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Top-Rated Luxury SUVs Over $50,000 in the 2017 U.S. APEAL Study

Top-Rated Luxury SUVs Over $50,000 in the 2017 U.S. APEAL Study

By Christian Wardlaw, July 26, 2017

Every year, J.D. Power conducts the Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study in order to measure what people like the most and least about their vehicles.

Responses from new-vehicle owners who have had their vehicles for at least 90 days pertain the performance, design, layout, and features, and from this research J.D. Power is able to determine which makes and models are the most appealing in various market segments. This data also forms the basis for Power Circle Ratings. These ratings are visual summaries of the APEAL Study’s findings, and can be used by new-vehicle shoppers to help them to make the best decision while selecting a vehicle.

2017 Cadillac Escalade photoThis buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated 2017 Luxury SUVs priced over $50,000 from the 2017 U.S. APEAL Study. Each model listed in alphabetical order below receives a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for overall appeal.

2017 Audi Q7

Audi redesigned the Q7 for 2017, retaining seating for up to seven people and offering the SUV with standard all-wheel drive. Turbocharged 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engines provide the power, and the Q7 is offered in three different levels of specification, and with a variety of modern technologies.

The 2017 Audi Q7 receives an APEAL Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

2017 BMW X5

Available as a 5-passenger or 7-passenger midsize SUV, the BMW X5 is offered with turbocharged 6-cylinder and V8 engines, as well as with a plug-in electric drivetrain providing nearly 15 miles of electric range. For 2017, the X5 received a new infotainment system and a variety of equipment adjustments.

The 2017 BMW X5 receives an APEAL Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2017 Cadillac Escalade

Cadillac made few changes to the 2017 Escalade, which continues in standard and extended length variants powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine. A simplified trim level ladder, a new video-based rear camera mirror, and semi-autonomous parking assist are new, along with a handful of colors and 22-inch wheels.

The 2017 Cadillac Escalade receives an APEAL Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and is the award recipient in the Large Premium SUV segment.

2017 Infiniti QX80

Though aging, the QX80 remains an appealing large luxury SUV. The Signature Edition model returned halfway through the 2017 model year, adding value, and the QX80 is newly available with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection capability.

The 2017 Infiniti QX80 receives an APEAL Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

Previously known as the M-Class, the GLE-Class lineup expands this year with the addition of new fastback “coupe” models. New AMG GLE43 versions also arrive, providing less potent doses of performance than the AMG GLE63 variants. The GLE350 and plug-in hybrid GLE550e models continue for 2017, but are not offered in “coupe” format.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class receives an APEAL Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

As a part of the automaker’s revised naming strategy, the previous GL-Class is now the GLS-Class. To celebrate, the GLS gets freshened styling, a next-generation infotainment system, a new 9-speed automatic transmission, and other dynamic and technological enhancements.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class receives an APEAL Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2017 Porsche Cayenne

Porsche quietly drops the diesel engine option from the 2017 Cayenne lineup, while upgrading the infotainment system and rolling out new Platinum Edition versions of the SUV in standard and S E-Hybrid guise. Standard, S, S E-Hybrid, GTS, and Turbo models are available in escalating levels of performance and equipment, all able to seat up to five people.

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne receives an APEAL Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and is the award recipient in the Midsize Premium SUV segment.

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