Top 5 Japanese SUVs on the market (vs 5 Korean cars)

With the growth of the SUV market, manufacturers are doing their best to beat each other and win over buyers. It is not surprising that Japan is currently one of the largest car producing countries in the world. The early Japanese automakers of the early 20th century often did so in partnership with European brands. However, the high demand for domestic trucks led most of them to start designing their own trucks. Since then, Japanese car brands have evolved and grown into the giants we know today, with bestsellers such as the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V in their favour.
Across the Japanese landscape, the early 1960s Korean automakers were assembling imported parts from their foreign partners. From their humble beginnings, they have built a reputation for introducing the latest technology into their products, and there are many Korean cars that every gear would love to own. So, read on for a review of the best SUVs on the market from Japanese and Korean manufacturers.

10 Japanese: 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime

The Toyota RAV4 Prime debuted in 2021, bringing the flexibility of an SUV and the efficiency of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. It’s powered by a 2.5L I-4 engine paired with a 174kW electric motor that delivers an impressive 42 miles of all-electric drive.

Under gasoline power, the 2022 RAV4 Prime delivers 38 mpg of combined city/highway driving. As for technical features, it offers adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition, automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection as standard.

9 Japanese: 2021 Mazda CX-5

Depending on which of the five available trim levels you choose, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 offers either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The stylish compact SUV also comes with a refined interior and a long list of standard safety/driver assistance features.

The infotainment front has been updated for 2021 and is now a 10.25-inch touchscreen, while features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are now offered as standard features. To complement the sporty handling, two engine options are offered, a naturally aspirated 4-cylinder unit and an available turbocharged 4 producing 227 hp.
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8 Japanese: Honda CR-V 2022

Although the base model suffers from a short list of standard features, the 2022 CR-V range is a solid SUV with an impressive expected reliability rating of 84 from JD Power. It features an attractive and upscale cabin with ample seating for five passengers and ample storage space for their gear.

While the 190 horsepower produced by the 1.9-liter turbocharged engine won’t speed your heartbeat, it delivers plenty of gas mileage in both the FWD and AWD versions. The 2022 Honda CR-V is a refined vehicle perfect for a small family, thanks to an exceptional combination of quality and value.

7 Japanese: 2022 Acura RDX

As a luxury SUV, the 2022 RDX has a well-built, well-appointed and isolated cabin that features a 10.2-inch infotainment system rich in high-tech features. Both FWD and AWD are offered, but the only engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s seamlessly mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

With 272 horsepower on tap, the RDX has plenty of juice for everyday driving, while the available adaptive dampers ensure a silky-smooth ride. The list of driving aids on offer includes adaptive cruise control, forward automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and road sign recognition, among others.
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6 Japanese: Nissan Pathfinder 2022

The 2022 Pathfinder has been completely redesigned, offering three rows of comfortable seating for 7 or 8 passengers in a quiet, well-built cabin. Standard and available infotainment features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, a 9-inch touchscreen, navigation, and a 13-speaker Bose audio system.

The engine is either front- or all-wheel drive, and a 284-hp V6 mill combined with a 9-speed automatic transmission confidently propels the Pathfinder around town. The 2022 Pathfinder comes with an impressive assortment of driving aids, and when properly equipped, it can tow 6,000 pounds.

5 Korean: 2022 Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson enters 2022 with an all-new design and features a better interior with a more spacious second row and larger cargo bay. Power is provided by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 187 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels in the standard setup, while AWD is optional.

In addition to its great reliability rating and mouth-watering warranty, it also reviews an impressive selection of driving aids to ensure safety. With a starting MSRP of $24,950 and the excellent mix of good qualities and features it offers, you can’t go wrong with the 2022 Tucson.
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4 Korean: 2022 Kia Telluride

When the Telluride arrived in 2020, it captured the midsize SUV segment with its outstanding blend of quality and value. The Telluride’s interior has been well designed using high-quality materials, and offers comfortable accommodations for eight passengers as well as 21 cubic inches of storage space behind the third row.

The 291-horsepower V6 mill gets it carried with little fanfare while good steering and good maneuverability help it drive like smaller crossovers. Some of the driving aids on the list are adaptive cruise control for stop-and-go, driver attention monitoring, safe exit assist, and a surround parking camera system.

3 Korean: 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe

Although the ride quality of the 2022 Santa Fe is a little disappointing, it impresses with its nimble handling, powerful brakes, and maneuverability. Both engine options provide excellent gas mileage on the FWD versions even though the base 191 hp engine barely gets the job done.

The cabin is spacious, refined and quiet, and features entertainment features such as Wireless CarPlay, Android Auto, a navigation system and Harman Kardon’s 12-speaker stereo system. With an extended warranty and a long list of safety technologies offered, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe offers great value for its $27,200 starting price.
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2 Korean: 2022 Genesis GV80

Launched in 2021, the Genesis GV80 is a premium mid-size luxury SUV that gives premium, long-running brands a run of money. With two turbocharged engines on offer, the GV80 has no shortage of power, and when properly equipped, it can pull a maximum of 6000 pounds.

Although the base trim is properly embossed, the top edges reward buyers with 21 Lexicon stereo speakers and a head-up display. Not only is the GV80 built to stand out, it’s surprisingly flexible due to its size, and is backed by a comprehensive warranty package.

1 Korean: Hyundai Kona 2022

Redesigned for the 2022 Hyundai Kona, this is a great vehicle for active individuals and offers value well in excess of US$21,300 starting MSRP. The three engines on display include the N model’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that cuts 276 horsepower from 0 to 60 in about 5 seconds.

It impresses with optional all-wheel drive, a comfortable and attractive ride, and outstanding maneuverability due to its small size. Moreover, it comes with an impressive array of standard and available technical features as well as one of the best warranty packages in the industry.


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