To find out what kind of luxury vehicles there are in today’s automotive market, you have to know where to look. These days, luxury comes in a wide array of shapes, sizes and prices, so let’s stick to some of the most common luxury marques.
Owning a convertible is not for everyone. They require extra work and can be a nuisance at times. There are several pros and cons of having a convertible as your automobile.
Whether buying used or new, make sure you know the extra quirks of convertible ownership.
Most will come equipped either as a soft or hard top convertibles. The hardtop is more durable and similar to a regular automobile than a soft top style. It will also cost quite a bit more money. Either version, with the top down, gives the enjoyment of a ride that can not be experienced in a regular vehicle.
The Wind Effect
Driving with the top down lets the wind blow your hair, the sunshine comes in, and you feel more free and open. This is something that can only be experienced first hand. Once you are hooked on a convertible, the craving will always be there.
Driving a convertible makes you look good. Cruising through town or out on the highway, a convertible seems to carry prestige just because it has no top. A convertible seems to attract people, so you will have more friends and dates if you are looking.
A convertible will make you feel young again, at least at heart. This comes from the freedom you seem to experience while driving one. Being young at heart might even slow your aging down slightly.
Most convertibles hold their resale value better than most hardtops of the same brand. With not so many made, they always seem to be in demand. If you have a convertible for sale, make sure you get top dollar.
The soft top can have many problems. It will require more maintenance to keep looking good. The rear window becomes hard to see through in a very short time. After time, the roof no longer seals good and is prone to leaking. It is also easier to break into than a standard hardtop car.
More Road Noise
Whether the top is up or down, you will experience more road noise when driving this type of vehicle. This can make it hard to enjoy music on the radio or even have a decent conversation with your passenger.
Debris can be a big problem when driving with the top down. Cigarette butts tossed from another car can wind up in your lap. Falling branches, bird poop, and even rocks kicked up by other cars can wind up in your interior.
Even with all the cons of driving a convertible, most of those who have owned one will gladly buy another. It takes a certain type of person to drive a convertible, yet they seem to be steadily growing in numbers. Perhaps you are one of these drivers.
Small, Mid-Size, and Full-Size Luxury Sedans
A sedan is defined as an automobile with four doors and a traditional trunk for cargo. The machinery that powers the car is in front and the trunk is in the rear.
The sedan is the universal style that all automobiles are compared to. Compact sedans are a great fit for buyers in need of low cost transportation and are limited to the lowest priced vehicles. Mid-size sedans are larger and more comfortable, a definite step up in luxury and comfort. Finally, there are the luxury sedans that offer lush interiors and high performance for buyers who are willing and able to pay the higher cost for operating, insuring and purchasing to satisfy the hunger for driving pleasure. Obviously, each of these categories encompasses a wide range of sizes, performance abilities and extras.
The best low priced compact sedans offered in 2013 begin with the Ford Fiesta. The basic model starts at $13,200 bare bones. Even with no added options, the standard equipment includes power door locks and mirrors, tilting steering wheel, air conditioning, intermittent wipers and rear window defogger. Combined city and highway mileage calculates at 33 miles per gallon which assure that the Ford Fiesta will operate at low cost as well as having a low initial price. Ford Fiesta is reported to be comfortable for very tall drivers but very uncomfortable for rear seat passengers. Available colors on the standard Fiesta are limited to gray, black and white.
Another low priced compact sedan with contented owners is the Chevrolet Sonic, which has a lowermost price of $14,185 and delivers air conditioning, front reading lights and a navigation system as standard equipment. Drivers say the Sonic is fun to drive and has great crash test scores but a very small trunk.
One more good deal at the lowest end of the price spectrum is the Hyundai Accent starting at $14,545. Standard equipment includes power windows, mirrors, door locks, heated mirrors and USB ports. Evaluations of the interior and the long warranty are glowing on the Accent, not so much when it comes to fuel economy and visibility.
Sedan buyers who are able to upgrade from compact crave luxury and comfort and so do their passengers. Riding in a car becomes a pleasure in itself when the ride develops into a luxury mid to full size sedan. Certain luxury sedans tend to stand out more and deserve mentioning even though they are not that expensive at less than $32,000. It is said that the 2013 Chrysler 300 Sedan is the classic forthright American Luxury car that has been modernized. The Chrysler 300 is noteworthy for its 8 speed automatic transmission that is available in a V6 with 300 horse power or boasts a V8 with 470 horsepower. Dr. Dre 10 speaker sound system, rearview camera and 8 way power adjustable seats are a tiny fraction of the bells and whistles on this American beauty. Although this car is loved for its comfort, the driver will have to make allowances for restricted rear visibility.
The 2013 Buick La Crosse is available with a 4 cylinder engine producing 182 horsepower allowing it to boast about fuel efficiency but not great acceleration. The La Crosse also received rave reviews on handling, interior comfort and crash test scores. The testers did not like the limited rear visibility.
Ford Fushion Hybrid is considered a mid-size luxury sedan and deserves a place on the luxury sedan list because many who are ready to upgrade to a more upscale car are also interested in a hybrid. The Fusion delivers an adaptive cruise control, automated parking assist, blind spot detection and a touchscreen display to control electronic features. Initially, to reviewers, the Fushion seemed austere for a luxury class car, but once inside, driver and passengers found it very comfortable. Generous leg room in the rear passenger section impressed many.
Full-Size Luxury Sedans
Numerous drivers are content with the luxury and performance supplied by the many wonderful mid-size luxury sedans available. Still, there are those who hunger for more performance, luxury and add-ons. Three luxury sedans that are priced between $55,000 and $70,000 are sure to be the ultimate driving machine for discerning drivers who love to be in their cars. The 2013 Audi A7, Lexus LS 460 and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG have more horsepower, distinctive styling, quiet ride, excellent handling and cutting edge electronic features than many others their class. These appealing vehicles make auto-shopping a fun excursion.