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Best Luxury SUVs with 3rd Row

Every 2021 Mid-Size Luxury Crossover and SUV Ranked from Worst to Best

The Genesis GV80, Porsche Cayenne, and Volvo XC90 are among the best luxury SUVs to buy today.BY NICHOLAS WALLACEMAR 23, 2021CAR AND DRIVER

With the passing of another year, the luxury-sedan market recedes further into the darkness. Stepping into the light is an army of sleek SUVs. Out front in the mid-size luxury SUV segment are performance models such as the exotic Lamborghini Urus and brutish BMW X5 M. Off-roaders such as the legendary Land Rover Defender and tough-as-nails Lexus GX are also available. Many manufacturers compete in this growing market, so the innovation and technologies included with their offerings are impressive. While the SUV wars have been raging for some time already, there is no end in sight.

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COMPACT | MID-SIZE | FULL-SIZE | 3-ROW28. Lexus GXVIEW PHOTOSLEXUS

Lexus seems like the stubborn old uncle in a sea of new and innovative nephews and nieces. For some buyers, however, the GX‘s unwillingness to get with the times is seen as a feature. It has a body-on-frame design and a thirsty but dead-reliable 4.6-liter V-8 as the sole engine option. Where this old-school motif starts to fall apart is inside. Last redesigned in 2010, the 2021 Lexus GX is in need of a technological reboot, although it does offer Bluetooth as standard with navigation optional. Other standard equipment includes 10-way power adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assistance. Pricing starts at around $54,000 for the base model and tops out north of $65,000 for the Luxury trim.

  • Base price: $54,275
  • Engine: 301-hp 4.6-liter V-8
  • Cargo space behind second row: 46 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 11 cubic feet

MORE LEXUS GX SPECS27. Infiniti QX60VIEW PHOTOSINFINITI

The Infiniti QX60 rolls into 2021 largely unchanged. Its only powertrain, a 295-hp 3.5-liter V-6 in combination with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), provides adequate thrust while delivering an EPA-estimated 26 mpg on the highway. Despite rental-grade interior materials and an outdated infotainment system, the QX60 shines in the practicality department with standard third-row seating, acceptable interior legroom, and a generous cargo hold. A base model will cost you $45,375 while a Luxe model, the only trim with additional option packages available, starts at $47,145. A redesigned 2022 QX60 is expected to arrive soon sporting a host of improvements including updated aesthetics and a nine-speed automatic transmission.

  • Base price: $45,375
  • Engine: 295-hp 3.5-liter V-6
  • Cargo space behind second row: 40 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 16 cubic feet

Unlike its more thoroughly developed siblings, the Lincoln Nautilus is more like a refreshed MKX with a new engine and some styling updates. The base model is powered by a 245-hp turbocharged inline-four. While it provides smooth acceleration and quiet operation, the optional 335-hp twin-turbo 2.7-liter V-6 is more fun. Both engines pair with an eight-speed automatic, and front-wheel drive is standard with the four-cylinder. All-wheel drive is optional on the base model and standard with the V-6. The ride is comfortable and controlled. Inside, the Nautilus provides room for five passengers and decent cargo space. Sync 4 infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability is standard. Optional Ultra Comfort seats are 22-way adjustable with lumbar massage. Safety tech includes automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, active parking assist, and lane-departure warning.

  • Base price: $42,035
  • Engines: 250-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four; 335-hp twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6
  • Cargo space behind second row: 37 cubic feet

MORE NAUTILUS SPECS25. Maserati LevanteVIEW PHOTOSMASERATI

If you’re looking for Ferrari’s version of the Lambo truck, Maserati’s SUV is as close as you’re going to get in 2021. The Levante has six trim levels to choose from, and ranging in price from $75,985 to $151,485, we like the 424-hp S model, which comes with a $10,000 premium over the base. Engine options include two twin-turbocharged V-6s making 345 and 424 horsepower and two boosted V-8s, which make 550 and 590 horsepower. We got the top-line trim, the Trofeo, from zero to 60 mph in a sports-car-beating 3.6 seconds. Where things start to slow down for the Levante is inside, where we easily identified switchgear that’d been cribbed from lesser Chrysler and Dodge models. We’ve yet to give the Levante’s new infotainment system a try, but we expect it to be more than sufficient.

  • Base price: $75,985
  • Engines: 345-hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6; 424-hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6; 550-hp twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8; 590-hp twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8
  • Cargo space behind second row: 20 cubic feet

MORE LEVANTE SPECS24. Buick Enclave

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Available with just one engine—a 310-hp 3.6-liter V-6—the 2022 Buick Enclave receives a light refresh for the new year. We expect pricing for the cheapest trim, Preferred, to start a smidge over $40,000. Power is routed to the front wheels or or all four wheels via a silky nine-speed automatic transmission. And while it’s hardly athletic, the Enclave excels at offering its passengers a smooth ride over a variety of surfaces. Moreover, the big Buick has an enormous amount of space for both people and things. Even with its standard third-row seat in use, we managed to fit five carry-on suitcases in the trunk.

  • Base price: $41,195
  • Engine: 310-hp 3.6-liter V-6
  • Cargo space behind second row: 58 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 23 cubic feet

MORE ENCLAVE SPECS23. Land Rover DiscoveryVIEW PHOTOSLAND ROVER

Refreshed for 2021, the Land Rover Discovery is now available with two engine options: a 296-hp turbo four or a 355-hp turbo six-cylinder. Other improvements include a new infotainment system, a digital instrument cluster, an exterior facelift, and standard air suspension. Available trim levels include S, R-Dynamic, and HSE. While all-wheel drive is standard, true off-roaders will need to pay more for a low-range transfer case and locking rear differential. All models are capable of towing an impressive 8200 pounds and come standard with a folding third-row seat.

  • Base price: $55,250
  • Engines: 296-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four; 355-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six
  • Cargo space behind second row: 45 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 9 cubic feet

MORE DISCOVERY SPECS22. Land Rover Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Sport SVRVIEW PHOTOSCAR AND DRIVER

The 2021 Range Rover Sport offers a good entry point into the prestigious brand. While the $70,000, 355-hp SE model impressed us, we’d spend the extra money for the more powerful HST. Other engine options include a plug-in hybrid four-cylinder and a turbo-diesel, the latter of which has an EPA rating of 22 mpg city and 28 highway. Aside from some infotainment display issues, we like the Sport’s sleek and modern interior design and fully configurable instrument cluster. The Supercharged version enters 2021 essentially unchanged from last year. Power in the nearly $89,000 Dynamic trim comes from a 518-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V-8. The high-performance SVR model gets a power bump to 575 horsepower. At its heart, however, the Sport Supercharged is still a Range Rover. The standard all-wheel-drive system includes six drive modes to suit various terrain.

  • Base price: $70,850 (Sport) $88,850 (SVR)
  • Engines: 254-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6; 296-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four with 114-hp AC electric motor, 398 combined horsepower; 355-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six; 395-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six (Sport) 518-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V-8; 575-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 (SVR)
  • Cargo space behind second row: 27 cubic feet

For 2021, Cadillac unveiled a new entry-level trim for the XT6 named Luxury, which adds a 237-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to the lineup. While Lthe uxury is $5000 cheaper than the old base model, we find the 310-hp V-6 in the Premium Luxury better suited to the XT6. What really matters with the XT6 is its utility—an area where it unquestionably delivers. A usable third-row seat is standard across all models, as is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. All-wheel drive is optional. While the V-6 XT6 is rated at 26 mpg highway, our real-world testing returned a less-than-optimal 22 mpg.

