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Status Symbol SUVs: Luxury Re-defined

Today’s luxury SUVs aren’t only about comfort. In the best examples, you’ll both find refinement and the latest technologies, mixed with the classic amenities one would expect to find on an automobile that’s defined as being in the “luxury” class. From full-size SUVs to smaller crossover models, some are fancy enough to redefine what it means to own a luxury SUV.

So, which models are really pushing the envelope in terms of luxury this year? Among some of the top contenders are the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover and 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport. The Range Rover is truly the original luxury SUV, and it’s involved into the ideal premium off-roader over the years. The Supercharged model represents the Range Rover in its most opulent form, though the Range Rover Autobiography (special edition) is beyond incredible with its predominately hand-finished luxury interior.

The Range Rover Sport is smaller than the standard Rover, but it has an interior that would put luxury hotels to shame. This model somehow manages to seamlessly blend a sporty style with high-class touches, and, like its bigger brother, is offered in both naturally-aspirated and Supercharged model options.

Also on deck for 2013 is the always-impressive BMW X5. Though some might consider the X6 model to be more luxurious, I can’t help but be a bit disappointed by this year’s model and consider the BMW X6 to be the more impressive of the two. The versatile BMW X5 SUV is just as at home dropping kids off at soccer practice as it is on the race track, and it features some of the most impressive engines available on the market today. This year’s X5 comes with a remarkable three engine choices: two of which are the brand’s six-and eight-cylinder gasoline engines, and the amazingly fuel-efficient six-cylinder diesel option.

Though the 2013 Acura MDX isn’t quite as pricey as the other vehicles mentioned, this crossover SUV isn’t any less impressive. With its exceptionally refined handling (paired with standard all-wheel drive), comfortable and well-appointed interior, and an array of the latest technology features, this year’s MDX certainly stacks up to the competition. It even has seating for seven, though its fuel economy ratings are rather low, coming in at 16 mpg city/ 21 mpg highway.

If you’re looking for an upscale, comfortable mid-size SUV with excellent performance features, you may want to consider the 2013 Volkswagen Touareg, a great-performing SUV with power and fuel economy that are set to impress. There’s a diesel engine available which achieves an impressive 20 mpg city/ 29 mpg highway or a standard V6 engine that’s paired with an eight-speed automatic and achieves 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway. The Touareg’s cabin is full of high-quality materials and an incredibly attractive design. It offers a range of equipment (which is impressive even at the base level).

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