While the BMW X3 was the lone luxury compact crossover ute a few years ago, there are now plenty of great alternatives.
The new Volvo XC60 comes with a torquey inline six-cylinder engine, like the BMW, but it has a roomier interior and, some will think, a more fashionable interior.
Volvo also offers more high-tech safety features.
The Land Rover LR2 is related to the XC60 but has more off-road credibility, along with a more cluttered interior design.
Two new entries, the Mercedes-Benz GLK and Audi Q5, look to woo buyers seeking a smaller yet very luxurious SUV.
The GLK has some measure of off-road ability, while the Q5 aims at the crowd planning to stay on-road.
Those who place handling and style on equal footing should also check out the Infiniti EX35, which gives up visibility and rear cargo room for sweeter handling and steering.
The most refined vehicle in this class, the Acura RDX, is a stiff competitor but suffers a bit from a choppy ride and a slightly off-base, zippy turbocharged engine; TheCarConnection.com's editors also think that the RDX has the best handling of the car-based luxury crossovers.
However, the highest-rated luxury crossover is the new Cadillac SRX, which mates a responsive drivetrain to an elegant exterior and interior style.
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|2010 BMW X3Browse Used Listings||2010 Acura RDXBrowse Used Listings||2010 Audi Q5Browse Used Listings||2010 Cadillac SRXBrowse Used Listings||2010 Land Rover LR2Browse Used Listings||2010 Volvo XC60Browse Used Listings|
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|Gas I6||Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas I6||Gas I6|
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|AWD 4-Door 30i||FWD 4-Door||quattro 4-Door Prestige||FWD 4-Door Base||AWD 4-Door HSE||FWD 4-Door 3.2L|
|All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||4dr SUV||4 Door||Sport Utility||5 Door Wagon|
|Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic,|
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