  • Base price: $48,990
  • Engine: 237-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four; 310-hp 3.6-liter V-6
  • Cargo space behind second row: 43 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 12 cubic feet

Reintroduced for 2020 after a 15-year hiatus, the Lincoln Aviator represents a big step forward for the Lincoln brand. Unlike Lincolns of old, the Aviator does a good job separating itself from its Ford underpinnings. The Standard trim comes in at just over $50,000 and is powered by a 400-hp twin-turbo V-6; optional all-wheel drive costs more. We’re fans of the Reserve model, which, for $6000 more, offers four-zone climate control, better exterior cameras, a large sunroof, and an upgraded sound system. Higher trim levels come with a plug-in-hybrid drivetrain that tacks on another 100 horsepower to the bottom line for a total of 494 horses and more than 600 pound-feet of torque.

  • Base price: $52,195
  • Engines: 400-hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6; 400-hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 with 100-hp AC electric motor, 494 combined horsepower
  • Cargo space behind second row: 41 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 18 cubic feet

While the standard Audi Q8 is chilled-out compared to the S and RS which share its name, so is its price. The $69,000 entry-level Premium trim comes standard with a 335-hp turbocharged V-6 engine and all-wheel drive. Engaging driving dynamics and an evocative aesthetic are calling cards. Standard equipment includes blind-spot monitoring, navigation, heated seats, and a power tailgate. The most expensive of the three available trim levels is the $78,000 Prestige, which offers nothing more in the power department but does come standard with a host of tech and aesthetic features.

  • Base price: $69,295
  • Engine: 335-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6
  • Cargo space behind second row: 30 cubic feet

MORE Q8 SPECS18. Lamborghini UrusVIEW PHOTOSCHARLIE MAGEECAR AND DRIVER

“Grab your Guccis, status slaves: the price of fame is rising fast.” While C/D legend Brock Yates was referring to the other Lambo truck, those words ring as true today as they did then. Nobody needs Lamborghini’s 641-hp SUV, especially not when the Audi RS Q8 and Cayenne Turbo can be had for nearly half of the Urus’s $222,000 asking price. Alas, those searching for a supertruck will settle for nothing less. And with a quarter-mile time of 11.3 seconds, the Urus is nothing short of super. It goes, turns, and stops exactly like the badge on the back suggests it should, as we found out during Lighting Lap 2019. Another fact not to be missed is that the Urus is actually the least expensive vehicle in Lamborghini’s lineup.

  • Base price: $222,004
  • Engine: 641-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8
  • Cargo space behind second row: 21 cubic feet

Aston Martin’s new DBX, the company’s first SUV, is also its first vehicle to be built in the struggling company’s factory in St Athan, Wales. We’re impressed by its Mercedes-AMG sourced 543-hp twin-turbo V-8, stunning looks, and surprising versatility. It has a chance to right Aston’s ship. The only evidence of Gaydon’s money problems is found inside, where a non-touchscreen infotainment system, cribbed from the last-gen Mercedes parts bin, leaves much to be desired. Pricing for the DBX starts at $179,986 and continues to the moon if you use Q by Aston Martin. Power is fed to all four tires via a nine-speed automatic transmission which propels the DBX to 60 mph in under four seconds.

  • Base price: $179,986
  • Engine: 543-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8
  • Cargo space behind second row: 22 cubic feet

If you’re looking for outright speed, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid might actually be one of the best bargains out there. With 670 horsepower on tap from a 4.0-liter turbo V-8 and a 134-hp electric motor, our tester hit 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. That’s only a second slower than the company’s halo car, the 918 Spyder. Unlike the $848,000 918, however, the fastest of the Cayennes comes in at a touch less—$164,550. Still, our vote goes to the standard Turbo model. Starting at less than $130,000, the Turbo makes a still-impressive 541 horsepower and is only marginally slower than the S. We especially like the optional Sport Chrono package, which for the Cayenne adds adaptive cruise control and a snazzy 360-degree camera system.

  • Base price: $129,150
  • Engines: 541-hp twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8; 541-hp twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 with 134-hp AC electric motor, 670 combined horsepower
  • Cargo space behind second row: 23 (Cayenne Turbo) 19 (Turbo S E-Hybrid) cubic feet

The GLE-class is Mercedes’s mid-level SUV offering, filling the gap left by the old ML. Available with three engine options and corresponding trim levels, we like the entry-level GLE350. Though the 255-hp turbocharged four-cylinder isn’t as gutsy as the inline-six or V-8 options, we found it sufficient and appreciated the 25 mpg it returned in our testing. The GLE-class’s crown jewel, however, is its interior, which is nothing if not fantastic. Aside from robust and attractive materials, it also sports a nearly contiguous, vivid display that connects the infotainment and instrument cluster. Pricing for the GLE350 starts at $55,800 while the V-8-powered GLE580 comes in at a hair under $80,000.

  • Base price: $55,800
  • Engines: 255-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four; 362-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six; 483-hp twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 with 21-hp AC electric motor, 504 combined horsepower
  • Cargo space behind second row: TBA
  • Cargo space behind third row: 33 cubic feet

MORE GLE-CLASS SPECS14. Mercedes-AMG GLE-ClassVIEW PHOTOSMICHAEL SIMARICAR AND DRIVER

The Mercedes-AMG GLE53 and GLE63 S are souped-up versions of the regular GLE-class. A turbocharged inline-six with 429 horsepower pushes the GLE53 up a notch, while the GLE63 S gets a twin-turbo V-8 with 603 horsepower. Standard all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission put the power to the ground. Acceleration in either model is hard to believe for a vehicle of the GLE’s size, with the GLE63 S model getting to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds.

  • Base price: $69,145
  • Engines: 385-hp twin-turbocharged and supercharged 3.0-liter V-6; 507–577-hp, twin-turbocharged and supercharged 5.5-liter V-8
  • Cargo space behind second row: TBA
  • Cargo space behind third row: 33 cubic feet

The 2022 Acura MDX is all new for this year. You can get into a base model for $47,000, while the upcoming sporty Type S trim will cost significantly more. The latter is expected to come standard with a 355-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 and all-wheel drive. Lower models are powered by a 290-hp V-6 and 10-speed automatic transmission, but all-wheel drive is optional. We like the look of the new MDX, especially on the inside where an array of materials come together to create a pleasant atmosphere. As one of the few nonturbo vehicles on our list, an EPA estimated 26 mpg highway for the base model is impressive.

  • Base price: $47,925
  • Engines: 290-hp 3.5-liter V-6; 355-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6
  • Cargo space behind second row: 48 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 18 cubic feet

There are few vehicles on this list as iconic as the Land Rover Defender. While the current generation looks like something from the future, the 2022 Defender hasn’t forgotten its past. Power comes from either a 296-hp 2.0-liter turbo four, a 395-hp turbocharged inline-six, or a 518-hp supercharged V-8. The standard drivetrain is all-wheel drive with locking differentials. Unlike Defenders of old, however, the current model uses a fully independent suspension, which has proven itself quite capable on other Land Rover models. Land Rover also states that the Defender can ford more than 35 inches of water. Pricing starts at just over $49,000 for the base and tops out north of $100,000 for a V8 Carpathian model.

  • Base price: $49,050
  • Engines: 296-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four; 395-hp turbocharged and supercharged 3.0-liter inline-six; 518-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V-8
  • Cargo space behind second row: 34 (Defender 110) 15 (Defender 90) cubic feet

Last refreshed in 2020, the Audi Q7 soldiers on another year with minor changes. The entry-level Premium 45 trim starts at $56,000 and is powered by a 248-hp four-cylinder engine. While the base four-cylinder is not exactly the most exciting drivetrain, the Q7’s real strength is in its all-wheel-drive system, driving dynamics, practicality, and elegant interior and exterior styling. Still, we’d opt for the next-highest trim, the $58,000 Premium Plus 45, which includes a better sound system, wireless phone charging, bigger wheels, and more ambient lighting. Higher trim levels include a 335-hp V-6 aided by a 48-volt hybrid system. In our last test, the V-6 Q7 got to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds flat. We also found the Q7 to be surprisingly agile when equipped with the optional air suspension. The SQ7 has a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine with 500 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard, as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission. Audi says the SQ7 can go from zero-to-60-mph in just 4.3 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.

