A car-based Land Rover sounds like a contradiction in terms. It's not. The LR2 is a car utility vehicle (CUV) that is actually competent off-road.
How in the world do you get a car to cost more than $100 grand? Easy. Start with a Jaguar XKR with a base price of $92,035. Then you add $5,000 for 20-inch Senta wheels. Another $2,500 for a "luxury package." A premium sound package is another $1,875. Destination tacks on $200 for a grand total of $101,610. And the 2008 Jaguar XKR convertible is worth each and every penny.
The new the Mercury Mariner gets an extensive facelifts and mechanical upgrades for 2008. That's very good. The Mariner already is adept around town--it's a cross town cruiser. Now it looks and handles even better.
The Saab 9-7X Aero is greater than the sum of its General Motors parts. It's a nice combo of Swedish quirk and GM muscle.
Cadillac's record on entry-level luxury sedans has been a bit spotty. The new CTS banishes that notion.