- Alfa Romeo
- Aston Martin
- Land Rover
Audi’s compact SUV is a popular choice in the segment. With contemporary good looks, the Q5 meets the needs of plenty of consumers looking for a small luxury SUV. Regular Q5 models have a choice of turbocharged four-cylinder engines – one with a plug-in hybrid and one without.
Dodge is reentering the compact SUV market with the all-new Hornet. Using a historic nameplate from its past, the Hornet is a sportier SUV that trades in a bit practicality for personality. It can come with a choice of drivetrains, making either 268 hp or 288 hp.
The Land Rover Defender is a unique SUV in that it’s available in three different lengths. There is the two-door Defender 90 that still offers rear-seat passengers a good amount of space. In the middle is the Defender 110 that adds a set of rear doos and more cargo capacity. The newest member of the Defender family is the stretched 130 that has a spacious third row of seats.
The mid-size Land Rover Discovery is a bit different than most luxury SUVs. The regal utility vehicle is wholly capable off-road, while still treating passengers in utmost comfort. Currently, a choice of two turbocharged engines are available, a four-cylinder and a six-cylinder hybrid.
The flagship Range Rover is one of the most luxurious SUVs on sale. It treats passengers to the finest materials and technology inside, all while offering a smooth ride and fantastic isolation. A choice of engines are available, including a plug-in hybrid. For added choice, it can be had in two wheelbase lengths.
The Range Rover Velar is the second smallest SUV from the British brand, slotting in-between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport. It’s arguably the best looking vehicle within the Range Rover lineup as well. The tapered rear-end styling makes the Velar look longer than it is and offers a striking profile.
Choice is the name of the game as there’s a Lexus NX for nearly everyone. Folks looking for a gasoline propelled unit have their choice between naturally aspirated and turbocharged four-cylinders. If a hybrid is required, there are two of those as well. One a traditional hybrid and the other of the plug-in variety.
The Lincoln Aviator is the brand’s other three-row SUV. Slightly smaller than the Navigator, the Aviator is built on a rear-wheel drive platform shared with the Ford Explorer. Of course, the Lincoln wears unique sheet metal and offers far more premium materials inside. It can be had with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.
The Artura ushers in a new era for McLaren, utilizing a down-sized six-cylinder engine and plug-in hybrid technology. Fears that this would dilute the performance and feeling of the brand thankfully did not come to be. The Artura is still every bit of a performer as its V8 siblings.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan is a new arrival on the scene and the lineup slowly continues to expand. The small luxury car continues to be a three-quarter scale version of the large S-Class, complete with state-of-the-art features. Some of the controls take a bit to get used to, but the drive and ride comfort are top notch.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain Wagon may have a long name, but it’s a rather simple formula. Take a luxury station wagon, lift up the suspension a bit, add some cladding, and voila – it’s a crossover. The current All-Terrain comes with just one engine choice, a powerful turbocharged six-cylinder that features a mild hybrid system.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been around for a long time. It’s stood the test of time as a stalwart within the mid-size luxury sedan world. Currently the luxurious four-door comes in a few different flavors with either rear- or all-wheel drive. Regardless of which E-Class is chosen, one can be rest assured they purchased a refine, smooth, premium sedan.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class continues to be one of the most versatile models in the brand’s lineup. It can come as a traditional sedan, a lifted wagon, a coupe, or a convertible. Here, we are focusing on the latter two. The coupe and convertible include just a single drivetrain, a 3.0-liter turbo 6-cylinder coupled to a mild hybrid. Two levels of power are available, and power can be sent to the rear or all four wheels.
The GLE is Mercedes-Benz’ mid-size SUV, formerly known as the ML Class in a previous life. A variety of engines are available starting with a 255 hp turbocharged 4-cylinder, crescendoing with a fire-breathing 603 hp turbo V8. The SUV can be had with two or three row seating configurations.
The GLE Coupe is Mercedes-Benz swoopy-styled version of the GLE SUV. With a raked rear roofline, the GLE Coupe is designed to have a more striking, sportier look. It lacks cargo capacity compared to its GLE sibling and cannot be had with a third row of seats.
Maybach used to be a Mercedes-Benz stand alone super luxury brand. But recently, the manufacturer has transformed into a special trim level on some of Mercedes’ most prestigious vehicles. One of those models is the Maybach GLS. Starting at a price well over $150,000, the exclusive SUV comes with a 550 hp turbocharged V8 mated to a hybrid drivetrain.
Mercedes-Benz’ flagship sedan is one of the most luxurious four-doors out there. Dripping with elegance, the S-Class continues to be a standard in the segment. Recently, a plug-in hybrid version joined the lineup, utilizing a turbocharged six-cylinder engine and electric motors.
The Crosstrek has been a smash hit for Subaru. Now entering the model’s third generation, the brand can be forgiven for not drastically altering things. Like the previous Crosstrek, the new one can still be had with a choice of engines. The manual transmission though has been put to pasture as a CVT becomes the only choice.
The Toyota Crown defies classification. Part sedan, part crossover, and all hybrid, the Crown replaces the Avalon in the Japanese brand’s lineup. Two four-cylinder engines are available, one turbocharged and one naturally aspirated. Regardless of which is chosen, both come exclusively with all-wheel drive.
The Toyota Grand Highlander is an enlarged version of one of the staples in the three row family SUV class. It address one of the major weaknesses of the regular Highlander model by adding a more usable third row of seats. As well, there’s increased cargo capacity.
The Toyota Highlander is one of the staples in the three row family SUV class. It has been a huger seller for Toyota and recently the model underwent a significant update. Gone is the V6 engine in favor of a torquey turbocharged four-cylinder unit. How torquey? It makes an impressive 310 lb-ft. of torque.