The Lexus RX marries an urbane body and a sterling brand image with higher gas mileage numbers.
You could test-drive something less expensive, like Toyota's own Highlander Hybrid, and gain more seats while losing points on style and prestige.
The Mercedes M-Class offers a diesel edition that's frugal and tightly built; the same goes for the BMW X5, which also offers a third-row seat, while the Benz lineup forces you to upgrade to the very expensive GL-Class for those additional seats.
Among gas-engined luxury crossovers, the Cadillac SRX has the most distinctive look, while the Volvo XC60 has top safety scores and a handsome interior to go with its roomy cabin and light, direct road feel.
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|30 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||28 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Electric V6||Turbocharged Gas I6||Gas/Ethanol V6||Gas V6||Gas/Electric V6||Gas I6|
|2WD Sport Utility||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD||Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD||Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4-Door Hybrid||AWD 4-Door 35i||FWD 4-Door Base||4MATIC 4-Door ML350||4WD 4-Door (GS)||FWD 4-Door 3.2L|
|Front Wheel Drive||All-Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||4-Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle||Crossover||4 Door||4 Door||5 Door Wagon|
|Continuously variable ratio||Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||CVT Automatic||Automatic w/manual shift|