Luxury Crossover Comparison: 2009 Audi Q5 3.2FSI, 2009 Mercedes-Benz GLK350, 2009 Volvo XC60 T6

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Our featured trio of all-new European luxury crossovers joins an already-packed segment of strong players from around the globe. But in 2008, the models below accounted for less than 1.5 percent of new-car sales in the U.S.

Acura RDX
Base price: $34,655
2.3L turbocharged I-4, 240 hp, 260 lb-ft
5-speed automatic
Acura's (and Honda's) first gasoline turbocharged engine provides the performance of a six-cylinder, and the SH-AWD system makes it very capable in the turns.

BMW X3
Base price: $40,525
3.0 I-6, 260 hp, 225 lb-ft
6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic
BMW invented a new niche with the X3, but it's getting long in the tooth. Ride quality in particular compares poorly with that of its rivals.

Cadillac SRX
Base price: $40,000 (est.)
3.0L V-6, 260 hp, 214 lb-ft (est.); 2.8L turbo V-6, 300 hp, 295 lb-ft (est.)
6-speed automatic
Set to go on sale this summer, the redesigned SRX trims down and gets a pair of small, powerful V-6s to compete squarely against the strong-selling Lexus RX and BMW X3.

Infiniti EX35
Base price: $36,315
3.5L V-6, 297 hp, 253 lb-ft
5-speed automatic
The Infiniti is smaller than the others and it shows, both in its excellent driving dynamics and its somewhat limited utility.

Land Rover LR2
Base price: $36,150
3.2L I-6, 230 hp, 234 lb-ft
6-speed automatic
Cute and reasonably sporty, the LR2 keeps with Land Rover tradition and offers a bit more off-road ability than its competitors.

Lexus RX350
Base price: $39,000 (est.)
3.5L V-6, 275 hp, 256 lb-ft
6-speed automatic
The longtime segment leader has been redesigned to offer even more refinement, comfort, and power.

Lincoln MKX
Base price: $34,717
3.5L V-6, 265 hp, 250 lb-ft
6-speed automatic
Lincoln's entry is heavy on tech features, but it still comes off as a fancified Ford Edge.

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