I have two friends that have the Touareg, diesel engines in both. Very nice rigs, dependable, outstanding in the snow and ice. You can get them with every option for about 50K. Probably the best bargain around in this category. I suspect a person could find one used for considerably less. The BMW is pissing me off. They have so many freaking options for the X5, that by the time you figure out what you would like, you are looking at 75K. I probably will not buy one. I really like the new Range Rover Evoque, but Land Rover does not have dealers in Alaska.

I think Infiniti makes some pretty killer cars.

The new Dodge Darango is pretty nice, as well as the new Jeep Grand Cherokee. They both have a strong Mercedees Benz influence.