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2012 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
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2012 Lexus RX 450h
“The hybrid model is particularly well sorted out, and both RXs are easier to use as mind-numbing, commute-erasing devices than they were before. Even as enthusiasts, we have to admit there are plenty of days when such a device (especially for this Los Angeles-based editor) would come in handy.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
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2012 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC
“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
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2012 Lexus GX 460
“Cornering is actually quite good for a vehicle of this size, height and weight. ” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
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2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK350
“From a purely practical standpoint, the GLK makes a lot of sense, with a great driving position and plenty of space for four adults (three can fit in a pinch in back).” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
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2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTEC
“Ride quality is exceptionally compliant with the standard setup of steel springs and conventional dampers,” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
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2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG
“The 4Matic system's electronic, stability-system-linked 4-ETS torque distribution can send nearly all engine torque to whichever single wheel can use it. The suspension is also remarkably versatile for a combination of on-road use or off-roading.” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
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2012 BMW X3
“With new-found suppleness to its suspension set-up, greater agility, stronger performance, reduced thirst and expanded roominess, the new X3 feels much more like something conceived in Munich should.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
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2012 BMW X5
“The 2011 BMW X5 is one of the best-handling midsize luxury crossovers you can buy. ” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
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2012 BMW X5 M
“High-performance SUVs are a rare breed, and the...BMW X5 M tops this short list by delivering astonishing performance while making few sacrifices.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
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2012 BMW X6
“...the 2009 BMW X6 is positively dripping with machismo. ” — Popular Mechanics   See More Reviews
3.7 
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2012 BMW X6 M
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2012 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
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2012 Mercedes-Benz R350 BlueTEC
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2012 Porsche Cayenne
“The trio of suspension settings - comfort, normal, and sport - offered by the Cayenne's optional Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) does a superb job of catering to various drivers' preferences.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
3.7 
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2012 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
“The Cayenne in any form is a wonderful, quiet, plush, and luxurious highway cruiser....” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.7 
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2012 Audi Q5
“In what has become a recurring theme for every new car wearing the four shiny rings, the Q5 offers just-right styling outside, a beautiful and comfortable interior and equally impressive levels of comfort and performance.” — Kelley Blue Book   See More Reviews
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2012 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
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2012 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
3.5 
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2012 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
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2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
“Inside, Escalade Hybrid gets a nice level of luxury that's very contemporary, almost European in feel.” — Forbes   See More Reviews
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2012 Cadillac SRX
“It is much more nimble than previously and rides a shade on the comfortable side of firm.” — Canadian Driver   See More Reviews
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2012 Land Rover LR2
“The lesser-known LR2 also stands out among its peers with more rugged, squared-off looks and ample ground clearance.” — Kelley Blue Book   See More Reviews
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2012 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
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2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
“It looks more like a concept car than anything else that can be had for less than $100,000, and it's even more arresting in person than in photos.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
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2012 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
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2012 Acura RDX
“RDX offers an excellent balance of feel and composure while keeping body roll in check.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
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2012 Acura ZDX
“If you are willing to accept the compromises that come with the coupe styling -- and coupes are all about style -- ZDX is one terrific piece of work.” — USA Today   See More Reviews
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2012 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
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2012 INFINITI FX35
“On the street, the [Infiniti FX] provokes our inner juvenile delinquent to repeatedly floor the gas and feel the rush of acceleration...” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
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2012 INFINITI FX50
“Inside the cabin, the FX50 gets the deluxe treatment. We love it.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
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2012 INFINITI QX56
“Legroom in the second row is expansive while leaving enough legroom in the third row to accommodate kids of all sizes, or even average-sized adults.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
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2012 Land Rover LR4
“Underway, it's very comfortable and very quiet, considering that the LR4 is quite a big box that catches lots of air and rides on enormous tires. ” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
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2012 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
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2012 Lincoln MKT
“Other than the goofy proportions and polarizing snout, perhaps the most immediately noteworthy thing about the MKT is how pleasant it is inside its cabin. The interior is serenely quiet, even at triple-digit speeds, thanks to heaps of sound deadening; laminated, thicker windows; and aerodynamic tuning that included optimizing the shape of the side mirrors.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
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2012 Lincoln MKX
“Complimenting the new center stack and its fancy new infotainment system is a refreshed interior with all-new seats and upgraded materials. ” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
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2012 Volkswagen Touareg
“There's very little not to like about the Touareg's creature comforts and accommodations.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
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2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid
“The Hybrid handles the added weight of the battery pack better than most hybrid SUVs....” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
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2012 Volvo XC60
“As Arrival Vehicles go, this one gives the fashionistas something to look at: a high-waisted shape that flares dramatically as it sweeps back to huge sculptural taillights. Better yet, this visual entertainment takes place without encroaching on the capacity within.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
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2012 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
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2012 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
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2012 Lincoln Navigator L
“Easy to read and extremely distinctive, the gauges make an elegant statement.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
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