What Is The Best Quality Luxury Car

Twenty-five years ago, luxury cars occupied the upper echelon of the automotive universe, the preferred transportation for individuals who had achieved a certain level of success. These days enormous SUVs have stolen much of that honor, but few of those behemoths can match the grace, understated elegance and distinguished pedigree of a traditional luxury sedan. Thanks to decades of engineering progress, luxury vehicles are more refined than ever, and many of them can cut and run with moves approaching sports-car levels of performance. To compile this exclusive group, we utilized our five standard criteria as detailed at the bottom of the list, along with the quality of materials and level of workmanship, brand purity and pedigree, and available tech, performance and luxury features. Without delay, here are the best luxury cars available for 2021 and include a mix of 2020 and 2021 model year vehicles. Read More Show Summary

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2021 Audi A8

(21)

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$86,500Not Yet RatedGet Local Offers

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2021 BMW 5 Series

(25)

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$54,200out of 10092

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2021 Volvo S90 T8 Recharge

(15)

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$60,050out of 10093

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2021 Genesis G80

(14)

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$47,700out of 10090

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2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

(129)

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$54,250out of 10086

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2021 Lexus LS

(48)

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$76,000out of 10083

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2021 Lexus ES

(21)

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$39,900out of 10085

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2022 BMW 7 Series

(25)

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$86,800out of 10084

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2020 Genesis G90

(25)

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$72,200out of 10085

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2021 Tesla Model S

(15)

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$81,190Not Yet RatedNewUsedView Local DealsAdd To Compare

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2021 Cadillac CT5

(21)

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$36,995out of 10075

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At a Glance2021 Mercedes-Benz S-ClassPRICE$109,800MILEAGE20 City / 29 Hwy RATING89 /1002021 Audi A8 PRICE$86,500MILEAGE17 City / 26 Hwy RATINGNot available2021 BMW 5 SeriesPRICE$54,200MILEAGE25 City / 33 Hwy RATING92 /1002021 Volvo S90 T8 RechargePRICE$60,050MILEAGE60 MPGe combined electric+gas /30 MPG overall on premium gas RATING93 /1002021 Genesis G80PRICE$47,700MILEAGE23 City / 32 Hwy RATING90 /1002021 Mercedes-Benz E-ClassPRICE$54,250MILEAGE22 City / 31 Hwy RATING86 /1002021 Lexus LSPRICE$76,000MILEAGE18 City / 29 Hwy RATING83 /1002021 Lexus ESPRICE$39,900MILEAGE22 City / 32 Hwy RATING85 /1002022 BMW 7 SeriesPRICE$86,800MILEAGE22 City / 29 Hwy RATING84 /1002020 Genesis G90PRICE$72,200MILEAGE17 City / 25 Hwy RATING85 /1002021 Tesla Model SPRICE$81,190MILEAGEN/A City / N/A Hwy RATINGNot available2021 Cadillac CT5PRICE$36,995MILEAGE23 (2020) City / 32 (2020) Hwy RATING75 /100

Methodology

Our evaluation covers five areas:

1. Styling (20 points) An assessment of the car’s overall design, styling and build quality, inside and out. Looks and styling are largely subjective, but a reviewer can still make general observations that hold a degree of objectivity. If the vehicle’s interior trim panels are loose, the switchgear feels cheap and the fitment and gaps of the panels are big and inconsistent, the rating will reflect these observations.

2. Performance (20 points) An assessment of a car’s handling, braking, acceleration, ride quality and other qualitative performance measures like horsepower, torque, zero-to-60 times and top speed. Towing capability for trucks and SUVs also is a consideration. Reviews also thoroughly consider the manufacturer’s data when comparing similar vehicles within the competitive set. While driving, reviewers also look for a melding of attributes relative to the expectations set by the manufacturer about the specific vehicle and by consumer expectations of the segment.

3. Comfort and Convenience (20 points) An assessment of the car’s interior comfort, features and cargo space. Comfort can be subjective, but the reviewer also considers passenger space measurements compared with the segment and competitive vehicles. Cargo space also is based on measurements relative to segment and competitive set as well as functionality and usability. Features are objective and compared against the number and type of standard and available features in segment and competitive set. Price also is a consideration as is execution and efficacy. Extra points may be awarded for exceptional available or standard features or user-friendly infotainment setups. Cars may also lose points for substandard features, or for making certain features only available on pricey option packages of poor relative value.

4. Safety (20 points) The safety score is based on three elements: crash test results from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; the number of standard advanced driver-assistance safety technology features, such as blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, emergency automatic braking, lane keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control; and visibility. Cars with official crash data gain points for a five-star overall rating by the NHTSA, or Top Safety Pick/Top Safety Pick+ status by the IIHS. Vehicles not yet rated by either agency will not lose points. 

5. Fuel Economy (20 points) The fuel economy score is based on the combined mpg estimate for the model’s base trim with an automatic transmission, according to the Environmental Protection Agency or the manufacturer if EPA has not confirmed data. Some models will get extra points for offering a hybrid or other more fuel-efficient powertrain within the model lineup. Scoring for pure electric vehicles will be based on range and charging time. 

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