COMPACT LUXURY SUV
Powered by a 3.5-liter V6, the Acura RDX offers sporty handling and comes well-equipped. Comfort is compromised by its stiff suspension, though. All-wheel-drive is an option.
The Audi Q5 comes powered by a choice of inline-4 turbo and V6 engines driving all wheels. The Q5 features a well-built cabin and is available with a hybrid powertrain.
Powered by a choice of 4- and 6-cylinder engines, the BMW X1 offers excellent performance and handling. The compact interior is well-built and seats five, but lacks trunk space. AWD is an option.
Powered by 4- and 6-cylinder engines driving all wheels, the BMW X3 is quick and fast, and almost as fun to drive as a BMW sport wagon. It's roomy, both for passengers and cargo.