The 2017 lineup of the best luxury SUVs are some of the most exciting ones to come out lately. Many brands have included new technological improvements in the vehicles. Some have impressed buyers with their improved qualities culled from their previous models.
For buyers, price can influence the decision of which SUV to buy. Some SUV features with more or less the same performance, have price differences that can be wide. While many people can certainly afford to buy any SUV at whatever price, some people choose to be practical and prefer to buy one of the best used luxury SUVs.
The following are the new luxury SUVs that figured in the top 15 list. These comprise the high-end brands and models, the midsized ones and the compact types, each with five representatives.
Top 15 Luxury Sport Utility Vehicles
2016 BMW X5 M ($106,195)
Helped by a 567 horsepower engine, the main claim of the 2016 BMW X5 M is its ability to go from zero to 60 mph in four seconds flat, which clipped their last model’s speed by almost a second. Also included are its new set of wheels (21–inches), brakes, and suspension.
Aside from the enhanced USB and Bluetooth (now both standardized), the rest of the superb technology in the interior is present. For many, the high-performing 2016 BMW X5 M is the top luxury SUV of the year.
2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport ($78,413)
With the option of having a turbo-diesel V6, the 2016 Land Rover Range Sport leads the pack. It is one four-wheel drive SUV that can move from a mud trail to different ground like it’s on a racetrack.
The 2016 Rover has a crawl control for maneuverability when driving off-road. It has the other models’ standard self-lowering suspension used in getting in and out of parking spaces. Last year’s optional features (hands-free power tailgate; phone control on the SUV’s locks) are now made standard.
2016 Cadillac Escalade ($83,210)
The bold, redesigned styling of the 2016 Cadillac Escalade is one attractive factor that pulls in admirers, and eventually buyers. The bigger attraction, however, is its V8 power. This year, the Escalade will now have the new automatic transmission in eight speeds.
The sleek technological devices used for the utilities, entertainment and safety inside the full-size SUV are still premium, as in the previous one. Powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine, the Cadillac Escalade can achieve 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
2016 Toyota Land Cruiser ($85,150)
To savvy car buyers, the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser is already counted among the other Toyota SUVs for its legendary luxury and its known abilities off the beaten track. This four-wheel drive eight-seater is run by a 5.7-liter V8 engine, with 381 horsepower and 401 torque pound-feet within a 15 mpg power.
Running along muddy trails and unpaved terrain, the Land Cruiser is king with its generous ground clearance and suspension geared for long travels. It has the new automatic transmission (eight-speed), and a new system to detect pedestrians and avoid front collisions. It also has warning systems for rear cross traffic and for blind spots.
2016 Lexus LX ($95,625)
The Lexus LX has a new eight-speed automatic system of transmission, the revised styling of the select Lexus Drive Mode system. There were also tweaks done on the safety and entertainment systems for this model.
Monitoring for blind spots and alerts on cross-traffic at the rear are now standardized. This also includes standardization to the emergency communications within the Lexus Safety Connect. The area of responsibility is on notification of automatic collision, location of stolen vehicles, and activation of assist buttons for emergencies and roadside help.
2016 Acura MDX ($50,380)
Within the mid-sized group of SUVs, you can still find the best luxury SUV you want. The 2016 Acura MDX is one good example. It has a push-button-operated gear selection, plus an optional suite for safety technologies (AcuraWatch).
In addition, the Acura has a system for an all-wheel drive bruited to be more responsive and lighter. The seven-seater with its 18-inch wheels has a new gearbox that’s automatic for 2016. The results include better acceleration and better economy on gas.
The 2016 Acura MDX presents a quiet interior at standard speeds done on highways and is quite agile in turns. At present, it might be a good candidate as the best midsize luxury SUV.
2016 Lexus RX 350 ($48,683)
When they had the 2016 Lexus RX 350 redesigned, the main point was comfort while raising the quality of the interiors. The result is a better car-like experience in driving. The designed cabin has become more attractive and looks impeccably made.
The Lexus was transformed into a sleeker car, looking less like an SUV with much headroom and legroom in the two seating rows. In turn, there is now a lower dashboard, and the stack of the center control is now favored towards the driver.
The RX 350 runs on its 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 295 horsepower and sporting the standard eight-speed transmission.
