Starting price: approximately $38,500
The Cadillac SRX is a popular crossover for consumers who demand an affordable vehicle under the Cadillac brand. The auto comes in both all-wheel or front wheel drive with two suspension options to select from when buying the vehicle new. The vehicle has a 3.6 liter six cylinder engine that is extremely quiet once the automobile reaches cruising speed. The auto’s fuel economy is a bit lower than the competition coming rated at 17 MPG city / 24 MPG highway, but has not been a barrier to purchase in the market. Some of the more popular options with this luxury crossover include the towing package, fog lamps, and splash guards. For 2015 models of the SRC, Cadillac made a small number of equipment changes with the most notable being in-car Internet connectivity via 4G WiFi in addition to the existing CUE infotainment interface.
PORSCHE 918 SPYDER
This hybrid has a 135 kg 4.6-liter V-8 engine, and 2 electric motors. It develops 887 horsepower (608 coming from the engine and 279 coming from the two electric motors). The Spyder is capable of developing 62 mph in just 2.5 seconds. The battery power lasts about 12 miles. Another innovation was brought in: 4 wheel steering. The starting price is roughly $848,000, and it’s a limited edition. What else do you get for that money? Well, take a look at the photo.
TESLA MODEL X
Starting price: approximately $70,000 when announced
Tesla has delayed released of their Model X luxury crossover until the third quarter of 2015 so that the company can focus on overseas rollouts of their Model S sedan. Based on what is known now, the starting price of the vehicle is expected to be approximately $70,000 when the auto does hit the market. The SUV is 100% electric, and will see approximately a 95 mpg (equivalent) from the 60 kWh battery option with the auto that will have a rated 230 mile range. There will also be an 80 kWh battery that consumers can upgrade to that will have a 300 mile range in between full charges. There will also be an all-wheel drive option making the Model X the first all-electric car to have this feature. Combined with a 17 inch touchscreen center console and falcon-wing doors which lift up, and the seven passenger seats, the Model X with the all-wheel option is looking to make a splash in the crossover market soon.
MASERATI GRANTURISMO S
The beautiful Maserati GranTurismo coupe was launched in 2007, and in 2010 they made an even more attractive (and more expensive) version – a cabriolet. They announced they would stop making it in 2014. Maserati GranTurismo S was introduced in 2008. This beast has a 4.7-liter V8 and 434 horsepower, reaches 62 mph in 4.9 seconds. Its top speed is 183 mph, which is more than great for a vehicle that weighs 1.8 tonnes. It is one of those things that can’t be described with words, so take a look at the photo, or even better – schedule a test ride if you can. It can be yours for roughly $150,000.
PORSCHE MACAN S
Starting Price: around $50,000
The Porsche Macan S is the first SUV model produced by the company since the debut of the Cayenne more than a decade ago. Hitting the market in 2015, the Macan S crossover is a size smaller than the Cayenne and shares its base architecture with the Audi Q5. The auto is a bit faster that the Audi; however, featuring a 340 HP 3.0 liter twin turbo six cylinder engine with all-wheel drive and a seven-speed transmission. The Macon is the cheapest Porsche to hit the U.S. market to date, and is rated at 17 mpg city / 23 mpg highway. For consumers desiring a larger luxury crossover, base models of the Cayenne sell for an equivalent price to the Macan. Seating of the vehicle is rated at five passengers despite the vehicle’s smaller size and is one of the most anticipated Porsche model releases in years.
CHEVROLET CORVETTE C6 ZR1 – THE BLUE DEVIL
This amazing coupe comes with a 6.2-liter V-8 engine, supercharger, the strenght of 638 horsepower at 6500 RPM, top speed of 205 mph, and magnetic selective ride control with 2 modes: sport and tour. This car is fairly lightweight (1.5 tonnes). It does look like a sports car, but at the same time it is elegant and classy. If you want it, you can get it for $112,000 – $130,000.
