Luxury SUVs are attractive for a number of reasons. As consumers, we know that luxury brands are going to put the utmost attention into all of the details that encourage us to buy their vehicles. The interiors will feature soft, plush, comfortable features. The technology will be at the absolute cutting edge. The gizmos and gadgets will reflect the cream of the crop, with new and secure places to put our things, adjustable, heated, and ventilated everything, and automatic sensors to help us get from point A to point B not only in style but in comfort and security. In fact, the safety features included in luxury vehicles are going to be ages ahead of what we find in the mid-price range. As a result, buying a used luxury SUV tends to be a better investment than you might imagine.
With a used luxury SUV, you will find that not only is the technology still relevant, but the seats tend to be just a bit more comfortable – in that cozy, well-worn way – and those gizmos and gadgets still make life easier. While some used luxury SUVs tend to hold their value longer than others, here are some models that have proven to stand the test of time and provide reliable and comfortable rides years after they appeared on the showroom floor.
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#10: The 2011 Land Rover Sport and 2011 Land Rover LR4
Both of these vehicles earned high marks for off-road performance when they first hit the market, and continue to provide a super comfortable ride on a variety of terrain. The LR4 includes adjustable air suspension and multiple drive settings with four-wheel drive, making it a beast anywhere and everywhere. Both models were fitted with luxurious leather upholstery and eight-way power-adjustable seats, which gave drivers and passengers the feeling of being on a very posh adventure.
Features depended on the trim package chosen, of course. Still, the savvy used car shopper should keep an eye out for some of the ahead-of-their-time features added by Land Rover, including heated steering wheels, surround-view cameras, push-button start, premium audio systems, and Bluetooth connectivity. Pretty impressive for two vehicles approaching their tenth birthday!
#9: 2012 Mercedes-Benz R Class and 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK
2012 was the last model year for the R Class, after which the GLK arrived to high accolades. Both of these vehicles boast high safety and reliability scores, and the Mercedes-Benz brand has a long tradition of holding its value for many years. The R Class is a mid-sized all-wheel drive vehicle that boasted both a third-row option as well as plenty of room for cargo. Both the R Class and GLK gave drivers the option to choose between a gas V6 or a turbo-diesel engine, so be sure to check the engine when shopping used. This is a great option for those who love a solid, supportive drive. Mercedes also offered technology that was far ahead of its time, so check our a prospective model for such included features like Bluetooth, an infotainment center, sunroof, and driver drowsiness monitoring.
#8: 2012 Acura ZDX and 2012 Acura MDX
At their introduction, these two vehicles had nearly opposite niche markets, but they share an audience in the used segment. The ZDX is a mid-sized SUV that drives like a small car, has only moderate cargo room, but is technologically proficient, with leather seats, USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, panoramic moonroof, a power liftgate, and a rearview camera.
On the other side of the spectrum, the MDX provides room for up to seven passengers, features adjustable all-wheel drive, which would shift control wherever traction was lacking. The MDX was redesigned in 2014, which means used models after that year might have even more features and elegant design elements, but the 2012 model has a reputation for reliability and remains a family favorite.
#7: 2013 BMW X1 and 2013 BMW X3
The X1 brought power to the SUV lineup in 2013, while the X3 brought one of the best all-around rides. Both models won multiple awards for safety and fuel economy and finding a well-loved used model should not change that. 2013 marked the first year for the X1, and it came out of the gate raring to go. It’s known for its roominess and powerful turbocharged engine.
The X3 is also incredibly spacious, with plenty of room for passengers and cargo. Both models included standard features like USB ports, Bluetooth, and HD radio, and upgrades such as power liftgates and infotainment systems with navigation are likely to be found in used models today.
#6: 2009 Porsche Cayenne
For many of us, it’s hard to believe that this vehicle is now over ten years old. But being a Porsche, the beauty and performance are bound to provide drivers with an incredible ride for still more years to come. The 2009 Cayenne managed to earn nearly perfect reliability scores across the board, impressing critics around the world with its stable ride and sporty transmission. This mid-sized SUV has a manual transmission, which sets it apart from its automatic cousins, and reviewers continue to wax poetic about the handling and power that Cayenne keeps under the hood.
#5: 2016 Volvo XC90
2016 was a very good year for the XC90. This was the year in which the model got a complete makeover, including a new platform, advanced safety features, and a little cosmetic facelift, too. The seven-passenger, all-wheel drive crossover vehicle introduced touch-screen infotainment systems, shock-absorbing front bucket seats, and LED running lights. Inside, features such as ten-speaker audio systems, four-zone climate control, and safety features that could detect pedestrians, call out blind spots and adapt cruise control to traffic conditions. There’s even an option that incorporates an electric engine.
#4: 2013 Infiniti FX37
The FX37 begat 2014’s QX70 in 2014, but this final model year proved to be a very enjoyable year for this vehicle, which was touted as being “more sport than utility.” With its sporty, European race car-inspired appearance, the FX37 was clearly all luxury, inside and out. With features like High-Intensity Discharge xenon headlamps, power moonroof, a power liftgate, privacy glass, heated and cooling rear seats, optional navigation systems, intelligent braking, and more, it’s clear that the last hoorah for the FX37 was meant to be a very stylish and innovative party.
#3: 2016 Audi Q5 TDI
It’s not the least expensive vehicle on this list, even used, but there is compelling reasoning behind that steeper price tag. It’s comfortable, safe, and efficient, designed from top to bottom and tip to tail to provide the best possible ride, including features like adaptive suspension and a premium Bang & Olufsen audio system on the higher trim packages. New buyers had the choice of a hybrid or diesel engine, both of which may be found on the used markets today. Features like Napa leather seats, a Wi-Fi hotspot, connectivity to Google maps, and a heating and cooling cup holder set the Audi apart from the rest of the used SUVs on this list. Many of these features came standard on the base trim, so finding them on the used market may not be difficult!
#2: 2009 Cadillac Escalade
There was a time when the Escalade was the luxury SUV to have, and that enthusiasm was well-placed. With room for eight passengers and capacity to tow up to 8,300 pounds, this stylish powerhouse handles like a sedan but is willing to work twice as hard. It also included a rearview camera, power liftgate, soft leather seats, adaptive suspension, park assist, and Bluetooth. The Escalade has definitely held onto its value and continues to be the go-to Cadillac for getting things (and people) moved around in style.
#1: 2013 Lexus LX 570
This was the luxury SUV’s first model year, and Lexus went all out to make this a banner year. The LX 570 was designed to be fully off-road capable while maintaining a street-savvy visage. Inside, it offers a rich mahogany and leather vibe. It also has the ability to climb steep terrain and navigate frozen landscapes. With foldable seating for up to eight passengers, four zone climate control, power moonroof, HD stereo, Bluetooth, power entry and exit assist, dual rear entertainment centers, and more, the LX 570 is still very impressive in the features department.
The top ten used luxury SUVs all retain value and reliability due to the impressive measures taken by their designers in their original engineering. Since some of the features that came standard on these vehicles are still considered luxury upgrades in the mid-range market, investing in a well-loved used luxury SUV might be the best way to have that proverbial cake… and drive it, too.