20. 2019 Lexus GX
Despite the Lexus luxury badging, the GX is actually a decent off-roader, but the bland boxy exterior and dated interior design are screaming for an upgrade—especially at this price point. On city streets, it's an awkward driver with an overly stiff suspension and fairly horrendous fuel economy.
19. 2019 Lincoln MKT
This is the last year for the MKT as Lincoln introduces new models and drops the letter-based naming convention. We're delighted with both those decisions because the naming scheme was confusing, and the MKT's design looked like a car going through its award teenage years. The spacious cabin couldn't make up for a middling driving experience.
18. 2019 Cadillac XT5
The 2019 Cadillac XT5 has a starting price of $41,695, but things quickly become much more expensive if you want to match the features that competitors offer. That's the major ding against this mid-size Cadillac SUV. Otherwise, we were impressed with the interior design layout and materials of the XT5. Most of the impressive safety features are only available as add-ons, but a rear vision camera and rear park assist are standard on the base model.
17. 2019 Infiniti QX60
At $44,000, 2019 Infiniti QX60 is one of the cheaper SUVs on this list. It comes with both Forward Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection and Backup Collision Intervention built in. Quilted semi-aniline leather seats and wooden accents make the interior of this car completely unique. It even has a Motion Activated liftgate so you can open the back hatch completely hands free. Even with all its offerings, however, it still falls far short of the segment leader in our eyes.
16. 2019 BMW X6
The 2019 BMW X6 has a striking design with its coupe-like raked roofline. But if you want a sports car, just get a sports car. Don't opt for an SUV trying to act like one. While it may be stylish, it isn't so practical. The rear seats are tight, headroom is nonexistent, and trunk space is predictably small. If you want a mid-size BMW SUV (or SAV, as they like to call them), just stick with the X5.
15. 2019 Maserati Levante
The 2019 Maserati Levante feels like a sports car. It’s got twin-turbo V8 engines that give it 590 horsepower and 0-60 mph speed in 3.7 seconds. The inside is about as luxurious as a car can get. Leather seats are standard, but this SUV can also come with silk upholstery. The Levante starts at $75,980, and it’s worth every penny.
14. 2019 Lincoln Nautilus
The Lincoln Nautilus (formerly known as the MKX) starts at $40,340, making it one of the cheapest SUVs on our list. It comes with 4G LTE for your passengers and your Spotify music. A stunning grille, LED headlights, and chrome detailing draw attention everywhere you go. Then, you have features like Adaptive Cruise Control which slows the car as you approach traffic. But that feature, of course, is only available on more expensive trims. A dated center console design and mushy driving keep this luxury mid-size SUV from ranking higher on our list.
13. 2019 Land Rover Discovery
The Land Rover Discovery is a $52,950 SUV packed with so many features that Land Rover struggles to list them all. That’s why they’ve put out the Land Rover iGuide—an app that uses your phone's camera to explain this car’s features. When you get in the car, you’ll find a Heads-Up Display, a 12.3-inch high-def interactive driver display, and a 10-inch HD touchscreen. It’s hard to compare to this SUV.
12. 2019 Buick Enclave
After a redesign last year, the Buick Enclave comes into its own. With a starting MSRP of only $40,000, the Enclave is the cheapest offering on this list of luxury mid-size SUVs. It may not have the fastest speeds or the most powerful engine, but this mid-size Buick SUV still handles trips around town capably. Standard offerings include a 3.6L V6 engine with stop/start tech, keyless open, push-button start, and Quiet Tuning-branded soundproofing.
11. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
The Range Rover Sport is one of the best SUVs that Land Rover offers. It's a $68,750 high-performance vehicle filled with the top-of-the-line features. The Range Rover Sport’s warm leather interior has an updated steering wheel that puts regularly used features at your fingertips in all-new ways. It also has an 11-speaker sound system, 10-inch infotainment screens with InControl Apps, and voice control. It’s an SUV designed to bring you into the tech age.
10. 2019 Lexus RX
At $43,670, the Lexus RX is cheaper than most of the other luxury SUVs on this list, making it much more attainable for the general populous. It even has a hybrid engine offering for increased fuel economy. Both the drivers and the passengers have lumbar support on their leatherette seats. It even has an available color Heads-Up Display and 12.3-inch multimedia display. This is a great luxury SUV option for everybody.
