compact two-door model and a four-door design that provides more space in the back. Both styles feature removable doors, windows, and roofs for the true off-roading experience. There’s no shortage of power even in the Bronco’s base 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four, but you can upgrade to a more powerful V-6. The Bronco’s trims feature a range of off-roading features, including all-terrain tires, skid plates, and four-wheel drive.
As well as drawing on tradition, Ford is venturing into the electric vehicles market, and the Mustang Mach-E is the result. This mid-sized SUV has a driving range of 305 miles when fully charged. The Mach-E has room for five passengers. With its two battery options powering two electric motors, the Mach-E can generate between 266 and 346 horsepower. You can choose between rear-wheel and all-wheel drive, although the all-wheel drive option reduces the Mach-E’s driving range when fully charged to 270 miles.
The Explorer is one of Ford’s best-selling family SUVs. It features three rows of comfortable seating and over 18 cubic feet of storage behind the third row. There are two sets of latch connectors in the second and third rows so you can install child seating. The Explorer seats seven, although that drops to six if you opt for captain’s chairs in the second row. The standard infotainment system features an 8-inch screen and a six-speaker audio system.
Under the hood, you have three options to choose from. The base engine is a turbocharged V-4 that churns out 300 horsepower. If you want more power, pick one of the two twin-turbocharged V-6s, which can generate 360 horsepower and 400 horsepower respectively.
If the Explorer feels too cramped for your needs, the Ford Expedition represents the next step up in terms of size. There’s seating for eight people and still room for over 20 cubic feet of storage behind the third row. The only exception to this is in the Expedition’s base trim, which is a two-row SUV with seating for five.
One engine provides power to the Expedition throughout its lineup: a turbocharged V-6 that generates up to 375 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. With its 9.8 inches of ground clearance and optional off-roading features, the Expedition will also have no trouble taking on a trail or two.
The Expedition also features an infotainment system with an 8-inch screen, four USB ports, and a wireless hotspot. You can upgrade to a rear-seat entertainment system with two screens, which will come in handy if you want to keep the kids busy during a long drive.
The Expedition Max is Ford’s largest SUV offering. It adds more legroom to the second and third rows, and increases the amount of cargo storage behind the third row to 36 cubic feet. This makes it ideal if you have a large family that enjoys vacationing. Like the Expedition, the Expedition Max can be had with four-wheel drive.
We hope our rundown of Ford’s versatile SUV lineup for 2022 has given you some ideas for your next auto purchase. If you’d like to find out more about any of Ford’s new SUVs or take one for a test drive, we’d love to hear from you. Contact our team of auto specialists at Oxmoor Ford today to learn more.