Best In Class: Luxury SUV (Towing 3500 Pounds and Below)

Winner: Land Rover LR2
Runner-Up:
Mercedes-Benz GLK

Last year, we picked the Range Rover Evoque as the winner of this category, but thanks to improvements in the LR2, the Evoques kin is winner for 2013. Why? The LR2 now has the same engine as the Evoque, has a lower base price, and offers more cargo volume and a higher GVWR, and can tow 3500 pounds. The runner-up this year is the new GLK. We applaud Mercedes for being the first automaker to make a diesel engine available in this size and price category.


Luxury SUV
(Towing 3500 pounds and below)
Vehicle Acura RDX Buick Encore BMW X1 BMW X3
Base price $35,215 $24,950 $31,695 $39,745
Wheelbase 104.3 in 100.6 in 108.7 in 110.6 in
Engine 2.3L turbo I-4 1.4L turbo I-4 2.0L T I-4 2.0L I-6
Opt engine None None 3.0L T I-6 $7800 3.0L twin-turbo I-6 $5200
Power, SAE 240 hp 138 hp 240 hp (300) 260 hp (300)
Torque, SAE 260 lb-ft 148 lb-ft 260 lb-ft (300) 221 lb-ft (300)
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur, knee Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 235/55R18 215/55R18 255/45R18 245/50R18
Fuel cap 18.0 gal 14.0 gal 16.6 gal 17.7 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 19-20/27-28 mpg 23-25/30-33 mpg 22-24/33-34 mpg 21/28 mpg
Opt engine None None (18/27) (19-26)
Seating cap 5 5 5 5
Curb weight 3743 lb 3190 lb 3726 lb 4112 lb
Max GVWR 4800 lb 4372 lb 4700 lb (est) 5137 lb
Cargo cap 60.6 cu ft 48.4 cu ft 47.7 cu ft 56.5 cu ft
Towing cap 1500 lb N/A N/A 3000 lb
Vehicle Cadillac SRX Infiniti EX37 Infiniti FX Land Rover LR2
Base price $38,225 $37,895 $44,650 $37,295
Wheelbase 110.5 in 110.2 in 113.6 in 104.7 in
Engine 3.6L V-6 3.7L V-6 3.7L DOHC V-6 2.0L turbo I-4
Opt engine None None 5.0L V-8 $16550 None
Power, SAE 308 hp 325 hp 325 hp (390) 240 hp
Torque, SAE 265 lb-ft 267 lb-ft 267 lb-ft (369) 250 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur, knee
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 235/65R18 225/55R18 265/60R18 235/55R19
Fuel cap 21.0 gal 20.0 gal 23.8 gal 18.5 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 16-17/23-24 mpg 17/24-25 mpg 16-17/22-24 mpg 17/24 mpg
Opt engine None None (14/20) None
Seating cap 5 5 5 5
Curb weight 4277 lb 3790 lb 4209 lb 4255 lb
Max GVWR 5556 lb 5024 lb 5766 lb 5520 lb
Cargo cap 61.1 cu ft 18.6 cu ft* 62.0 cu ft 58.9 cu ft
Towing cap 3500 lb 1500 lb (est) 3500 lb 3500 lb
Vehicle Lexus RX Lincoln MKX Mercedes-Benz GLK Range Rover Evoque
Base price $40,555 $40,470 $37,995 $45,040
Wheelbase 107.9 in 111.2 in 108.5 in 104.8 in
Engine 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.7L DOHC V-6 3.5L DOHC V-6 2.0L turbo I-4
Opt engine 3.5L hyb $6650 None 2.1L TD I-4 None
Power, SAE 270 hp (295) 305 hp 302 hp (200) 240 hp
Torque, SAE 248 lb-ft (234) 280 lb-ft 273 lb-ft (369) 250 lb1-ft
Airbags Fr, side, cur, knee Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur, knee
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 235/60R18 245/60R18 235/50R19 235/55R19
Fuel cap 19.2 gal (17.2) 18.0-19.0 gal 17.4 gal 18.5 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 18-24 mpg 17-19/23-26 mpg 19/24-25 mpg 18/28 mpg
Opt engine (30-32/28) None (N/A) None
Seating cap 5 5 5 5
Curb weight 4340 lb 4236 lb 4079 lb 3915 lb
Max GVWR 5974 lb 5590 lb 5467 lb 3902 lb
Cargo cap 80.3 cu ft 68.6 cu ft 54.7 cu ft 51.0 cu ft
Towing cap 3500 lb 3500 lb 3500 lb 3500 lb
Vehicle Volkswagen Tiguan Volvo XC60  
Base price $23,820 $35,245  
Wheelbase 102.5 in 109.2 in  
Engine 2.0L turbo I-4 3.2L I-6  
Opt engine None 3.0L turbo I-6 $6300  
Power, SAE 200 hp 240 hp (300-325)  
Torque, SAE 207 lb-ft 236 lb-ft (325-354)  
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur  
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS  
Tires 215/65R16 235/60R18  
Fuel cap 16.8 gal 18.5 gal  
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 18-22/26-27 mpg 18-19/24-25 mpg  
Opt engine None (17/23)  
Seating cap 5 5  
Curb weight 3393 lb 3958 lb  
Max GVWR 4960 lb 5368 lb  
Cargo cap 56.1 cu ft 67.4 cu ft  
Towing cap 2200 lb 3300 lb  
*Behind second row