For year 2012, Luxury SUVs are typically characterised by many features that set them aside from non-luxury vehicles.
Luxury SUVs may be of any size from compact to large and are distinguished by top design and quality interiors made of premium materials. More high-technology and comfort-and-convenience features may be included such as voice-activation systems, ventilated seats, sophisticated climate controls, leather seats, power windows, door locks and mirrors, and a top-of-the-line audio system. There may also be included advanced safety features such as antilock brakes, traction control, lane-change warning systems and other collision-protection systems.
The engine in most luxury SUVs is a V8, enabling the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than six or seven seconds. The ride in a luxury SUV is typically smooth and comfortable and the vehicle should be able to handle curves in the road and corners with distinction. A luxury SUV should also have a spacious interior that accommodates its passengers with comfort and have a sufficiently large cargo area that can handle the gear for long family trips.
The Cadillac Escalade is one of the best luxury SUVs, a large SUV with seating for eight in a roomy and luxurious cabin. The vehicle includes a strong list of standard features and performs well on the road with its truck-based construction, standard V8 engine and adjustable suspension that optimises ride and handling. Highlights of the interior cabin include supple leather upholstery and faux wood and alloy trim.
The Land Rover Range Rover is a luxury SUV, known for its tremendous off-road capabilities and perhaps less known for its tradition of interior opulence. The interior cabin is swathed with leather coverings on the seats, dashboard, door panels and consoles. Complementing the leather are finishes in premium black satin and natural wood trim finishes. The vehicle is powered by a supercharged V8 that can go from 0 to 60 mph in only 6.9 seconds.
The Infiniti QX56 is another of the best luxury SUVs, with a powerful engine and an interior cabin that is complete with many high-tech standard features such as intelligent cruise control and vehicle-speed sensing power steering. The interior is of high quality, done with premium materials and superb craftsmanship. The vehicle provides a smooth and comfortable ride, with little wind or road noise to disturb one’s trip.
Another of the best luxury SUVs is the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Diesel, powered by a turbocharged V6 diesel engine that provides excellent driving performance, confidence on the road and smooth handling. Inside, the vehicle can accommodate up to seven people in comfort with the typical Mercedes-Benz quality interior. Fit and finish are superb and the seats are extremely supportive with ample headroom and legroom for adults of any size in nearly every position.
The Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the luxury SUVs that features interior comfort and a long list of standard features, conveniences and safety equipment. The engine is a powerful V8 that not only provides a smooth ride around town, but offers exceptional off-road capabilities. The interior is refined with high quality materials and craftsmanship and can accommodate up to eight passengers.
The Lexus LX 570 is another luxury SUV that is a combination of a vehicle that is competent off the road, yet spacious and sufficiently comfortable as a family vehicle. A powerful V8 engine makes for excellent road handling capabilities as well as a large towing capacity. The interior cabin is of high quality expected from a Lexus, with front seats that are heated, push button start, power-folding rear seats and a power tailgate closer.