  • Base price: $56,045 (Q7) $86,095 (SQ7)
  • Engines: 248-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four; 335-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6; 500-hp twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8
  • Cargo space behind second row: 35 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind second row: 14 cubic feet

In an attempt to steal some sales away from BMW and Mercedes, Porsche introduced its first SUV coupe in 2019. Aside from the shape, however, there isn’t much difference between the Cayenne Coupe and the standard Cayenne. Available in six trim levels, including two E-Hybrids, we like the middle-range S Coupe, which makes 434 horsepower from a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6. As with all Cayennes, we find the Coupe to be a real driver’s machine that embodies the spirit of the brand as a whole. Unlike other swoopy-back SUVs, the Cayenne Coupe seems to retain nearly all of the rear-seat headroom. Standard equipment includes a panoramic sunroof and rear bucket seats.

  • Base price: $77,850
  • Engines: 335-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6; 335-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 with 134-hp AC electric motor, 455 combined horsepower; 434-hp twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6; 453-hp twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8; 541-hp twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8; 541-hp twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 with 134-hp AC electric motor, 670 combined horsepower
  • Cargo space behind second row: 22 (Coupe) 21 (Turbo Coupe) 17 (E-Hybrid and Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe) cubic feet

MORE CAYENNE COUPE SPECS9. Audi SQ8VIEW PHOTOSANDI HEDRICKCAR AND DRIVER

If the absolutely insane Audi RS Q8 is a little rich for your blood, Audi also offers the SQ8. The SQ8 is available in two trim levels, Premium Plus and Prestige, which start at $90,000 and $95,000, respectively. Both models are equipped with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 that cranks out a healthy 500 horsepower. In our latest test, we managed to coax the SQ8 from zero to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, which should put it right on the heels of its crazy, RS-badged sibling. We also found the SQ8’s selectable drive modes worked well, allowing the raunchy SUV to transform into a comfortable cruiser on demand. Audi Quattro all-wheel drive is standard along with a host of top-line interior technology. Still, we’d spend the extra money on the Prestige model, which adds features such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, head-up display, and heated rear seats.

  • Base price: $90,195
  • Engine: 500-hp twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8
  • Cargo space behind second row: 30 cubic feet

MORE SQ8 SPECS8. BMW X6 MVIEW PHOTOSBMW

Like the standard X5 and X6, the M models share nearly identical DNA. Pricing for the 2021 BMW X6 M starts at about $109,000. This gets you a 600-hp fire-breathing twin-turbo V-8 engine and all-wheel drive good for a zero-to-60 time of 3.6 seconds and an estimated 12 seconds in the quarter-mile. The controversial “coupe” styling does increase the base price of the X6 M a few thousand over the X5 M. Aside from an additional 17 horsepower, the option Competition package also includes a sportier exhaust, track driving mode, and 22-inch wheels. Power is fed to the ground via an all-wheel-drive system, and adaptive dampers are on hand. If ultimate comfort is your thing, however, we found the X6 M’s ride to be a bit punishing on less-than-perfect roads.

  • Base price: $109,595
  • Engine: 600-hp twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8; 617-hp twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8
  • Cargo space: TBA

MORE X6 M SPECS7. BMW X5 MVIEW PHOTOSBMW

The 2021 BMW X5 M wraps up speed, luxury, and practicality into one $106,000 package. And if 600 horsepower from its 4.4-liter turbocharged V-8 isn’t enough for you, BMW will gladly sell you another 17 horses as part of its optional Competition package. While the X5 M might not have the same outright agility as an Audi RS Q8, it puts down a comparable zero-to-60 time of 3.6 seconds. Nonetheless, BMW has managed to sprinkle its mid-size SUV with enough fairy dust to make it beat the pants off of most sports cars around a road course. Of course, however, this much power comes at the cost of fuel efficiency. The EPA fuel-economy rating for the X5 M is 13 mpg city and 18 highway.

  • Base price: $106,095
  • Engine: 600-hp twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8; 617-hp twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8
  • Cargo space behind second row: 23 cubic feet

MORE X5 M SPECS6. BMW X6VIEW PHOTOSBMW

While fundamentally the same as its brother, the X5, BMW’s X6 adds in a pinch of style with its angled rear hatch. Unlike its fraternal twin, however, the X6 is available in only two trim levels, which include the 335-hp sDrive40i and the 523-hp, V-8-powered M50i, with the former offering all-wheel drive as an option. The slightly more fuel-efficient rear-drive model with 26 mpg highway and a $66,000 price tag would be our pick. An attractive and driver-focused interior comes standard with 16-way power seats, touchscreen infotainment, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Those looking to accessorize have plenty of options to choose from, including a head-up display, surround sound, and navigation.

  • Base price: $66,045
  • Engines: 335-hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six; 523-hp twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8
  • Cargo space behind second row: 20 cubic feet

MORE X6 SPECS5. Audi RS Q8VIEW PHOTOSAUDI

While hardly cheap, it’s hard to view the $115,000 Audi RS Q8 as anything other than a poor-man’s Lamborghini Urus. The outlandish SUV comes in only one trim level, and that’s fast as hell. A twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8 pushes 591 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque to the RS Q8’s tires through Audi’s legendary Quattro all-wheel-drive system. We predict that’s good enough to send the nearly three-ton SUV from zero to 60 mph in under three seconds. What’s more astounding is the 7:42 lap time a pre-production model set at the Nürburgring making it the fastest SUV to ever go around the world-famous track. Like the standard Q8, the RS’s elegant lines and plethora of interactive screens give it a unique, spaceship-like feel.

  • Base price:$115,595
  • Engine: 591-hp twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8
  • Cargo space behind second row: 30 cubic feet

MORE RS Q8 SPECS4. Volvo XC90VIEW PHOTOSVOLVO

While less conspicuous, the Volvo XC90 sits right alongside the likes of the X5, Cayenne, and Discovery as an OG in the luxury SUV game. With the XC90 entering 2021 relatively unchanged, no news is good news for the Swedish brand’s loyalists. All models are powered by some variation of a boosted 2.0-liter, four-cylinder powerplant. Its variants include the fuel-sipping, 30-mpg 250-hp turbocharged T5; the 316-hp T6 that adds a supercharger; and a 400-hp, plug-in hybrid T8, which returns one fewer mpg than the T5. Available in four trim levels, our favorite is the T6-powered Inscription. Neither overly opulent nor underwhelming, the XC90’s interior suits it well. Standard interior appointments include a 9.0-inch touchscreen display and small, but usable, third-row seats.

  • Base price: $50,095
  • Engines: 250-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four; 316-hp turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter turbo inline-four; 313-hp turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter inline-four with 87-hp AC electric motor, 400 combined horsepower
  • Cargo space behind second row: 35 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 12 cubic feet

MORE XC90 SPECS3. BMW X5VIEW PHOTOSBMW

Though mostly unchanged from last year, a plug-in hybrid model, the xDrive45e, has entered the BMW X5 lineup for 2021. In addition, the $62,000 xDrive40i, our pick of the bunch, now comes standard with a 48-volt hybrid system. Commensurate with the three previous generations, the 2021 BMW X5 effortlessly blends sport, comfort, and tech to create a sublime driving experience. At the top of the heap sits the 523-hp M50i model, which, in testing, cranked out a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.9 seconds. Those with short commutes may find the plug-in hybrid’s 30-mile, electric-only range appealing. As with many of its competitors, BMW offers an almost limitless array of optional interior features such as massaging seats, heated armrests, and a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system.

