The Porsche Cayenne is a bit lighter and more road-oriented, matching a sporty exterior to a basic interior design that parallels those in Porsche sportscars, but it's not nearly as roomy inside as these other SUVs.
The Mercedes M-Class offers an especially intriguing alternative for those who are conscious about gas-guzzling: the diesel ML320 CDI, which gets 18 mpg city, 24 mpg highway.
Buyers looking to the 2009 Land Rover LR3 as a fashion statement should consider the Jeep Commander, which also has tall, boxy styling and serious off-road ability.
However, the Jeep can't claim the LR3's breadth of luxury equipment or its well-laid-out, space-efficient interior design.
The Audi Q7 has some measure of off-road ability, though it's configured more for good on-road performance.
It also has a new clean-diesel option and an especially attractive interior.
|2009 Land Rover LR3Browse Used Listings||2009 Porsche CayenneBrowse Used Listings||2008 Audi Q7Browse Used Listings||2008 Jeep CommanderBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mercedes-Benz M ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|12 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|4WD 4-Door V8 LUX||AWD 4-Door Manual||quattro 4-Door 3.6L||RWD 4-Door Sport||4MATIC 4-Door 3.5L|
|4-Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||4-Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door SUV||4 Door SUV||4 Door||4 Door|
|Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic|