Sitting in traffic at the stop light or cruising the freeways, it's impossible not to notice crossovers of every size all around. And sales of luxury crossovers reflect that proliferation. Today we continue FamilyCarGuide's two-part series on the best-selling luxury crossovers in 2010.
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.
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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.