You might not think the Audi Q5 is exactly the right car for you--and the other German SUVs may not fit the bill, either. So what's left in this size and price class? If you're still looking for rugged lines and all-terrain travel, Land Rover’s LR2 is a square-jawed niche player in the group, with true four-wheeling bred in its blocky silhouette.
The next pair, the Acura RDX and Infiniti EX35, share Japanese heritage, but feel radically different. The RDX’s pulsing turbocharged four-cylinder feels at odds with its mission, while the EX35’s teensy cargo area leads to questions about its SUV classification.
Last, the soft and comfy SUVs in this group include the Lexus RX, a luxury favorite with little driving feel and a hybrid model; the new Volvo XC60, a sleek and fairly quick-footed SUV with a marvelous interior; and the Cadillac SRX, a new entry in this size class with crisp styling and good on-road maneuvers.