Luxury SUVs With Affordable Pricing
Contending with today’s heavy markups and steep depreciation, savvy luxury shoppers know that buying a used SUV reaps better value than buying new. A 2008 Cadillac Escalade, for example, can be purchased for roughly a quarter of the price of a new one without sacrificing much style or comfort.
From greatest to great, here are the used luxury SUVs with the highest overall scores from U.S. News & World Report. Some models have been discontinued (looking at you, Infiniti FX) and some, like the Lexus NX, are new to the block, but each continues to earn its spot on the road.
2008 Cadillac Escalade
Average Price: $17,305 | U.S. News Score: 9.3/10
Few SUVs seat as many passengers in as much style as the Cadillac Escalade. At nearly a quarter of the price of a new model, the 2008 Escalade also delivers superior value.
The seven-passenger SUV from General Motors’ upscale Cadillac marque features a refined cabin with sculpted seats. The Escalade delivers impressive acceleration and handling for a full-size SUV. The 6.2-liter V8 returns 403 horsepower, enough for merging and passing on the highway or maneuvering quickly on city streets.
Note that the 2008 model delivers a paltry 12 mpg around town and 19 mpg on the highway – 18 on the highway with four-wheel drive.
2010 Lexus RX 350
Average Price: $15,435 | U.S. News Score: 9.1/10
When it was new, the 2010 Lexus RX 350 took the No. 1 spot in our rankings of luxury midsize SUVs. Now, it’s still an attractive proposition because of its strong fuel economy, handsome cabin, and car-like handling.
The five-passenger SUV delivers 18 mpg around town and 25 mpg in the city (impressive figures for its day) using a 275-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. A smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission and composed, if not dynamic, handling helped the RX get to that top spot.
Inside each model is a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob (leather upholstery was offered as an option for the 2010 model year).
2009 BMW X3
Average Price: $10,185 | U.S. News Score: 9.0/10
With seating for five, the 2009 X3 provides the precise handling of a BMW sedan, the cargo capacity of a crossover, and the capability of the brand’s 260-horsepower six-cylinder engine. Standard luxury features include leatherette seats, automatic climate control, and a panoramic sunroof.
2007 Infiniti FX
Average Price: $8,545 | U.S. News Score: 8.8/10
Even though the Infiniti FX retired years ago from the upscale Japanese brand’s lineup, buyers shouldn’t overlook the 2007 model, a sporty ride that also handles well in snow.
When it was new, the five-passenger FX offered a choice between two hearty powertrains: a 275-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 or a 320-horsepower 4.5-liter V8. Note that the FX’s rear headroom, cargo capacity, and off-road prowess are not as impressive as rivals’.
Best Used Luxury SUVs
By Jaclyn Trop | August 24, 2017
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2010 Audi Q5
Average Price: $13,985 | U.S. News Score: 8.8/10
Audi’s compact SUV seats five and comes standard with the brand’s Quattro all-wheel drive system. The Q5’s 270-horsepower V6 holds it own against more modern competitors.
All models come with leather upholstery, as well as Audi’s MMI infotainment system, satellite radio, and tri-zone climate control. If you do find a barebones 2010 Q5, just know that it won’t have a rearview camera, which was an optional feature at the time.
2007 Land Rover Range Rover
Average Price: $11,460 | U.S. News Score: 8.7/10
Perhaps no SUV induces as much envy as the Land Rover Range Rover. The steep starting price for a new one is out of reach for many, but the price tag on a 2007 model is not.
Even a 10-year-old model from the upper-crust British brand still impresses today with its smooth performance, refined cabin, and formidable off-road chops.
The base HSE trim delivers 305 horsepower from a 4.4-liter V8, and the Range Rover Supercharged makes 400 horsepower with a supercharged 4.2-liter V8. Like most large SUVs of its generation, the Range Rover comes up short on fuel efficiency, returning only 12 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.
2010 Acura RDX
Average Price: $11,180 | U.S. News Score: 8.9/10
The smaller of the brand’s two SUVs, the 2010 RDX comes standard with features befitting a luxury cabin: leather upholstery, a power sunroof, and – rare for its time – a backup camera. The SUV’s 240-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine provides notable acceleration.
2015 Lexus NX
Average Price: $31,745 | U.S. News Score: 8.9/10
A new nameplate for 2015, Lexus’ smallest crossover provides such strong value that we named the NX a finalist for our 2015 Best Luxury Compact SUV for Families award.
With its upscale interior, composed handling, and standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the five-passenger SUV delights on most terrain.
2007 Cadillac SRX
Average Price: $6,175 | U.S. News Score: 7.9/10
A four-figure luxury SUV may feel as elusive as a smooth road in a Michigan winter, but the 2007 Cadillac SRX fits the bill. With a plush interior, stylish design, and responsive five-speed automatic transmission, the five-passenger SUV is worth a look.
The 2007 SRX came with a choice of two engines: a 255-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 or a 320-horsepower V8. But like many models of its time, the 2007 Cadillac will send you frequently running to the pump. It delivers up to 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.