2009 Cayenne GTS
I had been cross-shopping the '10-'11 BMW X5, '10 Range Rover Sport, and '11 Chevrolet Tahoe for six months. I was having a very difficult time finding a car with specific option packages and low miles within my budget. When a '09 Cayenne GTS that was in my budget range appeared on Carmax's site at a location in my region, I had it transferred for free just to check it out. When it arrived, I took my family (including a three-year-old in a car seat) for a test drive. We were blown away. Despite being older than any other car I was considering, this vehicle had very low miles and still smelled new. The real thrill was starting up the 4.8 liter V-8 and hearing the growl out of the Cayenne's exhaust. Despite it's aggressive stance and large wheels, the GTS rides quite nicely...smoother than the BMW 535i Sport I eventually traded. Despite the smoother ride, this car corners as well as the BMW and feels amazingly stable with all wheel drive. I had a few days to consider the purchase and after much research, I went for it. I've had the SUV for about a month now and still grin every time I fire up the engine. It's a unique vehicle and some might find it to be a bit quirky compared to the other vehicles I was considering. I, for one, highly recommend the Cayenne in any trim as long as it's equipped with a V-8.