  • Base price: $60,395
  • Engines: 335-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six; 282-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with 112-hp AC electric motor, 389 combined horsepower; 523-hp twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8
  • Cargo space behind second row: 33 cubic feet

MORE X5 SPECS2. Porsche CayenneVIEW PHOTOSANDREW TRAHANCAR AND DRIVER

Since its arrival for the 2003 model year, the Porsche Cayenne has offered sports-car athleticism wrapped in a practical package. The company’s flagship SUV continues into 2021 looking the same as last year, but with the reintroduction of the famed GTS trim. The 355-hp base model, with its $68,850 starting price, represents the best value of the lineup. Nonetheless, those looking for more power or efficiency have a diverse palette of powertrain options to choose from, including S, E-Hybrid, and GTS trims. Standard equipment for the Cayenne includes a power liftgate, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a large 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay.

  • Base price: $68,850
  • Engines: 355-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6; 335-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter turbo, 134-hp AC electric motor, 455 combined horsepower; 434-hp twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6; 453-hp twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8
  • Cargo space behind second row: 27 (Cayenne) 22 (E-Hybrid) cubic feet

MORE CAYENNE SPECS1. Genesis GV80VIEW PHOTOSMARC URBANOCAR AND DRIVER

Genesis’s all-new 2021 GV80, its first SUV, is yet another step in the right direction for the fresh luxury brand with shallow roots. After testing the GV80 with both of its available engines, a 300-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-4 and a 375-hp twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6, our vote goes to the highest-spec trim, the 3.5T Prestige. Despite a $71,795 starting price, $21,870 more than a base, rear-wheel-drive, 2.5T model, we prefer the Prestige’s increased power, upgraded interior, elegant 22-inch wheels, and all-wheel drive. EPA estimated highway fuel economy for a rear-wheel-drive 2.5T is 25 mpg which mirrors our results during testing. Regardless of trim, we found the GV80 sporty, composed, and elegant enough to award it a 2021 Car and Driver 10Best award.

  • Base price: $49,925
  • Engine: 300-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four; 375-hp twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6
  • Cargo space behind second row: 34 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 11 cubic feet (Three-row Model)

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We sifted through the data to select the best cars and trucks in every category.Learn More12022 INFINITI QX60

Overview

The Infiniti QX60 is a luxurious three-row midsize SUV with room for up to seven people. It has a remarkably smooth, quiet ride and high-quality materials throughout, but there’s only one engine option, and its fuel economy is just average. The INFINITI QX60 is a 7-seater vehicle that comes in 4 trim levels. The most popular style is the SENSORY FWD, which starts at $57,375 and comes with a 3.5L V6 engine and Front Wheel Drive. This QX60 is estimated to deliver 21 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway.Configure a new car

Pros

  • Luxurious interior
  • Good cargo capacity
  • Smooth, quiet ride

Cons

  • Limited availability of second-row captain’s chairs
  • Only one engine offered

Overall Assessment

The redesigned Infiniti QX60 is a versatile luxury SUV. It has room for up to seven passengers in three rows, with the option for second-row captain’s chairs on the top trim. Standard safety and convenience features are extensive. It also has a fully-featured infotainment system with a large, responsive touchscreen. There’s only one engine option, so those who crave more performance are out of luck. However, the engine is plenty capable for everyday driving. In addition to a roomy cabin, the QX60 also provides a spacious cargo bay.

The Acura MDX costs less than the Infiniti and offers sportier handling and a less plush interior. The Lincoln Aviator matches the luxury of the QX60 and has an available hybrid engine….See More

$57,375 as shownStarting MSRP $47,875Starting Market Avg. $49,623Build & PriceView New Inventory

Feature Highlights

Pedestrian DetectionWireless ChargingAround View CameraFront Cooled SeatsPanoramic MoonroofHands-free Trunk/LiftgatePower Trunk/LiftgateAdaptive Cruise Control w/Stop and GoIn-Car WiFi4 yr / 60k mi Basic WarrantySee full specs

See owner reviews for INFINITI QX60.All reviews22022 Genesis GV80

Overview

The Genesis GV80 may be missing a prestigious badge on the hood, but its level of style, features, and refinement rivals that of the most established luxury nameplates — and for a lot less money. The Genesis GV80 is a 7-seater vehicle that comes in 3 trim levels. The most popular style is the 3.5T Advanced + AWD, which starts at $69,095 and comes with a 3.5L V6 Twin-Turbo engine and All Wheel Drive. This GV80 is estimated to deliver 18 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway.Configure a new car

Pros

  • Striking good looks
  • High-end cabin loaded with features
  • More affordable than most competitors

Cons

  • Available third row is cramped
  • Not very fuel efficient
  • Lacks a performance variant

Overall Assessment

Genesis, the luxury division of the Hyundai Motor Group, has quickly earned a place alongside some of the best-known premium brands. That’s thanks to a string of remarkable new models, including the GV80. Launched just last year, the midsize luxury SUV easily holds its own against longtime segment leaders, such as the Mercedes-Benz GLE and BMW X5. Like them, the GV80 is available with either rear- or all-wheel drive and either turbocharged four- or six-cylinder power. But where some rivals offer a variety of flavors, including fuel-efficient hybrids and sporty performance variants, the GV80 sticks to a simple formula. It’s focused squarely on comfort and refinement, which it delivers in spades. Not only does the GV80 provide a smooth and quiet ride, its roomy cabin impresses with high-quality materials and loads of standard features and tech. One thing it doesn’t do well is a third row, which is offered only on the most expensive trim levels and is cramped to boot. We suggest looking elsewhere for a three-row people hauler. But anyone in the market for a two-row luxury SUV should give the GV80 serious consideration….See More

Feature Highlights

Blind Spot CameraPedestrian DetectionWireless ChargingRemote Automatic ParkingStart/Stop SystemAround View CameraFront Cooled SeatsHeads-up Display (HUD)Panoramic Moonroof5 yr / 60k mi Basic WarrantySee full specs

Overview

The Lincoln Aviator offers upscale design and loads of features in a family-friendly package. With a standard 400-horsepower engine and competitive pricing, it’s a compelling choice among luxury three-row SUVs. The Lincoln Aviator is a 6-seater vehicle that comes in 5 trim levels. The most popular style is the Reserve AWD, which starts at $61,400 and comes with a 3.0L V6 Twin-Turbo engine and All Wheel Drive. This Aviator is estimated to deliver 17 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway.Configure a new car

Pros

  • Premium look and feel
  • Powerful turbocharged V6
  • Available plug-in hybrid

Cons

  • Third row is best for children
  • Soft handling compared to some competitors

Overall Assessment

The Aviator is a relatively new offering from Lincoln, first appearing two years ago. Based on the midsize Ford Explorer, it’s Lincoln’s second-largest vehicle, measuring some 22 inches shorter than the full-size Lincoln Navigator and about 9 inches longer than the two-row Lincoln Nautilus. Like its siblings, the Aviator distinguishes itself with luxurious good looks and plush accommodations. It carries up to seven passengers across three rows of seats, delivering a comfortable and quiet ride, not to mention strong acceleration from its potent base engine – a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6.

