These Are the Best Luxury Midsize SUVs on the Market Right Now
Luxury midsize SUVs are expected to deliver on two fronts: the interior comfort, design, and materials should be top notch, and the cargo space should be large enough and configurable enough for a variety of items. These eight vehicles all meet those expectations, though there are enough variations to meet a variety of needs.
The list includes models that handle more like sports cars than sport utility vehicles, models with serious off-road capabilities, and an emissions-free all-electric SUV. Third-row seating is available in all of these models, but that third row is usually a tight fit for adults in SUVs of this size.
Read on to find the features – and cargo space – that put these eight SUVs at the top of the list.
Tesla Model X
MSRP: $80,000 (Details Below)
The Tesla Model X is a rarity: an SUV that counts a brand like Lamborghini as its peer – and an all-electric SUV to boot. Like other supercars, the Model X has doors that lift up, but in this case they’re the rear doors, which allow access to the second and third rows. This kind of technology doesn’t come cheap, with a starting MSRP of $80,000.
Tesla Model X
The standard Model X has two rows of seating; the third row is a $4,000 option. The interior space is average for SUVs of this size, and second row of seats can be configured independently, but not folded flat. Because there’s no engine up front, though, there is a front trunk that’s available for more cargo.
MSRP: $59,600 (Details Below)
The 2017 Porsche Cayenne handles more like a sports car than a midsize SUV, which isn’t a surprise given its Porsche heritage. Top-level models have a twin-turbocharged V8 engine, rather than the standard V6, for even sportier driving. Depending on the model, the MSRP ranges from as low as $59,600 to as high as $159,600.
At 62.9 cubic feet, the Cayenne has less cargo space than others in its class, even with the split rear seats folded out of the way. Although a power liftgate is standard, which makes loading the space easier. But for chauffeuring people instead of things, the Cayenne has comfortable, supportive seats.
MSRP: $49,000 (Details Below)
The 2017 Audi Q7 ranks well because it’s a solid all-around midsize SUV with an MSRP in line with its competitors, starting at $49,000. Its performance is near the top of its class and its interior is more luxurious, with standard seating for seven.
Despite its all-around excellence, the Q7 does fall short in the cargo department, with a maximum 71.6 cubic feet with all the seats folded down. With all the seats upright, the cargo space shrinks to only 14.8 cubic feet. But the Q7’s interior is of a higher quality than its competitors – which are themselves very good.
MSRP: $55,500 (Details Below)
There are five models of the 2017 BMW X5 with MSRPs ranging from $55,500 to $98,800, with sporty luxury for just about anyone with the cash to spend. The handling is reminiscent of BMW’s sport sedans, which might be a bit on the firm side for some but a lot of fun for others.
The X5 seats five comfortably and is available with a third row, but that row is going to be cramped for anyone but kids. With all the seats folded down, there’s a massive-for-the-class 76.7 cubic feet of cargo space – enough for a sofa. If a sofa is in your future, the standard power liftgate will make hauling it home even easier.
Lexus RX 350
MSRP: $43,120 (Details Below)
The 2017 Lexus RX 350 ranks well because of its above-average fuel economy, powerful enough engine, high safety score, and reputation for being reliable. It’s popular because all of this comes at a staring MSRP of $43,120.
Lexus RX 350
There’s lots of space for people in the RX 350, with plenty of headroom and legroom even for rear passengers – and the rear seats recline for maximum comfort. There’s not a lot of space for cargo, with 56.3 cubic feet even when the seats are folded down.
MSRP: $44,050 (Details Below)
The 2017 Acura MDX was named the 2017 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money for its excellent safety score, standard advanced driver assist systems even in the base model, and below average price for a luxury midsize SUV with a starting MSRP of $44,050.
The cargo space in the MDX is good for its class, with 90.9 cubic feet available when the seats are folded down. If you’re carrying passengers, the second row seats move forward with the push of a button to allow access to the third row.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
MSRP: $64,950 (Details Below)
When you need to go off road without sacrificing a top-notch interior, the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is up for the task. There are several engines available, including a fuel-efficient turbodiesel powerplant, starting at $64,950.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
The interior materials and style of the Range Rover Sport are among the best, and its cabin is quiet. There’s a lot of tech available, even though it can be confusing to get the hang of the infotainment system. The cargo space is paltry at a maximum of 62 cubic feet.
MSRP: $45,750 (Details Below)
The 2017 Volvo XC90 performed well above average in its crash tests, with an overall safety score of 9.7 out of 10. It also has lots of standard safety tech like lane keep assist and automatic emergency braking, with optional Pilot Assist and automatic parking tech. That’s why the MSRP ranges from average for the class at $45,750 to over $100,000, depending on trim and options.
The XC90 comes in more configurations than others in this segment, with seating for four to seven. No matter which seating arrangement you choose, there will be 85.7 cubic feet of space, among the best in the class. The power tailgate opens when you wave your foot under the rear bumper for hands-free access.
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