You know a true luxury SUV when you see it, smell it, and feel it. Styling with presence, aromatic materials, and sumptuous seats wrapped in supple leather are the hallmarks of a genuinely luxurious vehicle. Add high-tech convenience, infotainment, and safety systems, and you’ve got yourself an SUV worthy of both desire and the price listed on the window sticker.
But if you’re buying a luxury SUV, you probably need space for your favorite people and their luggage. That’s where a full-size luxury SUV comes in handy, supplying plenty of room for passengers, or cargo, or both. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Bet you’re wondering what the best full-size luxury SUVs are, and that’s what this article will tell you. We’ve listed our choices below, in alphabetical order.
2020 BMW X7
New for 2019, the BMW X7 is a large, three-row luxury SUV. From its bold design and available BMW Individual custom tailoring program to a choice between turbocharged six-cylinder and twin-turbocharged V8 engines, the BMW is ready to whisk you and up to six passengers away for an epic road trip.
Built in South Carolina, the BMW X7 is quick even in standard xDrive40i format. With its third-row seat down, it holds 48.6 cubic feet of cargo, and maximum volume measures 90.4 cubic feet. Furthermore, the X7 can tow up to 7,500 lbs when properly equipped.
2020 Cadillac Escalade
One of the first luxury SUVs ever built, the Cadillac Escalade continues to find its way into gated American driveways — despite its age and plenty of competition. Credit this SUV’s commanding presence, coupled with a capable 420-hp, 6.2-liter V8 engine and a big interior.
Standard- and extended-length versions are available, each carrying up to eight people. Trim levels include standard, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum, and four-wheel drive is an option. For maximum comfort and cargo space, get the extended-length Escalade ESV. It holds a whopping 76.7 cubic feet of luggage behind the second-row seat, and a maximum of 120.9 cubic feet. For the most towing capacity (8,300 lbs), stick with the standard Escalade and two-wheel drive.
2020 GMC Yukon Denali
GMC might not be a luxury brand, but the company’s Denali-badged models certainly meet the criteria. And the Yukon Denali equipped with the Ultimate Package delivers an unbeatable combination of size, value, and capability in a luxury SUV. In fact, under its skin, the Yukon Denali and the Cadillac Escalade are one and the same. The GMC has an identical 420-hp 6.2-liter V8 engine, and the two SUVs share a platform and lots of other bits and pieces.
The Yukon XL Denali is the biggest one, ready to carry 76.7 cubic feet of cargo behind the second-row seat and as much as 121.1 cubic feet of cargo behind the front seats. For the Denali’s maximum trailer-tow rating of 8,400 lbs, get the standard wheelbase and 2WD.
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Long-Wheelbase (LWB)
What the Land Rover Range Rover lacks in terms of passenger seating and cargo capacity, it more than makes up for with sheer presence. And the long-wheelbase version of this legendary SUV is the biggest vehicle Land Rover sells.
Though it carries no more than 75.6 cubic feet of cargo, the Range Rover LWB is larger than life, equipped with a six-figure price tag and greater off-roading capability than just about everything else on this list. Plus, it rockets to 60 mph in just over five seconds, according to Land Rover, and it can tow 7,716 lbs when properly equipped.
2020 Lincoln Navigator
Equipped with a twin-turbocharged V6 and spacious seating for up to eight people, the Lincoln Navigator is one of the finest examples of a modern luxury SUV. Regular and extended versions are available in standard, Select, Reserve, and Black Label trim levels.
In addition to offering up to 73.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second-row seats, and as much as 120.2 cubic feet total, the extended version of the Navigator tows more weight than any Cadillac Escalade at 8,400 lbs. Get the standard-length version, and this Lincoln can tug as much as 8,700 lbs of trailer.
2020 Infiniti QX80
Like the GMC Yukon Denali, the Infiniti QX80 is a bargain in the full-size luxury SUV class. Based on the rugged Nissan Patrol that is sold in other parts of the world (a version of which is called the Armada here in the U.S.), the QX80’s design and engineering are nearly a decade old, helping to keep the price lower.
Nevertheless, a recent refresh gave the big Infiniti a new lease on life, and aside from its particularly thirsty 5.6-liter V8 engine, the QX80 could be the right fit for your family. Cargo space measures 49.6 cubic feet behind the second-row seat and 95.1 cubic feet with all seats folded down. And, the QX80 can tow up to 8,500 lbs.
2020 Lexus LX
Take one Toyota Land Cruiser, add Lexus styling cues, and you’ve got a large luxury SUV that’s ready for adventure anywhere from New York City to Papua New Guinea.
This is an old SUV design, but a thick layer of refinement and sophistication helps to mask the Lexus LX’s advanced age. Know that the 383-hp V8 swigs gas like the Pirates of the Carribean do rum, and towing capacity is limited to 7,000 lbs. Cargo space is comparatively paltry, too, for such a big vehicle, measuring 43 cubic feet behind the second-row seat and no more than 80 cubic feet at a maximum. So how is the Lexus LX a “best” full-size luxury SUV? Well, it’s darn near unbreakable.
2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
The G-Wagen is one of the best luxury SUVs money can buy, especially now that it’s been completely redesigned and is thoroughly modern in every way — except for its iconic boxy look.
Nothing else on this list of the best full-size luxury SUVs is like the 2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Equipped with seating for five people, the G-Class is tall, narrow, and fast, whether you choose the G550 or the AMG G63. It boasts considerable off-roading capability, too, and it can tow 7,700 lbs of trailer. Mercedes hasn’t divulged official cargo numbers, but we estimate about 40 cubic feet behind the back seat and double that with the rear seat folded down.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class
Redesigned for 2020, the Mercedes-Benz GLS is a large seven-passenger SUV that competes directly with the BMW X7. Like the BMW, the Benz is made in America, the Alabama factory shipping them to destinations all around the world.
For 2020, the GLS gets a major technology upgrade and a roomier interior. Engines feature the company’s EQ Boost mild-hybrid technology, and the GLS includes standard 4WD. Towing capacity measures 7,700 lbs. Unlike the more rugged G-Class, the GLS-Class has seating for up to seven people. Cargo space behind the second-row seat measures 42.7 cubic feet, and maximum volume amounts to 84.7 cubic feet.
2020 Tesla Model X
Equipped with an electric powertrain supplying up to 325 miles of range, three rows of seats accessible through rear Falcon Wing doors, and up to 88 cubic feet of cargo space, the Tesla Model X is a modern marvel. And if you choose the Performance model, you’ll give up 10 miles of total range in order to access acceleration to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds.
Most people will get a 240-volt home charging station and use it to juice the Model X overnight. But when you’re not home and need to replenish the battery, Tesla makes its Supercharger network available to Model X owners free of charge. Plug in, and you’ll have an extra 115 miles of range in about 15 minutes. You can tow up to 5,000 lbs with a Model X, but forget about going off-road. While it has standard AWD, it sits too low to the ground for serious off-pavement adventuring.