Unlike the Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg--its mechanical cousins--the Audi Q7 has a third-row seat.
Even so, the Cayenne's a tempting alternative for badge-aholics who also want ground clearance and some moderate off-road capability.
The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV has crisp lines and a luxurious, roomy interior; it's one of our favorite big utes.
The BMW X5 also can be ordered with a third-row seat, and even if it's tighter and plainer than the Mercedes, it comes with a fetching alternative: the X5 M and its twin-turbo V-8.
So what to make of the massive, flamboyant Lincoln MKT? It's a seven-seat crossover that outpoints the Audi on interior room, with a cabin that's the equal of the Q7 on style.
The narwhal grille isn't everyone's favorite, though, and it's a stretch to say Lincoln's brand means the same thing to luxury car shoppers as Audi.
But with its acres of interior room, good handling, and turbocharged V-6 option, it's a strong dark-horse challenger in this pack.
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|2011 Audi Q7Browse Used Listings||2011 BMW X5Browse Used Listings||2011 Lincoln MKTBrowse Used Listings||2011 Mercedes-Benz GL ClassBrowse Used Listings||2011 Porsche CayenneBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas Supercharged V6||Diesel I6||Gas V6||Turbocharged Diesel V6||Gas V6|
|4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD|
|quattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium||AWD 4-Door 35d||4-Door Wagon 3.7L FWD||4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC||AWD 4-Door Manual|
|All Wheel Drive||All-Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|4 Door SUV||4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle||Station Wagon||Sport Utility||4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle|
|Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic||Manual w/OD|
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|2011 Audi Q7 vs. 2011 BMW X5||2011 Audi Q7 vs. 2011 Lincoln MKT||2011 Audi Q7 vs. 2011 Mercedes-Benz GL Class||2011 Audi Q7 vs. 2011 Porsche Cayenne|