While SUV’s and hybrids may be the latest rage, there is still a market for the big luxury sedan. There is also fierce competition in this niche as car makers vie for customers who have a lot of cash to spend, and are also pretty demanding. A luxury car these days must of course have all the luxuries you could imagine in a car. It must feel very good. But that isn’t all. The cars also need power to spare, have all the latest technology, and be fun to drive. European car makers have have raised the bar on big car handling, and the rest of the world is catching up. Here are three luxury sedans that we like best.
Top 3 Luxury Cars of 2017
- Cadillac CT6
- Genesis G90
- Mercedes-Benz S Class
The CT6 has all the luxuries and quality you expect from Cadillac, and now they have taken a page from the European playbook and added much more sophisticated handling. It has a 3.0 liter V6 that pushes out 404 horses from its twin turbo power plant. It is a little surprising, but this V6 has plenty of power and is fuel efficient as well. It has an 8-speed transmission with overdrive. What this car takes from Europe is driveline traction control, which adds even more to the driving experience. There is also a four-cylinder available that has adequate power. The six-cylinder gets 18-26 miles per gallon. This Cadillac also has a hybrid electric version that adds to the gas powered edition and can go 30 miles or so on electric only. Panoramic sun room, automatic lights and wipers, and a navigation system are all options. The luxury trim package adds automatic parking. Premium Luxury and Platinum packages add even more luxury. The biggest engine will get to 60 in five seconds and has a night vision package.
- Powered by a fuel efficient V6
- Adds European style handling
- Hybrid electric available
The G90 was introduced as its own brand this year by Hyundai and made a splash in the luxury market. What makes this car stand out is just about everything is standard equipment. It has a 5.0 liter V8 that cranks 420 horsepower. The power train is complete with a 8-speed automatic with overdrive. Mileage ratings are not great at 20 miles per gallon, but it does have a lot of power for a big car. The interior is large and luxurious as well. It adds things like child seat monitor, as well as back seat monitor, and has adaptive cruise control. There are not many choices to make as all G90s come fully loaded. There are two trim levels, the Ultimate and the Premium, and there are some differences in the two, including the power plants. The premium has a V6 that is still powerful enough, but won’t blow your doors off. There are some stylistic changes and tweaks for 2017, which make the car even better. The G90 also costs less than other cars in this class, and you still get all the extras.
- Lots of extra features as standard equipment
- 8-Speed transmission with overdrive
- 420 horsepower V8
Mercedes-Benz S Class
The S Class has everything you want in a luxury car, along with classic German engineering. It starts with a 4.7 liter V8 that cranks out 449 horsepower. It has a blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, automatic braking, child seat monitor and forward crash warning. It also has a child seat sensor. This is one of the older luxury cars on the market, and this year’s version lives up to its reputation. The S Class has a lot of technolgy, so much so that it can get overwhelming, but it has about anything you could think of. The ride is extremely quiet and smooth. New for 2017 is a convertible. A nine speed automatic transmission is also available on the sport version. Standard wheels are 19 inch, and there is a 20 inch tire on the sports model. There are three body styles - convertible, sedan and coupe - and three trims for each. Mercedes also offers a plug in hybrid for this car as an option. While the V8 is the standard, there is a V12 available that has 523 horses and can get to 60 in 4.5 seconds.
- Child seat sensor
- 449 horsepower V8
- Blindd spot monitor
There are several high quality luxury cars out there, and these are just three. We like these because of the extras and options available on all of them.