Among five-seat luxury crossovers, the Lexus RX has been a sales leader, and gets credit for coining the segment in the mid-1990s.
It has competition in the form of the Lincoln MKX, a five-seater with great interior room, a strong V-6 powertrain (though no hybrid option), and MyLincoln Touch, which uses voice and touch commands to run audio, phone and navigation.
The Cadillac SRX was reborn in 2010 on a crossover platform, and has lovely styling and this year, a new 3.6-liter V-6.
Volvo's XC60 wraps lots of room inside an elegant shape, and its typically Swedish interior is very handsome.
For something a little less expensive, the Nissan Murano has urbane good looks and strong V-6 performance, though it's small inside and has a continuously variable transmission, a type we don't typically enjoy.
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|2012 Lexus RX 350Browse Used Listings||2012 Cadillac SRXBrowse Used Listings||2012 Lincoln MKXBrowse Used Listings||2012 Nissan MuranoBrowse Used Listings||2012 Volvo XC60Browse Used Listings|
|18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas/Ethanol V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas I6|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD||Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD||2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4-Door||FWD 4-Door Base||FWD 4-Door||2WD 4-Door S||FWD 4-Door 3.2L|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility Vehicle||Crossover||Crossover||Sport Utility||5 Door Wagon|
|Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||Continuously Variable Ratio||Automatic w/manual shift|
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|2012 Lexus RX 350 vs. 2012 Cadillac SRX||2012 Lexus RX 350 vs. 2012 Lincoln MKX||2012 Lexus RX 350 vs. 2012 Nissan Murano||2012 Lexus RX 350 vs. 2012 Volvo XC60|