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10 Most Popular Luxury SUVs and Crossovers

By: Jeff Youngs, 6/9/2014
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Thinking of buying a luxury SUV? There are plenty available, and this buyer's guide details key aspects of the 10 most popular* luxury SUVs in America. If something on this list doesn't meet your requirements, these additional models all sell at a rate of at least 1,000 SUVs monthly: Audi Q7, BMW X1, Land Rover Range Rover, Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Lexus GX, Lincoln MKX, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, and Volvo XC60.

* Popularity based on April 2014 new-vehicle sales


2014 Lexus RX
The best-selling luxury SUV in America is the midsize Lexus RX. Available as the RX 350 with a 270-horsepower V-6 engine or as the RX 400h with a 280-horsepower, gas-electric hybrid powertrain, the Lexus RX seats 5 people and offers all-wheel drive as an option. The F Sport version gets a more sophisticated 8-speed automatic transmission, styling changes, and a sport-tuned suspension for a more athletic look and feel.

Base Price--$41,705
Initial Quality Rating--About Average
Predicted Reliability Rating--Better than Most
Overall Vehicle Appeal Rating--About Average
Fuel Economy Range (city/highway mpg)--18/32
NHTSA Crash Test Rating--4 stars (FWD); 5 stars (AWD)
IIHS Crash Test Rating--Not a "Top Safety Pick"
Cargo Volume Behind Second-Row Seat--40.0 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume All Seats Folded--80.3 cu. ft.


2014 Acura MDX
Redesigned for 2014, the 7-passenger Acura MDX is the second most popular luxury SUV in America, and is Acura's best-selling model. A 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine is standard, Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) is optional, and extras are offered in Technology, Entertainment, and Advance option packages.

Base Price--$43,185
Initial Quality Rating--Not rated
Predicted Reliability Rating--Better than Most
Overall Vehicle Appeal Rating--Not rated
Fuel Economy Range (city/highway mpg)--18/28
NHTSA Crash Test Rating--5 stars
IIHS Crash Test Rating--"Top Safety Pick"
Cargo Volume Behind Second-Row Seat--45.1 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume All Seats Folded--90.9 cu. ft.


2014 Cadillac SRX
The third most popular luxury SUV in the United States is the Cadillac SRX, a compact crossover with seating for 5 and available AWD. Equipped with a standard 308-horsepower V-6 engine, the SRX is available in Standard, Luxury, Performance, and Premium trim levels.

Base Price--$38,530
Initial Quality Rating--About Average
Predicted Reliability Rating--About Average
Overall Vehicle Appeal Rating--About Average
Fuel Economy Range (city/highway mpg)--16/24
NHTSA Crash Test Rating--5 stars
IIHS Crash Test Rating--Not a "Top Safety Pick"
Cargo Volume Behind Second-Row Seat--29.9 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume All Seats Folded--61.1 cu. ft.


2014 BMW X5
Redesigned for 2014, the BMW X5 is the fourth most popular luxury SUV in the United States. It features a choice between a turbocharged 6-cylinder, turbocharged V-8, and a turbo-diesel 6-cylinder, the latter two engines paired with standard AWD. In standard configuration the X5 seats 5, but can be optioned with a third-row seat.

Base Price--$53,725
Initial Quality Rating--Not rated
Predicted Reliability Rating--About Average
Overall Vehicle Appeal Rating--Not rated
Fuel Economy Range (city/highway mpg)--14/31
NHTSA Crash Test Rating--Not rated
IIHS Crash Test Rating--Not a "Top Safety Pick"
Cargo Volume Behind Second-Row Seat--22.9 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume All Seats Folded--66.0 cu. ft.


2014 Acura RDX
Smaller than the popular MDX, the Acura RDX is the fifth best-selling luxury SUV in America. This 5-passenger vehicle features a 273-horsepower V-6 engine and is equipped with front-wheel (FWD) or AWD. A Technology package is optional.

Base Price--$35,790
Initial Quality Rating--Better than Most
Predicted Reliability Rating--Better than Most
Overall Vehicle Appeal Rating--The Rest
Fuel Economy Range (city/highway mpg)--19/28
NHTSA Crash Test Rating--5 stars
IIHS Crash Test Rating--Not a "Top Safety Pick"
Cargo Volume Behind Second-Row Seat--26.1 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume All Seats Folded--76.9 cu. ft.


