Audi Q5

BASE PRICE RANGE: $36,075-$43,375
BODY TYPE: Midsize/Luxury SUV

WHAT'S NEW: A turbo four-cylinder is new for 2011, along with its 8A. V-6 models get the sporty S Line bodywork and 19-in. wheels standard, and top-trim V-6 models get adaptive headlights. HD Radio is added to the navigation system while the six-disc CD changer is gone. A 20-in. wheel option is also gone, but the Q5 picks up a new exterior color, Teak Brown.

COOL FACT: The Audi Q5 beat a Lexus RX 350, Mercedes-Benz GLK350, and Volvo XC60 T6 in a 2009 comparison test.

SUM UP: Leader of the pack.
RATING: ****1/2

2011 Audi Q5
Base Engine 2.0L/211-hp turbo DOHC I-4
Optional Engine 3.2L/270-hp DOHC V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 6A/8A
0-60 MPH 6.6-8.0 sec*
Tow/Payload 4400/1050 lb
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 18-20/23-27 mpg
Basic warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety ABS: S; Stab: S; Trac: S; Airbags: 6