2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid ($87,675)
Sporty and indulgent, the 2016 Porsche Cayenne has a lineup that includes a turbocharged V8, a plug-in hybrid, and a model powered by diesel. It could be the top all-around market cross-over.
This midsized, five-passenger SUV is available in six trim levels: Turbo, Turbo S., Diesel, S.E-hybrid, GTS, and Cayenne. The wide range of available engines reward the handling; this vehicle is highly customizable and displays an exquisite-looking interior.
All of the 2016 Cayenne models use an eight-speed transmission, automatic system for fuel reduction (except diesel) with a standard all-wheel drive. The base uses a 3.6-liter V6 engine, with 300 horsepower, and 295 torque pound-feet. The Cayenne is a good candidate for the best luxury SUV.
2016 Mercedes Benz GLE Class ($61,960)
The old M-Class SUV, which had been heavily updated, is now named the 2016 Mercedes Benz GLE Class. The selling point is in its wide range of engine choices. All are upscale and quiet, and has that roomy backseat plus an interior that’s well-built.
The changes include revised styling, with added standard equipment, and the latest interface of COMAND. The hybrid GLE550e model is the new plug-in, which offers 18 miles of electric range.
The GLE Class seats five passengers in different models with six different selections of engine (GLE300d, GLE350, GLE400, AMG GLE63, and AMGGLE63 S).
2016 Volvo XC90 ($56,895)
After 13 years, the 2016 Volvo XC90 finally gets its first redesign and has brought Volvo back. The style is assertive, the grilles are larger, the headlights are slimmer, and the air intakes are placed lower – all are being modernized but still carry the Volvo character.
The interior sports a Swedish crystal glass cabin, fusing it with the leather and the wood with the total look oozing high-luxury ambience accented, with 19 speakers for the audio. The four-cylinder engine is supercharged as well as being turbocharged. The result is 360 horsepower for its eight-speed transmission in automatic.
This is a seven-passenger SUV with three trim levels.
2016 Porsche Macan ($61,691)
For its price, its looks, and its performance, the 2016 Porsche Macan might just be the best small luxury SUV there is. This five-seater compact SUV has the 350 horsepower (Macan S) and the 400 horsepower (Macan Turbo) trim levels that can match many sports sedans.
The Macan S has the 3.0-liter V6 (340 horsepower) and the Macan Turbo has the 3.6 liter V6 (400 horsepower) with seven transmissions and four-wheel drive.
2016 Mercedes Benz GLC Class ($47,308)
This 2016 Mercedes Benz GLC-Class is roomy, upscale-looking, and a perfect candidate for best rated SUV among its class. Both the interior and the exterior are elegant-looking, and it has generous passenger space.
This vehicle carries many safety features and the engine is fuel-efficient. The engine is the same four-cylinder found in the C300, which replaced the 3.5-liter V6, a fuel-efficient machine.
2016 Audi Q5 ($53,303)
Fun to drive, luxurious, and stylish are some of the adjectives describing the 2016 Audi Q5. The reasons are simple: its sleek interior build, impressive fuel efficiency, quick acceleration, and sporty handling.
This model has not been replaced but its premium cabin is still one of the best in the industry: it offers excellent materials and classy ambience. Its four-cylinder turbocharged V6 engine is still a sprightly standout among its class.
2016 BMW X3 ($48,045)
If you go for an SUV that’s pricey but has excellent qualities you want, the 2016 BMW X3 is one good choice. It has a wide selection of engines with superb amenities you desire in a sport utility vehicle.
It is available in four trim levels: the sDrive28i, the xDrive28i, the xDrive28d and the xDrive35i. Well-known for its top-notch performance, the X3 is also noted as family-friendly among the vehicles in its class.
2016 Lexus NX Hybrid ($44,164)
If your choice of an SUV centers on such qualities as good fuel efficiency, elegant cabin, and lush overall style completed with a sporty driving experience, you might consider the 2016 Lexus NX 300h hybrid.
It seats five passengers in luxurious comfort with high-tech facilities available for use. The NX 300h has wide smartphone connectivity via the Lexus Enform products.
All in all, these luxury vehicles garnered very high scores in terms of ratings from the critics, their performance ratings, their interior cabins, safety levels, and their reliability. Get the one that fits your needs perfectly.