With its twin-turbo 6.75-liter V8, this machine is truly impressive. It is actually the only Bently model with such engine and rear wheel drive. Despite its weight (2.6 tonnes), it feels light, fast and powerful and reaches 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. Quite good for a „heavyweight“ car. For years, Bently has been a symbol of status and class. If you want a luxurious car, you have found it – available at the price of $306,000.
Starting price: around $39,000
The Audi Q5 is an elegantly styled crossover, and provides consumers a choice of several engine types depending on preference. There is a turbo charged four cylinder, super charged six cylinder, diesel six cylinder, and a hybrid option to choose from with the vehicle. All engine types come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive is standard on the Q5. The vehicle’s fuel economy is rated at 24 city / 31 highway (TDI model), and will vary a bit based on engine type installed. The vehicle is considered spacious on the interior but came at the cost of lost cargo space when compared to other crossovers. For consumers residing in colder locations, Audi provides an option to get heated front seats, and an optional rear seat entertainment setup for those with children.
The 5.9 V12 engine is just one great thing about this four-door hatchback. With 470 horsepower and capable of reaching 60 mph in 5 seconds, it is powerful enough, no matter how crazy you are. It comes with a six-speed touchtronic automatic transmission. Its interior is as impressive as its exterior: memory seats with heating and cooling, walnut trim, leather, and powerful sound system. This is not just a high quality car. It looks amazing, too. It can be yours for $201,000.
They said this one would replace the 430 model, but they made it completely different. Better. Much better. Pretty powerful, with 4.5-liter V8, reaches 62 mph in 3.3 seconds. Driving this lightweight car (1.4 tonnes) will make you feel like you’re flying. Any attempt to describe the exterior would be just a waste of time, so we are giving you a photo to enjoy. This beautiful thing can be yours for $ 237,000. If you can’t afford it, it is best not to look at it, or else you will fall in love and suffer for the rest of your life.
For a car that only weighs 1.5 tonnes, Lamborghini Aventador is incredibly powerful. With a 6.5-liter V12, reaching 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, and top speed of 220 mph (350+ km/h), ‘the fighting bull’ will leave you breathless. And so will its price – $400,000 – $440,000. As for the LP 700-4 model, they announced they would produce only four thousand cars. The production is, of course, very slow, but it’s worth waiting.
Starting price: approximately $38,000
Mercedes-Benz has given the popular luxury crossover GLK a remodeled look. Along with upgrading the vehicle’s interior and providing a new V-6 that is not only more powerful but incorporates fuel-saving start-stop technology, the auto is emerging as one of the market’s favorite crossovers. The 2016 edition of the GLK provides consumers with a choice between a turbocharged four or six cylinder engine. Depending on preferences, either a rear or all-wheel drive option can also be chosen for the auto. The 2.1 liter four cylinder engine is rated at 200 HP with 369 lb-ft of overall torque. The GLK will continue to be one of the most popular crossover autos on the market for those desiring the Mercedes brand with pricing remaining relatively stable for the near term. The auto’s fuel efficiency is one of the best of the affordable crossovers at 24 MPG city / 33 MPG highway.
CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7
Beside its looks, the most impressive thing about this car is probably its engine: 6.2-litre V8 LT1 – a small block engine with three great innovations: active fuel management, variable valve timing, and direct injection. It comes either with a six-speed automatic transmisssion or seven-speed manual. Compared to the previous generation, there is one downside – considerably decreased luggage space. However, this car is amazing in so many ways, and if you buy it, luggage will be the last thing on your mind.
