The 2015 Lexus NX lineup should land at the sporty end of the luxury compact crossover segment, although with a hybrid model on offer, it definitely won't scare away those with the intent to buy 'green.' Look for the NX lineup to match up solidly, in turbo guise, against the V-6 and turbo-four versions of these rivals.
The BMW X3 is a competitive vehicle in every respect, although the current generation is lacking some of the verve that otherwise usually distinguishes BMW vehicles.
The Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class is an impressive package, towing a line between being a mini GL-Class and a tall boxy station wagon; it's offered in a high-mileage Bluetec diesel version, too.
The Volvo XC60 is yet another great alternative; its interior is especially well laid-out and comfortable, and with the introduction of a new, more economical turbo four-cylinder engine this year, it's a stronger entry than before -- one of the safest, too.
The Audi Q5 is also offered in several versions, from a turbo four to a higher-mpg TDI diesel; its combination of excellent interior appointments and versatility, as well as a good compromise of handling and ride comfort, make it one of the better bets here.
Otherwise the Acura RDX is a head-scratcher, offering only one engine -- a V-6 that isn't all that fuel-efficient -- at a time when all of its peers have moved to more economical engines.
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