You’ve worked hard for the last few years, and now it’s time to pamper yourself a bit (you deserve it!) And what better way to do so than by picking a luxury vehicle that speaks to you? For example, there’s Lexus’ flagship LS packing a Mark Levinson premium audio system, which rivals a home theater system, or a Mercedes-Benz E-Class capable of automatically changing lanes with a flick of the turn signal stalk. More on these below.
As the flagship of the premium Japanese brand, Lexus spared no expense decking out this lineup-topping vehicle. Every part of the sedan is wow-worthy, such as the silky smooth 386-horsepower V8 engine under the hood, a curvy and wind-cheating shape that achieves a mere 0.26 coefficient of drag, and the high-resolution 12.3-inch dash screen, paired with an enhanced navigation system, capable of predicting traffic conditions. The optional Mark Levinson Reference Surround System pumps out 450 watts through an incredible 19-speaker setup installed around the cabin.
When talking about luxury vehicles, Infiniti is sometimes left out of the conversation. And it really shouldn’t be, because the brand has recently been doing lots of great things. Take the Q60 coupe for instance, the successor to the popular G series. Seamlessly blending sporty looks, sharp handling, and upscale creature comforts, one of the many highlights is the “Shodo” style trim found in the interior. Inspired by traditional Japanese calligraphy, the specialty-crafted flowing aluminum-alloy pieces are subtly worked into areas including the instrument panel, center console, and door panels.
In the last couple of years, Mercedes-Benz, along with other manufacturers, has been heavily pursuing autonomous driving technologies. Models like the 2015 E-Class now come packed with cutting-edge safety features once thought near impossible. Active Lane Change Assist, for example, will steer the car into the appropriate adjacent lane — needing no input from the driver — when he or she activates the turn signal for more than two seconds, provided it is safe to do so. This is accomplished via on-board long-range radar, external stereo cameras, and multiple sensors.
There’s a common misconception that electric cars must be slow, unattractive econo-boxes. Well, Cadillac set out to change all that by releasing the ELR. Unveiled back at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, the sleek two-door appeared to be a high-end sports car rather than a luxury plug-in hybrid, whatever that even meant. Turns out it means the ELR has a net range of 300 miles, LED headlamps, 20-inch wheels, some of the most plush leather seating available and, oh, 295 lb-ft of torque generated through a combination 1.4-liter gasoline generator and high-output electric motor.
The 100-plus year-old brand is in the midst of a revolution in an attempt to find its place in the 21st century automotive landscape. This gorgeous compact crossover is a by-product of that. Want to stare out at the stars through an optional all-glass Vista Roof? Or how about experience a ride where the suspension system detects imperfections in the road and adjusts accordingly to minimize bumpiness? The Lincoln MKC makes both of these possible.