2016 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover

2016 Buick Encore

Best Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover:
2016 Buick Encore

For a third straight year the Buick Encore reigns as the 5-Year Cost to Own champ among entry-level luxury SUVs. Moreover, with a starting price of around $25,000, Buick's smallest vehicle continues to prove you don't have to spend a fortune to get into a premium crossover.

The Encore is one of the latest Buicks to embody the brand's goal of reaching younger buyers with premium yet approachable vehicles, and its booming sales show the strategy is working. Beyond its value-oriented price tag, the 2016 Encore attracts with standard features like a power driver's seat, 7-inch color display with backup camera and built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection. In the offering are upscale options like blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, moonroof and Bose premium audio system.

New for 2016 is the Encore Sport Touring model, which uses a more powerful 1.4-liter turbocharged engine than the one used in other models. With 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, this model gives a welcome boost in power output.

No matter which Encore you choose, you'll get a premium compact SUV that's quiet, easy to drive and fits just about anywhere. Great fuel economy is another plus: Front-wheel-drive models earn up to 33 mpg on the highway, while traction-enhancing all-wheel-drive versions still return a respectable 30 mpg.

The formula is clearly paying off for the Encore, and with a cost that's low up front and in the years ahead, it's one that can do the same for you, too.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$43,380
as of December 31, 2015

2nd Place Finisher
2016 Acura RDX

2016 Acura RDX

The Acura RDX continues to impress with its fine road manners, flexible interior and a standard V6 that's more powerful yet more efficient for 2016.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$48,107
as of December 31, 2015

3rd Place Finisher
2016 Lexus NX

2016 Lexus NX

One of the newest players on the compact luxury SUV block, the Lexus NX combines stylish looks, efficient powertrains and a reputation for comfort and sophistication.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$50,817
as of December 31, 2015

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See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2015 | 2014 | 2013
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