Winner: Land Rover LR4
Runner-Up: Mercedes-Benz M-Class

We still love the Land Rover LR4. This sport/utility is boxy and heavy, yet its 5.0-liter V-8 means the vehicle is really fast. In addition, it is a monster off-road, has a comfortable interior, and is genuinely luxurious. It offers room for seven in its vaultlike cabin, and can tow more than 7700 pounds. The only thing that could make it better would be a diesel engine. For that, you can look to the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, which also offers a hybrid and a high-performance model.


Luxury SUV (Towing More THAN 3500 Pounds)
Vehicle Acura MDX Audi Q5 Audi Q7 BMW X5
Base price $43,815 $36,475 $47,125 $48,395
Wheelbase 108.3 in 110.5 in 118.2 in 115.5 in
Engine 3.7L SOHC V-8 2.0L DOHC T I-4 3.0L DOHC V-6 3.0L DOHC I-6
Opt engine None 3.2L V-6 $7,400 3.0L TD $5200; 3.0L SC V-6 $13,700 3.0L TD I-6 $10,650; 4.4L TT V-8 $16,700
Power, SAE 300 hp 211 hp (270) 280 hp (225, 333) 300 hp (265,400)
Torque, SAE 270 lb-ft 258 lb-ft (243) 295 lb-ft (406, 325) 300 lb-ft (425,450)
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 255/55R18 235/60R18 255/55R18 255/55R18
Fuel cap 21.0 gal 19.8 gal 26.4 gal 22.5 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 16/21 mpg 20/27 mpg 16/22 mpg 16/23 mpg
Opt engine -- (18/23) (17/25,16/22) (19/26, 14/20)
Seating cap 7 5 7 7
Curb weight 4550 lb 4090 lb 5291 lb 4960 lb
GVWR 5900 lb 4800 lb 6746 lb 6669 lb
Cargo cap 83.5 cu ft 57.3 cu ft 72.5 cu ft 75.2 cu ft
Towing cap 5000 lb 4400 lb 6600 lb 6000 lb
Vehicle Buick Enclave Cadillac Escalade/ESV Land Rover LR4 LR Range Rover/Sport
Base price $37,425 $64,165/$66,765 $49,750 $80,275/$60,895
Wheelbase 119.0 in 116.0/130.0 in 113.6 in 113.3 in
Engine 3.6L DOHC V-6 6.2L OHV V-8 5.0L DOHC V-8 5.0L DOHC V-8
Opt engine None 6.0L V-8 hyb $10,680 None 5.0L SC V-8 $18,695/$15,200
Power, SAE 288 hp 403 hp (332) 375 hp 375 hp (510)
Torque, SAE 270 lb-ft 417 lb-ft (367) 375 lb-ft 375 lb-ft (461)
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, side, curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, curt, knee
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 255/65R19 265/65R18 255/55R19 255/55R19
Fuel cap 22.0 gal 26.0/31.0 gal (24.5 hyb) 22.8 gal 27.6/23.3 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 16-17/22-24 mpg 13-14/18 mpg 12/17 mpg 12-13/17-18 mpg
Opt engine -- (20/23) -- --
Seating cap 8 8 7 5
Curb weight 4780 lb 5545 lb 5833 lb 5697/5540 lb
GVWR 6460 lb 7400 lb 7143 lb 7055 lb
Cargo cap 115.3 cu ft 108.9 cu ft 90.3 cu ft 74.2/71.0 cu ft
Towing cap 4500 lb 8300 lb 7716 lb 7716 lb
Vehicle Lexus GX 460 Lincoln MKT Lincoln Navigator/L Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Base price $54,120 $45,175 $58,770/$60,935 $49,865
Wheelbase 109.8 in 117.9 in 119.0/131.0 in 114.8 in
Engine 4.6L DOHC V-8 3.7L DOHC V-6 5.4L SOHC V-8 3.5L DOHC V-6
Opt engine None 3.5L T V-6 $1,995 None 3.0L TD V-6 $1500, 3.5L V-6 H $8000 4.7L V-8, 5.5L V-8
Power, SAE 301 hp 268 hp (355) 310 hp 302 hp (240, 402, 518)
Torque, SAE 329 lb-ft 267 lb-ft (350) 365 lb-ft 273 lb-ft (455, 443, 516)
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt, knee Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 265/60R18 235/55R19 255/70R18 255/50R19
Fuel cap 23.0 gal 18.6 gal 28.0/33.5 gal 24.6 gal (27.7 4.7L)
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 15/20 mpg 16-17/22-24 mpg 13/18 mpg 17/22 mpg
Opt engine -- (16/21) -- (20/27, NA)
Seating cap 7 7 8 5
Curb weight 5305 lb 4695 lb 5850/6150 lb 4753 lb
GVWR 6600 lb 5500 lb 7500/7720 lb 6239 lb (est)
Cargo cap 91.9 cu ft 75.9 cu ft 103.3/128.2 cu ft 71.0 cu ft
Towing cap 6500 lb 4500 lb 9000/8700 lb 7200 lb
Vehicle Volkswagen Touareg Volvo XC90
Base price $44,245 $39,275
Wheelbase 113.9 in 112.6 in
Engine 3.6L DOHC V-6 3.2L DOHC I-6
Opt engine 3.0L TD V-6 $3500; 3.6L H $18,620 None
Power, SAE 280 hp (225, 380) 240 hp
Torque, SAE 266 lb-ft (406, 428) 236 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 255/55R18 235/60R18
Fuel cap 26.4 gal 21.1 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 16/23 mpg 16/23 mpg
Opt engine (19/28, 20/24) 16/23 mpg
Seating cap 5 7
Curb weight 4711 lb 4667 lb
GVWR 6415 lb 6080 lb
Cargo cap 64.0 cu ft 85.1 cu ft
Towing cap 7716 lb 4960 lb