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

2016 Lexus RX

Best Luxury Mid-Size SUV/Crossover:
2016 Lexus RX

The Lexus RX is all-new this year, and the recipient of our Best Buy award for luxury SUVs. But it's not just our kudos elevating it to best-in-class 5-Year Cost to Own status. Rather, it's built on the reputation the RX brings after nearly 20 years of first inventing, then leading its class. Over time, its winning combination of luxury, reliability and quality has proven nearly unbeatable in its segment.

The all-new Lexus RX offers more of everything. It boasts new technology designed to make driving safer, and adds the high-tech element demanded by today's luxury car market. On the luxury front, it offers nicer leather, better fit and finish, and an overall sense of refinement that surpasses its predecessor, which was already class leading.

But the thing the new Lexus RX has that its predecessor never did is as obvious as the nose on its face. This luxury SUV has character, from its "floating" roof to its "spindle" grille, the Lexus RX is one of the most eye-catching luxury SUVs on the market today. That goes double if you opt for the RX F Sport model, which boasts a grille restyled to emphasize its size, plus other visual touches that distinguish it from other RX models.

The Lexus RX is available with either a 395-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 powering the front or all four wheels, or a 308-horsepower hybrid version of the same engine. Either way, power is never lacking, and the hybrid augments its performance with up to 31 mpg in the city, outstanding fuel economy for a vehicle this size. Amazingly, the 2016 Lexus RX doesn't cost too much either, with a front-wheel-drive model starting at about $43,000, and a front-wheel-drive hybrid roughly $53,000.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$51,116
as of December 31, 2015

2nd Place Finisher
2016 Acura MDX

2016 Acura MDX

With a new 9-speed automatic transmission, room for up to 7 passengers, a powerful V6 engine and an all-wheel-drive system tuned for performance, the Acura MDX is one of the sportiest luxury SUVs you can buy.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$54,892
as of December 31, 2015

3rd Place Finisher
2016 Lincoln MKX

2016 Lincoln MKX

The Lincoln MKX is new this year, offering more luxury features, an improved driving experience and a more refined cabin than ever before.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$55,932
as of December 31, 2015

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