Base price: $41,250 Infiniti ( NSANY) just added the JX to its lineup this model year, offering consumers a rare chance to buy a seven-seat luxury SUV for a relatively modest price. "The JX offers a feeling of luxury and three good rows of seating at a very impressive price," Homan says. "Every time we've had it in
Base price: $39,660 Considered the world's first luxury SUV when it premiered in the 1999 model year, the Lexus ( TM) RX continues to get rave reviews for its mix of ample space, high-quality finishes and good performance. "This is one of those vehicles that does everything well," Homan says. "It's quiet, it gives you a good view of the road and it sort of feels substantial when you're driving it." The five-passenger SUV comes in two versions: a gas-powered RX 350 edition and a hybrid RX 450h. The popular RX 350 comes standard with front-wheel drive, a 270-horsepower V-6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. There's an optional F Sport trim line that offers all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic.
Base price: $48,850 Expect to leave all of the other soccer moms and dads in the dust if you drive a Porsche Cayenne, as the high-performance SUV offers as much as 500 horsepower.
Base price: $62,400 Completely redesigned for 2013, the GL-Class is one of the few luxury SUVs that Homan feels can really go off-road. "It's not going to do rock climbing, but it's going to be responsive in off-road situations," he says. On the road, the GL-Class offers responsive handling and plenty of muscle. Even the base GL-Class sports a twin-turbo, 362-horsepower V-8 engine, while costlier trim lines offer as much as 550 horsepower. Inside, the GL-Class can seat seven people comfortably, with third-row seating that even the 6-foot-5-inch Homan says he feels pretty comfortable in.
Base price: $82,650 Whether you're conquering the Australian Outback or just heading to your local Outback Steakhouse for dinner, the Range Rover will get you there in comfort and style. "You always expect a Range Rover to be out in the wilds where they made their name, but the vehicle does just as well in the 'urban jungle,'" Homan says. "No matter what you define as an SUV, this model will fulfill your needs." Completely redesigned for 2013, the five-passenger Range Rover features an aluminum frame that improved acceleration, handling and fuel economy by cutting some 700 pounds off of the previous version's weight. The base 2013 also comes standard with a 375-horsepower V-8 engine, while a 510-horsepower supercharged version is also available.