Bentley, Maybach and Maserati deliver some of the finest luxury cars the planet has ever seen. However, just below the upper stratosphere there resides considerably more competition. Here’s a list of the best premium luxury cars for 2016, compiled by autobytel.com:
Tesla Model S
Don’t be surprised to find an electric car on this list of the 10 best premium luxury cars for 2016. One seriously fast car, the Tesla Model S P85D is also the most powerful car on this list—and by a considerable margin. Further, it’s equipped with some very cool tech, like bringing itself out of the garage to greet you in the morning. Tesla Model S P85D pricing starts at $105,000.
Porsche Panamera Turbo S
The all-wheel drive four-door uses a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission. Its top speed ranks it among the fastest high performance sedans in the world, while its accommodations makes it one of the most luxurious. Pricing starts at $180,300.
The technological mastery of Mercedes-Benz automobiles is legendary. The main difference between the Mercedes-Benz S550 and the recent crop of upstart luxury sedans from Asia is the Benz’s specific attention to detail. The Mercedes-Benz S550 brings to life ideas like a cabin fragrance system dispensing an atomized bouquet into the car at periodic intervals. Pricing starts at $94,400.
Lexus LS 600h L
Leave it to Lexus to make the top version of its flagship a hybrid. Lavishly appointed, quieter than a museum, exceptionally powerful (435 horsepower), and built to an incredible standard, the Lexus LS 600h L lives at (or very near) the top of our list of the 10 best premium luxury sedans for 2016. Pricing starts at $120,440.
The full-size Kia K900 absolutely deserves to be considered among the 10 best premium luxury cars for 2016. The Kia luxury sedan is wonderfully appointed, strikingly styled, some of its standard features including adaptive xenon headlights, a power trunk lid, front and rear cameras along with front and proximity sensor arrays, and tri-zone automatic climate control. Pricing starts at $54,500.
Jaguar XJR LWB
Known for its deft melding of high performance and luxurious opulence, the magnificent Jaguar flagship is one of the 10 best premium luxury cars for 2016. The guiding watchwords at Jaguar are space, grace and pace. Only the finest of materials adorn the big Jaguar’s stunningly handsome interior. Pricing starts at $119,000.
The rear-wheel drive 2016 Cadillac CT6 is absolutely cutting edge in every way. The newest Caddy rocks aluminum intensive construction to save weight, magnetically adjustable shocks to provide a smooth and comfortable ride while preserving handling, and a whole heap of good old American luxury—all in a package weighing just under 3,700 pounds. Pricing has yet to be announced.
BMW 750i xDrive
The all-new 2016 BMW 7 Series is poised solidly in its position as one of the 10 best premium luxury cars for 2016. It is packed full of Sci-Fi tech: certain secondary functions of the infotainment system can be controlled with a mere gesture of your hand, without physically touching anything in the car. If you want to reject an incoming call, simply wave it away. Pricing starts at $81,300.
Audi A8 L W12
The Audi A8 L W12 is a paragon of technology, luxury, performance, and grace. You’ll find such luxuries as an Alcantara headliner, premium leather upholstery, dual-screen rear seat entertainment, active noise cancellation, dual-pane acoustic glass, along with separate rear power adjustable seats with heat, ventilation, and massage. Pricing starts at $137,900.
Acura RLX Sport Hybrid
One of the ten best premium luxury cars for 2016, the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid goes into the 2016 model year with revisions to the chassis and suspension system to improve overall ride quality. Among the best-kept secrets in the luxury car category, the 2016 Acura RLX offers an outstanding array of standard features for its price, that starts at $59,950.