Higher trims also offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain capable of an estimated 21 miles of electric-only range. In keeping with the Lincoln brand, the Aviator favors luxury over sportiness, so it isn’t as athletic as some rivals, such as the Audi Q7 or the BMW X7. Instead, more like the pricier Mercedes-Benz GLE, it pampers occupants with premium materials as well as abundant features and tech….See More

Feature Highlights

Hands-free DoorsPower DoorsBlind Spot CameraPedestrian DetectionWireless ChargingParallel and Perpendicular (Back-In) Automatic ParkingAround View CameraFront and Rear Cooled Seats4 yr / 50k mi Basic Warranty8 yr / 100k mi Hybrid/EV WarrantySee full specs

See owner reviews for Lincoln Aviator.All reviews42022 Acura MDX

Overview

With its spacious interior, strong performance, and comfortable ride, the new 2022 MDX elevates Acura’s level of refinement. Shoppers looking for a versatile luxury crossover SUV with the latest technology should definitely consider the MDX. The Acura MDX is a 7-seater vehicle that comes in 6 trim levels. The most popular style is the A-Spec Package SH-AWD, which starts at $59,445 and comes with a 3.5L V6 engine and All Wheel Drive. This MDX is estimated to deliver 19 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway.Configure a new car

Pros

  • Roomy, versatile cabin
  • Time-tested V6 with new 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Excellent ride comfort

Cons

  • Slick but challenging infotainment interface
  • Third-row seating has minimal legroom

Overall Assessment

The three-row Acura MDX is all-new for 2022 after skipping the 2021 model year altogether. As Acura’s largest SUV, it sits above the smaller two-row Acura RDX. The MDX isn’t as big as traditional three-row luxury SUVs, such as the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator. But the newly enlarged MDX is more than an inch longer than its most direct competitor, the Lexus RX 350L.

All MDXs are powered by a strong 3.5-liter V6, which is now connected to a smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard. Acura also offers its Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), which improves performance on both dry pavement and wet surfaces. Acura has significantly refined its interior designs and materials over the past decade, and it shows in the MDX’s rich-looking cabin. One downside is the trackpad-like infotainment system interface takes practice to use proficiently.

The MDX has long been one of the top-selling three-row luxury SUVs, and the changes to the 2022 model make it even better. It is one of the few vehicles in its class to deliver versatility, luxury, and a performance feel in a single package….See More

$53,745 as shownStarting MSRP $49,045Starting Market Avg. $50,101Build & PriceView New Inventory

Feature Highlights

Wireless ChargingPanoramic MoonroofPower Trunk/LiftgateAdaptive Cruise ControlIn-Car WiFiForward Collision WarningAndroid AutoApple CarPlayRemote Engine Start4 yr / 50k mi Basic WarrantySee full specs

Overview

The Lincoln Navigator is a plush and well-furnished full-size luxury SUV with the passenger room, cargo capacity, and power to tackle any task. It is expensive, but the build quality and materials used in the interior, combined with the class-leading capabilities, safety technology, and style, make it a top choice when it comes to full-size luxury SUVs. The Lincoln Navigator is a 8-seater vehicle that comes in 3 trim levels. The most popular style is the Reserve 4WD, which starts at $86,860 and comes with a 3.5L V6 Twin-Turbo engine and Four Wheel Drive. This Navigator is estimated to deliver 16 MPG in the city and 20 MPG on the highway.Configure a new car

Pros

  • Beautifully crafted interior
  • Powerful twin-turbocharged engine
  • Class-leading tow capacity

Cons

  • Top models touch $100,000
  • Low fuel economy
  • Lagging infotainment tech features

Overall Assessment

The Lincoln Navigator is one of the most luxurious full-size SUVs available. And it comes loaded with the features and tech that buyers in this segment expect. The sumptuous interior feels right in step with this class of vehicle, too. The four-wheel independent suspension and noise-absorbing countermeasures engineered by Lincoln deliver a cocoon of comfort and quietness.

The gargantuan people-hauler is based on the Ford Expedition, which itself shares much of its mechanical makeup with the Ford F-150 pickup. So unlike crossover SUVs that are built with a car-like body and chassis, the Navigator is built like a truck with a separate body riding on a full ladder frame. With heavy construction like that, it’s not surprising that all of the Navigator’s luxuries are backed by serious capability.

The Navigator is available in two lengths, the standard model and the L, which offers a 9-inch longer wheelbase and enough cargo space to overpack for any adventure. Every Navigator has the same potent powertrain: a 450-horsepower twin-turbo V6 paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The Navigator’s all-wheel-drive system is optional and top models receive a low range-equipped four-wheel-drive system packaged with the heavy-duty trailer tow package. Speaking of towing, a properly equipped two-wheel-drive Navigator can move up to 8,700 pounds of trailer, which is more than any other full-size luxury SUV….See More

$87,410 as shownStarting MSRP $78,400Starting Market Avg. Avg. savings of $401 off MSRP$77,999Build & PriceView New Inventory

Feature Highlights

Power Running BoardsPedestrian DetectionWireless ChargingParallel and Perpendicular (Back-In) Automatic ParkingStart/Stop SystemAround View CameraFront Cooled SeatsCurve Adaptive HeadlampsPanoramic Moonroof4 yr / 50k mi Basic WarrantySee full specs

See owner reviews for Lincoln Navigator.All reviews62022 Cadillac XT6

Overview

The three-row Cadillac XT6 luxury SUV seats seven passengers, but its attractive cabin isn’t as upscale as its price implies. Two engine options include a responsive V6 and available all-wheel drive, but the XT6 doesn’t have the sporty feel that some rivals offer. The Cadillac XT6 is a 7-seater vehicle that comes in 3 trim levels. The most popular style is the Premium Luxury AWD, which starts at $56,190 and comes with a 3.6L V6 engine and All Wheel Drive. This XT6 is estimated to deliver 18 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway.

Pros

  • Smooth ride
  • Roomy seating
  • Ample cargo room

Cons

  • Can’t match the performance feel of competitors
  • Cabin doesn’t feel expensive

Overall Assessment

The Cadillac XT6 was introduced as an all-new model last year. It’s a seven-passenger alternative to the larger, more expensive Cadillac Escalade. Though smaller, the XT6 has plenty of room and its third row easily accommodates two adults. Interior materials are good, but the XT6 doesn’t deliver the same superior quality of some competitors. The V6 engine is responsive, easily getting this large vehicle up to speed with a smooth, quiet ride. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. Packaged as a luxury SUV, the XT6 comes with many standard features, including a premium audio system and heated front seats. It’s also strong on safety with standard automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist.

The XT6’s competitors include the Lincoln Aviator and Acura MDX. The Aviator delivers a luxury experience at an even higher price. The MDX has similar accommodations with a more performance-oriented feel….See More

$54,190 as shownStarting MSRP $49,790Starting Market Avg. Avg. savings of $691 off MSRP$49,099Build & PriceView New Inventory

Feature Highlights

Pedestrian DetectionWireless ChargingParallel and Perpendicular (Back-In) Automatic ParkingStart/Stop SystemCurve Adaptive HeadlampsPanoramic MoonroofHands-free Trunk/LiftgatePower Trunk/LiftgateIn-Car WiFi4 yr / 50k mi Basic WarrantySee full specs

See owner reviews for Cadillac XT6.All reviews72022 Land Rover Defender

Overview

The reborn Land Rover Defender lives up to the legend but in a thoroughly modern way, offering extreme off-road capability and unique style. The Land Rover Defender is a 5-seater vehicle that comes in 10 trim levels. The most popular style is the 110 X-Dynamic HSE, which starts at $75,350 and comes with a 3.0L I6 S/C and Turbo engine and Four Wheel Drive. This Defender is estimated to deliver 17 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway.Configure a new car

Pros

  • Serious go-anywhere capability
  • Styling brings an iconic look into the present day
  • Hefty towing capacity

Cons

  • With either engine, the Defender is thirsty
  • On-road handling is far from sporty

Overall Assessment

The original Defender put Land Rover on the map, and remained in production (with updates) from the 1940s into the 2000s. However, the Defender was sold in the United States only some of that time. A wholly new version of the iconic model is a very big deal, but Land Rover has successfully brought the Defender into the present day while honoring its past. The upright styling, short overhangs, contrast-color roof, side-hinged rear door, and various other design elements are unmistakably Defender, yet the overall look is modern. Land Rover offers both two-door and four-door variants. Off-road ability is of paramount importance with this model, and the Defender delivers, substituting old-school hardware with modern technology. Despite its Herculean off-road abilities, the Defender has a suitably genteel on-road demeanor, though it isn’t as posh as a Land Rover Range Rover….See More