9. 2019 Tesla Model X
The Tesla Model X may cost $78,950, but it’s one of the safest SUVs you can find. It has impact protection on the front and the side. The Model X also has an extremely low risk for rolling over. Even though it’s a fully electric car, it’s got 518 horsepower. The Model X can go 0-60 mph in only 2.9 seconds, making it the world’s quickest SUV. The Tesla Model X is packed with more features than you’d expect and even some you don't. Those falcon wing doors can be finicky.
8. 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
The latest Mercedes-Benz GLE starts at $56,200. That's actually pretty affordable considering all the tech that comes standard. The instrument cluster and infotainment input are all on a single broad console touchpad that runs across the entire dash. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are, of course, standard. Dynamic driving modes give drivers the option to choose between styles including ECO and Sport. And new for 2019, there is a 2-person third row.
7. 2019 Acura MDX
The 2019 Acura MDX is a $44,300 luxury SUV full of technology you’ll actually use, not just fancy features that you have to pay more for. For example, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are built into the vehicle. The Milano leather seats are made to be enjoyed. If you fold down the seats, the 90.9 max cubic feet of space you get is more than most SUVs. This is one vehicle you can’t go wrong with.
6. 2019 Volvo XC90
The 2019 Volvo XC90 will redefine how you drive. It has City Safety imminent collision braking and 360-degree cameras to keep you safe as you navigate tighter turns. Park Assist Pilot will parallel park your car for you. On the highway, you’ll notice that Pilot Assist helps keep your SUV at a safe distance from other cars. One of the most notable features of the Volvo XC90 is its plug-in hybrid electric engine option that allows you to commute to work with zero emissions. At $47,700, this is one of the best mid-size luxury SUVs of the year.
5. 2019 Audi Q8
The Audi Q8 scores near the top of our list thanks to a well-designed interior that is common in many Audi's, though the double-decker screen layout takes some getting used to. Steering is steady-as-she-goes, and there's plenty of space for the whole family. Though when it comes to power (like when passing cars on long road trips), drivers may be left wanting a little more oomph.
4. 2019 BMW X5
BMW makes great vehicles, so it’s no surprise to see it on this $60,700 SUV on this list. It has a max cargo capacity of 72.3 cubic feet with the seats folded down and 33.9 cubic feet with the seats up, making this an extremely spacey mid-size SUV. But don't get us wrong; this is still a vehicle for a preferred max of five people (even though there is an optional third row). BMW also made sure the X5 has great traction control, adaptive cruise control, and a sleek, tech-filled interior. The refreshed all-new design for 2019 makes this one of BMW's best SUVs that it's ever made, and it rises to the top of our 'Best Of' list.
3. 2019 Audi e-Tron
In terms of dimensions, the Audi e-Tron sits between the Q5 and the Q7. It's 204 miles of estimated range won't have you fretting when puttering around town, though some competitors have more miles in them. It's a little pricey, but the premium cabin and high-quality materials (along with the quiet and comfortable drive) make it seem worth the price.
2. 2019 Porsche Cayenne
The Porsche Cayenne brings cutting-edge technology to SUVs. It has roll stability to keep you safe and improved air suspension for more comfortable driving. Rear-wheel steering helps you navigate tight turns in the city and handle high speeds on the interstate. Its adaptive cruise control is a step ahead of other cars’ offerings. The LED matrix beam headlights steer with the front wheels. Starting at $65,700, it’s one of the best luxury SUVs of the year. Porsche even offers a Cayenne E-Hybrid, a plug-in electric version of this impressive SUV.
1. 2019 Audi Q7
You can get the luxurious 2019 Audi Q7 starting $53,550. This is a beautiful SUV designed with you in mind. It has 5-star safety, all-wheel drive, and Audi Pre Sense City, which will help prevent crashes at speeds of up to 52 mph. If you’re looking for a safe SUV, this is the choice for you. It's mix of safety, well-equipped features, and pleasant driving experience make it our top choice when it comes to mid-size luxury SUV.