Af­ford­able Lux­ury

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WHILE IT’S NOT DIF­FI­CULT TO spend a pile of money on a lux­ury SUV, those who have as­pired to move up to the el­e­gance, per­for­mance, and sleek ameni­ties of the posher brands can now do so with new mod­els priced around $40,000—which isn’t a big jump from stan­dard car costs nowa­days.

The Cadil­lac XT5 is a hand­some re­place­ment for the SRX, of­fer­ing all the pres­tige and pres­ence of an Es­calade, just in a more bud­get-friendly pack­age. En­gi­neers pushed the wheels out to the cor­ners and broad­ened the cabin, cre­at­ing three ad­di­tional inches of rear legroom and 63 cu­bic feet of cargo space—yet still los­ing more than 275 pounds in the process. An im­proved V-6 pro­vides 310 horse­power and can de­ac­ti­vate cylin­ders to BY ANDY STONEHOUSE

boost mileage. And loaded with a re­fined dash and cool bits like a new dig­i­tal rearview mir­ror, it’s an up­dated and classy ride.

For a true sports-car ex­pe­ri­ence in crossover guise, the In­finiti QX50 presents a sweet spot. The QX50 is an im­proved and ex­panded ver­sion of the un­der­ap­pre­ci­ated EX35 crossover, with all of In­finiti’s beau­ti­ful cabin fin­ish­ings— with re­fine­ments such as a moon roof and heated seats now stan­dard. But it also makes the most of a 325-horse­power 3.7-liter V-6 en­gine, with a ride that is def­i­nitely not like your av­er­age crossover. In­tel­li­gent AWD, or a very sporty RWD model with a snow mode, will help make for a more en­gaged ride to the hills.

Much as Porsche suc­cess­fully rev­o­lu­tion­ized it­self with the 2017 Cadil­lac XT5

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