LAND ROVER LR2
Starting price: approximately $38,000
When the Land Rover brand is mentioned to most consumers, they first think of the larger Range Rover or Range Rover Sport utilities. The company’s entry into the luxury crossover market; however, is the Land Rover LR2. The smaller SUV provides all-wheel drive as standard equipment, and handles exceptionally well off-road. The vehicle features dual power front seats, keyless ignition and entry, and touchscreen controls. The auto is powered by a four cylinder, 240 HP engine that sees a fuel efficiency rating at the lower end of the affordable crossovers at 17 MPG city / 24 MPG highway. The LR2 also has below-average cargo capacity, but does include the Land Rover Terrain Response System, collision mitigation, a blind-spot monitor, and adaptive cruise control.
Starting Price: around $42,000
One of the lowest priced BMWs on the market today is the BMW X3 crossover SUV. Building on the success of the X1, the company designed the X3 to combine the additional utility of driving an SUV with the “fun” of driving one of the proven 3-series BMW sedans. Consumers can choose from one of three turbocharged engines for the auto: 240 HP 2.0 liter four cylinder, 300 HP 3.0 liter six cylinder, or a 180 HP 2.0 liter, diesel four cylinder. The diesel engine is provided for consumers demanding increased fuel economy, and all of the engine options come with the BMW, eight-speed automatic transmission. The BMW Dynamic Handling package is one of the favorites of owners of this SUV with a large number of options available to add when purchasing the vehicle new. The auto is rated at 21 mpg city / 28 mpg highway.
HONDA (ACURA) NSX 2015
This beauty is not here yet, but we are looking forward to meeting her. It is planned for 2015. The previous models came with an impressive aluminum V6 VTEC engine that Honda is famous for, and we expect the 2015 NSX to be even more impressive. Honda stopped making NSX in 2005, and after a long break, the production will start again with an amazing new model. Honda lovers are expecting it with impatience, and so are we. They haven’t revealed much about it, but the photo from the International Car Show in NY 2012 should tell you quite enough.
LAND ROVER EVOQUE
Starting price: approximately $39,000
Land Rover is typically not the first auto brand that consumers think of when looking for affordable luxury crossovers. The company’s entry into this market niche is the Land Rover Evoque. Pleasing to look at, the auto comes in either a three or five-door body style and is equipped with a 2.0 liter turbo four cylinder engine. The company uses high-quality materials on the lavish interior with a large number of luxury features. The Evoque’s fuel economy is rated at 21 MPG city / 30 MPG highway making it one of the most economical crossovers on the market. The Land Rover climate package adds heated washer nozzles, heated front seats, a heated windshield, and even a heated steering wheel for consumers who live in locations that experience a significant amount of cold weather.
JAGUAR XF PREMIUM LUXURY
If you want luxury, that is exactly what you get – inside and out. We’re talking about fancy interior: leather seats with heating, touch-screen indicators to help you park the car easily (hey, you don’t want to scratch this one!), auto-dimming mirrors to help you at night, turbocharged engine, eight-speed smart stop-start transimition and much more. With top speed of 149 mph and 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, it is a fairly decent car. The price ranges between $45,000 and $95,000.
BUGATTI VEYRON 16.4
The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is perfect for the driver who wants to drive as fast as humanly possible before he or she dies. Unlike other extreme luxury sports cars that go fast, the Veyron is one of the easiest power production vehicles in the world to drive. Add in the top-end speed of 253 MPH, and it is easy to see why so many auto drivers have fallen in love with the vehicle. Engineered by Volkswagen, the car includes all-wheel drive, a stronger-than-normal suspension, and a total of 12 radiators to support the sheer engineering power required to run the Veyron 16.4. One of the most challenging aspects of driving the Veyron is actually finding someone to let you give it a try since the cars are reported to sell for more than $200,000 USD.
Starting price: approximately $36,000
The Acura RDX continues to be an affordably priced luxury crossover starting at just over $36,000 USD. Base models of the auto feature dual-zone air conditioning controls, heated front seats, a leather upholstery, and automat headlights. The vehicle includes a 3.6 liter six cylinder engine that produces an estimated 273 HP. The RDX’s fuel efficiency is 19 MPG city / 28 MPG highway in the front-wheel drive models of the automobile. For those who demand the benefits of all-wheel drive, the RDX is also available with that drive train option. Acura does recommend that owners of the vehicle only use premium vice regular gas, and the RDX also provides seating for five passengers. Acura will be including its latest collection of collision-avoidance technologies in new modes of the RDX under the branding AcuraWatch in late 2015. These include automatic braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and forward-collision warning with automatic braking.
