Used Luxury 3-Row SUVs
If you need more room than a traditional midsize crossover offers, you might want to step up to a three-row SUV. Contrary to appearances, three-row SUVs are not all created alike. Some two-row midsize SUVs come in an optional seven-seat configuration — the Lexus RX 350L, for instance, stretches the standard RX 350 to squeeze in a third row. Other midsize crossovers, such as the Audi Q7, Volvo XC90 and Acura MDX, only come in a three-row setup. Still, others are classified as large or full-size three-row SUVs, with more room in the third row or greater cargo storage. There's a handful of large truck-based SUVs (rather than car-based crossovers) — such as the Lincoln Navigator and the Cadillac Escalade — that sacrifice fuel economy and road comfort for greater towing ability.
The 2016 BMW X5 is one of the sportier vehicles in the midsize segment, but it still delivers a comfortable ride, along with wonderfully supportive seats and luxurious cabin materials. A two-row, five-seat configuration is standard, with a three-row, seven-seat layout available on 35i, 35d and 50i models. However, legroom in the second row is merely adequate, and the third row is a tight fit, even for children. Cargo room is also average for the class. Despite favorable reviews all around, this vehicle ultimately speaks on an emotional level more than a practical one.
Unlike some other choices in the midsize class, every 2016 Infiniti QX60 comes with seating for seven. That third row is also fairly spacious by segment standards, with good headroom for passengers up to 6 feet tall. It's not much fun to drive, but many shoppers are willing to trade performance for everyday usability. The 2016 model is slightly more desirable than previous years due to retuned mechanical components and additional sound insulation.
As a large luxury SUV at the top of its game, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is understandably more expensive than the vehicles listed above. You'll have to pay a bit more at the pump, too, as extra weight makes the standard turbocharged V6 a little thirstier (though the GL also offers a fuel-sipping diesel engine). But the GL's cabin materials are a clear step above the rest, and there's enough room to fit adults in all seven seats. If you're looking to transport a cabin full of passengers in supreme comfort, few if any SUVs do it better. Don't miss the V8-powered variants if you're hungry for more power.
Used Luxury SUV Features
While features vary widely among luxury SUVs (and often between different versions of the same model), there are a few you can expect to find in most cars on your shopping journey. Many compact and some midsize SUVs come with premium vinyl (faux leather) upholstery, with leather available as an option or standard on upper trims. Auto-dimming mirrors, keyless entry, LED or xenon headlights, a sunroof, and a rearview camera are all examples of common but not necessarily standard features.
Choosing the Right Used Luxury SUV for You
Selecting the right used luxury SUV starts with evaluating your size needs and budget. If you often drive solo and don't have substantial cargo needs, you might be able to live with a subcompact. If you require a little more space or higher-quality cabin materials, a compact might be the way to go. Families and luxe-o-philes will gravitate toward midsize or large SUVs. If there are any must-have features on your shopping list, make sure to find which packages they belong to and ask if a specific unit of inventory is so equipped.
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