mcbain said: Now if I wanted to splurge more (and not give a shit about gas consumption), would consider the Acura RDX, Volvo XC60, and the beautiful Audi Q5.
I know this is a pretty decent jump in price, but have you considered the Range Rover Evoque? The Q5 is great, but the Evoque is a freaking pleasure just to be in. The ride is fantastic, the trim is beautiful, I felt it had every bit of off-road capacity as my brother's LR4, and it's not as soccer-mom as the Q5 (yet).
If you can justify the extra cash, I'd seriously take a look at it. Otherwise, I'd take the Q5 on every day ending in "y" over the XC60, which I felt to be scant, overpriced, and understyled...unless that's what you're going for. It was plenty comfortable, fast, spacious, and practical, but not really any moreso than the Q5.
Plus, when someone asks you what you bought, you're going to have to admit you spent $40k on a Volvo. Ouch.