As of March 2013, here is a list of the top 10 best selling luxury SUV’s.
10. Mercedes Benz GLK-Class – 7,510 units
The Mercedes Benz GLK-Class is a small luxury crossover SUV. The GLK stands
for Gelandewagen Luxus Kompaktklasse. It made its debut in 2008 during that
year’s Beijing Auto Show. It then went on sale the autumn of the same year. The
design comes from the Mercedes Benz C-Class. It comes in an all-wheel drive and a
rear-wheel version. It boasts of an engine that ranges from 2.1 liters to 3 liters, plus a
seven-speed automatic transmission. The sales of the vehicle has steadily increased
every year from 2009, with this year’s numbers poised to break last year’s total of
29,364 units sold.
9. Mercedes Benz GL-Class – 7,618 units
The Mercedes Benz GL-Class is a large luxury crossover SUV. The vehicle is largely
manufactured in the company’s Alabama plant in Tuscaloosa, though the first few
versions were made in Germany. The vehicle first came into production in 2006.
The five-door SUV has a front engine, four-wheel drive layout and seven-speed 7G-
Tronic automatic transmission. The top of the line model boasts of a 5.5-liter V8
engine. Diesel versions are also available in 3-liter V6 and 4-liter V8 engines.
8. Audi Q5 – 8,196 units
The Audi Q5 is a small luxury SUV. It first went into production in 2008 using the
same MLP, or Modular Longitudinal Platform, that was initially used by the 2007
model of the Audi A5 coupe. This vehicle will also serve as the basis for the Porsche
Macan. This five-door wagon has a front engine and four-wheel drive layout. It is
available in both petrol and diesel versions, with the top of the line model having a
3.2-liter VS FSI engine. Transmissions may be in six-speed manual or automatic,
seven-speed S Tronic or eight-speed Tiptronic ZF 8HP.
7. Acura MDX – 8,728 units
The Acura MDX is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV. The MDX stands for Multi
Dimensional Luxury. It is marketed as the Honda MDX in Australia and Japan. The
vehicle first came into production in 2001. The current version has a front engine
layout and comes in either front-wheel or all-wheel versions. It boasts of a 3.5-liter
24-valve SOHC V6 i-VTEC engine with six-speed automatic transmission. Aside
from the usual features, it also has a knee airbag, Lane Keeping Assist System,
Collision Mitigation Braking System and Adaptive Cruise Control.
6. Acura RDX – 9,159 units
The Acura RDX is a small luxury crossover SUV. It is considered as the company’s
entry-level SUV in lieu of the Acura MDX, which has constantly grown in size and
price. The vehicle is assembled in the company’s Ohio plant in East Liberty. It has a
front engine layout and comes in either all-wheel or front-wheel drives. The vehicle comes in a 3.5-liter J35Y V6 engine with six-speed automatic transmission. The engine makes use of variable displacement that has allowed gas mileage to improve by as much as 28 miles per gallon on highway driving.
5. Mercedes Benz M-Class – 9,162 units
The Mercedes Benz M-Class is a mid-size luxury SUV that first came into production
in 1997. It has a front engine layout and comes in either four-wheel drive or front-
wheel drive. The vehicle is assembled in Alabama, though there are also assembly
plants in Mexico and India. It comes in both petrol and diesel versions, with the top
of the line petrol model boasting of a 5.5-liter V8 engine and seven-speed automatic
transmission. The diesel models have either the 2.1-liter I4 or 3-liter V6 engine.
4. BMW X5 – 11,891 units
The BMW X5 is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV. The vehicle first came out in
1999 and was advertised by the company as a Sport Activity Vehicle, or SAV, to
emphasize its outstanding on-road ability. It was the first SUV manufactured by
the German giant. Manufacturing is done in either South Carolina or Mexico, while
assembly is also done in Kaliningrad in Russia. The top of the line model has a
4.4-liter V8 turbo engine capable of producing 555 horsepower. It also comes in
diesel format with a 3-liter TTI6 engine capable of racking up 265 horsepower.
Transmission is either a six-speed automatic or eight-speed ZF 8HP automatic.
3. Cadillac SRX – 12,856 units
The Cadillac SRX is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV from General Motors. It has
been the best selling model from Cadillac in the United States since 2010. The
vehicle first came into production in 2004. The five-door SUV has a front engine
layout and comes in either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Assembly plants
are located in Mexico and China. It has a 3.6-liter LFX V6 engine and six-speed
automatic transmission. It also has an infotainment system which the company calls
the Cadillac User Experience.
2. Buick Enclave – 15,812 units
The Buick Enclave is a full-size luxury crossover SUV from General Motors. It is
patterned after the GM Lambda platform, just like the Saturn Outlook, Chevrolet
Traverse and GMC Acadia, though it is also based on the concept of the Buick
Centieme that was shown in 2003. The car has been in production since 2007.
Assembly is done in Michigan and in Shanghai. It has a front engine layout with
front-wheel or four-wheel drive. It has a 3.6-liter V6 engine in two variants, with
the more powerful one capable of 286 horsepower. It also has a six-speed 6T75
1. Lexus RX – 21,404 units
The Lexus RX is a mid-size luxury SUV from Toyota. Its initial models, though, were
compact in size. It is manufactured and assembled in Ontario in Canada and in
Fukuoka in Japan. The gasoline version comes in either a 2.7-liter I4 or 3.5-liter V6 engine, while the hybrid variant has a 3.5-liter V6 engine. It also has a six-speed automatic U660E/F CVT transmission. It also has the Lexus Enform telematics system and the Safety Connect SOS system. It is rated as one of the safest SUV’s in the country.
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