Ruggedness with a touch of class: A buyer's guide to the best luxury SUVs of the year from automakers including Lexus and Cadillac.
A luxury SUV gives you ample room for traveling, running errands and even taking your kids to school in the morning. The best luxury SUVs of the year vary depending on the reviewer. Some of the top magazines devoted to cars picked the top vehicles based on how well those vehicles handle on the road and the amenities offered by the manufacturer.
Lexus RX Hybrid
The new Lexus RX Hybrid received high marks from most magazines and writers. With a price tag starting at around $45,000 and a hybrid design, the SUV appeals to shoppers who want to make less of an impact on the environment.
The SUV gets 32 miles per gallon on the highway and 28 mpg on city streets, which is quite high for a larger vehicle. In comparison, the Lexus RX 350 only gets 18 miles to the gallon on city streets and 25 mpg on the highway. The RX 350 does have a lower price tag though, coming in at around $39,000 for the base model.
If you prefer a top-of-the-line model, you might take a look at the Cadillac Escalade. The Escalade gets good reviews in various car rankings for its spacious interior, safety features and performance on the road. It is also one of the most expensive luxury SUVs on the market with a price tag of more than $80,000 for a model with all the available features.
Toyota Land Cruiser
The Toyota Land Cruiser is a little less expensive at around $74,000, and the vehicle has a large interior and a high horsepower engine. Both the Escalade and the Land Cruiser get 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.
Other luxury SUV models
Some manufacturers now make compact SUVs that get better gas mileage and have a smaller interior and which are ideal for people who are on a budget. The Infiniti EX is one of the top-rated compact SUVs, and its price starts at around $36,000. A car-buying guide might make mention of the Audi Q5, which gets high marks for its ease of handling, quality safety features and its sleek exterior.
When you look through a buyer's guide, make sure that you pay attention to the mileage of the SUV and its cost of ownership. Those vehicles that get better gas mileage and have a low cost of ownership cut down on the money that you put into the SUV over the next few years. These factors help you see which one is a better deal.
When you decide to purchase a luxury sports utility vehicle, you might already have some idea in mind about what you want. Whether you narrow down your choices to a few SUVs, or you aren't sure what you want, use Buyerlink to find more information.
You can read reviews on luxury models, see the changes that manufacturers have implemented for the new year and see the top cars for each company. Buyerlink can help you find the best luxury SUVs for any budget.