Shoppers are still moving toward smaller SUVs, but sporty, luxurious ones like the 2009 Acura RDX are especially rising in popularity.
The BMW X3 was one of the first entries in the niche, but its substandard interior (at least initially) and rough ride keep TheCarConnection.com from recommending it.
Infiniti’s EX35 is a blast to drive with none of the turbo lag, but its fuel economy is worse than that of the RDX.
Land Rover's LR2 feels plusher than the RDX, with the LR2 owning a bit of off-road edge.
VW’s Tiguan also has a turbo four, but somehow it’s a lot easier to live with.
The Mercedes-Benz GLK is another new entry in this group—it sizes up with the rest but manages to feel a bit more mature and refined; for now, it's only offered with a big V-6.
The Audi Q5 is another new entry set to come out late in the 2009 model year.
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|17 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas V6||Inline 6|
|4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Small Station Wagon||Sport Utility|
|AWD 4-Door||quattro 4-Door 3.2L Prestige||FWD 4-Door Manual S||RWD 4-Door||AWD 4-Door SE|
|All Wheel Drive||All wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4dr SUV||4 Door||4 Door SUV||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Manual||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|