$74,650 as shownStarting MSRP $50,050Starting Market Avg. $52,180Build & PriceView New Inventory

Feature Highlights

Hill Descent AssistWireless ChargingStart/Stop SystemAround View CameraFront Cooled SeatsPanoramic MoonroofAdaptive Cruise ControlForward Collision WarningAndroid Auto4 yr / 50k mi Basic WarrantySee full specs

See owner reviews for Land Rover Defender.All reviews82022 Volvo XC90 Recharge

Overview

The Volvo XC90 has received praise for its Scandinavian style and luxury, and now, with the new XC90 Recharge hitting the market, it adds fuel-efficient to its long line of plaudits. Under the hood is a plug-in hybrid powertrain that produces an impressive 400 horsepower while achieving 55 MPGe combined. There’s also 18 miles of all-electric range. Inside, the Recharge has the same gorgeous cabin as the regular XC90, seating for up to seven. The Volvo XC90 Recharge is a 7-seater vehicle that comes in 3 trim levels. The most popular style is the Inscription 7-Passenger, which starts at $72,195 and comes with a Plug-In Hybrid 2.0L I4 S/C and Turbo engine and All Wheel Drive. This XC90 Recharge is estimated to deliver 27 MPG combined.Configure a new car

Pros

  • A plug-in flagship with seating for seven
  • Volvo’s state-of-the-art safety tech
  • Roomy and well-crafted cabin
  • Great for four-season driving

Cons

  • Not as fun to drive as some competitors
  • Infotainment system is a bit complex
  • Tiny cargo area with back seats in place

Overall Assessment

The Volvo XC90 is one of the best SUVs in its segment, and the all-new Recharge variant delivers PHEV efficiency on top of its other strengths. There’s room inside for up to seven people, with interior amenities and comfort rivaling some more expensive vehicles. The XC90 is built for winter weather, too. All-wheel drive comes standard, as does Volvo’s sturdy build quality and practical demeanor. The XC90 Recharge gives the biggest Volvo SUV a welcome infusion of power as well, with 400 horses on tap. It may not be the sportiest or the most affordable luxury crossover, but the XC90 Recharge seeks to do it all for eco-conscious customers….See More

$72,195 as shownStarting MSRP $65,895Starting Market Avg. Avg. savings of $221 off MSRP$65,674Build & PriceView New Inventory

Feature Highlights

Hill Descent AssistPedestrian DetectionWireless ChargingStart/Stop SystemFront Cooled SeatsCurve Adaptive HeadlampsPanoramic MoonroofHands-free Trunk/Liftgate4 yr / 50k mi Basic Warranty8 yr / 100k mi Hybrid/EV WarrantySee full specs

Overview

With its commanding ride height, cutting-edge technology, and plush comfort, the BMW X7 has the features shoppers expect from a full-size luxury SUV, plus a sporty demeanor. Its three-row interior is filled with high-quality materials and safety aids, and the driver-focused cockpit centers around dual 12.3-inch displays. Underfoot are all-wheel-drive and an air suspension. Available high-performance engines offer outstanding driving performance. The BMW X7 is a 7-seater vehicle that comes in 3 trim levels. The most popular style is the xDrive40i, which starts at $75,895 and comes with a 3.0L I6 Turbo engine and All Wheel Drive. This X7 is estimated to deliver 19 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway.Configure a new car

Pros

  • Tranquil and ultra-luxurious cabin
  • Performance trims are fun to drive
  • Advanced driver technology comes included

Cons

  • Less interior legroom than competitors
  • Small cargo capacity with seats in place

Overall Assessment

The BMW X7 is an excellent choice for shoppers wanting a stately and luxurious SUV that can accelerate and corner better than rivals. Its three powertrain choices include twin-turbo V8 engines with astonishing speed. BMW employs cutting-edge technology like a multi-link suspension, adjustable air springs, and available active steering to help the sizable X7 maneuver like a smaller vehicle. Whichever powertrain one goes with, the BMW provides smooth power delivery and an absorbent ride. Cabin insulation is impressive, and outside noise is rarely heard. Some rivals have more interior legroom and cargo space, while others offer greater off-road capabilities. But for shoppers who want the rare full-size SUV that’s also fun to drive, few can match the on-road performance of the BMW X7….See More

$100,795 as shownStarting MSRP $75,895Starting Market Avg. $76,916Build & PriceView New Inventory

Feature Highlights

Pedestrian DetectionWireless ChargingParallel and Perpendicular (Back-In) Automatic ParkingStart/Stop SystemAround View CameraHeads-up Display (HUD)Panoramic MoonroofHands-free Trunk/LiftgatePower Trunk/Liftgate4 yr / 50k mi Basic WarrantySee full specs

See owner reviews for BMW X7.All reviews102022 Tesla Model Y

Overview

The Tesla Model Y is a 5-seater vehicle that comes in 1 trim levels. The most popular style is the Long Range AWD, which starts at $60,190 and comes with an Electric engine and All Wheel Drive. This Model Y is estimated to deliver 127 MPGe in the city and 117 MPGe on the highway.Starting MSRP $60,190Build & Price

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Overview

With potent engines and responsive handling, the BMW X5 is an SUV with an emphasis on “sport.” A spacious, upscale interior and loads of tech round out the package and help to justify its hefty price. The BMW X5 is a 5-seater vehicle that comes in 3 trim levels. The most popular style is the xDrive40i, which starts at $63,895 and comes with a 3.0L I6 Turbo engine and All Wheel Drive. This X5 is estimated to deliver 21 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway.Configure a new car

Pros

  • Well-appointed cabin with easy-to-use tech
  • Powerful engines
  • Engaging to drive

Cons

Overview

The Land Rover Discovery is a potent SUV for people who don’t flinch at going off-road, but want a crossover that handles well in town. Although its interior is elegant and its powertrains strong, the Discovery is let down by a tippy, hobby-horse ride. The Land Rover Discovery is a 7-seater vehicle that comes in 3 trim levels. The most popular style is the S R-Dynamic P360, which starts at $64,450 and comes with a 3.0L I6 S/C and Turbo engine and Four Wheel Drive. This Discovery is estimated to deliver 18 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway.Configure a new car

Pros

  • Impressive list of standard features
  • Luxurious interior
  • Excellent off-road capabilities

Cons

  • Overly firm ride
  • Below average fuel economy
  • Ponderous infotainment

Overall Assessment

Land Rover nomenclature can be confusing, so let’s clear up one thing: The Land Rover Discovery midsize-SUV is different from the smaller Land Rover Discovery Sport. The Discovery has a more powerful engine, more towing capacity, and more cargo space than the Sport. And as you might expect, the Discovery starts about $12,000 higher than the Sport.

