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clarkma5
For more on the DieselStation Car of the Year '08 competition, please see this thread.

Lexus LX570
Base MSRP:
$73,800
Available Engines: 5.7 liter DOHC 32-valve V8 with 383 HP and 403 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode
Available Drivetrains: 4-wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 12 City/18 Highway
Curb Weight: 5995 lbs.







Nissan Pathfinder V8
Base MSRP:
$30,820
Available Engines: 5.6 liter DOHC 32-valve V8 with 310 HP and 388 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive or 4-wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 13 City/18 Highway (RWD), 12/18 (4WD)
Curb Weight: 4779-5107 lbs.







Porsche Cayenne
Base MSRP:
$43,400
Available Engines: 3.6 liter direct injection DOHC 24-valve VR6 with 290 HP and 273 ft.-lbs. of torque, 4.8 liter direct injection DOHC 32-valve V8 with 385 HP and 369 ft.-lbs. of torque (405/369 on GTS), 4.8 liter twin-turbocharged direct injection DOHC 32-valve V8 with 500 HP and 516 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual (3.6 & GTS only) or 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode
Available Drivetrains: All-wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 14 City/20 Highway (3.6 6MT & 6AT), 13/19 (S & GTS 6AT), 12/19 (Turbo), 11/17 (GTS 6MT)
Curb Weight: 4927-5357 lbs.







Volkswagen Touareg 2
Base MSRP:
$39,300
Available Engines: 3.6 liter direct injection DOHC 24-valve VR6 with 280 HP and 265 ft.-lbs. of torque, 4.2 liter direct injection DOHC 32-valve V8 with 350 HP and 324 ft.-lbs. of torque, 5.0 liter twin-turbocharged direct injection diesel SOHC 20-valve V10 with 310 HP and 553 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode
Available Drivetrains: All-wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 15 City/20 Highway (V10 TDI), 14/19 (VR6), 12/17 (V8)
Curb Weight: 5086-5825 lbs.





duality
I see this as a battle of the Germans. Although both of them are relatively competent off road...this is a matter of brand for me. I dont really care for SUV's, I find that the Porsche is a bit better. Plus, the GTS doesnt look half bad, and has much more of a presence. Over here you see a lot of Tourage's...the Cayenne it is.
clarkma5
I apologize that the Pathfinder doesn't really fit into this poll...it was a last-minute inclusion when I realized that the Escalade Hybrid is officially an '09 model and I had to look for something to take its place. Though I think it's a pretty good truck regardless.

I, too, went for the Cayenne. The Touareg 2 looks really great and has a better interior than the Cayenne, but the Cayenne's '08 updates were really effective across the board. I mean:

V6: No longer shamefully slow, and the cheapest Porsche to boot
V8 S: Improved power and fuel economy for very little extra money over the old 4.5
V8 GTS: One of the only SUVs that I really want to own
Turbo: To me, the undeniable king of the SUVs. Very expensive but you also got top-notch off-road performance and road/track performance that's on the level of a very good sport sedan.
moe
I've been one of those people that have loved the Cayenne all along. Even when people said it was a travesty to the Porsche name, I still thought it was a great SUV. But then something ruined it for me a couple weeks back. I was waiting for a parking space at the mall, and I watched much to my horror, a woman load up her three kids, and all their gear into a Cayenne. Now I can accept Porsches being the cars of trophy wives, but the transportation of choice for the soccer mom? It just made me hate it, and even the GTS hasn't gone far enough to redeem the Cayenne in my eyes. Yeah, I'm being stupid, and I realize that, but I just don't feel the same way about the Cayenne anymore.

So it came down to the classy, understated Touareg, and the big, flashy Lexus for me. In the end I went with the Lexus. I felt it was a better Luxury SUV, and you can't really go wrong with the legendary LC's underpinnings. I also happen to think it has a great interior.
duality
Isn't the Lexus a glorified Landcruiser? Tis a very competent offroader.
Synesthesia
Cayenne for me, it's the only one I would ever even dream of owning. I'd like a Transsyberia edition please. smile.gif
Razor
The Cayenne is just too ugly. I pick the Touareg. sealed.gif
moe
QUOTE(duality @ Feb 17 2008, 04:14 AM) *
Isn't the Lexus a glorified Landcruiser? Tis a very competent offroader.


Yeah, but they've made more of an effort than in the past to differentiate it this time around.
McKhaos
I chose the Lexus (Landcruiser) in the end because I like the ability to go anywhere. But the Cayenne GTS (with the manual tranny) was a close second.
goota
Fuck SUV's completely. I voted for the nissan, because it is the most cheaply built, and therefore less impact on our world.

idea for next years DSCOTY. for the minivan/trucks/suv polls, add a vote for "I'd rather cut off my dick, and stick it in phix's ass"
clarkma5
QUOTE(goota @ Feb 17 2008, 10:24 AM) *
idea for next years DSCOTY. for the minivan/trucks/suv polls, add a vote for "I'd rather cut off my dick, and stick it in phix's ass"


That's called not voting and not complaining.
mung35
Cayenne. It's a sports car compared to the rest of these.
moe
^ Well this IS the Luxury SUVs category.
clarkma5
QUOTE(moethepaki @ Feb 18 2008, 12:06 AM) *
^ Well this IS the Luxury SUVs category.

never ever ever read too much into the category titles. Just pick whatever your favorite is.
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