I did my homework before purchasing an SUV. I drove the VW Touareg, the Infiniti FX35/45, the Volvo XC90, the BMW X3, and the Mercedes ML350. I ended up buying the Lexus RX 330 and I couldn't be happier. The drive is incredibly smooth, the interior is perfectly equipped without having too much clutter, and the price is incredible. I can't recommend this car more. It's versatile, roomy, and impressive to drive.
I love the power liftgate- something almost no other car has. I also like the in-dash 6-CD changer, the lack of a 3rd row seat (who needs that much space!!), and the ease with which the seats fold down.
I would like an indication of how far you can back up without hitting something. Other models have it and it would be welcome.