10) 2017 BMW X3
The 2017 X3 xDrive35i is the most powerful and agile X3 available on the market. Its driving force comes from a 3.0 litre BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder, 24-valve engine with variable valve control, high-precision direct injection, auto start-stop, and electronic throttle control. The engine produces 300 max hp, which goes to the xDrive AWD system via an 8-speed automatic transmission with adaptive transmission control (ATC), as well as sport and manual shift modes. This X3 can lunge from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds.
In the cabin, 8-way power-adjustable front seats with 4-way lumbar support and driver’s-seat memory improve the driving experience. On the outside, xenon adaptive headlights with auto leveling, and LED corona headlight rings add to the utility while looking good. A panoramic moonroof featuring fully automatic, glass panels with power slide and lift control, wind deflector and power sunshade completes the look. US retail prices for the X3 xDrive35i start at $47,950.
9) 2017 Acura MDX
Honda’s luxury crossover is available with multiple packages and extras. The base variant is a FWD SUV with a 3.5-litre, 24-valve, SOHC i-VTEC, direct injection V-6 engine producing 290 hp @ 6200 rpm. Technologies such as drive by wire throttle control and variable cylinder management give the MDX a city fuel economy of 19 mpg. The standard transmission is 9-speed automatic with sequential sportshift paddle shifters.
LED headlights with auto high/low beams, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support and memory, keyless access, pushbutton ignition, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assist are standard features that drivers will appreciate. The 2WD MDX also features a power moonroof, power tailgate, leather trim interiors, automatic tri-zone climate control with humidity control, and 60/40 split folding and sliding 2nd-row seats with adjustable seatbacks. Total seating capacity with the third row seats is seven. US retail prices start from $44,050.
8) 2017 Lexus RX Hybrid
When Lexus diversified into SUVs, it retained its inherent values of quality and utility. The newest hybrid version of this luxury crossover is the 2017 RX 450h, featuring all-wheel drive as standard. The combined hybrid system boasts 308 hp and a city fuel economy of 31 mpg. The welded steel unibody seats 5 passengers in complete comfort and safety.
Lexus offers many packages and add-ons with the RX hybrid. One of these is the luxury package, which consists of a driver’s-seat power cushion extender and four-way power lumbar support, heated wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, electrochromic outside mirrors, wood and aluminum interior trim, ambient lighting, roof rails, and 20-inch split-five-spoke alloy wheels. Premium triple-beam LED headlamps with washers and dynamic auto-leveling are available. Lexus’ panoramic view monitor provides a bird’s-eye view of the surroundings. Many additional safety features are also on offer. Base price in the US for the RX hybrid is $53,035.
7) 2017 Lexus RX 350
The RX started life as a compact SUV in 1997 and evolved to a midsize crossover through four generations. The 2017 RX 350 FWD is powered by a 3.5 litre V6 engine producing 295 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque. Despite these figures, it achieves a fuel efficiency of 20 mpg in city conditions. Transmission is electronically controlled 8-speed automatic. Top track speed is 124 mph. The driver is assisted by an optional color heads-up display and a 12.3-inch widescreen multimedia display.
Also available is a touch-free power rear door that responds to gestures. The luxurious nature of the RX 350 manifests in features such as ambient cabin lighting, hand crafted interior trim, premium audio, a dual-screen rear entertainment system, and others. The SUV is available with AWD featuring active torque control. Another variant, the RX F SPORT comes with race-inspired styling and performance features.
6) 2017 Jaguar F-Pace
The 2017 F-Pace has been designed to be practical, efficient and spacious, while retaining all the beauty and power of a Jaguar. The standard engine is a 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder diesel, producing 180 hp @ 4000 rpm and 318 lb-ft starting all the way down @ 1,750 rpm. The standard transmission is 8-speed automatic and the drivetrain is AWD. This combination gives the SUV a top track speed of 129 mph. Despite the high performance, the F-Pace gets a fuel efficiency of 26 mpg in city driving.
For those who need more power, a 340 hp, V6 engine is available as an option. Jaguar also lets buyers personalize their cars with a range of accessories including carbon fiber exterior styling, roof cross bars, premium carpet mats and satin chrome gearshift paddles. Versatile 40:20:40 folding back seats make for as much as 33.5 cubic feet of storage space. US prices start from $41,990.
