Best Luxury SUVs for 2014

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Armaan Almeida is the Editor-in-Chief of the New Car Pricing Insider blog and publishes daily incentives on new cars in addition to newsworthy articles pertaining to the auto industry.

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, Automotive Editor - January 17, 2014

If you love all the attributes found on and in today’s SUVs but yearn for the leather-clad luxury found in only the best luxury cruisers, look no further than the Luxury SUV class. Although these vehicles exhibit a proletarian-like function, they’re also the poster children of prestige, capable of everything a standard SUV can do, but in more comfort and style. Moreover, they can haul 5 full-size adults in quiet comfort, head off-road as needed and make the monthly trip to Home Depot without breaking a sweat

For 2013, we’ve selected the best five Luxury SUVs currently available. With all of the options in the luxury SUV realm, it can be a little overwhelming, but we’re here to help ease that process by providing you our Top Five Best Luxury SUVs for 2014.

Lexus RX 350
Silky-Smooth with a Plush Luxurious Ride
Lexus RX 350

Last year, the RX 350 underwent a substantial re-style to help it better fit in with the rest of Lexus’ lineup. For 2014, the most noticeable addition to the new body is the new signature spindle grille added to the front end. The RX 350 has long been a favorite of luxury SUV buyers, as its combination of luxury, power, reliability and style has always kept it head-and- shoulders above the rest. The 2014 variant features sumptuous leather upholstery, a nine-speaker audio system and a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 270 horsepower while allowing it to get 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. All of these attributes have helped Lexus to sell close to 100,000 RX 350s annually.

EPA-rated fuel economy: Up to 18 city/25 highway.

Acura MDX
Packed with In-Car Technology and Comfort
Acura MDX

The Acura MDX shares some underpinnings with the Honda Pilot and Odyssey, but it features its own 3.7-liter V-6 engine that delivers 300 horsepower to all four wheels – yeah, Acura’s high-tech SH-AWD is standard – via a six-speed automatic transmission. Being a Honda at heart means that the MDX holds its resale value very well, and its three-row, seven-passenger seating – all wrapped in leather as standard – is plenty for just about any family. To sweeten the pot a little for the MDX, it also comes with top-level standard features, like a power liftgate, heated front seats, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel and a rearview camera. If that’s not enough for you, a duo of optional packages also add in high-tech features like multi-view parking camera, voice-controlled navigation, adaptive suspension and much more. Sure, the MDX bases out at about $3k more than the RX 350, but it pays for itself in standard features.

EPA-rated fuel economy: Up to 19 city/28 highway.

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Flat-Out Fun to Drive and Our Top Pick
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Despite its polarizing body style, the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque won Motor Trend’s “SUV of the Year” award in its debut year. For 2014, the Evoque is back for second helpings, but this time with an all-new “Pure” trim level, that comes in at a more affordable price without sacrificing too much luxury. The only real sacrifices made in this entry-level model are the deletion of the panoramic sunroof, and the addition of a leather/synthetic suede interior. Under the hood is the same peppy 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that delivers 240 horsepower through a six-speed automatic transmission out to all four wheels. Not only does this engine give the Evoque a stout 7.4-second run to 60 mph, but it also delivers 18 mpg city and a relatively spectacular 28 mpg highway.

EPA-rated fuel economy: Up to 21 city/30 highway.

Audi Q5
Sporty Looks, Inside and Out
Audi Q5

You really want the Audi A4, but you need the extra utility that a crossover brings you; well, this is where the Audi Q5 with its 4,400-pound towing capacity comes into play. With its sporty appearance, 211-horsepower 2.0-liter base engine and quattro AWD, the Q5 is really built as a sportier crossover rather than a luxury SUV, but its premium features, like standard leather, 10-speaker sound system and tri-zone climate control, earn it a spot in this list. Add in a relatively low base price, which is a staple of Audi as of late, and 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway ratings and you can see that the Audi Q5 is a superior value.

EPA-rated fuel economy: Up to 21 city/28 highway.

Porsche Cayenne
Best Overall Performance for an SUV
Porsche Cayenne

With the 2014 Porsche Cayenne, we have the ultimate wildcard in this list. The Cayenne, with its engines that range from a 300-horsepower V-6 to a 540-horsepower V-8, is the ultimate combination of speed, luxury and utility. It’s 911 underpinnings give it a sporty feel, but its near-6,000-pound towing capacity and 62.9 cubic-feet of cargo room give it the utility of a mid-size SUV, making it the ultimate crossover. With this perfect combination comes a much higher price tag that starts in the high-$40k range and reaches well over $100k. But, for a crossover that is fun to look at, fun to drive and still utilitarian, you should expect to shell out a premium price.

EPA-rated fuel economy: Up to 21 city/28 highway.

, Automotive Editor

Armaan Almeida is the Editor-in-Chief of the New Car Pricing Insider blog and publishes daily incentives on new cars in addition to newsworthy articles pertaining to the auto industry.

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