With the tremendous appeal of crossovers to American consumers - especially families -- it should come as no surprise that there are sales increases among luxury brand CUVs as well. In fact, all but one of the top 10 best-selling luxury crossovers in 2010 posted increases over the previous year.
Combining the easy handling of a passenger car with the utility of an SUV, crossovers pretty much rule on the roads today. They're perfect for anyone who doesn't need to tow some serious loads or isn't looking to necessarily navigate off-road terrain.
Far and away the sales leader among luxury crossovers for 2010, the mid-size five-seat Lexus RX recorded 95,790 sales last year, compared with 93,379 the year before. While it's a modest 3.3-percent increase, the RX is far out ahead of the second-place Buick Enclave. The 2011 Lexus RX 350 is comfortable, spacious inside, has lots of standard high-tech features, and gets excellent fuel economy for the class. With its 275-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine, the RX 350 achieves an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway (front-wheel drive), and 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway in all-wheel drive (AWD). The RX 450h Hybrid gets 32 mpg city/28 mpg highway. Starting manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the 2011 Lexus RX begins at $38,375.
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Noted for its responsive and ultra-smooth ride, whisper-quiet cabin, comfortable and supportive seats, luxury touches all around, the Buick Enclave ranked in second place with 2010 sales of 55,426. That's a 28.4-percent increase over 43,150 sold in 2009. The mid-size crossover shares a platform with the more affordable Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia, but the Enclave is decked out to appeal to more luxury-minded buyers. The Enclave seats up to eight and offers impressive cargo versatility. Power comes from a 288-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway (FWD) and 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway (AWD). The base price for all this luxury is $35,615. Read more about the 2011 Buick Enclave here.