The luxury SUV segment is exploding into adulthood, with traditional luxury car brands getting in on the action. In recent rankings, you will find technology continues to fuel this segment, with ever-evolving safety features and electrified powertrains. Luxury SUV’s are also becoming more personal, with more options now available for individualization. With brands like Mercedes-Benz and BMW leading the way, it is clear to see why the luxury SUV has taken off in a big way.
You want to get the ultimate in luxury, and with great styling too. You have got it with the new Ford Focus, which gives you a nice, sleeker look and plenty of space – all while offering great value thanks to some of the best styling on the market today. The Ford Focus continues to rise in its sales, and even has some excellent competition from brands like Alfa Romeo and Volkswagen. With Alfa Romeo leads the way, it is no wonder the market for luxury suvs has soared, and even though pricing has been driven up by the newcomers, it seems to be coming down as more manufacturers join the fray. In fact, it seems to be that the segment has finally hit a plateau, and it is here to stay.
One such manufacturer is Toyota, which has long been known for quality construction, reliable engineering, and styling. And it is not just Toyota we are talking about – brands like Nissan, Mazda, and Honda also have their places in the luxury SUV segment. So, with so many quality options, what makes the best luxury SUV? Let us take a look…
First up is the Cadillac Aventura, which offers all the class and style you would expect from a luxury sedan. The exterior is clean and crisp, with sharp angles and a great color palette. Sure, the ride isn’t plush, but neither is it tough or lacking in comfort. And yes, the all-wheel drive is not without problem, but it is balanced enough for a smooth ride over any terrain. All told, this is a luxury sedan that charms the heart of any driver.
The new Lexus IS 250 is one of the most complete luxury SUV packages available right now. It offers standard features like power train, suspension, automatic transmission, and navigation, but it also offers a sporty, powerful feel with the addition of standard Lexus performance parts. Standard options include an IS edition which adds IS versions of key components like the IS muscle car and IS convertible into the bargain. Performance parts include exhausts and intakes, as well as torque and horsepower upgrades. Best of all, the IS comes standard with the all-new Lexus Hybrid i-RS, which integrates the all-new hybrid platform with that of the IS, delivering greater efficiency and greater power through a series of lighter weight, space optimized body components. Not to mention the battery and charging system is both more energy efficient and larger, resulting in longer driving range for your journey, and no need for a jumpstart!
When you take the top of the line, most manufacturers would have you believe that there is nothing left from the “luxury” segment when it comes to off-road adventures. However, the new Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid has surprised everyone with its understated performance and handling skills. Toyota has done a terrific job integrating the all-electric power train into a sporty, but stable power plant. Standard features like front and rear airbags, automatic seatbelts, and dual-threshold air suspension are standard, but the plug-in hybrid has a unique all-electric system called the Extended Range Electric Battery (ERPB). This technology allows the Prius to continue on a same driving path for over two hours or more, depending upon the weather conditions.
The next luxury SUV on the block is the new Porsche Cayenne, which has been one of Porsche’s most successful sports cars ever since it was first introduced in’93. The Cayenne features a fast, yet quiet, gasoline-powered engine that makes it ideal for city and country driving. Now, it also features a battery that allows it to be classified as a hybrid, with energy conserving power. A gasoline-powered engine in a vehicle will always produce pollution and waste, but a hybrid system allows for savings through electric sources, helping to offset the high expense of gasoline. It also helps the environment, as fuel emissions are much lower than they used to be thanks to increased efficiency and reduction of fuel use.
Last but not least in the list of the best luxury suv bangs is the new Dodge Ram Grand Cherokee. Although it has received a lot of negative attention from the media and from some customers due to reliability issues, the rims alone are reason enough for this powerful vehicle to garner a place in the heart of those in the business. A powerful V8 under the hood of a Dodge Grand Cherokee helps the car not only get to speed quickly and easily, but it has excellent handling and maneuverability as well. When combined with a wide array of luxury features such as premium sound and leather upholstery, the new Dodge Grand Cherokee represents an all around winner.