Best In Class: Luxury SUV (Towing More Than 3500 Pounds)

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

There have been some changes to this segment, and some new models, but we still voted for the Land Rover LR4. Yes, it's a big, heavy box, but it has no trouble getting from Point A to Point B in a hurry. In addition, it is fantastic off-road, its cabin is comfortable and quiet, and this brute is genuinely luxurious. It offers room for seven passengers, and can tow more than 7700 pounds. The runner-up, the M-Class, may be more biased toward on-road work, but also is highly capable.


Luxury SUV
(Towing More THAN 3500 pounds)
Vehicle Acura MDX Audi Q5 Audi Q7 BMW X5
Base price $44,175 $36,795 $47,695 $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 T I-6
Opt engine None 3.0L T I-4 $8000, 3.0L T H $15,000 3.0L TD $5200, 3.0L SC V-6 $13,750 3.0L TD I-6 $9200, 4.4L TT V-8 $16,700
Power, SAE 300 hp 211 hp (270) 280 hp (240, 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, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur
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 16/21 mpg 20/28 mpg 16/22 mpg 16/23 mpg
Opt engine None (18/26, 24/30) (19/28,16/22) (19/26, 14/20)
Seating cap 7 5 7 7
Curb weight 4550 lb 4079 lb 5192 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 Infiniti JX Land Rover LR4
Base price $39,340 $64,165/ $66,765 $42,245 $49,995
Wheelbase 118.9 in 116.0/130.0 in 114.2 in 113.6 in
Engine 3.6L DOHC V-6 6.2L OHV V-8 3.5L DOHC V-6 5.0L DOHC V-8
Opt engine None 6.0L V-8 hyb $10,680 None None
Power, SAE 288 hp 403 hp (332) 265 hp 375 hp
Torque, SAE 270 lb-ft 417 lb-ft (367) 248 lb-ft 375 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 255/65R19 265/65R18 235/65R18 255/55R19
Fuel cap 22.0 gal 26.0/31.0 gal (24.5 H) 19.5 gal 22.8 gal
EPA fuel econ 16-17/22-24 mpg 13-14/18 mpg 18/23-24 mpg 12/17 mpg
Opt engine None (20/23) None None
Seating cap 8 8 7 7
Curb weight 4724 lb 5527 lb 4280 lb 5659 lb
GVWR 6460 lb 7400 lb 5937 lb 7143 lb
Cargo cap 115.2 cu ft 108.9/137.4 cu ft 15.8 cu ft* 90.3 cu ft
Towing cap 4500 lb 8300 lb N/A 7716 lb
Vehicle LR Range Rover/ Sport Lexus LX Lexus GX 460 Lincoln MKT
Base price $83,500/ $60,895 $82,425 $54,690 $46,160
Wheelbase 115.0 in 112.2 in 109.8 in 117.9 in
Engine 5.0L DOHC V-8 5.7L DOHC V-8 4.6L DOHC V-8 3.7L DOHC V-6
Opt engine 5.0L SC V-8 $18,695/ $15,200 None None 3.5L T V-6 $1995
Power, SAE 375 hp (510) 383 hp 301 hp 303 hp (365)
Torque, SAE 375 lb-ft (461) 403 lb-ft 329 lb-ft 278 lb-ft (350)
Airbags Fr, side, cur, knee Fr, side, cur, knee Fr, side, cur, knee Fr, side, cur
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 255/55R19 285/50R20 265/60R18 235/55R19
Fuel cap 27.7/23.3 gal 24.6 gal 23.0 gal 18.6 gal
EPA fuel econ 12-13/17-18 mpg 12/17 mpg 15/20 mpg 16-17/22-24 mpg
Opt engine   None None (16/21)
Seating cap 5 8 7 7
Curb weight 4850/5540 lb 6000 lb 5305 lb 4702 lb
GVWR 7055 lb 7385 lb 6600 lb 5500 lb
Cargo cap 71.7/71.0 cu ft 83.1 cu ft 91.9 cu ft 75.9 cu ft
Towing cap 7716 lb 7000 lb 6500 lb 4500 lb
Vehicle Lincoln Navigator/L Mercedes- Benz M-Class Porsche Cayenne Volkswagen Touareg
Base price $58,870/ $61,035 $48,175 $49,825 $44,820
Wheelbase 119.0/131.0 in 114.8 in 114.0 in 113.9 in
Engine 5.4L SOHC V-8 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.6L DOHC V-6 3.6L DOHC V-6
Opt engine None 3.0L TD V-6 $1500, 4.7L $9030, 5.5L $46,330 3.0L TD $9900, 4.8L V-8 3.0L TD V-6 $3500, 3.6L H $18,630
Power, SAE 310 hp 302 hp (240, 402, 518) 300 hp (240,400) 280 hp (240, 380)
Torque, SAE 365 lb-ft 273 lb-ft (455, 443, 516) 295 lb-ft (406,369) 266 lb-ft (406, 428)
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 255/70R18 255/50R19 255/55R18 255/55R18
Fuel cap 28.0/33.5 gal 27.7 gal 22.4 gal (26.4) 26.4 gal
EPA fuel econ 13/18 mpg 18/23 mpg 15-17/22-23 mpg 17/23 mpg
Opt engine None (19/28, 20/24) (20/28,16/22) (20/29, 20/24)
Seating cap 8 5 5 5
Curb weight 5780/6031 lb 4652 lb 4398 lb 4711 lb
GVWR 7500/7720 lb 6239 lb (est) 6100 lb (est) 6415 lb
Cargo cap 103.3/128.2 cu ft 80.3 cu ft 62.9 cu ft 64.0 cu ft
Towing cap 9000/8700 lb 7200 lb 7716 lb 7716 lb
Vehicle Volvo XC90  
Base price $40,595  
Wheelbase 112.6 in  
Engine 3.2L DOHC I-6  
Opt engine None  
Power, SAE 240 hp  
Torque, SAE 236 lb-ft  
Airbags Fr, side, cur  
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS  
Tires 235/60R18  
Fuel cap 21.1 gal  
EPA fuel econ 16/23 mpg  
Opt engine None  
Seating cap 7  
Curb weight 4667 lb  
GVWR 6080 lb  
Cargo cap 85.1 cu ft  
Towing cap 4960 lb