2017 Luxury Models You Need to See Now
15. 2017 Jaguar XE
Why we like it: The all-new Jaguar XE marks the British marque’s big return to the compact luxury segment.
Built and designed to compete with the BMW 3 Series, it offers three engine choices - diesel, 2.0-liter turbo-four, or a 340-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 - and a decent amount of advanced technology. The sophisticated suspension ensures the car remains agile with sharp handling and fine-tuned steering around turns.
As sporty as it is, it’s still a comfortable and controlled ride and comes with a best-in-class warranty.
Where it falls short: The backseat feels a bit cramped and the interior materials could use an upgrade if Jaguar wants to keep up with the competition.
MPG: 21 city/30 highway
Starting at $34,900
14. 2017 Lexus GS F
Why we like it: Talk about upping your game — the Lexus GS F combines the high-performance V8 from its RC F coupe with the luxury feel and impeccable design you’d expect from a Lexus.
Whether you’re looking for a comfortable ride on your daily commute or a quick, sporty ride around town, the GS F will happily accommodate both.
Where it falls short: The GS F comes packed with incredible features but has limited abilities to personalize.
MPG: 16 city/24 highway
Starting at $83,940
13. 2017 Audi A4
Why we like it: The body may look the same as last year’s model, but the new Audi A4 received some serious updates on the inside. Featuring a 252-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-four, a 7-speed twin-clutch gearbox, and an updated version of the MMI infotainment system that includes a slick Virtual Cockpit.
Looking for added performance? The S4 provides an extra boost worth splurging on, with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 making 354 hp, and an 8-speed automatic gearbox. In other words, if you’re looking for a classy car to cruise down the autobahn, this is it.
Where it falls short: The transmission seems hesitant at time when accelerating - especially in traffic, which could cause issues.
MPG: 27 city/37 highway
Starting at $34,900
12. 2017 Lincoln MKZ
Why we like it: This year’s model packs a serious horsepower punch with its updated 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6. Also new? The MKZ’s front fascia ditches its long-running butterfly-inspired grille and has been updated to look strikingly similar to the flagship Continental sedan’s rectangular design pattern. Audio and climate control buttons have also been updated to more sleek and intuitive.
It’s also worth noting that this year’s MKZ offers a hybrid option to maximize fuel efficiency. Combining a 2.0-liter inline-four with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack, this option received an EPA rating of 41/38 mpg city/highway, for a serious boost in mileage.
Cool fact: When purchasing new or certified pre-owned, buyers are given an add-on option to purchase a Black Label membership that covers car washes anytime, an annual car detailing package, and complimentary delivery and pick up services for the life of the vehicle.
Where it falls short: Slightly cramped interior space is surprising considering the exterior size of the vehicle along.
MPG: 21 city/ 31 highway
Starting at $35,170
11. 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid and PHEV
Why we like it: There’s plenty to like about this year’s hybrid and PHEV model. For one, there’s no shortage of ways to personalize your vehicle experience in both look and engine type.
Similar to its cousin, the Hyundai Sonata, buyers can choose if they would like their powertrain to plug in or not. Using just electric power, the Optima PHEV can travel 27 miles comfortably before needing auto-switching to its gas engine.
Where it falls short: While an updated design is usually more exciting than the last, this version looks a bit bland and boring.
MPG: 39 city/46 highway
Starting at $30,990
10. 2017 Jaguar XF
Why we like it: The beautiful design and powerful engine of this year’s Jaguar XF is sure to please car enthusiasts. The base engine is a 180-hp turbo-diesel four, with the option to upgrade to a 340- or 380-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V-6.
We also like the standard 8 inch touchscreen that can be used for temperature control, audio, navigation, weather, and more. Need another reason to want it? The interior scored high ranks for having quality materials and lots of space.
Where it falls short: While the navigation and infotainment functionalities are a class above the rest, some are still disappointed in its lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
MPG: 31 city/42 highway
Starting at $47,450
9. 2017 Genesis G80
Why we like it: The introduction of the Genesis to the US market was rocky to start, but this year’s model is designed and built to impress. We love it’s luxurious, roomy interior, stable ride, automated emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control - everything you need for a smooth, comfortable ride.