5) 2017 BMW X5
The new X5 sDrive35i is powered by BMW’s 3.0 litre, inline, twin-turbo, 6-cylinder engine with a peak torque of 300 lb-ft @ 1200 rpm, and virtually no turbo lag. Max power output is 300 hp @ 5800 rpm. Buyers can opt to get Dynamic Performance Control and Active Roll Stabilization to improve the X5’s performance, enhance handling, eliminate body roll and get the most out of the crossover. For even higher performance, there is the optional xDrive, BMW’s intelligent AWD system, which ensures maximum traction in all road conditions. This can be combined with 19″ all-season run-flat tires.
The X5 is not just a nimble SUV. Optional 20-way multi-contour seats add comfort to the front. Padded back seats with 3” of front/back movement and two add-on 10.2” LCD screens with a DVD drive improve things in the back. A third row with its own climate control can be added to increase the car’s seating capacity. Other extras include a Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless charging pocket.
4) 2017 Audi Q7
The Q7 was first launched in 2006 and was Audi’s first SUV. The 2017 Q7 is in its second generation, with US retail prices starting at $49,000. Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive is now standard on the Q7. Torque-vectoring technology, an optional all-wheel steering system and adaptive air suspension enable this Audi to deal with any road conditions.
The standard engine is a turbocharged 252 hp motor. Audi also offers a 333 hp supercharged TFSI, V6 engine on the Q7, which can take this luxury crossover from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. With the bigger engine, the Q7 can also tow as much as 7700 lbs of loads. The new Q7 has a more rigid body for superior handling on and off road. The driver can select from multiple drive modes with individually adjustable settings. The Q7 is available with an ensemble of optional driver assistance technologies.
3) 2017 Porsche Cayenne
Manufactured since 2002 and currently in its second generation, the Cayenne is Porsche’s first SUV, and incorporates several features that are rarely seen in Porsche vehicles. It has a front-mounted engine instead of mid-mounted as in nearly all Porsche cars. It has a V6 instead of the usual flat-six that powers Porsche sports cars. It also has five doors instead of two. Although fully designed and engineered in-house by Porsche, the Cayenne has less in common with most Porsche cars than with SUVs from other auto makers.
At a starting US retail price of $59,600.00, the Cayenne comes with a 3.6-litre, 300 hp V6 gasoline engine with a top track speed of 142 mph. This combines with an 8-speed tiptronic auto transmission that adapts to driving styles for maximum fuel economy and minimum noise. Porsche Traction Management perfectly distributes the torque among the wheels. Luxurious interiors are enhanced with Porsche Communication Management (PCM) featuring navigation and infotainment.
2) 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
Porsche designed the Cayenne to be a sports car with the stature of a luxury SUV. It was meant to be dynamic and spacious. The Cayenne is Porsche’s versatile all-rounder that can take on any road. The Cayenne S E-Hybrid is innovative even within the Cayenne family.
Under the hood of this Porsche is a 3.0 litre V6 forced-induction engine and an electric motor. The combined max power output is 416 hp, which can take this SUV from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. Top track speed is 151 mph and all-electric top speed is 78 mph. Plug-in charging can take between 1.3 to 2.7 hours depending on the type of on-board charger. Fuel saver technologies include regenerative braking and coasting. In coasting mode the gasoline engine decouples and switches off automatically.
The Cayenne retains Porsche’s sports car character on the outside and in. A rising center console minimizes the distance between the steering wheel and frequently used controls. US retail base price starts from $78,700.
1) 2017 Tesla Model X
The new Model X can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, which can put most conventional sports cars to shame. It has AWD, 295 miles of range, 7 seats and plenty of storage space. When Tesla claims that this is the most capable SUV out there, they mean it.
The Model X’s floor-mounted battery gives it a lower center of gravity than nearly every combustion engine powered SUV. Without an engine, the front of the Model X is essentially a large trunk that doubles as a giant crumple zone. Falcon wing doors open with merely a foot of side clearance, and allow getting in and out without ducking to avoid the roof.
The Model X boasts the largest panoramic all-glass windshield of any production vehicle in its class. The vehicle’s active safety technologies and several other features are software-based and can be updated over the air.