Keep in mind that Land Rover offers four SUVs with similar dimensions: The versatile Discovery, the sleek and sexy Range Rover Velar, the dynamic Range Rover Sport, and the off-road-minded Defender 110. Each model has varying degrees of on- and off-road performance to go along with their luxurious interiors. The Discovery distinguishes itself with the most versatile interior as its three rows of seating can be reconfigured to accommodate a wide range of passengers and cargo. There are numerous competitors in this segment, including the Acura MDXBMW X5, and Mercedes-Benz GLE….See More

$71,650 as shownStarting MSRP $56,350Starting Market Avg. $58,039Build & PriceView New Inventory

Feature Highlights

Running BoardsHill Descent AssistParallel and Perpendicular (Back-In) Automatic ParkingStart/Stop SystemAround View CameraFront Cooled SeatsPanoramic MoonroofHands-free Trunk/LiftgatePower Trunk/Liftgate4 yr / 50k mi Basic WarrantySee full specs

See owner reviews for Land Rover Discovery.All reviews132022 Audi SQ7

Overview

Equipped with a robust V8 engine, this Audi SQ7 midsize crossover is shockingly quick and engaging to drive. Its seven-passenger cabin has top-quality materials throughout, but buyers looking for a useful third row will be disappointed. The Audi SQ7 is a 7-seater vehicle that comes in 2 trim levels. The most popular style is the Premium Plus, which starts at $89,695 and comes with a 4.0L V8 Turbo engine and All Wheel Drive. This SQ7 is estimated to deliver 15 MPG in the city and 21 MPG on the highway.Configure a new car

Pros

  • Elegant cabin with top-quality materials
  • Exceptional acceleration from standard V8 engine
  • Smooth and precise handling

Cons

  • Limited cargo capacity
  • Cramped third row

Overall Assessment

The Audi SQ7 is a high-performance version of Audi’s largest SUV, the Audi Q7 midsize crossover. Its most notable upgrade is the standard, 500-horsepower V8 engine that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. It makes this SUV quicker in a straight line than many sports cars. The three-row SQ7 seats seven people inside a refined cabin packed with safety and technology. The only areas where it comes up short are third-row comfort and cargo space, both of which are average at best.

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Overview

If anyone wants a hulking, opulently equipped seven-seat SUV that handles like it’s two sizes smaller, the Mercedes GLS is your answer. Some of its technology is frustrating to use, and you have to pay up for the best options. But there are few SUVs of its size that are enjoyable as a daily driver. The Mercedes-Benz GLS is a 7-seater vehicle that comes in 1 trim levels. The most popular style is the GLS 450 4MATIC, which starts at $78,900 and comes with a 3.0L I6 Turbo engine and All Wheel Drive. This GLS is estimated to deliver 18 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway.Configure a new car

Pros

  • Surprisingly nimble for its size
  • Plenty of passenger room in all three rows
  • Extremely smooth and quiet engine

Cons

  • User interface isn’t always intuitive
  • Only one engine available

Overall Assessment

The Mercedes-Benz GLS is a full-size three-row SUV that blends all the luxury of the brand’s legendary sedans into a more family-friendly SUV package. It’s a beast of a vehicle in terms of size, but it actually feels much smaller from behind the wheel. The substantial dimensions deliver excellent passenger space inside, and even the third row is usable by more than just children. As the most expensive of Mercedes’ SUVs, the GLS is lavishly outfitted with premium materials throughout and a long list of standard features, including two huge digital displays that dominate the dashboard. It’s a pretty slick setup, but the functionality isn’t always easy to grasp. There’s a decent amount of cargo room behind the third-row seats and plenty more with the seats folded down, so the GLS is well equipped to handle most family-sized adventures. Competitors include the BMW X7Cadillac Escalade, and Lincoln Navigator, all of which come standard with three rows of seating, powerful engines, and long lists of standard features….See MoreStarting MSRP $78,900Starting Market Avg. $83,679Build & PriceView New Inventory

Feature Highlights

Blind Spot CameraHill Descent AssistPedestrian DetectionWireless ChargingParallel and Perpendicular (Back-In) Automatic ParkingStart/Stop SystemAround View CameraFront Cooled SeatsCurve Adaptive Headlamps4 yr / 50k mi Basic WarrantySee full specs

See owner reviews for Mercedes-Benz GLS.All reviews152022 Volvo XC90

Overview

The Volvo XC90 combines elegant Swedish design, luxurious accommodations, and advanced safety tech into a highly appealing — though not very sporty — midsize family hauler. The Volvo XC90 is a 7-seater vehicle that comes in 2 trim levels. The most popular style is the T6 Momentum 7-Passenger AWD, which starts at $59,395 and comes with a 2.0L I4 S/C and Turbo engine and All Wheel Drive. This XC90 is estimated to deliver 19 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway.Configure a new car

Pros

  • Posh styling inside and out
  • Excellent tech and safety features
  • Comfy ride with available air suspension

Cons

Third row best suited for children

No performance variant

Best 3 Row Luxury Suv 2021

Many consumers are looking for functional vehicles that can conveniently accommodate large families and still offer good cargo space. Usually, this translates to a three-row SUV or crossover will be the way to go, but what if you want more than just impressive versatility? If you’re shopping for a new SUV with some level of luxury, the market has no shortage of topnotch options. Below we’ve listed out the best 3 row luxury suv for those looking to skirt around town in style.

Mazda CX-9. Luxury SUV lease deal:$359/month for 36 months with $3,999 due at signing. The Mazda CX-9 is a smart and family-friendly option for upscale buyers shopping for a crossover SUV. You’ll enjoy driving this six- or seven-passenger crossover, with its athletic handling and zippy engine. For a luxury SUV at a reasonable price, the CX-9 can’t be beat.

Overall Assessment

The current XC90, Volvo’s largest and only three-row SUV, turned many heads when it first appeared back in 2016. Its high-end, modern appearance seemed to be straight out of Dwell magazine. And it looks just as sharp today, which speaks volumes about its design quality. Fortunately, that beauty is not just skin-deep. The seven-seater is also packed with high-end features, including adaptive cruise control, navigation, and a panoramic sunroof, all standard.

Under the hood, the base turbocharged 250-horsepower engine offers reasonable motivation, plus as much as 30 miles per gallon on the highway. Those seeking more oomph can find it with the optional engine, which adds a supercharger and 66 additional ponies. A plug-in hybrid version, the Volvo XC90 Recharge, is also available as a separate model. The handsome Swede provides a comfortable ride, especially when fitted with the optional air suspension, no matter which engine you choose.

Unlike some racier SUVs, such as the Porsche Cayenne], the XC90 is not particularly athletic. But in typical Volvo fashion, it boasts a full suite of active-safety features as standard equipment, not to mention top marks in most safety ratings….See More

$59,395 as shownStarting MSRP $51,995Starting Market Avg. Avg. savings of $788 off MSRP$51,208Build & PriceView New Inventory

Feature Highlights

Hill Descent AssistPedestrian DetectionWireless ChargingStart/Stop SystemCurve Adaptive HeadlampsPanoramic MoonroofHands-free Trunk/LiftgatePower Trunk/LiftgateAdaptive Cruise Control4 yr / 50k mi Basic WarrantySee full specs

See owner reviews for Volvo XC90.All reviews162022 Lexus RX

Overview

The Lexus RX is one of the best luxury crossovers in its class thanks to a comfortable cabin, solid performance, and impeccable build quality. None of those things make it fun to drive, however, so if driving satisfaction is a top priority there are better options. The Lexus RX is a 6-seater vehicle that comes in 6 trim levels. The most popular style is the RX 350L FWD, which starts at $49,475 and comes with a 3.5L V6 engine and Front Wheel Drive. This RX is estimated to deliver 19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway.Configure a new car

Pros

  • Spacious and luxurious cabin
  • Refined ride that remains comfortable on rough roads
  • Impressive fuel economy from hybrid model

Cons

  • RXL model’s third row doesn’t provide much extra passenger room
  • Driving experience is dull, even in F Sport models
  • User interface is less intuitive than competing systems

Overall Assessment

The Lexus RX is positioned in the heart of the midsize-luxury crossover segment. With available two- and three-row configurations, gas and hybrid drivetrains, and a car-like ride quality, the RX delivers a desirable combination of comfort and refinement. The standard V6 in the gas models has plenty of power, while the hybrid setup earns impressive fuel mileage around town. An available F Sport package gives the RX a sharper edge, but it’s still not enough to deliver an exhilarating driving experience. There’s plenty of room for five passengers in the standard two-row RX, but the RXL model’s third row is a tight fit. High-quality materials and exceptional build quality make for an impressively luxurious cabin, and recent upgrades make it easier to use the long list of technology features. Buyers who prefer a sportier feel should consider competitors such as the BMW X5 or Mercedes-Benz GLE. Other notable competitors include the Genesis GV80 and Lincoln Aviator….See More