Where it falls short: Fuel economy is average at best and the premium add-ons can take the price over the $50,000 mark relatively quickly.
MPG: 18 city/28 highway
Starting at $42,350
8. 2017 Audi S8 Plus
Why we like it: Loaded with advanced tech features, this luxury car has a beautifully fitted interior and an incredibly powerful engine that performs. The “Plus” factor introduces a twin-turbo V-8 that has 605 hp-85 hp that can keep up with nearly anything on the road, all from comfy Valcona bucket seats.
Where it falls short: Average fuel economy ratings
MPG: 15 city/ 24 highway
Starting at $115,900
7. 2017 Lincoln MKC
Why we like it: This year’s model is setting a new standard for compact luxury SUVs with its quiet cabin, impossibly comfy seats, and adjustable suspension for a smoother ride. Its main goal? To get you where you need to be with ease. The high-tech features don’t hurt either.
Where it falls short: Performance can tend to fall short compared to other luxury compact SUVs on the market.
MPG: 21 city/ 28 highway
Starting at $32,880
6. 2017 Volvo S90
Why we like it: This year’s model delivers an impressively refined powertrain, a distinct Scandinavian design, and award-winning safety ratings in its class.
Gone is the boxy, utilitarian look that Volvo’s been known for in the past. It’s now a front-runner in large sedans, delivering good fuel efficiency, quiet and roomy interiors, and an overall safe ride.
Where it falls short: While the backseat is undoubtedly roomy, it can be a tight squeeze getting back there.
MPG: 22 city/31 highway
Starting at $46,950
5. 2017 Kia Cadenza
Why we like it: Kia once again delivers luxury at an affordable price. Featuring nappa leather seats, a roomy cabin, and heated seats throughout, this year’s model offers just one engine choice, but it’s a good one. With a 290-hp 3.3-liter V-6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, you’ll be set for both quick and lengthy trips.
Where it falls short: Average fuel economy and details could be tightened up to compete more with rivals vehicles.
MPG: 20 city/ 28 highway
Starting at $31,990
4. 2017 Kia K900
Why we like it: The verdict on Kia’s entry into the luxury sedan market is still out, but we like it it’s soft, leather interior, powerful engine, and sport design. Kia brought in renowned auto designer, Peter Schreyer, who brought us the iconic Audi TT, to design the luxury model.
Where it falls short: While the extra legroom and decent price tag have us considering this vehicle, there’s still a lot that can be refined. Experts suggest revisiting the car’s suspension and overall performance before its next release.
MPG: 17 city/ 25 highway
Starting at $66,000
3. 2017 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T
Why we like it: The Sonata is known for its roomy interior and this model is no different. Offering lots of cabin space and comfortable seats, this smooth ride is quiet, user-friendly, earned excellent crash-test ratings and comes with a 10-year warranty. Overall, it’s a well-rounded, affordable, classic sedan.
Where it falls short: According to experts, the optional turbocharged engine offers a lackluster performance.
MPG: 21 city/30 highway
Starting at $34,350
2. 2017 Buick Enclave
Why we like it: Celebrating 10 years on the market, the 2017 Enclave offers a comfy, roomy interior, high performance ratings, and a classy exterior design. As one of Buick’s best-selling vehicles, the Enclave is perfect for families who want to get around with ease and in style. A Sport Touring edition has been added to the mix of models, as well.
Where it falls short: While some classic features should remain, the fuel economy for this crossover could use a boost.
MPG: 15 city/22 highway
Starting at $39,065
1. 2017 Lexus RC F
Why we like it: There’s no denying it - this luxury sport coupe drives like a dream. Built with performance in mind, this year’s model features a powerful naturally aspirated V-8 engine, high quality interior, and tight handling. A true sports car, it’s sure to get you noticed anywhere on the road.
Where it falls short: A bit heavier than its rivals, the car could stand to lose a bit of weight to keep up. Still, the power in this car is first-class.
MPG: 16 city/25 highway
Starting at $65,165
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