10 Most Popular Luxury SUVs and Crossovers

Christian Wardlaw | May 16, 2019

Thinking of buying a luxury SUV? Something plush and upscale, yet ready for anything you might need to carry during any kind of weather? There are plenty of them available, and this buyer's guide details the 10 most popular* luxury SUVs in America.

*Popularity based on calendar-year sales for 2018

10. Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class (46,010)

The GLE is the midsize SUV from Mercedes-Benz. It seats up to five people, and comes in standard and coupe body styles. You’ll choose from multiple powertrains, and thanks to the early launch of the redesigned 2020 GLE, dealerships will have a mix of older 2019 models and brand-new 2020s from which to select.

9. Infiniti QX60 (47,370)

A 3-row, 7-passenger crossover, the Infiniti QX60 is equipped with a 295-horsepower V6 engine, front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and comes in Pure or Luxe trim levels. Numerous option packages are available, installing lots of extra luxuries. The QX60 shares its platform with the Nissan Pathfinder.

2019 Acura MDX A-Spec photo

8. Acura MDX (51,512)

Acura’s 3-row, 7-passenger crossover SUV comes with a choice between a 290-hp V6 or a hybrid powertrain rated to deliver 289 hp. Acura’s torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive is optional with the V6 (standard with Sport Hybrid), and the MDX is available with several option packages that up the luxury ante.

7. Cadillac XT5 (60,565)

A 5-passenger crossover SUV, the Cadillac XT5 features a 310-hp V6 engine and comes in standard, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum trim levels. All-wheel drive is an option. If you want 3-row seating, you’ll need to wait for the 2020 Cadillac XT6.

6. BMW X3 (61,351)

The BMW X3 is a compact 5-passenger vehicle, blending the company’s penchant for performance with SUV utility. Available with a turbocharged 4-cylinder (30i) or turbocharged 6-cylinder engine (M40i), the BMW X3 features rear-wheel drive (sDrive) unless you select all-wheel-drive (xDrive).

5. Lexus NX (62,079)

Offered with a turbocharged 4-cylinder (NX 300) or a gas-electric hybrid drivetrain (NX 300h), the Lexus NX is a compact 5-passenger crossover SUV. Looking like a smaller version of the popular RX, the NX is especially appealing in F Sport trim. All-wheel drive is optional with the NX 300, and standard on NX 300h versions.

4. Acura RDX (63,580)

Acura redesigned the RDX for 2019, bringing the compact 5-passenger crossover SUV back to its sport-tuned roots. Highlights include a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, available SH-AWD, and a new approach to the company’s infotainment system. Standard, Technology, A-Spec, and Advance packages are available.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV photo

3. Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class (69,729)

Like the larger GLE-Class, the GLC-Class is offered in standard and coupe configurations, and in several AMG-tuned performance derivatives. A compact 5-passenger model, rear-wheel drive is standard with the company’s 4Matic all-wheel drive an option.

2. Audi Q5 (69,978)

There are two versions of the Audi Q5 from which to choose. The standard version has a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, while the sporty SQ5 comes with a turbocharged V6. Both are compact crossovers with seating for up to five passengers, and Audi offers them in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trim.

1. Lexus RX (111,636)

The most popular luxury vehicle in America, the Lexus RX is a midsize crossover SUV with seating for up to seven people. A 3.5-liter V6 engine is standard, with a gas-electric hybrid drivetrain offered as an upgrade. All-wheel drive is standard with the RX 350 and optional with the RX 450h hybrid.

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