Starting price: approximately $35,900
The Infiniti QX50 was formerly known as the EX37. Although sold as a crossover SUV, the auto is known for delivering an athletic feel and sporty handling that is similar to driving a car. The QX50 does not provide as much cargo room as other crossovers on the market, and it features a 3.7 liter six cylinder engine that delivers 325 HP. The auto’s fuel efficiency is a bit below average at 17 MPG city / 25 MPG highway, but has not dissuaded consumes from making the vehicle a market success. Standard equipment for the auto includes dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, power front seats, a rearview camera, and automatic headlights. The QX50 consistently ranks as one of the most affordable luxury crossovers on the market in the U.S.
Starting Price: around $35,750
The Volvo XC60 continues to be one of the most affordably priced luxury crossover vehicles on the market. Featuring a smart cabin, loaded out safety features, and a smooth ride, there are a number of engine combos to choose from with this model of vehicle. Volvo offers a 240 HP 2.0 liter turbo four cylinder or a turbo-and-supercharged 302 HP 2.0 liter four cylinder engine with front wheel drive and an eight speed automatic transmission. For consumers demanding additional horsepower, there is also a 250 HP 2.5 liter five cylinder, 300 HP 3.0 liter turbo six cylinder, or a 325 HP 3.0 liter turbo six cylinder with all-wheel drive and a six speed automatic transmission. The XC60 does not rate the highest for its fuel economy coming in at 17 mpg city / 23 mpg highway, but continues to be an overall consumer favorite.
Starting price: approximately $35,000
The Lexus NX is based on the RAV4 design and targeted to the younger (or more youthful feeling adults) crowd. The auto features a luxurious cabin with seats that conform to the body, an aggressive external styling, and all of the extras that one expects from a luxury crossover SUV. Lexus debuts an all-new 2.0 liter turbo four cylinder engine with a six speed automatic transmission with the vehicle. For those desiring a “sportier” crossover, there is also a F Sport version of the auto with paddle shifters and sport-tuned suspension. The automobile’s fuel efficiency is rated at 22 MPG city / 27 MPG highway while providing consumers with all-wheel drive. The NX can fit five passengers and comes in at the mid-to-lower end of affordable luxury crossovers with the engine being rated at 235 HP.
Starting price: approximately $34,000
The Lincoln MKC combines the company’s traditional styling with a price that is extremely reasonable for a SUV crossover. The design of the vehicle was originally based on the company’s popular Ford Escape, and is updated to fit the model. Standard equipment with the auto includes heated front seats, dual-zone auto air conditioning, remote start, and a reversing camera. The company offers two choices of engine for consumers to choose from: 1 – a 2.3 liter turbocharged four cylinder rated at 275 HP, and 2 – a 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder rated at 240 HP. The vehicle’s fuel efficiency is rated at 20 MPG city / 29 highway while also offering adequate power for most driver’s needs.
Starting price: approximately $24,000
Most consumers don’t believe that there are luxury crossover SUVs on the market for less than $30,000. The Buick Encore changes this thinking and includes most of the luxury SUV basics to include a 7 inch touchscreen that interfaces with the Buick IntelliLink infotainment system. Other features of the vehicle include a rearview cameral, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a nice looking exterior on the auto. The Encore comes with a 1.4 liter turbo four cylinder engine that delivers 138 HP. This helps the vehicle see some of the best fuel economy in the crossover market at 25 MPG city / 33 MPG highway. The company also offers a number of options that can be added to the auto when purchasing new to include heated seats, a navigation system, and leather upholstery.
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