Audi Q7

BASE PRICE RANGE: $46,575-$59,775
BODY TYPE: Midsize/Luxury SUV

WHAT'S NEW: Most work for 2011 comes under the hood with a new supercharged V-6 in two levels of performance and a new 8A transmission across the line. Top trims for gasoline and diesel models get adaptive headlights, ventilated front seats, and a panoramic sunroof standard. The 6-CD changer is gone, but HD Radio is now standard across the line.

COOL FACT: In other markets, Audi offers a Q7 powered by a 6.0L V-12 TDI engine.

SUM UP: Style to trump all comers.
RATING: ****1/2

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2011 Audi Q7
Base Engine 3.0L/272-hp s-charged DOHC V-6
Optional Engine 3.0L/225-hp t-diesel DOHC V-6; 3.0L/333-hp s-charged DOHC V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 8A
0-60 MPH 7.3-8.5 sec*
Tow/Payload 5500-6600/1300 lb
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 16-17/22-25 mpg
Basic warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety ABS: S; Stab: S; Trac: S; Airbags: 6
*Estimated