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Looking to buy a Luxury Midsize SUV

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  • Jan 13th, 2018 8:26 pm
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Looking to buy a Luxury Midsize SUV

Hi all,

I'm looking to buy a luxury midsize SUV, I'm considering the 2017 models as they are giving good discounts on them. Don't care so much about performance, just wants a comfortable and quiet ride. So far, I went to the Infiniti dealer, and was offered the 2017 QX60 Premium + Driver Assist package for $49650 all in. Dealer will throw in matts, and other accessories for free.
I haven't look at Acura MDX, Lexus RX yet, but from looking online, they will probably be more expensive than Infiniti QX60.

This is a good deal? And what would you choose with a 50-70k budget?

Thank you so much for your input!
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You obviously don't care about performance if you're looking at the QX60 lol I suggest you really take it for a test drive unless you already have. I drove it recently for a week (rental) and hated it, drove like a bloated boat :facepalm: Not impressed at all by the CVT transmission and fuel economy was really bad 18L/100. Handling was non existent but it will definitely get you from A to B.

If your budget is up to $70K, take a look at the new 2017 Volvo XC90.
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May 3, 2016
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Comfortable quiet ride = Lexus.

Infiniti is honestly the worst choice (for a Luxury SUV) because all their models are very old and are due for a refresh. And the QX60 is basically a nicer Nissan Pathfinder.
Yes, the RX is basically a Highlander but the interior materials are much nicer and the MDX is bascially a last gen Pilot but it has SH-AWD.

The QX60 has nothing over the Pathfinder except for the badge.

And I agree with taking a look at the XC90.
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Sep 13, 2008
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I haven't driven the XC90...but it definitely looks to have luxurious qualities. However, I'm pretty sure they are outside of your stated upper price range...maybe take a look at the XC60? The MDX doesn't seem luxurious to me, but it drives pretty well.

I think the RX is the best option for you. IMO, it provides arguably the most luxurious feel for anything in the price range. I love the interior of the RX and it provides an extremely comfortable ride. However, I personally didn't go with the RX because the driving feel is quite numb, performance is less than what I wanted and I think the exterior look is not aesthetically pleasing.

For me, the QX60 shares the same negatives as the RX...numb steering and lack of performance. The interior is less luxurious than the RX, but it is more spacious.

I guess you are only looking at Japenese? What about GLC300, Q5 or X3?
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With that budget I would go with the Volvo XC60, maybe squeezd in the XC90 if you stay light with the options.

If you must stay Japanese then the Lexus RX is probably the best choice.
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Have you considered a Mazda CX-9?

It's a little shy on cargo space compared to its competition, but is leaps and bounds ahead in most every other dimension. Good value!
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OKSpring wrote:
Jan 4th, 2018 10:52 pm
Have you considered a Mazda CX-9?

It's a little shy on cargo space compared to its competition, but is leaps and bounds ahead in most every other dimension. Good value!
I forgot about this one. It is a good option. Interior quality is better than most. It handles very well for a vehicle that size. While performance isn't great, it does have a lot of pep...good low end torque. I did find it to be tight in the driver's seat though....similar to the GLC300...very narrow due to the big and high centre console.
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The MDX with SH-AWD drives like a big car when it’s driven on Sport mode. With your budget, put a little more in and the Elite Package has pretty much every piece of tech that you can ask for. Gas mileage is very reasonable as well.

My only complaint is that there is a bit more wind noise than one may expect. It’s definitely not as quiet as the RX, but it handles better.

You may also want to specify if you want a 7-seater or not, as they are slightly different segments with different choices (ie MDX vs RX)
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mdx for 7 seater, lexus if you want 5 seater.
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tchoke wrote:
Jan 5th, 2018 6:50 am
mdx for 7 seater, lexus if you want 5 seater.
MDX is barely a 7 seater. Lol
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vkizzle wrote:
Jan 5th, 2018 8:10 am
MDX is barely a 7 seater. Lol
true 7 seater = minivan
but i get what you're saying
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tchoke wrote:
Jan 5th, 2018 9:17 am
true 7 seater = minivan
but i get what you're saying
It's a very tight 3rd row compared to other 3 row SUVs.
You can't beat a minivan for interior space, but other SUVs, such as the Explorer I bought has a more pratical 3rd row that can seat adults comfortably and with the optional 2nd row bucket seats and pass-through; it makes the MDX look like a tin can.
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If you want comfy, go with lexus. If it were me though, I'd definitely give the volvo xc60 or 90 a try; they're great cars that don't get enough attention
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