- Alfa Romeo
- Aston Martin
- Land Rover
One of the OG large luxury SUVs, the Lincoln Navigator continues to soldier on. Available in two lengths, the posh people mover is now powered by a turbocharged V6. With 440 hp on tap, it out muscles most of its competitors V8s and offers class competitive fuel economy. That stated, the Navigator is not exactly a fuel sipper.
The mid-size Lincoln Nautilus is currently available with a pair of turbocharged engines. Entry level models use a 250 hp 2.0-liter engine while higher trims have a more powerful 335 hp 2.7-liter unit. Regardless which engine is chosen, both vehicles offer a premium interior and comfortable driving experience.
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 RZ is Lexus’ first foray into the world of electric vehicles. Sharing a platform with the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra, the RZ sets itself apart by offering more power than either of those two offerings. With a larger front motor, the all-wheel drive Lexus generates a total of 313 hp. Maximum range is just 220 miles on a single charge which is lower than most of its rivals.
Lexus’ performance halo sports coupe is the RC F. It bucks the turbocharged trend dominating the marketplace these days and sticks to a sweet sounding naturally aspirated V8 engine. Although it may give up a bit of power to its rivals, few match the visceral thrill of running the 5.0-liter unit to red line.
The mid-size Lexus RC Coupe is one of the few survivors in a dying segment. Luxury coupes used to be a prominent fixture on our roads, but not so much anymore. Three versions of the regular RC are available, one using a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and two with naturally aspirated V6s.
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 large Lexus LX is one of the few body-on-frame luxury SUVs left on the market. Based on the Toyota Land Cruiser, the LX is a bit of a jack of all trades. Hauling passengers, gear, or trailers, this big Lexus also features impressive off-road capabilities.
The Lexus GX is a bit of an anomaly in the luxury SUV world. It’s one of the few body-on-frame hold-outs, but is not a full-size offering like the Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX80, or even Lexus’ own LX. Based on a platform shared by the LX and Tundra, the GX now uses a 3.4-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine.
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.
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 Discovery Sport is Land Rover’s entry point into the lineup. Like every regular Land Rover, the Discovery Sport can be had with a third row of seats, although space back there is tight. A single drivetrain is currently offered; a turbocharged four-cylinder paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission.
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 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 Lamborghini Urus is the brand’s second foray into the world of SUVs. But unlike the company’s first effort, this is a sporty SUV and not a hardcore off-roader. With 640+ horsepower under the hood, the Uras has all the equipment necessary to hold its own with sports car at the track.
The Lamborghini Huracan is the brand’s entry level supercar. We use the term entry loosely here as the car costs nearly a quarter million dollars and features a 630 hp V10 engine. Depending on model, the Huracan can be equipped with rear- or all-wheel drive. Both utilize a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission.
The Aventador has been sitting atop the Lamborghini hierarchy for quite some time now. Seemingly faster and faster every year, the car now features a 6.5-liter V12 engine that makes 759-769 hp. Power continues to be fed to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission.
The Stinger is a completely different kind of vehicle from Kia. It’s a more upscale, sport lift back that features a choice of turbocharged engines making 300 or 368 hp. With the option of rear- and all-wheel drive, the Stinger focuses on handling prowess more than passenger comfort. But that’s not to say the big hatchback is an uncomfortable place to by – far from it.
The Renegade is what we refer to as the gateway Jeep. It’s the entry point into the Jeep brand and although it is a subcompact SUV, it has many Jeep-like traits built in. The boxy shape, tall upright windshield, and short overhangs give it a familiar family profile.
The BMW Z4 roadster is one of the few small luxury convertible sports cars still on the market. Available with a four-cylinder or a six-cylinder engine, both come turbocharged and are plenty powerful to propel the car. The Z4 comes only with rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 8 Series Gran Coupe is BMW’s most stylish sedan. Sleeker than the 7 Series, the 8 Series Gran Coupe trades in a bit of passenger space for presence and looks. The large four-door comes with a choice of turbocharged engines, making between 335 and 612 hp.
BMW’s large coupe and convertible continue on for another year. With a choice of turbocharged six and eight cylinder engines, the 8 Series is plenty quick. Despite it’s large size, rear-seat space is still a bit tight, but adults can fit back for shorter trips. Like most BMWs, this coupe and convertible come with a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive.
Large luxury cars may not be as popular as they once were, but there’s still a certain prestige that only cars like the BMW 7 Series can bring. A sedan that’s designed more for the rear seat passengers than the driver, the 7 Series is the very definition of opulence and comfort.
Not happy enough with the 4 series coupe and convertible, or the 3 series sedan, BMW has created a third compact car. Called the 4 Series Gran Coupe, it’s a more stylish sedan that trades a bit of practicality for a swoopier shape. Like its siblings, the Gran Coupe is offered with a choice of turbocharged four and six cylinder engines.
The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is different than the regular 2 Series Coupe. For starters, the Gran Coupe is a front-wheel drive-based sedan compared the rear-wheel drive 2 Series Coupe. Power for this car comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that makes between 228 to 301 hp depending on trim level.
The BMW 2 Series Coupe is a bit unusual in the luxury car world. It does not have many direct competitors as most other manufacturers do not offer a two-door in this class. The 2 Series can be had with a turbocharged four-cylinder or a turbocharged six-cylinder engine.
The BMW X4 is a more stylish version of the compact X3 SUV. With more fastback-like styling, it’s what many consider a SUV Coupe. Power comes from a choice of turbocharged four and six cylinder engines. Those who want the highest levels of performance should look at the X4 M.