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If you’ve got a big group of people, a large load of cargo, a trailer full of fun, or some combination thereof, a sport-utility vehicle (SUV) is often the ideal answer. As the all-wheel-drive adventurer’s tamer of terrain or the parent’s 3-row alternative, today’s SUV assumes a number of identities.

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Big Comfort The Lincoln MKT is among the roomier options in the midsize luxury SUV segment, with one of the most livable third rows. While many in the class are sporty, and a couple are excellent off-roaders, the Lincoln MKT is focused on comfort as the SUV equivalent of a big, roomy, traditional luxury sedan. An available refrigerated console and optional Read more...

Return to Comparison Intro Expanding its Horizons   Starting MSRP: $39,875 Above Average: Luxury character, excellent driving dynamics Below Average: Price/value relationship suffers when heavily optioned Consensus: Has the style, design and dynamic character to be a standout player in this burgeoning segment 500 Miles in 155 Words An all Read more...

The pleasant surprise of the bunch.   Starting Price: $34,155 Above Average: Comfortable, quiet, smooth power delivery Below Average: Resale value, rear seat room Consensus: Lincoln’s most appealing, most competitive entry (with one critical but not insurmountable shortcoming) 500 Miles in 97 Words The Lincoln MKC proved a better match for Paso Read more...

Next SUV Value with an upscale twist.   Starting MSRP: $35,915 Above Average: Styling, economy and resale Below Average: Sporty driving Consensus: Safe bet in a crowded segment 500 Miles in 101 Words The kid brother to the RX offers many elements that contribute to its sibling’s success: Handsome looks, front-drive efficiency and Lexus’ reputation Read more...

Next SUV A seasoned player that still knows how to punch.   Starting MSRP: $35,445 Above Average: Sporty driving dynamics, power, value Below Average: Fuel economy, cargo room, technology Consensus: The entry-level luxury SUV for drivers who prioritize handling and power over the latest technology.  500 Miles in 132 Words In this comparison Read more...