Just because you're on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t live life large. Given the fact that vehicles are much more durable, you can expect to live the high life in these upscale sport-utes for years to come. Keep in mind that maintenance costs for luxury SUVs may be higher than for mainstream SUVs. Here’s our list of luxury SUVs under $10,000.

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2006 Acura MDX

This 3-row crossover SUV is upscale in execution and family-friendly. Acura is known for its dependability and retained value, so you won’t go wrong spending $8,400 for one of these. Find an Acura MDX for sale near you

2006 Lexus RX 330

For less than $10,000, you can get the comfort, luxury features and reliability that the Lexus RX is known for. Better yet, you can stay within that budget and have a choice of either the 3.3-liter-powered RX 330 or the 400h hybrid.  Find a Lexus RX for sale near you

2006 Infiniti FX45

Long before the Germans discovered “coupe” styling for SUVs, Infiniti was pumping out the FX, which combined bad-boy looks with a powerful 4.5-liter V8 engine. This is more about style than utility and will cost around $9,600. Find an Infiniti FX45 for sale near you

2008 Volvo XC90

Volvo has embraced the SUV segment, and the XC90, its first entry, is now the company’s flagship SUV. The handsome Volvo embodies both the durability and safety ethos of the brand. Examples of this vintage go for about $8,885. Find a Volvo XC90 for sale near you

2007 Acura RDX

Acura’s compact luxury SUV is both sporty and practical, and comes with a wide range of tech and comfort features, all for about $9,700 for the 2007 model. Find an Acura RDX for sale near you

2004 Lexus GX 470

Lexus builds vehicles that are quiet and comfortable. Factor in the GX’s body-on-frame construction and you have a luxury tourer ready to tow. Models of this vintage are priced around $9,500. Find a Lexus GX 470 for sale near you

2009 Cadillac SRX

The car-based Cadillac SRX delivers SUV utility with sedan-like road manners. Understated yet handsome, the SRX still projects an upscale aura. Expect to pay around $9,838. Find a Cadillac SRX for sale near you

2006 BMW X5

With a plant in South Carolina, BMW competes in the luxury SUV segment with its homegrown X5, which is versatile, athletic-looking and a joy to drive. And for only $9,500 you too can find a BMW roundel in your driveway. Find a BMW X5 for sale near you

2007 Audi Q7

Audi first offered the Q7 in 2007 with a choice of a 4.2-liter V8 as well as a third row, which set it apart from its rival, the BMW X5. Quattro all-wheel drive helped establish this model’s SUV bona fides. Currently priced around $9,500. Find an Audi Q7 for sale near you

2006 Cadillac Escalade ESV

Three-row seating and a comfortable ride are hallmarks of Cadillac’s largest luxury vehicle. The ESV model provides the most leg- and cargo room of the Escalade family, but you can also get the smaller Escalade from the same era for less than $10,000. The Escalade has plenty of appealing luxury amenities, plus 6.0-liter V8 power. Find a Cadillac Escalade ESV for sale near you

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