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Q: I’m looking for a luxury SUV that is a bit different and stands out from others on the road and has a slight “green” edge. I see too many Cadillac Escalades and Navigators, and I would like a hybrid, electric, or diesel. I’m looking at the Tesla X, Lexus RX 450h, and maybe a diesel Land Rover. What do you think?
A: I have never driven the Tesla Model X, although when I was a passenger in the four-door sedan, I came away impressed. I did recently review the Range Rover HSE and was also very impressed. The overall fit and finish were top-notch and the performance from diesel engine was very good. As a bonus, the fuel economy was an impressive 26 miles per gallon. The Lexus RX hybrid is also noteworthy for its great interior with very comfortable seating and first-rate performance with seamless hybrid-drive. As outrageous as the Tesla Model X looks, the Range Rover certainly turns plenty of heads.
John Paul, AAA Northeast’s Car Doctor, answers questions from drivers every week. He has 40+ years of experience in the automotive business and is an ASE certified master technician.