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Best luxury SUVs for 2021

Best luxury SUVs: 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63

The 2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 is just one of our picks for the best luxury SUVs available right now.


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There is not shortage of luxury SUVs on sale, but these are the models we’d 100% recommend to a friend, family and to you, the dear reader. From compact and fuel efficient, to luxo-barges and high-performance models, there’s something here for everyone.

Our picks for the best luxury SUVs run from $47,000 to more than five times that amount, so despite being about luxury, this isn’t a list of unobtainium — that said, some of our editors are dreaming.

Our editors have compiled a list of the best luxury crossover and SUVs you can buy right now. 

2021 Lincoln Navigator

Lincoln’s new Navigator is just about the best way to spend your money in the luxury full-size SUV space. Its primary competitor, the Escalade, which also has a third-row seat, is nearly equally priced and it feels like it’s 10 years old. The choice among large SUVs is obvious.

The Navigator drives like a dream and its interior is some of Lincoln’s best work in… maybe forever. The world needs more blue interiors.

— Andrew Krok

2021 Bentley Bentayga

Let’s see… a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine producing 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Why wouldn’t this be my choice among my favorite luxurious SUVs?

Sure, it costs over $200,000, but I can’t help thinking how fun it would be to slap some aggressive tires on the Bentayga and hit the dunes.

In addition to its superluxurious interior, the Bentayga has eight driving modes, including those for snow, sand, grass and trails. And if the W12 is too much for you, there are also V8 and hybrid models.

— Emme Hall

2021 Porsche Cayenne

From a 335 hp twin-turbo V6 model to the 670 hp Turbo S E-Hybrid, the Cayenne spans a wide potential performance gamut.

It’s a big SUV, but it still handles like a proper Porsche. Plus, the new PCM infotainment, also seen in the Panamera models, is streets ahead of the older system with increased functionality and ease of use.

— Antuan Goodwin

Read more: Best midsize SUVs for the money    

2021 Mazda CX-9

You might not think of Mazda as a luxury brand, but I promise, in its top trim levels, the 2019 CX-9 is as nice as many of the other SUVs on this list.

A 2.5-liter turbocharged engine is mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic. It’s like the proverbial butter behind the wheel. But you don’t even have to drive this mid-size SUV to appreciate how well the CX-9 punches above its weight. Just look at it. It’s stunning.

— Manuel Carrillo III

2021 Audi Q7

The three-row Q7 pretty much rocks at everything. It handles like an Audi car should, it looks great, packs in plenty of passengers, and it has all the latest tech. The bonus: it starts with a base price under $55,000.

Two engine choices are offered. The spry little 2.0-liter turbo with 252 horsepower is enough to motivate the Q7 around town, or you can go big and get a twin-turbo V6 with 335 hp.

The Q7 has excellent tech, from active safety to the intuitive MMI infotainment system and now comes with a virtual cockpit standard.

— Jake Holmes

2021 Mercedes-AMG G63

Yes, it’s a ridiculous anachronism, but nothing drives or feels like a Gelandewagen. It’s singularly lovable and memorable, a true living legend that drips both luxury and off-road ability.

The V8-powered G550 offers ample performance, but why not go with the 577-horsepower G63. Sure, it starts at $147,500, but aren’t you worth it?

— Chris Paukert

2021 GMC Yukon Denali

GMC’s big-boy Yukon Denali comes standard with a 6.2-liter V8 making 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, which is mated to an excellent 10-speed automatic transmission. It offers a really smooth and quiet ride for such a big, body-on-frame sport utility vehicle.

Denali-specific exterior touches add a little more styling and look better than the too-flashy Cadillac Escalade.

— Jon Wong

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

The Velar may start at under $60,000, but that doesn’t mean it’s not chock-a-block with British luxury.

This car is loaded with advanced driver aid systems, including autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and lane-keep assist. You can also get some cool car tech like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, traffic sign recognition and a drowsy driver monitor.

The interior is a minimalist’s delight, flooded with light from an available panoramic moonroof. Comfortable front seats are heated and cooled and come with massage functionality. And cargo capacity is impressive.

— Steven Ewing

2021 Jaguar I-Pace

Luxury is increasingly about reduction of stress, and silently flying down the road in an electric SUV that requires basically zero maintenance and has comprehensive safety features certainly would make it pretty easy to relax.

Not that any owner is likely to go there, but the all-wheel drive I-Pace is a legitimately good off-road driving vehicle. I tackled some impressively steep terrain on some low-profile, road-biased tires, determining that the I-Pace is the best off-road EV on the market rivaling any Tesla model.

The I-Pace is legitimately quick, with 394 horsepower and a 0-60 time of just 4.5 seconds. Despite that and all-wheel drive, this car will do 240 miles on a charge. It starts at just under $70,000.

— Tim Stevens

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