By John D. Stoll
Kevin Dause approached his 50th birthday with an important item on his to-do list: Ditch the minivan and get a luxury sport-utility vehicle.
The vice president of an insurance consulting firm in Schaumburg, Ill., stopped at a Volvo dealership, then priced two Porsche SUVs and later perused Land Rover's website. None had a vehicle that appealed to him, and the brand that did, caught him by surprise.
"I wasn't looking for...