5 Lexus LX 570
What if you want an SUV that’s equally at home off-road or on Rodeo Drive? Enter the Lexus LX 570. It’s basically a Toyota Land Cruiser in fancy dress, but additives like electronically controlled suspension and damping control help it ride so smoothly you’ll almost forget the truck’s massive size. Its 5.7-liter V-8 engine produces 383 horsepower, which isn’t the highest in its class—but at the same time, neither is its price tag: The LX 570 starts at $81,530.
4 BMW X6 M
The BMW X6 M truly brings sports car performance and handling to the field of luxury SUVs. Of course it comes with all the bells and whistles you’d expect, but the performance focus means all those bells and whistles are labeled “active” and “dynamic.” Its 555-horsepower twin-turbo V-8 has plenty of power to take you from zero to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds—as fast as the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S but over $50,000 cheaper. Not that you should ever use the word “cheap” to talk about an SUV that’ll set you back $92,900.
3 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG
If you want all the luxury on the inside, but still want the outside of your SUV to look a little like a tank, Mercedes-Benz has a G-wagen for you—the G63 AMG, to be exact. Sure, it’ll set you back $134,300, but that’s a small price to pay for the handcrafted 5.5-liter V-8 AMG engine under the hood. That beauty packs a walloping 536 horsepower, and it was built with love for you by just one guy. He even signed it, so you know his name. You could look him up and take him out for a beer if you wanted.
2 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography
Why have generic packages of options when you can design your very own SUV? Every Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography is custom-made to order, so if you have at least $130,995, you can write your autobiography and drive it too. Three Autobiography has three exclusive exterior colors to choose from, but the high-end customization doesn’t stop there, with real wood trim and inserts, higher-grade leather seats and even a teak-lined cargo hold available. Sporting a 5.0-liter V-8 engine pumping out 510 horsepower, the Autobiography packs power behind its luxurious details. DVD players in the headrests? So 2003. The 2013 models get built-in twin iPads to entertain your backseat passengers.
1 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S
At a base price of $146,975 (this and all prices as of July 2013), the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S is the most expensive SUV in the world. Of course, it has all the luxuries you’d expect when you plunk down six figures for a car, but there’s something more—it’s a Porsche. Loaded with a twin-turbo V8 that delivers a face-melting 550 horsepower with 553 lb-ft of torque, the Cayenne Turbo S will make you think you’re driving a 911. And given you can go from a full stop to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, you basically are.
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