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5 Fuel-Efficient Luxury 2011 SUVs Worth Considering

by Jeff Wysaski
January 10, 2011

The luxury SUV class isn't typically associated with stellar fuel efficiency. However, there are a handful of 2011 SUVs that deliver decent mileage for those who want the style and opulence afforded by this unique luxury class. Keep reading to review a few of the most efficient luxury SUVs for 2011.

As the original hybrid SUV, the Lexus RX 450h has long been the go-to vehicle for luxury SUV shoppers concerned about fuel economy. The smooth 295-hp V-6-powertrain delivers an estimated 28 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. In comparison, the non-hybrid RX 350 offers 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. Other advantages of this Lexus hybrid include a high-tech, comfortable interior and up to 80.2 cubic feet of interior cargo space. Base MSRP for the RX 450h is set at $43,235.

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With an estimated 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, the Audi Q5 is one of the most efficient non-hybrid luxury SUVs for the year. True to the Audi nameplate, the vehicle delivers a sleek, rounded exterior design, sporty engine performance and a well-crafted interior. Among the compact SUV class, the Q5's 211-horsepower base engine isn't quite as power as alternatives. However, a 270-hp V-6 engine is also available (18 mpg city and 23 mpg highway) for those who want extra power. One downside of the Q5 may be price. Starting at $35,200, this is one of the more expensive compact luxury SUVs available for the year.

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If you want a full-size luxury SUV that can still deliver over 20 mpg combined, then the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is just about your only choice. While not as efficient as the Lexus RX 450h, the Escalade Hybrid offers a full 108.9 cubic feet of cargo space and can accommodate up to eight passengers. Reviewers are generally impressed with the vehicle's level of interior luxury and comfort. Of course, with a base price of $73,425, one would expect such standard features as adaptive suspension, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather-trimmed seats, heated/ventilated front seats, driver memory seat, DVD entertainment system and 10-speaker premium stereo.

Learn more about the 2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid.

Despite its sporty design and performance, the 2011 Acura RDX outperforms most luxury SUVs with an estimated 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. With an overall decent balance of luxury, performance and comfort, the Acura RDX may be a good choice for families. The base $32,620 also makes it one of the most affordable luxury SUVs available. The vehicle's 240-hp base engine a makes it a powerful alternative to the comparably equipped base Audi Q5. However, its slightly lower level of luxury features may serve as a deterrent for some.

Learn more about the 2011 Acura RDX.

While listed as a midsize SUV, the Lincoln MKX manages to deliver better fuel-efficiency than most luxury compact SUV alternatives. The vehicle's 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway come courtesy of a 305-hp 3.7-liter V-6 engine. Within the midsize luxury class, the Lincoln MKX offers one of the most spacious rear-seat dimensions. A base price of $39,145 delivers such features as leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated/cooled front seats, Ford SYNC, dual-zone automatic climate control and power-adjustable front seats.

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