Luxury

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class: First Drive and Video Road Test
2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class: First Drive and Video Road Test

Back in the mid-1990s, when Mercedes decided to build a factory in America, and an M-Class to take on Ford's Explorer and Jeep's Grand Cherokee, the idea of also taking on the big GM and Ford SUVs one day seemed even more far-fetched. Today, the reality is a little more square. The M-Class isn't so...Read More»

2013 Lincoln MKZ
2013 Lincoln MKZ Priced From $36,800

Just a day after Lincoln released a configurator and estimated pricing on the 2013 Lincoln MKZ mid-size luxury sedan, prices are now official: the starting base price is $36,800 (including $875 destination charges). The big news is two-fold. First, the pricing is $175 less than that of the...Read More»

2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG
Luxury Cars Get Pricier, As Mass-Market Affordability Improves

What price luxury? While there are indications that the cost of some luxury goods are falling somewhat, both new and used luxury cars are costing more this year than they were last year. That’s an interesting contrast to the mass market, where new cars are costing less than year-ago levels...Read More»

2013 Lexus GX 460
2013 Lexus GX Priced From $54,320

When it arrives in dealerships this July, the 2013 Lexus GX 460 mid-size luxury SUV will carry a base price about $200 more than the virtually identical 2012 model. Priced from $53,445, plus an $875 destination charge, the base model GX 460 totals $54,320 with no additional options. Stepping up to...Read More»

2012 Audi A8 L
Luxury Car Concierge Services: Who's The Best Jeeves?

Having it all when it comes to luxury car ownership increasingly includes comprehensive concierge services--little touches like car pickup and delivery, guaranteed loaner cars, even free detailing. Ward’s Auto data shows that factory concierge service share is up from 14 percent in cars, and...Read More»

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG
2013 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG Makes Debut

Mercedes-Benz is expanding its portfolio of high-performance AMG models with the brand new GL63 AMG, which is set to go on sale early next year as a 2013 model. The vehicle is based on the latest 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class, which itself was only revealed at last month’s 2012 New York Auto...Read More»

2013 Lexus ES 350
2013 Lexus ES: First Drive

For years, the Lexus ES has been a great luxury sedan for impressing the clients. It's been conservatively dressed; plush, premium, quiet, and comfortable inside—yet never ostentatious. And it's worn that Lexus badge more as a symbol of smart, on-a-budget luxury than flamboyance. Those things...Read More»

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 BlueTEC
2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class: First Drive

It's an unusual day--or maybe a coming of age--when our editors look forward so eagerly to a new diesel-powered vehicle. Don't judge. In this case, it's not just any diesel, and it doesn't just go into any vehicle. It's a Mercedes turbodiesel, and it slips neatly into a sport-ute that not only...Read More»

2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG
Mercedes-Benz G-Class To Live Through 2015--And Beyond?

"I'm not dead yet!" It's the favored sound bite of legions of Monty Python fans, and it also could be the battle cry for the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, now returning to the U.S. lineup again for the 2013 model year after a second close call with death. The G-Class is "the founding father of the...Read More»

2012 Mercedes-Benz R Class
Official: Mercedes-Benz R-Class Dropped From U.S. Lineup

The Mercedes-Benz R-Class, the six- or seven-passenger crossover vehicle spun from the same architecture as the ML-Class and GL-Class SUVs, is officially off the Mercedes-Benz USA docket for the 2013 model year. The fastback wagon was conceived as a sleeker, lower-riding version of the family of...Read More»

2013 Cadillac ATS
2013 Cadillac ATS Priced From $33,990

One of the most hotly anticipated cars from the new General Motors is the 2013 Cadillac ATS, and it has just been priced from $33,990 including destination charges. The based model ATS has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 200 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen CC
2013 Volkswagen CC: First Drive

Four years ago, when Volkswagen first introduced its CC, this “four-door coupe” was a design standout, unlike anything else on the road—and for that matter, a surprisingly daring look for normally conservative VW. Now, for the 2013 model year, after the introduction of curvaceous...Read More»

2014 Acura RLX Concept, 2012 New York Auto Show
2014 Acura RLX Concept Previews Upcoming Hybrid Sedan

Acura's current top-of-the-line model, the RL, is growing a bit old--but fear not, Acura fans, for a new flagship sedan is coming: the RLX. Previewed by a concept shown at this year's New York Auto Show, the RLX will offer a completely modern Acura exterior, a very high-tech interior, and, if the...Read More»

2013 Lexus ES 300h
2013 Lexus ES 300h Live Photos: 2012 New York Auto Show

Already in the 2013 model year, Lexus is shipping its new GS sedans--the GS 350 we like best as an F Sport, and the GS 450h we're finagling more time in for a future road test. The follow-up act? A pair of ES sedans making their world debut at the 2012 New York auto show, including a first-ever...Read More»

2013 Toyota Venza
2013 Toyota Venza, 2013 Buick Enclave Preview: 2012 New York Auto Show

In the scheme of things, what automakers term a “refresh” or “mid-cycle refresh” doesn’t usually translate into anything mind-boggling or radical. It can’t, because then it would be an all-new design, and generally inside and out. Still, a few changes here and...Read More»

2012 Ford Expedition
Republicans Go Big And Thirsty, Democrats Go Small And Green

The differences between Republicans and Democrats extend beyond mere political ideology. When it comes to buying cars, party loyalists on both sides have distinctly different tastes, but their respective vehicle choices don’t always play to stereotypes. As the latest survey from Strategic...Read More»

2013 Cadillac XTS
Pay Attention To That Buzz Below: Cadillac’s New Safety Alert Seat

With the proliferation of chimes and warning lights to alert drivers of potentially dangerous safety situations, it’s easy to understand the tendency to become somewhat complacent and ignore what these alerts are trying to prevent. Some drivers even turn off audible alerts, finding them too...Read More»

New York City skyline
2012 New York Auto Show Preview

Less than a week remains before the start of the 2012 New York Auto Show's press days, with a bounty of new cars, crossovers, SUVs, and trucks ready for their global debuts. Most focus on improving gas mileage and onboard technology, while updating their looks--or cutting completely new figures...Read More»

2013 Buick Enclave teaser
2013 Buick Enclave: A Teaser Photo That’s Just That

Consumers may be somewhat used to teaser photos released by automakers in advance of major auto show debuts of new products, but the latest in this nebulous array of “sneak peeks,” that of the 2013 Buick Enclave, is anything but revealing. And that’s probably the point. With the...Read More»

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