Like any premium vehicle, luxury sedans must never put a single toe, or wheel, out of line. Competition is viciously fierce with hard-hitting names like Porsche, Tesla, Volvo, Lexus, and the German triumvirate - Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi - all trying to muscle their way to the top spot. Still, there are more premium automobiles out there than you might think, and while top-tier interiors, plenty of standard features, and impressive capabilities are staples on the segment, high price tags are not. Quite a few of these desirable automobiles are priced in the mid-$30k price bracket. And, while our top luxury sedan rankings focus primarily on new 2020 options , we do have some information on 2019, 2018, and even 2017 variants available at a significant discount.
With so many options to choose from, and competition being so fierce, it is easy to lose track of what is important. Luckily, we have done all the research and deliver it up for your consumption in an easily digestible format. Our detailed reviews cover every base, including aesthetics, performance, handling, comfort, features, and safety. From four-door stately cruisers to 2-door supercars, we have seen them all and rated them accordingly. And if you are struggling to decide between a Merc or a BMW, our comparisons will show you where each vehicle shines or falls just shy of perfection.
These automobiles really cannot afford to do anything wrong, so their specifications have to be top-notch. Boxes to tick when seeking to buy an exclusive 4-door include the following specifications:
Our carefully considered BuzzScore allows us to give you our favored picks across the range. Some of the brands worth mentioning include:
Not every super-sexy automobile is an excellent all-rounder, and the reverse is equally true. In terms of appearance alone, some of our lower-ranked entrants actually place higher than their more capable foes as the best-looking sedan. Pure American style is more than covered with the Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac ATS, while the Chrysler 300’s enormous profile appeals to those that enjoy cruising down the road in a land boat. The Acura TLX and Mazda 6 bring some oriental flavor to the mix, while the various Mercedes-Benz and BMW offerings cluttering our list cover the more austere European sensibilities. Ultimately, style is a very personal thing, so you may find beauty in the most unexpected places.
As with aesthetics, reliability is a bit of a mixed bag across the premium segment. For example, our highest-ranked vehicle is the Porsche Taycan, but it certainly is not the most reliable. The Germans seem to have this base well-covered. The Infiniti Q70 and Acura ILX show that the Japanese deserve due consideration, too, while we tip our hat to the Jaguar XE from Britain.
Surprisingly, quite a few manufacturers of exclusive vehicles offer a fair number of relatively cheap options. While it may be the smallest in the stable, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class is actually not that hard to get your hands on, starting at around $33k. Volvo’s S60 is slightly pricier at just over $36k, while the Audi A3 will only cost you upwards of $33k, too.