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DSTOTY '09: Luxury SUVs
What is Dieselstation's favorite new luxury SUV of the 2009 model year?
BMW X5 xDrive35d [ 12 ] ** [35.29%]
BMW X6 [ 10 ] ** [29.41%]
Cadillac Escalade Hybrid [ 1 ] ** [2.94%]
Infiniti FX [ 8 ] ** [23.53%]
Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI [ 3 ] ** [8.82%]
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post Mar 10 2009, 02:20 PM
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For more on the DieselStation Car of the Year '09 competition, please see this thread.

BMW X5 xDrive35d
Base MSRP:
$51,200
Available Engines: 3.0 liter DOHC twin-turbocharged diesel 24-valve inline-6 with 265 HP and 425 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift capabilities
Available Drivetrains: All-wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 19 City/26 Highway
Curb Weight: 5225 lbs.





Interior photo is of non-diesel 2007 model:


BMW X6
Base MSRP:
$55,900 (xDrive35i), $66,650 (xDrive50i)
Available Engines: 3.0 liter DOHC twin-turbocharged 24-valve inline-6 with 300 HP and 300 ft.-lbs. of torque, 4.4 liter DOHC twin-turbocharged 32-valve V8 with 400 HP and 450 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift capabilities
Available Drivetrains: All-wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 15 City/20 Highway (xDrive35i), 13/18 (xDrive50i)
Curb Weight: 4894-5269 lbs.







Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
Base MSRP:
$73,135
Available Engines: 6.0 liter OHV 16-valve V8 with multiple displacement system and parallel hybrid drive system and 332 HP and 367 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 4-speed automatic transmission
Available Drivetrains: Rear-wheel drive or full-time 4-wheel drive with low-range gearing
EPA Fuel Economy: 20 City/21 Highway (RWD), N/A (4WD is too heavy for EPA estimates)
Curb Weight: 5932-6161 lbs.







Infiniti FX
Base MSRP:
$42,150 (FX35), $58,400 (FX50)
Available Engines: 3.5 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 303 HP and 262 ft.-lbs. of torque, 5.0 liter DOHC 32-valve V8 with 390 HP and 369 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 7-speed automatic transmission with manual shift capabilities
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive (FX35 only) or All-wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 16 City/23 Highway (RWD FX35), 16/21 (AWD FX35), 14/20 (FX50)
Curb Weight: 4094-4575 lbs.







Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI
Base MSRP:
$42,800
Available Engines: 3.0 liter DOHC twin-turbocharged diesel 24-valve V6 with 221 HP and 407 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift capabilities
Available Drivetrains: All-wheel drive with low-range gearing
EPA Fuel Economy: 17 City/25 Highway
Curb Weight: 5086 lbs.





Interior photo is of standard VR6 model:
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post Mar 10 2009, 02:32 PM
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BMW X5 35d. Great drivetrain, decent dynamics, good looks.
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post Mar 10 2009, 02:54 PM
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X6, because there's no better way in this segment to say a good old "Fuck You" to sanity.
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post Mar 10 2009, 03:00 PM
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I know the V6 TDI is the one I'd own if I gave it more than 5 minutes of reasonable thought, thanks to its nice looks, right size, and combination of fuel economy and performance for the money (it's ten grand less than the X5 diesel)...but I look at that ridiculous X6 dune-buggy-from-hell and I think "that is sex...I want that".
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post Mar 10 2009, 03:13 PM
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The X6 looks incredible irl. Like my jaw dropped. But, sadly, I don't think those good looks justify the 55k price tag and four seats. I went with the infiniti.
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post Mar 10 2009, 03:50 PM
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Does the production Escalade Hybrid come with that many douchy hybrid signs on it?
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post Mar 10 2009, 05:53 PM
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QUOTE(mung35 @ Mar 10 2009, 04:50 PM) *
Does the production Escalade Hybrid come with that many douchy hybrid signs on it?


Yes, they're standard. And there's no delete option either.
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post Mar 10 2009, 05:53 PM
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QUOTE(mung35 @ Mar 10 2009, 06:50 PM) *
Does the production Escalade Hybrid come with that many douchy hybrid signs on it?


maybe they put them on their to make owners think that the $73,000 price tag is justified.
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post Mar 10 2009, 07:46 PM
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I like the idea of an X6 with a 6-inch lift and incredibly knobby tires, but until then I'll go for the only SUV in this group that can actually leave the tarmac (and return in one piece)- the Touraeg.
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post Mar 10 2009, 08:23 PM
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Cadillac Escalade Hybrid - The newest must have thing for yuppies with a ecomental thing. A joke for everyone else.
VW Towrag - Nice specs but dont like the interior.
Infiniti FX - No idea how it is so doesnt matter.
X6 - Looks retarded. And it is not bonkers. The Lamborghini LM002 was bonkers. This is just ugly/ weird
That leaves us with the X5 which is the nicest to look at and to drive. So i vote for that.
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post Mar 10 2009, 10:02 PM
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The X6 would make more sense if it came with dolphin-skin upholstery and an indentured servant.
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post Mar 11 2009, 10:39 PM
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x6, because it's sexy.
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post Mar 12 2009, 12:55 PM
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I can't believe that hideous blob is winning this.
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post Mar 18 2009, 12:11 AM
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There's an X5 in my apartment complex that just sounds so smooth when it drives by, it has to get my vote.
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post Mar 18 2009, 07:16 AM
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The BMWs are probably good cars, but they aren't that distinctive to me, and their interiors are awful (that gear-shifter is the dumbest looking thing). The x5 is cool, diesels are cool, but I'm not convinced there is a market for a $51,000 diesel SUV...at least here in the US. On the other hand, the FX gets deplorable MPGs, especially the FX50S. A guy in the office is driving one and routinely gets 10-12mpgs.
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