The Most Popular Luxury Cars and SUVs

Back in the 1960s, luxury cars advertised high-tech features such as vanity mirrors, push-button gears, air conditioning, power steering, remote control radio (AM and FM!) and even an automatic 45-rpm record changer. These were the things that set you apart from the herd.

The luxury automobile has come a long way since. After all, even the most austere economy cars on the market have things like air conditioning, cruise control, airbags and a remote keyless entry. By that standard, most cars are pretty luxurious. Even modest sedans of today have touch-screen infotainment systems, Bluetooth, lane-keeping assistance and traffic sign recognition, and they do things like run on electricity and even drive themselves.

These days, if you're looking for a luxury vehicle, go beyond the list of specs and features, according to Edmunds.com, and look for superior build quality, design, ride comfort, handling, performance,sophistication of engineering  and overall better execution of features compared with other vehicles. While many of these cars can run you well over $100,000, Edmunds says the most popular ones are in the $40,000 to $60,000 range.

Based on the cars that are the most researched on Edmunds, these are the most popular luxury vehicles, plus some of the buyers' favorites.

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Acura RDX
Acura RDX

Acura RDX

  • Starts at: $37,400
  • MPG: Up to 22 city / 28 highway

Edmunds likes this compact SUV for its space, value for your money, smart engineering and style. It comes with a standard V6 engine.

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Acura MDX
Acura MDX

Acura MDX

  • Starts at: $44,300
  • MPG: Up to 20 city / 27 highway

The MDX is a three-row SUV with a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine or an optional gas-electric hybrid with a 3.0-liter V6.

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Audi Q5
Audi Q5

Audi Q5

  • Starts at: $42,950
  • 22 city / 27 highway

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BMW X3
BMW X3

BMW X3

  • Starts at: $41,000
  • MPG: Up to 23 city / 30 highway

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Audi Q7
Audi Q7

Audi Q7

  • Starts at: $53,550
  • MPG: 19 city / 25 highway

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Volvo XC60
Volvo XC60

Volvo XC60

  • Starts at: $39,800
  • MPG: Up to 22 city / 29 highway

Edmunds gives this luxury crossover high marks for its powerful engine, roomy cargo area and strong safety scores.

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Chevrolet Tahoe
Chevrolet Tahoe

Chevrolet Tahoe

  • Starts at: $48,000
  • MPG: Up to 15 city / 22 highway

The popular full-size SUV seats 7-8 people.

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Volvo XC90
Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

  • Starts at: $47,700
  • MPG: Up to 21 city / 29 highway

The XC90 is a customer favorite on Edmunds, based on reviews.

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BMW X5
BMW X5

BMW X5

  • Starts at: $60,700
  • MPG: Up to 20 city / 26 highway

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BMW 5 Series
BMW 5 Series

BMW 5 Series

  • Starts at: $53,400
  • MPG: Up to 26 city / 36 highway

Car and Driver says this car is leaning more toward the luxury end and away from the performance end.

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BMW 3 Series
BMW 3 Series

BMW 3 Series

  • Starts at: $40,250
  • MPG: Up to 26 city / 36 highway

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

  • Starts at: $53,500
  • Up to 21 city / 30 highway

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BMW X1
BMW X1

BMW X1

  • Starts at: $34,950
  • MPG: Up to 23 city / 32 highway

BMW bills the X1, like the X5, as a 'sports activity vehicle.'

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Audi A4
Audi A4

Audi A4

  • Starts at: $37,400
  • MPG: Up to 27 city / 34 highway

Edmunds picked this small luxury sedan as one of their best AWD Sedans for 2018. The Audi A4 is also a customer favorite on Edmunds, based on customer reviews.

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

  • Starts at: $41,400
  • MPG: Up to 23 city / 34 highway

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Lexus ES 350
Lexus ES 350

Lexus ES 350

  • Starts at: $39,600
  • MPG: 22 city / 33 highway

The ES was ranked No. 3 in the luxury midsize category by US News.

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Audi A5
Audi A5

Audi A5

  • Starts at: $44,200
  • MPG: 23 city / 34 highway

The Audi A5 was redesigned for 2018. It comes as a coupe, convertible and hatchback. The Audi A5 is a customer favorite on Edmunds, based on customer reviews.

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Acura ILX
Acura ILX

Acura ILX

  • Starts at: $25,900
  • MPG: 24 city / 34 highway

The ILX is the brand's smallest and most-affordable sedan, according to Motortrend, and it's refreshed for 2019.

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Chevrolet Suburban
Chevrolet Suburban

Chevrolet Suburban

  • Starts at: $50,800
  • MPG: Up to 15 city / 22 highway

The extra-large three-row SUV carries up to nine passengers, but drinks a lot of gas.

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Porsche Cayenne
Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayenne

  • Starts at: $65,700
  • MPG: Up to 19 city / 23 highway

According to Porsche, the top track speed for this luxury SUV is 152 mph. It also comes in a hybrid model.

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Audi A3
Audi A3

Audi A3

  • Starts at: $32,500
  • MPG: Up to 26 city / 35 highway

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Lexus RX 450h
Lexus RX 450h

Lexus RX 450h

  • Starts at: $46,245
  • MPG: 30 city / 28 highway

According to Edmunds, this hybrid version of the RX 350 crossover is quicker and more efficient than the gas-only.

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Lincoln MKX (Nautilus)
Lincoln MKX (Nautilus)

Lincoln MKX (Nautilus)

  • Starts at: $39,035
  • MPG: Up to 18 city / 25 highway

For the 2019 model year, the second-generation MKX is now called Nautilus, pictured here.

Photo: Lincoln

Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

  • Starts at: $67,500
  • MPG: Up to 22 city / 28 highway

The new 2019 plug-in hybrid model has an EV-only range of up to 31 miles.

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Lincoln MKZ
Lincoln MKZ

Lincoln MKZ

  • Starts at: $35,995
  • MPG: Up to 20 city / 31 highway

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Customer Favorites: Tesla Model 3
Customer Favorites: Tesla Model 3

Customer Favorites

These are some customer favorites on Edmunds that get the most five-star reviews from buyers:

Tesla Model 3

  • Starts at: $35,000
  • MPGe: (electric equivalent) 140 city / 124 highway

The all-electric Tesla (TSLA - Get Report) Model 3 has a range of about 325 miles.

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Audi A6
Audi A6

Audi A6

  • Starts at: $58,900
  • MPG: 22 city / 29 highway

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Audi SQ5
Audi SQ5

Audi SQ5

  • Starts at: $52,400
  • MPG: 19 city / 24 highway

One reviewer on Edmunds said the Audi SQ5 rides very comfortably, is very stable, quiet and sporty and has a lot of power and torque.

Photo: Audi

Audi S4
Audi S4

Audi S4

  • Starts at: $50,200
  • MPG: 21 city / 30 highway

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Alfa Romeo Stelvio

  • Starts at: $40,295
  • MPG: Up to 22 city / 29 highway

This luxury compact SUV gets rave reviews from consumers, and Edmunds says it has sharp steering and an exciting engine.

Photo: Alfa Romeo

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