Winner: Range Rover Evoque
Runner-Up: BMW X3

This was the toughest segment in which to pick a winner, because compared with some of the other vehicles in Best In Class, these have the least practical functionality and are expensive. However, the Range Rover Evoque is capable of work: It has off-road and fording capability, and it can tow 3500 pounds. The BMW X3 is closer to a more traditional SUV, but doesn't have as much power or towing capacity.


Luxury SUV (Towing 3500 pounds and below)
Vehicle Acura RDX BMW X3 Cadillac SRX Infiniti EX35
Base price $33,780 $37,995 $36,360 $36,750
Wheelbase 104.3 in 110.5 in 110.5 in 110.2 in
Engine 2.3L turbo I-4 3.0L I-6 3.6L V-6 3.5L V-6
Opt engine None 3.0L twin-turbo I-6 $5,600 None None
Power, SAE 240 hp 240 hp (300) 308 hp 297 hp
Torque, SAE 260 lb-ft 221 lb-ft (300) 265 lb-ft 253 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, fr side, f/r curt Fr, fr side, f/r curt Fr, f/r side, fr curt N/A
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 235/55R18 225/60R17 235/65R18 225/55R18
Fuel cap 18.0 gal 17.7 gal 21.0 gal 20.0 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 17-19/22-24 mpg 19/25-26 mpg 16-17/23-24 mpg 17/24 mpg
Opt engine -- -- -- --
Seating cap 5 5 5 5
Curb weight 3743 lb 4112 lb 4277 lb 3753 lb
Max GVWR 4800 lb 5137 lb TKTK 5024 lb
Cargo cap 60.6 cu ft 27.6 cu ft* 61.2 cu ft 18.6 cu ft*
Towing cap 1500 lb 3000 lb 3500 lb 1500 lb (est)
Vehicle Infiniti FX Land Rover LR2 Lexus RX Lincoln MKX
Base price $44,650 $36,550 $39,950 $40,420
Wheelbase 113.6 in 104.7 in 107.9 in 111.2 in
Engine 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.2L I-6 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.7L DOHC V-6
Opt engine 5.0L V-8 $16,100 None 3.5L hyb $6,160 None
Power, SAE 303 hp (390) 233 hp 270 hp (295) 305 hp
Torque, SAE 262 lb-ft (369) 234 lb-ft 248 lb-ft (234) 280 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, fr side, f/r curt, dr knee Fr, side, curt, knee 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 235/60R18 245/60R18
Fuel cap 23.8 gal 18.5 gal 19.2 gal (17.2) 18.0-19.0 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 16/21-23 mpg 15/22 mpg 18-24 mpg 17-19/23-26 mpg
Opt engine (14/20) -- (30-32/28) --
Seating cap 5 5 5 5
Curb weight 4162 lb 4255 lb 4178 lb 4236 lb
Max GVWR 5766 lb 5520 lb 5974 lb 5590 lb
Cargo cap 62.0 cu ft 58.9 cu ft 80.3 cu ft 68.6 cu ft
Towing cap 3500 lb 3500 lb 3500 lb 3500 lb
Vehicle Mercedes-Benz GLK350 Range Rover Evoque Volvo XC60
Base price $36,755 $44,995 $34,175
Wheelbase 108.5 in 104.8 in 108.2 in
Engine 3.5L DOHC V-6 2.0L turbo I-4 3.2L I-6
Opt engine None None 3.0L turbo I-6 $6,150
Power, SAE 268 hp 240 hp 240 hp (300-325)
Torque, SAE 258 lb-ft 250 lb-ft 236 lb-ft (325-354)
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f//r curt, dr knee Fr, fr side, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 235/50R19 235/55R19 235/65R17
Fuel cap 17.4 gal 18.5 gal 18.5 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 16/21-22 mpg 18/28 mpg 19-20/23-25 mpg
Opt engine -- -- --
Seating cap 5 5 5
Curb weight 4012 lb 3915 lb 4012 lb
Max GVWR 5467 lb 3902 lb 5368 lb
Cargo cap 54.7 cu ft 20.3 cu ft* 67.4 cu ft
Towing cap 3500 lb 3500 lb 3300 lb
*Behind second row