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2008 Mercedes-Benz GL320
“Even though the GL isn't going to break any acceleration records, it effortlessly powered past the Niva, riding a wave of diesel torque that's always available thanks to the GL's 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission, which keeps the engine in its sweet spot.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
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2008 Mercedes-Benz GL450
“The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is large and capable off road yet feels surprisingly car-like on the road. That car-like feeling comes in part because this is the first full-size SUV built around a unibody architecture instead of traditional body-on-frame construction.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
4.0 
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2008 Mercedes-Benz GL550
“As far as large SUVs go, this is one of our favorites. It seats seven, offers respectable towing capacity, and has the moves of a much smaller SUV.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
4.0 
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2008 BMW X3
“Despite the high expectations that come with attaching the flying propeller logo to any vehicle, the new X3 still surprises those expectations with amazing prowess.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.7 
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2008 BMW X5
“It has much more in common with a sport sedan than with any SUV... ” — Automobile   See More Reviews
3.7 
2
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2008 BMW X6
“...the 2009 BMW X6 is positively dripping with machismo. ” — Popular Mechanics   See More Reviews
3.7 
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2008 Lexus LX 570
“The powerful 5.7-liter V8 engine provides remarkable acceleration for such a large and heavy vehicle, and it makes quick work of towing tasks.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.7 
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2008 Mercedes-Benz ML320
3.7 
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2008 Mercedes-Benz ML350
“Elegantly appointed inside as it is, the M-Class is built to go off-road.” — MSN Autos   See More Reviews
3.7 
2
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2008 Mercedes-Benz ML550
3.7 
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2008 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG
“Regarding handling, the Mercedes M-Class veers toward comfort.” — Forbes   See More Reviews
3.7 
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2008 Mercedes-Benz R320
“The diesel-powered R320 CDI eliminates just about everything bad associated with old-technology diesels except the outstanding fuel economy.” — Automotive.com   See More Reviews
3.7 
2
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2008 Mercedes-Benz R350
“Steering feels just right for this new class of car, and it requires moderate effort with utterly satisfying response.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
3.7 
3
2008 Audi Q7
“The Q7's state-of-the-art interior mimics the wonderful interior in the A6 sedan. Audi has managed a high-tech presentation without a sacrifice in comfort or warmth.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.5 
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2008 Cadillac SRX
“The ride can be immensely satisfying, as it was when I took curves with gusto and bounded up mountain roads.” — MSN Autos   See More Reviews
3.5 
3
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2008 Land Rover LR2
“Fun in the mud, looks like an SUV, a brand name that impresses the neighbors.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
3.5 
3
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2008 Land Rover Range Rover
“Its ZF 6-speed automatic transmission is responsive and uses a center differential to improve off-road abilities and on-road handling. Low-range is available for extreme off-roading.” — MSN Autos   See More Reviews
3.5 
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2008 Lexus GX 470
“Inside, the GX 470 is roomy and quiet, swathed in leather and birdseye maple.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.5 
3
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2008 Lexus RX 350
“High-grade cabin furnishings, luxury sedan ride, user-friendly high-tech features, rock-solid reliability history, excellent dealer service.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.5 
3
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2008 Lexus RX 400h
“The ride is pleasant and steering is easy on smooth roads. Bright, recessed gauges are easy to read.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
3.5 
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2008 Acura MDX
“Excellent handling, high safety scores, loads of optional high-tech toys, powerful engine with decent fuel economy, relatively large third-row seat for a midsize luxury SUV.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.2 
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2008 Acura RDX
“...Acura RDX drives like a sport sedan. It's quick and extremely nimble through corners. The turbocharged engine is a thrill and makes the RDX exciting to drive.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.2 
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2008 INFINITI EX35
“Through Boston and then the New York suburbs, the EX proved that its deceptively small dimensions can come in handy. ” — Automobile   See More Reviews
3.2 
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2008 INFINITI FX35
“They can be driven much harder than traditional sport-utilities, with big, powerful brakes and firm, fully independent suspensions.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.2 
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2008 INFINITI FX45
“They can be driven much harder than traditional sport-utilities, with big, powerful brakes and firm, fully independent suspensions.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.2 
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2008 INFINITI QX56
“It comes standard with latest in electronic stability control, traction control and ABS technology, all of which can help you maintain control in emergency handling situations, and the available all-wheel-drive system further improves handling stability in slippery conditions.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.2 
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2008 Land Rover LR3
“Touted as the Discovery replacement, the LR3 continues to live by Land Rover's outdoor off-road creed, but this vehicle has been optimized for on-road driving as well.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.2 
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2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
“Immediately after a heavy downpour that created some very slick and slimy conditions on a horse farm outside Chicago, all that was required of our British ute was to throw the transmission lever into "Low," twist the Terrain Response dial (located on the console between the front seats) one click to the right (Grass/Gravel/Snow), and we were on our way. A little throttle modulation and steering input were all the driver had to worry about. Simple.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
3.2 
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2008 Lincoln MKX
“...the MKX boasts a gutsy 3.5-liter V6 engine and plenty of headroom, legroom and storage space within its cabin.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.2 
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2008 Porsche Cayenne
“There's good room for four tall adults. Five such persons can fit for short trips, but the center of the rear seat is too stiff for longer journeys.” — MSN Autos   See More Reviews
3.2 
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2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2
“The Volkswagen Touareg 2 can handle off-road challenges while providing ample on-road comfort and a fairly luxurious interior.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.2 
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2008 Volvo XC90
“The wood inserts throughout the cabin provide some brightness and give it that upscale look. And the usual speedometer, tachometer and other gauges are as easy to read as ever.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
3.2 
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2008 Lincoln Navigator
“So it isn't quite subdued, but the Lincoln is reasonably refined, thanks in part to efforts to curb noise coming from the powertrain, the wind, and the road.” — Automobile   See More Reviews
3.0 
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2008 Lincoln Navigator L
“Easy to read and extremely distinctive, the gauges make an elegant statement.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
3.0 
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2008 Mercedes-Benz G500
“...the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is surprisingly quiet on such journeys despite having the aerodynamic attributes of a shipping crate.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
2.7 
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2008 Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG
“...the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is surprisingly quiet on such journeys despite having the aerodynamic attributes of a shipping crate.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
2.7 
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2008 Cadillac Escalade
“While offering the acceleration and responsiveness of a smaller luxury vehicle, the Escalade offers one of the most comfortable, lavishly appointed interiors available in any SUV.” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
2.5 
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2008 Cadillac Escalade ESV
“...we feel the Escalade [ESV] delivers the smoothest and most comfortable ride offered on a body-on-frame vehicle.” — Kelley Blue Book   See More Reviews
2.5 
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2008 HUMMER H2 SUV
“Seats are thick, comfortable and supportive and keep you centered when driving off-road at odd angles.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2.5 
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2008 Saab 9-7X
“... the 9-7X comes standard with all the latest amenities including heated leather seats, automatic climate control, a driver information computer, wood accents and the OnStar satellite communications system.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
2.5 
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