2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Mercedes offers no fewer than four different powertrains in the 2014 M-Class, which is the sixth best-selling luxury SUV in America. The ML350 is the most popular version, equipped with a V-6 engine and rear-wheel (RWD) or AWD. The ML350 BlueTec is the turbo-diesel variant with standard AWD, while the ML550 gets a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. The ML63 AMG is a performance-tuned version of the SUV, one making 518 horsepower.

Base Price--$48,715
Initial Quality Rating--About Average
Predicted Reliability Rating--Better than Most
Overall Vehicle Appeal Rating--About Average
Fuel Economy Range (city/highway mpg)--13/28
NHTSA Crash Test Rating--5 stars
IIHS Crash Test Rating--"Top Safety Pick"
Cargo Volume Behind Second-Row Seat--38.2 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume All Seats Folded--80.3 cu. ft.


2014 BMW X3
The seventh most popular luxury SUV in the United States is the BMW X3. The X3 is refreshed for 2015, adding an entry-level rear-drive as well as a turbo-diesel model to the lineup. Buyers choose between a turbocharged 4-cylinder, turbocharged 6-cylinder, and a turbo-diesel 4-cylinder engine, the latter two engines paired with a standard AWD system.

Base Price--$39,325
Initial Quality Rating--About Average
Predicted Reliability Rating--About Average
Overall Vehicle Appeal Rating--Better than Most
Fuel Economy Range (city/highway mpg)--19/34
NHTSA Crash Test Rating--Not rated
IIHS Crash Test Rating--Not a "Top Safety Pick"
Cargo Volume Behind Second-Row Seat--27.6 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume All Seats Folded--63.3 cu. ft.


2014 Audi Q5
A 5-passenger crossover SUV, the Audi Q5 is the eighth most popular luxury SUV in America. It is available with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, supercharged V-6, turbo-diesel 6-cylinder, and a gas-electric hybrid powertrain. All-wheel drive is standard equipment, and a performance-tuned version called the SQ5 is available.

Base Price--$38,195
Initial Quality Rating--The Rest
Predicted Reliability Rating--About Average
Overall Vehicle Appeal Rating--Better than Most
Fuel Economy Range (city/highway mpg)--16/31
NHTSA Crash Test Rating--4 stars
IIHS Crash Test Rating--Not a "Top Safety Pick"
Cargo Volume Behind Second-Row Seat--29.1 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume All Seats Folded--57.3 cu. ft.


2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
The ninth most popular luxury SUV in America is the compact, 5-passenger Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class. It is sold as the GLK250 BlueTec with a turbo-diesel 4-cylinder engine and standard AWD, or as the GLK350 with a V-6 engine and a choice between RWD and AWD.

Base Price--$38,405
Initial Quality Rating--Among the Best
Predicted Reliability Rating--Better than Most
Overall Vehicle Appeal Rating--Better than Most
Fuel Economy Range (city/highway mpg)--18/33
NHTSA Crash Test Rating--Not rated
IIHS Crash Test Rating--Not a "Top Safety Pick"
Cargo Volume Behind Second-Row Seat--54.7 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume All Seats Folded--23.3 cu. ft.


2014 Infiniti QX60
A midsize, 3-row crossover SUV that shares its platform and powertrains with the Nissan Pathfinder, the Infiniti QX60 is the 10th most popular luxury SUV in America. Buyers choose between a 265-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 and a gas-electric hybrid powertrain featuring a supercharged 4-cylinder engine and a combined horsepower rating of 250. All-wheel drive is optional for both versions.

Base Price--$43,095
Initial Quality Rating--About Average
Predicted Reliability Rating--About Average
Overall Vehicle Appeal Rating--About Average
Fuel Economy Range (city/highway mpg)--19/28
NHTSA Crash Test Rating--5 stars
IIHS Crash Test Rating--Not a "Top Safety Pick"
Cargo Volume Behind Second-Row Seat--40.8 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume All Seats Folded--77.0 cu. ft.

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