My Five Favourite Luxury Cars
Luxury Car Number 1: Cadillac Escalade/EXT
To begin my list of favourite luxury cars is the Escalade. Starting its life as a humble re-badge of the Tahoe/Yukon, the Cadillac Escalade has become so much more than just another luxury sports utility vehicle. The newest Escalades are amazingly comfortable, spacious, and even come with hybrid drive trains that make the most iconic bling vehicle in the world somewhat green.
While the Escalade made its debut for the 1999 model year, it wasn’t until 2007 that the vehicle really came into its own as the third generation hit the streets. Based on the GMT 900 platform, the modern Escalade starts at US$ 62,495 and can easily top $ 100,000. For those that demand luxury, power, comfort and bling, there is no alternative to the Escalade.
Luxury Car Number 2: Mercedes-Benz CLS550
Mercedes-Benz has been making some of the most gorgeous and luxurious automobiles on the road forever, and the vehicles with CLS550 badges on them are no exception. Of course, a Merc makes my list of favourite luxury cars! Swoopy lines define the style while excellent handling and a potent 382 horsepower 5.5L V8 give the CLS550 some serious power. Starting at US$ 74,000, the CLS550 is almost destined to become a collectible someday, as so many of its predecessors have. Not bad for a class that started production in time for the 2004 model year.
Luxury Car Number 3: The BMW 7 Series
BMW has a lengthy history of building some of the best, full-sized luxury cars on the market, and the company focuses heavily on cars that are driver-friendly. This means great performance, agility and road handling traits in everything from the lowliest 1 series on up to the immense 7 series sedans. Starting with the 714i at US$ 70,150, the current BMW 7 series offers a grand total of 10 sub-models. The top of the line is the 500 horsepower Alpina B7 which will set buyers back $ 122,000, but the vehicle truly is in a class of its own. A worthy entry in the top five favourite luxury cars list.
Luxury Car Number 4: Lincoln Town Car
No list of favourite luxury cars would be complete without at least mentioning the Lincoln Town Car. Starting at US$ 46,700, the modern Lincoln Town Car is indeed a throwback to a slightly earlier time, despite Lincoln’s best efforts to keep the car modern. This means that the modern Lincoln might not handle the slalom as quickly as a 7 series but there are precious few vehicles on the road that have a ride that is equally as supple and detached from road conditions as the Lincoln Town Car.
Luxury Car Number 5: Hyundai Equus
A radical entry in the favourite luxury cars list? While most people tend to think of Hyundai as a manufacturer of bargain-basement economy cars, the truth is that Hyundai has been successfully marketing luxury cars in Asia, Europe, and Africa for more than a decade. The company’s newest version of the Equus was released in 2009 worldwide, and it is on my top five favourite luxury car list because it combines reliability with power, comfort and affordability. In short, this is a luxury car that the average consumer could actually hope to attain.
With 385 horsepower on tap, the Equus is no slouch and it receives favourable reviews, even when compared to rivals such as the Lexus LS 460 and Mercedes-Benz S550. While no final price point has been determined for the U.S. spec Equus, the figures of US$ 60,000 and $ 75,000 have both been tossed around. While those are in line with Cadillacs and other top-end luxury marques, there is little doubt that the Korean-made Equus will be more reliable and durable in the long run.
Freelance writer Hugh McInnes is a passionate lover of cars and keen industry observer. He only buys cars from licensed car dealers when he is upgrading his vehicle. Currently Hugh is driving around Australia and selling the odd story to get by, but aspires to one day trade in his 4WD and own a luxury car.