2024 Bennington 22 SVSB-SPS

The 22 SVSB-SPS combines sure-footed handling with a comfy ride.

Delivering a stellar combination of performance and value, Bennington proves it can compete at any level with the SVSB-SPS. Rigged with Yamaha’s VMax SHO 200, we planed in just 3.3 seconds, reaching 30 mph in a cat-quick 6.1 seconds. Top speed was a healthy 45 mph at 5,900 rpm. In the midrange, this Bennington-Yamaha package was quiet as well as thrifty; our decibel meter recorded just 69 dB(A) while sipping fuel at 3.6 gph (that’s 4 mpg) at a best-cruise speed of 14 mph and 2,500 rpm. Handling was ­sure-footed and ­predictable at all speeds; we carved turns with little heel-over leaning, and skipped over boat wakes and wind chop without drama.

Bennington 22 SVSB-SPS cruising
The 22 SVSB-SPS is a well-equipped package with legendary Bennington quality. Bill Doster

Aboard, the SVSB-SPS is new and ­redesigned from the deck up for 2024. New for 2024 is the Swingback aft lounge seat, previously only offered on Bennington’s higher-end models. The intent is to offer this model as a package all-inclusive of most options, making it an easier ­purchase for new boaters.

Bennington 22 SVSB-SPS bow seating
Dual facing loungers form a gathering place. Bill Doster

Interior seating vinyl is a Serene Soft Touch pillow-top style, with colors that include a shadow gray with carbon accents for a subdued and tasteful combination. Seagrass is the name of the ­vinyl flooring.

Bennington 22 SVSB-SPS helm
The helm is redesigned for 2024. Bill Doster

In the bow, dual facing loungers form a gathering place, with lumbar areas set back below the pillow tops for more storage for phones, hats, etc. A removable snack table fits between the seats. Leading back to the single console, an in-floor storage locker houses water toys. The helm is redesigned for 2024, with a more sweptback look and better ­ergonomics and instrument placement; there’s also more legroom underneath for taller captains. New for ’24, Bennington has incorporated courtesy lights at the bow and portside door stoppers. Astern, the ­Swingback seating arrangement provides a lounge pad with a reversible backrest; there’s a large storage compartment under this seat. 

Bennington 22 SVSB-SPS sunpad
The ­Swingback seating arrangement provides a lounge pad with a reversible backrest. Bill Doster

Bennington has priced this package very competitively; for $65,504, boaters get a well-equipped package with ­legendary Bennington quality.

Bennington 22 SVSB-SPS boarding ladder
There’s a Lillipad boarding ladder and tow bar on the aft deck. Bill Doster

High Points

  • The 22-foot package offers the performance and features of much larger boats.
  • Lillipad boarding ladder and tow bar on the aft deck.
  • Swingback aft sun pad is versatile and comfortable.
Bennington 22 SVSB-SPS performance data
Bennington 22 SVSB-SPS Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

How We Tested

  • Engine: Yamaha VMax SHO 200 four-stroke 200 hp
  • Drive/Prop: Outboard/Yamaha Saltwater Series II 14.5″ x 15″ 3-blade stainless steel
  • Gear Ratio: 1.75:1 Fuel Load: 22 gal. Crew Weight: 260 lb.

Pricing and Specs

Price:$65,504 (as tested)
Dry Weight:2,407 lb.
Seat/Weight Capacity:10/1,819 lb.
Fuel Capacity:22.4 gal.

Bennington Marine – Elkhart, Indiana; benningtonmarine.com