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The Most Economical Luxury SUVS in 2018

Luxury SUVs provide the best of all worlds as the ideal combination of power, style comfort, cargo space, and technology. The crossover SUV market is the best it has ever been, providing more luxury and comfort per dollar than in the past. Fortunately, these luxury SUVs for 2018 are also more affordable than ever before. The new price points on luxury SUVs provide options for drivers who need more room for growing families and adventures without sacrificing the amenities that they have come to love. These popular economical 2018 luxury SUVs mean that drivers can have it all for one low price. The three most economical luxury suvs in 2018 include the Acura MDX, the BMW X5, and the Lexus RX 300. Read on to discover what sets these affordable SUVs apart from the rest.

The 2018 Acura MDX is a popular three-row luxury SUV that is versatile, safe, and simply fun to drive. Seating up to seven, the Acura MDX comes in three trim levels: Standard, Technology, and Advance. Each of these comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 290 horsepower with either front- or all-wheel drive. Paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, this luxury SUV gets an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon combined. The trim levels share many of the same amenities, including a new dual-screen infotainment system, standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a host of detailed features that luxury SUV owners have come to expect. While the total cargo space isn’t the biggest in its class, there’s plenty of room to haul both people and a variety of oddly-shaped items, as the seats fold flat. Pricing for the 2018 Acura MDX is competitive at around $50,000.

The 2018 BMW X5 is a powerful, safe, and efficient three-row luxury SUV that comes with an impressive list of standard features. Available in rear-wheel drive (the X5 sDrive35i) and all-wheel drive (the X5 xDrive35i) comes with adaptive headlights, 14-way power and heated front seats, stylish wood trim, Black SensaTec upholstery, panoramic moonroof, front and rear parking sensors, a 10.2-inch display screen with BMW navigation, and the iDrive system with touchpad controller. The standard engine is a 3.0-liter turbocharged I-6 that produces 300 hp, and drivers can count on and EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The BMW X5 has a five-star overall rating in safety from the NHTSA, which makes it one of the safest luxury SUVs available. Drivers can expect to pay $56,600 to start for the new BMW X5 luxury SUV.

The Lexus RX 300 is one of the best-selling luxury SUVs on the market. Even as a slightly smaller midsize SUV, this vehicle packs a punch. With standard front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive, the 2018 Lexus RX 300 comes with a 3.5-liter V-6 with 295 hp paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel economy ratings are 20/27 mpg city/highway, and there are plenty of standard features to impress the most discerning drivers. The RX 300 comes with keyless entry/start, leatherette upholstery, 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats, 10-way power adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, an 8.0-inch screen, a rearview camera, a power lift gate, and Bluetooth connectivity. There are also several more high-tech and luxury options for drivers to choose from if they desire. Pricing for the 2018 Lexus RX 300 starts at $49,000.