2009 Audi Q5
Number six on the best-selling luxury crossovers in 2010, the compact Audi Q5 posted a 70.5-percent increase in 2010 with sales of 23,518 - compared with 13,790 the year before. Although the Q5 hasn't changed much since 2009, with its sleek profile and exterior styling, ultra-luxurious cabin with comfortable seating front and back, and handling that's more like a sport sedan with quattro all-wheel drive, what's not to like? Base powerplant in the 2.0T is the 211-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The base price is $35,200. Opt for the 3.2 and get the more powerful 270-horsepower 3.2-liter V-6 engine. Of course, that starting price reflects the bump in horsepower (and other goodies), with 3.2 Premium starting at $42,500. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the Audi Q5 a Top Safety Pick for 2011. See more info on the 2011 Audi Q5 in The Car Connection.
2011 Lincoln MKXEnlarge Photo
Platform-mate to the Ford Flex, the five-seat 2011 Lincoln MKX mid-size luxury crossover gets a new look, more powerful 305-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 engine, upgraded interior materials, and new MyLincolnTouch system standard. There's abundant rear cargo room (even though there's no third-row bench), heated and cooled 10-way power-adjustable front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, Sirius satellite radio, and much more. Available in front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD), the base price is $39,375 and $41,225, respectively. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway (FWD) and 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway (AWD). For more information on the 2011 Lincoln MKX, see this review.