2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class RWD 4-door Side Exterior ViewEnlarge Photo
As Mercedes-Benz models go, the GLK-Class compact luxury crossover is fairly affordable, starting at $35,500. Sleek exterior design, smooth, powerful ride, strong V-6 performance, and impressive fuel efficiency are high points of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class that comfortably seats five adults. That it handles so well isn't a mystery: it's based on the C-Class sedan chassis. Another IIHS Top Safety Pick, the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class is number eight of the best-selling luxury crossovers in 2010. Sales of 20,946 last year were down 4.5 percent from year-before sales of 21,944. See why The Car Connection editors give the 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class an 8.2 (out of 10) overall rating here.
2010 Acura RDXEnlarge Photo
Number nine on the list of best-selling luxury crossovers in 2010 is the Acura RDX with 2010 sales of 14,975, up 48.5 percent from 10,153 sold in 2009. The five-passenger compact luxury crossover is powered by the 240-horsepower 2.3-liter turbocharged in-line four-cylinder engine, available with FWD or super-handling AWD. Some reviewers say RDX has a stiff ride, while others say it offers nimble performance. Fuel economy is 19 mpg city/24 mpg highway in FWD and 17/22 city/highway mpg in AWD configuration. Fold the second-row seats down and there's 60.6 cubic feet of cargo volume. Starting MSRP for the 2011 Acura RDX is $32,620.
2010 Volvo XC60 AWD 4-door 3.0T w/Moonroof Side Exterior ViewEnlarge Photo
Last, but not least, is 10th-place Volvo XC60 which sold 12,030 units in 2010 for an increase of 29.9 percent over 2009 sales. The five-passenger compact XC60, the smallest of Volvo's three crossovers (the others being the XC70 and XC90), received a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a Top Safety Pick designation from the IIHS. For 2011, the Volvo XC60 is available in FWD and AWD, with starting MSRP ranging from $32,400 to $38,400. Power comes from a 240-horsepower 3.2-liter V-6 engine in 3.2 and 3.2 R-Design and 300-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged six in T6 AWD. With rear seats folded down, there's an impressive 67.4 cubic feet of cargo space.
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