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Here Are 5 Great Old-School Luxury SUVs For Sale on Autotrader

Although the luxury SUV is a concept that’s been honed mostly across the past two decades, some older models still exist. Today, I’m rounding up some nicer examples of early luxury SUVs — just in case you want to go out and get a classic in a segment that isn’t exactly teeming with them.

2001 BMW X5

2001 BMW X5 — $10,900

The newest vehicle on this list is BMW‘s luxury X5 crossover, which first went on sale back in 2000. That’s hard to believe — and it’s also hard to believe that BMW ever made a manual SUV, but that’s exactly what this is. This is a 2001 X5 with three pedals, and it’s offered with 128,000 miles for $10,900 by Moody Motors in Alabama. Find a BMW X5 for sale

2000 Cadillac Escalade

2000 Cadillac Escalade — $4,995

The original Cadillac Escalade might not have beaten the Lincoln Navigator to the market, but it certainly beat it in buyer interest. (At least until recently, as the new Navigator is in high demand.) The original Escalade was little more than a rebadged Chevrolet Tahoe with some luxury trim, but it sold well. This one’s offered by Santa Barbara Car Company in Southern California with 183,000 miles for $4,995. Find a Cadillac Escalade for sale

1991 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

1991 Jeep Grand Wagoneer — $39,900

The Jeep Grand Wagoneer was a pioneer in the luxury SUV world — though it wasn’t a long-lasting pioneer, as Jeep canceled the Grand Wagoneer before the segment really took off. Still, it’s a forefather, and early examples bring big money. This 1991 model offered by GR Auto Gallery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is in excellent shape, has just 81,600 miles and is on sale for $39,900 — a high figure, maybe, but a reasonable one given the increase in demand for these SUVs. Find a Jeep Grand Wagoneer for sale

1999 Lincoln Navigator

1999 Lincoln Navigator — $3,899

The Lincoln Navigator was the first modern full-size luxury SUV, beating the Cadillac Escalade, the Mercedes-Benz GL and the BMW X7 to the market. Although it’s getting hard to find a nice early Navigator, this 1999 model is in pretty good shape, with 128,000 miles, and the interior and exterior are well-kept. It’s offered by Certified Auto Sales in Phoenix for just $3,899. Find a Lincoln Navigator for sale

1998 Mercedes-Benz ML 320

1998 Mercedes-Benz ML 320 — $4,863

The Mercedes-Benz ML 320 was among the first suburb-focused midsize family luxury SUVs. It debuted for the 1998 model year — before the Lexus RX or BMW X5. Finding a nice example of an early ML 320 is hard, but here one is — a 1998 model with 143,000 miles that’s in nice shape with a silver exterior and leather seats. It’s offered by Maximum Auto Search in the Denver area for $4,863. Find a Mercedes-Benz M-Class for sale

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  1. You can usually find those first-gen X5’s for half the price or less… $10k is steep, even with the manual transmission.

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