Best Luxury SUVs For 2020

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Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


, Automotive Editor - February 11, 2020

As crossovers and SUVs continue to grow in dominance, the market is expanding. The luxury market has benefited, with more brands striving for higher levels of comfort, sophistication, performance, and technology.

The best luxury SUVs in 2020 embody these characteristics beautifully. However, the search for the right vehicle can be intimidating with all of the available choices. Here are some of our favorite ways to travel in style for 2020.

Be sure to also see our picks for the best luxury cars, as well as our monthly ranking of the best luxury SUV leases.

Best Small Luxury SUV: Infiniti QX50
2020 Infiniti QX50

Why it's a top pick: Infiniti sometimes loses the spotlight to flashier and more recognizable luxury brands, but the QX50 shouldn't be overlooked. The bulging hood and dramatic roof manage to look both classy and exciting, and 2020 brought some welcome upgrades in the technology department. Under the hood, Infiniti’s trick engine changes displacement to help the QX50 achieve 26 miles per gallon combined, according to the EPA.

Worth knowing: The Essential trim was the top of the 2019 lineup, but Infiniti added two above it for 2020: the Sensory and Autograph. We’d stick to the Essential, which brings tasteful interior trim along with leather upholstery.

Honorable Mentions: Lincoln Corsair, Acura RDX, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

Best Sporty Luxury SUV: Porsche Macan
2019 Porsche Macan

Why it's a top pick: Crossovers have always promised car-like handling with SUV practicality, but none have followed through like the Porsche Macan. Athletic to the core, the Macan is the best handling crossover bar none – and it’s also the cheapest way into a new Porsche.

Worth knowing: Be aware that the Macan’s cargo capacity is low for the class, but we love it anyway. The Macan counts plenty of performance upgrades among its options list, including an adaptive suspension and a trick rear differential, but you don’t need them to appreciate the superb handling.

Honorable Mentions: Jaguar F-PACE, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Best Midsize Luxury SUV: Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

Why it's a top pick: The Mercedes GLE-Class is all-new for 2020, and it returns at the top of its form. Mercedes at its best does luxury like few other brands, and the new GLE sets a high bar for interior comfort. Sophisticated powertrains and endless customizability don’t hurt its cause, either.

Worth knowing: The GLE 350 is likable in its own right, but the GLE 450 gets an inline six-cylinder engine and an active air suspension that scans the road ahead. Both come at hefty premiums, but they vault the GLE-Class to rarefied levels of refinement.

Honorable Mentions: BMW X5, Audi Q7, Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Best Three-Row Luxury SUV: BMW X7
2020 BMW X7

Why it's a top pick: The BMW X7 isn’t much for understatement. It wears its intentions in its size, on its grille, and under its hood with an available twin-turbocharged V8. If you’re buying a full-size luxury SUV, you might as well go big, and the X7 spoils with its comfort and power.

Worth knowing: The X7 is opulent enough in base form, but the upper trims can punch up to ultra-luxury SUVs. The third row is spacious enough for adults, making it one of the flashiest ways to cart around an entire family.

Honorable Mentions: Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, Lincoln Navigator, Volvo XC90

, Automotive Editor

Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


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