When it comes to getting a new SUV, one thing’s certain – we all want the most style, comfort and value for our money. Unfortunately, price isn’t always a good indication of quality or value – and making a $50,000+ purchase that failed to meet our expectations and/or needs would be, for most of us, a highly disappointing if not catastrophic mistake. So, what’s a buyer to do? Scour the web for reputable reviews, research and talk to your friends, then choose the vehicle that makes the most sense for the way you live.

 

The top luxury SUVs of 2013

To help you along the way, we’ve done some research and uncovered the best luxury SUVs of 2013. In no particular order, they include Toyota Land Cruiser, Porsche Cayenne, Infiniti QX56, Cadillac Escalade and Volkswagen Touareg.

 

  • Toyota Land Cruiser. Starting at $78,555, this luxury SUV boasts a powerful 5.7-liter V8 engine, ventilated and heated seating for 8, a center console cooler box, rear seat entertainment center, advanced, state-of-the-art safety features, and Toyota’s innovative Entune which boasts a wide range of apps and data services you’ll use every day.

 

Land Cruiser

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  • Porsche Cayenne. Sleek, chic and starting at $48,850, the mid-sized Porsche Cayenne features a 3.6-liter V6 engine, the Porsche Stability Management system, a Burmester Surround Sound system, the interactive Porsche Communication Management system and seating for 5.

 

Porsche Cayenne

By Abdullah AlBargan under CC BY-ND 2.0

 

  • Infiniti QX56. Starting at $60,750, the Infiniti QX56 features a 5.6-liter V8, a Bose 13-speaker Premium Audio system, Bluetooth technology and Infiniti’s Around View Monitor with moving object detection and front and rear sonar systems. The QX56 seats 7.

 

Infinity Q56

By HISHAM BINSUWAIF under CC BY-SA 2.0

 

  • Cadillac Escalade. Starting at $63,170, the Cadillac Escalade offers a 6.2-liter V8 engine, seating for 7, retractable assist steps, a Side Blind Zone Alert system, built-in navigation and rear seat entertainment systems, and adaptive remote start.

 

Cadillac Escalade

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  • Volkswagen Touareg. Starting at $43,945, the mid-sized VW Touareg offers seating for 5, as well as a 3.6-liter V6 engine, a remote rear liftgate, all-wheel drive, heated front seats, Bluetooth technology, and 18-inch wheels.

 

Volkswagen Touareg

By Abdullah AlBargan under CC BY-ND 2.0

 

The good news about most of these luxury SUVs is that they already come with so many extras that adding on options in order to get exactly what you want may not be necessary.

Of course, buying new isn’t the only option, so for those of you who are looking for the best used cars available, and want a luxury SUV for less – here are five rides worth considering.

  • 2009 Toyota Land Cruiser
  • 2010 Mercedes Benz GL-Class
  • 2009 Lexus LX
  • 2009 Land Rover Range Rover
  • 2010 Infiniti QX56

Not only were these luxury SUVs reviewed well initially, but manufacturer recalls have likely fixed any issues that drivers may have experienced early on. Just make sure to look for an SUV with low miles – and one that has been serviced regularly. And when in doubt, a CarFax report can help you better understand the vehicle in question.