Monday, April 17, 2006

Luxury SUV (United States)

A luxury SUV much like a luxury car is a relatively expensive vehicle that features a higher emphasis on comfort and quality than its mainstream counterparts. Even though luxury SUVs do not necessarily feature more comfort or a higher quality than sedans, they tend to be more expensive than luxury sedans. The top-of-the-line SUVs of American and Japanese luxury car makers out price their flagship sedans. The flagship SUV Cadillac Escalade, for example, has a base MSP of approximately $57,280, versus $41,991 for the flagship DTS. This scenario, however, does not hold true for European automakers, where the flagship sedans are still priced above the top-of-the-line SUV.

Luxury SUV can be classified into similar segment as luxury cars.

* Entry-level luxury SUVs must feature a base MSP of approximately over $38k and offer a high degree of comfort. A vehicle may however still be considered a luxury SUV if its base MSP lies in excess of approximately $29K and it is manufactured by a luxury car manufacturer. Vehicles in this category include the Acura MDX and BMW X3.
* Mid-level luxury SUVs feature base MSPs ranging approximately between $40K to $60K. Vehicles in this category include the Lincoln Aviator, Lexus GX, Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Land Rover LR3, Lincoln Navigator, Cadillac Escalade, and the Infiniti QX56.
* High-end luxury SUVs feature base MSPs from approximately $60k to $100k. Vehicles in this category include the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Lexus LX, BMW X5, Cadillac Escalade ESV, and the Lincoln Navigator L.

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