There’s no doubt that SUVs rule the automotive world, and for a good reason, especially at the high-line levels. For their part, luxury sport utility vehicles (SUVs) bring the most of everything to their buyers. These luxe SUVs offer loads of comfort, practicality, and power for the ultimate luxury experience possible, no matter their size. Read on to see which luxury SUVs are ranked best in 2021.
The GLE is probably Mercedes’ all-time most-popular SUV. For 2021, the iconic German automaker has added a hybrid version to the GLE lineup, which comes in five different trim levels (GLE 350, 450, 580, AMG GLE 53, and AMG GLE 63 S). GLEs feature:
- Attractive, roomy, upscale interiors.
- Feature-packed MBUX infotainment systems.
- Expansive outward visibility.
- An almost endless selection of trims and available features.
The midsize 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE is a recent fresh redesign from 2020, and it’s only gained popularity since. While spacious already, third-row seating is available in every GLE model. Due to its expansive list of equipment, this SUV is hard to beat if you’re in the market for a midsize SUV with every luxury feature you can imagine.
Cadillac’s Escalade has been the go-to full-size luxury SUV for several years now. This highly popular Caddy SUV is now in its fifth generation and filled to the brim with all-new style, technology, and luxury elements. The Escalade benefits from a thorough redesign for 2021, and it offers two engine options:
- A 6.2-liter V8.
- A turbo-diesel inline six-cylinder.
Escalade buyers can’t go wrong in choosing either engine available for this big luxe SUV. Both powerplants are powerful (0/60 mph in only 5.9 seconds). They also sit inside quality-built sport utility vehicles featuring infotainment systems that are a wonder to behold.
Interior-wise, this big Caddy offers 16-way adjustable seats with massagel, a 36-speaker audio system, and a variety of semi-autonomous driving systems. Plus, Escalage’s cargo space is unrivaled among full-size luxury sport utility vehicles.
Tesla Model X
Without a doubt, the 2021 Tesla Model X has to be the most high-tech SUV on the market today. This fully-electric Tesla luxury sport utility vehicle delivers an enjoyable ride that is also complimented by its low environmental impact. Plus, the Model X is as capable as any gas-powered luxo-SUV out there. Here are some of its assets:
- Seating for seven.
- High-tech cabin.
- ‘Ludicrous Mode’ that allows the Model X to go from 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds.
- A full menu of safety sensors.
- Semi-autonomous driving capability.
- Falcon doors (a new-generation variation on gull-wing doors).
- A 155 mph top speed if you need it.
Every luxury SUV list deserves to have a Lexus on it, and in this case, it’s the GX model. The best-selling Lexus GX is not only packed with luxury at every turn but is also probably one of the best off-road SUVs regardless of equipment level. Yet, while this Lexus’ luxury ride easily conquers the trails, its whisper-quiet cabin keeps occupants cossetted in the lap comfort and ease. Some of the GX’s best features include:
- Three rows of seats.
- Modern, tech-focused infotainment systems.
- Near truck-like towing capabilities (6,500 pounds worth).
- More than 8 inches of ground clearance.
If you need an SUV that can handle some back-country rough terrain, but you don’t want to sacrifice luxury while doing so, then the 2021 Lexus GX is for you.
Another German luxury SUV makes this list, and it’s the 2021 BMW X3. This luxury Beemer SUV drives gracefully, offers a powerful optional engine (in the M40i model), and has surprisingly good gas mileage as well. The X3 delivers a nicely-trimmed cabin with plenty of space for adults in both the front and rear seats. X3 features include:
- Folding second-row seats.
- A large menu of technology and infotainment systems.
- A lot of cargo space for groceries, luggage, and gear.
Infotainment-wise, Android Auto integration, and Sirius XM satellite radio also come standard in the X3. Plus, all X3 models include BMW’s Active Driving Assistant package. There’s even a plug-in hybrid available, the xDrive30E.
Many to Choose From
There are dozens of luxury sport utility vehicles on the market today, and automakers are also competing vigorously for buyers. These five luxury SUVs offer some of the best combinations of luxury, style, interior appointments, SUV capabilities, and technology available in 2021, making a test drive in any one of them a real pleasure.
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