$58,735 as shownStarting MSRP $46,645Starting Market Avg. $47,261Build & PriceView New Inventory

Pedestrian DetectionStart/Stop SystemFront Cooled SeatsPower Trunk/LiftgateAdaptive Cruise ControlIn-Car WiFiForward Collision WarningAndroid Auto4 yr / 50k mi Basic Warranty8 yr / 100k mi Hybrid/EV WarrantySee full specs

See owner reviews for Lexus RX.All reviews172022 Mercedes-Benz GLE

Overview

The Mercedes-Benz GLE is a midsize-luxury SUV that’s universally competent. It has a sumptuous interior, poised handling, and the most innovative tech and convenience features money can buy. Also, its cabin is spacious, except for the tight third row. The Mercedes-Benz GLE is a 5-seater vehicle that comes in 4 trim levels. The most popular style is the GLE 350 4MATIC, which starts at $59,700 and comes with a 2.0L I4 Turbo engine and All Wheel Drive. This GLE is estimated to deliver 19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway.Configure a new car

Pros

  • Roomy first- and second-row seats
  • Magnificent cabin
  • Lots of cargo space

Cons

  • Cramped optional third-row seat
  • Competing models have more horsepower

Overall Assessment

Mercedes-Benz is synonymous with a particular type of automotive luxury, and the 2022 GLE embodies the brand’s most admirable attributes. The GLE is well-rounded and exceptional in most respects; its ride quality is the ultimate in refinement, and its cabin is roomy and opulent. Additionally, there’s ample room for cargo. And the GLE provides state-of-the-art amenities that keep you informed and entertained.

However, top-notch luxury is expensive. The GLE costs more than rivals like the Lexus RX and Volvo XC90. And space in this SUV’s optional third row is tight — though, to be fair, this is true of other sport utility vehicles in this class. All things considered, the GLE represents the best of the best in a talented segment….See More

$64,550 as shownStarting MSRP $57,200Starting Market Avg. $58,905Build & PriceView New Inventory

Feature Highlights

Parallel and Perpendicular (Back-In) Automatic ParkingStart/Stop SystemHands-free Trunk/LiftgatePower Trunk/LiftgateIn-Car WiFiRemote Engine StartFront and Rear Parking SensorsFront Heated SeatsMoonroofBlind Spot SystemSee full specs

See owner reviews for Mercedes-Benz GLE.All reviews182022 Audi Q7

Overview

Luxury SUVs can be both relaxing and exciting, and the three-row Audi Q7 packs a ton of technology and driving performance into its sleek body. Its leather-upholstered interior has intuitive tech features and top-notch build. The Q7 has impressive handling for an SUV its size, and drivers will find it enjoyable to drive. Standard all-wheel-drive provides extra peace of mind. The Audi Q7 is a 7-seater vehicle that comes in 3 trim levels. The most popular style is the Premium Plus 55, which starts at $63,695 and comes with a 3.0L V6 Turbo engine and All Wheel Drive. This Q7 is estimated to deliver 18 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway.Configure a new car

Pros

  • Plush and roomy three-row cabin
  • Sporty powertrains
  • Excellent craftsmanship

Cons

  • Fuel economy could be better
  • Small cargo area

$63,695 as shownStarting MSRP $58,695Starting Market Avg. $59,355Build & PriceView New Inventory

Feature Highlights

Hill Descent AssistWireless ChargingStart/Stop SystemAround View CameraFront Cooled SeatsHeads-up Display (HUD)Panoramic MoonroofHands-free Trunk/LiftgatePower Trunk/LiftgateIn-Car WiFiSee full specs

See owner reviews for Audi Q7.All reviews192022 Cadillac Escalade

Overview

With its assertive design, brawny engine, and spacious, high-end cabin, the Cadillac Escalade is the epitome of the American luxury SUV. And it’s priced accordingly. The Cadillac Escalade is a 7-seater vehicle that comes in 5 trim levels. The most popular style is the Premium Luxury 4WD, which starts at $89,590 and comes with a 6.2L V8 engine and Four Wheel Drive. This Escalade is estimated to deliver 14 MPG in the city and 19 MPG on the highway.Configure a new car

Pros

  • Cavernous interior packed with high-tech features
  • Bold styling
  • Powerful standard V8

Cons

  • V8 engine gulps fuel
  • Key safety features not available on base model

Overall Assessment

Cadillac has been using the same basic formula for the Escalade since the model’s 1999 debut: Take GM’s full-size SUV platform, add some eye-catching styling cues, and give the interior a Neiman Marcus-level makeover. It works brilliantly. The latest version, which launched just last year, carries the formula successfully into the high-tech era. Cadillac has loaded the Escalade’s luxury cabin with such an impressive array of digital displays and tech features that it feels almost like piloting a starship. The redesign also fixed one of the prior version’s weak spots by reconfiguring the rear suspension to provide more interior room. Now even the standard-length model boasts adult-sized seating in the third row, while the longer ESV version (which stands for Escalade Stretch Vehicle) is positively gargantuan. The Escalade also impresses with its standard 6.2-liter V8 engine, which offers enough thrust to make the large, rear-drive platform feel surprisingly lively on the road, though at the cost of rather poor fuel economy. For the efficiency-minded, an available 3.0-liter turbodiesel helps take the sting out of refueling the big SUV.

The Escalade doesn’t come cheap, though. While there’s a base model that starts under $80,000, it’s easy to push the Escalade’s sticker price over six figures once you add some of the many desirable options, such as all-wheel drive, Magnetic Ride Control, and Super Cruise (semi-autonomous driving). That’s in the same league as high-class German heavyweights such as the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the BMW X7, as well as the just relaunched Jeep Grand Wagoneer. They are all worth a look if you’re considering a top-shelf large SUV….See More

$89,590 as shownStarting MSRP $77,990Starting Market Avg. $80,606Build & PriceView New Inventory

Overview

With impressive mechanical prowess and a sharp sense of style, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport is as adept off-road as it is chauffeuring the kids to volleyball practice. The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is a 5-seater vehicle that comes in 7 trim levels. The most popular style is the HSE Dynamic V8 Supercharged, which starts at $90,650 and comes with a 5.0L V8 S/C engine and Four Wheel Drive. This Range Rover Sport is estimated to deliver 17 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway.Configure a new car

Pros

  • Exceptional off-road abilities
  • Excellent driving manners
  • Available supercharged V8 engine is seriously powerful

Cons

  • Tight third-row space
  • Less cargo capacity than many competitors
  • Infotainment system lags rivals

Overall Assessment

Land Rover calls the Range Rover Sport the brand’s “most dynamic” model. We agree. It has the best off-road capabilities in its class, yet it also offers pleasant on-road manners. As the slightly smaller, somewhat less-expensive sibling to the full-size Land Rover Range Rover model, the Sport’s cabin has an upscale club room-like ambiance that sets it apart from others in the class. Plus it has a third row, something the more expansive Range Rover does not offer. The Range Rover Sport is about the same size as a Volvo XC90Mercedes-Benz GLE, and BMW X5. The Mercedes-Benz GLS is 13 inches longer, providing more interior and cargo space, but the Range Rover Sport’s shorter length improves its agility on- and off-road, and makes it easier to park….See More

Feature Highlights

Hill Descent AssistPedestrian DetectionStart/Stop SystemAround View CameraFront Cooled SeatsPanoramic MoonroofHands-free Trunk/LiftgatePower Trunk/LiftgateIn-Car WiFi4 yr / 50k mi Basic Warranty

See owner reviews for Land Rover Range Rover Sport.All reviews

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