Note how things suddenly change character. All these entries are luxury or upscale mid-size or large cars. From fuel-efficient and snazzy design to all-out mind-blowing performance and luxury, these NACOTY contenders aren’t pulling any punches. Check them out.
Audi A8 –Completely redesigned for 2011, the A8 is Audi’s flagship sedan and represents a new benchmark in the super-luxury vehicle category – says the automaker – featuring the best in engineering, design, technology, and performance.
Available in A8 and longer-wheelbase A8 L, the 2011 Audi A8 is sleeker, yet more muscular in appearance, and has what many consider to be the best interior fit-and-finish of the premium brands. A8 also features numerous advanced safety technologies befitting a large luxury sedan. A8 carries starting manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRPs) ranging from $78,050 for A8 4.2 FSI to $84,000 for A8 L 4.2 FSI.
Buick Regal is priced in the affordable sedan category but competes with more upscale makes. Starting MSRP for the Regal CXL is $26,245. Handsome exterior looks, comfortable interior, and a good balance of fuel economy, performance, ride and handling and comfort make a strong statement for this latest product in Buick’s renaissance. Regal is a 2011 Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Infiniti M, the automaker’s halo sedan, is available in M37 and M56 models. The carmaker says this next-generation Infiniti M embodies all the best Infiniti traits: style, performance, technology, luxury, and craftsmanship. The 2011 Infiniti M is an IIHS 2011 Top Safety Pick. Pricing for the 2011 Infiniti M37/M56 starts from $46,250.
Jaguar XJ is far and away the most expensive of the 14 car contenders on the NACOTY. Four models are offered in the sleek and muscular, top-of-the-line large sedan: XJ, long-wheelbase XJL, XJ/XJL supercharged, and XJ/XJL SuperSport. Base MSRPs range from $72,200 for the 2011 Jaguar XJ to $113,200 for XJL SuperSport.
Volvo S60,” the automaker puts the luxury sedan right out there with its racy looks, fun-to-drive and powerful turbocharged T6 engine, intelligent all-wheel drive, and a slew of safety technologies designed to keep driver and occupants safe. Volvo S60 is a 2011 IIHS Top Safety Pick. MSRPs start at $37,700.
Want to see the rest of the car contenders for the NACOTY? Check out Going to Extremes: The Short List for North American Car of the Year, Part One.