The Official Top 10 Luxury Cars Report
Our editors have selected the top 10 luxury cars from consumer reviews and information. Below is our official listing of the top 10 luxury cars. To search for cars for sale in your area, click the cars for sale link above.
The 7-Series is BMW's flagship luxury sedan that was redesigned for 2009 and added the V12-powered 760Li for 2010. Still offered in regular and extended wheelbase versions, both the 750i and 750Li are powered by a 400-horsepower 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. The styling of the 7-Series continues to evolve after the fourth-generation 7-Series debuted in 2002 with controversial new styling. The fourth-generation 7-Series was also the most high-tech vehicle to be offered by BMW up to that time and new technology including the equally controversial iDrive which integrated many vehicle functions into a single controller in the center console. The 7-Series continues to feature the latest high-technology features. The 7-Series was first introduced to the U.S. in 1986 and the fourth-generation 7-Series has proven to also be the most successful 7-Series ever.
The S-Class is the flagship sedan of the Mercedes-Benz lineup that was redesigned for the 2007 model year with bold new styling, spirited driving dynamics and technical innovation. Prior to the 2007 model year, you can find great deals on S-Class Mercedes-Benz vehicles including some in the $20,000-$30,000 range with low miles.
The A8 is Audi's flagship luxury sedan which is redesigned for the 2011 model year. The A8 originally debuted for the 1997 model year as the replacement for the Audi V8 which had been discontinued in North America after the 1994 model year. The original A8 featured extensive use of aluminum, which was unusual at the time and gave the A8 a weight advantage compared to some of its competitors. The extended-wheelbase A8 L was added for 2000 and the second-generation A8 debuted for the 2004 model year.
The STS is Cadillac's luxury performance sedan that was updated for 2008 with a bolder look highlighted by a new grille design that was first seen on the Sixteen concept before it was added to the Escalade and the 2008 Cadillac CTS. The STS debuted as a 2005 model when it replaced the Seville in the Cadillac lineup. The STS is based on the Sigma architecture, which is also the platform for the CTS sedan. The STS styling bears a strong resemblance to the CTS but has a softer, smoother edge to the sharp lines and its own distinct look. The STS name was previously used for the high-performance trim of the Seville.
The Lincoln MKZ is Lincoln's midsize five-passenger sedan that receives exterior updates and improved performance for the 2010 model year. The MKZ previously received exterior updates and an engine upgrade for the 2007 model year when it was renamed the MKZ. Originally name the Zephyr for 2006, it was designed to appeal to a new generation of buyers, while still delivering the comfort and refinement expected of a Lincoln. Classic Lincoln design elements include a waterfall grille positioned between quad projector-beam headlights, while the interior features high-quality leather and real wood or aluminum trim. All aspects of the chassis, including spring rates, shocks, and bushings have been tuned for a comfortable ride while still retaining precise responsive handling.
The E-Class is Mercedes-Benz's midsize luxury sedan, coupe and convertible. The sedan was redesigned for 2010 and the E-Class Coupe was added, replacing the CLK Coupe in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. For 2011 the E-Class Cabriolet is added, replacing the CLK Cabriolet. The 2010 E-Class represents the ninth generation of the model line, and more than 10 million E-class vehicles have been produced over more than 60 years. The E-Class sedan and coupe both offer V6 and V8 versions as well as the E350 BlueTec diesel sedan and the flagship E63 AMG sedan powered by a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 518 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque.
The A6 is Audi's premium midsize sedan that first debuted as a 1995 model, replacing the Audi 100. In 1998, the A6 was redesigned with a sleek, sporty new body. For 2000 the A6 received a performance upgrade with the addition of the twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 and the 4.2-liter V8 to the A6 lineup. Completely redesigned for the 2005 model year, the A6 received new styling inside and out, two powerful engines, a 6-speed automatic transmission and a number of new technologies.
The Continental GT is Bentley's high-performance coupe and the first model to come out of Bentley Motor Cars, Ltd., the new company that was formed on September 17, 2002, ending a 70- year partnership with Rolls-Royce. Unveiled in concept form at the 2002 Paris Motor Show, the new model is smaller and less expensive than any past Bentley, but its design remains true to the marque. It is also the first model unique to the Bentley line to be produced in over 70 years, and the first Bentley ever to feature all-wheel drive.
The Genesis is Hyundai's all-new rear-wheel-drive flagship sedan that takes Hyundai upscale to compete with entry-luxury sport sedans. Powered by either a V6 or a V8 engine, Hyundai describes the Genesis as delivering the interior luxury of top European luxury sedans, world-class driving dynamics and the latest high-tech features at the price of entry-level premium brand vehicles. Hyundai has built a solid reputation with inexpensive, practical vehicles that offer a high level of content and with the Genesis Hyundai looks to move the brand up-market.
The LS 460 is Lexus' flagship luxury sedan, first introduced as the LS 400 when the Lexus line was launched by Toyota in 1990. The third-generation LS 430 debuted as a 2001 model with new safety technology, improved performance, and one of the first gas-powered V8 engines to receive Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle certification. The LS 460 was all new for 2007 replacing the LS 430. The fourth-generation LS is built on a sophisticated platform that maintains a delicate balance between ride comfort and responsive handling. A first-ever long-wheelbase model called the LS 460 L is available featuring 4.8 inches of additional space and a host of standard features.