8. Maserati Quattroporte
The Maserati Quattroporte turns up the flame for 2021 with a new high-performance model. The stoped-up Quattroporte Trofeo has 580-ph twin-turbo V-8 with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It is exclusively available with rear-wheel drive. Lower trims feature a 424-hp twin-turbo V-6 engine, while the Quattroporte S Q4 has an all-wheel drive. Although its massive trident logo and unusual aesthetics set it apart from the others on this list, such features are insufficient. It’s certainly one of the most obtainable Italian cars out there, but for something priced like a BMW 7-series, we think it should feel roomier than at least a 5-series.
7. Lexus LS
If you like big grilles, the Lexus LS's front plastic basket will not disappoint. It's Japan's largest sedan offered in the United States, and its smooth and powerful 416-hp twin-turbo V-6 makes it feel like more than just a nice Toyota. For 2021, Lexus added revised LED headlights, glossy black taillight accents, and interior improvements suck thinker armrests and seat cushions, and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display. There’s also an LS500h hybrid model that combines the power from V-6 and two electric motors for 354 horsepower. The hybrid adds $14,500 to the beginning price but only gets 6 more miles per gallon on the EPA combined cycle than the more powerful V-6. We believe it is better to keep the gas engine but add the $17,000 Luxury package. It includes heated and cooled front and rear seats, as well as 28-way power-adjustable massage front seats and a rear center console with touchscreen climate and music controls. There's also an adjustable suspension, 20-inch wheels, and a 360-degree camera system. If only there was a way to get rid of the inconvenient touchpad infotainment controls.
6. Volvo S90
The Volvo S90 has it all: modern good looks, a smartly appointed interior, a plug-in-hybrid powertrain, and a 9.0-inch vertical infotainment screen that’s as easy to use as a smartphone. The front grille, front and back bumper covers, taillights, and wheel designs were all updated for the 2021 model. A 316-hp turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine is standard, as is an eight-speed automatic transmission. The plug-in hybrid version boasts an all-wheel drive and an EPA-estimated combined fuel economy of 60 MPGe. The EPA also says it’s possible to go as far as 490 miles between fill-ups with the PHEV. The interior features a gorgeous mix of high-quality materials such as brushed metal, leather, and open-pore wood. It also received a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, making it one of the safest cars to drive today.
5 .BMW 7-Series
The BMW 7-series inquires, "How do you want it?" Even if you don't need it, this BMW can fit more than one pair of shoes. The basic engine is a 320-hp turbocharged inline-six, and for $9100 extra, the all-wheel-drive 745e plug-in hybrid combines that engine with an electric motor for a total output of 389 horsepower. Further up the tax bracket, you’ll find a 600-hp Alpina B7 that’s cheaper and quicker than the 601-ph V-12 powered M760i. Every 7-series has a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic. The B7 is our pick, as it's a fortress of comfort that doesn't sacrifice any go when life presents a problem best solved with a flat gas pedal. Despite the fact that there are many horses hauling the wagon, we wish the 7-series felt more stable when swaying side to side. We understand that its soft suspension is part of its opulent demeanor, but others do it better and for a lot less money.
4. Audi S8
The Audi S8 may appear to be a civilized large sedan on the outside, but give it the beans and this sled powered by a 563-hp twin-turbo V-8 can reach 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. That's a lot of giddyup for a vehicle weighing 5256 pounds, roughly 500 pounds more than a Toyota 4Runner. Its initial price of $131,945 is also quite high, and to fully realize the S8's potential, you'll need to spend even more. Every S8 comes with the V-8 engine, all-wheel drive, all-wheel [steering, a 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, a head-up display and, dual-pane acoustics glass. Track on the $5400 S8 Executive package for Audi's Matrix-design LED headlights, OLED taillights, leather, and the adaptive cruise control that makes stop-and-go traffic a breeze. There's also a $2300 Night Vision assistant package to help detect animals and pedestrians in the dark by displaying thermal imagery. Oh, and don't forget about the $2750 Driver Assistance safety package; it raises one side of the suspension by up to 3.1 inches to help protect passengers during an accident. Yep, all that in this unassuming Audi sedan.
3. Genesis G90
No, the Genesis G90 won't match the Audi S8's 155-mph top speed or compete with the Mercedes-Benz S-class wall of touchscreens, but given the segment's reasonable starting price, it deserves serious consideration. What it has in common with its significantly more expensive competitors is as follows: It's silent, spacious, and comfortable, and it can make even the bumpiest roads feel like you're riding on pillows. Some people like its steampunk look more than others, but it drivers well without requiring many thousands of dollars in additional options. Rear-wheel drive is the standard, however, all-wheel drive is available for an additional $2500. The G90 is powered by a 365-hp twin-turbocharged V-6 or a 420-hp V-8, both with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Its 12.3-inch touchscreen is simpler to operate than the menus found in the Mercedes S-class. The G90, like the Volvo S90, was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ for 2021.
2. Audi A8
If you're wondering why the 563-horsepower Audi S8 rates lower than the tamer A8, here's why: The A8's optional 453-hp twin-turbo V-8 is plenty fast and $30,000 less expensive than a standard S8. Both powertrains include an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, as well as a 335-hp turbocharged V-6. A 443-hp plug-in hybrid vehicle is also available, with an EPA-estimated combined fuel economy of 53 MPGe. It’s much more efficient than the gas V-6, but the difference is ultimate a drop in the bucket for a vehicle at this price. A 10.3-inch infotainment screen is standard, but the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit gauge cluster is also great for navigation. The infotainment system could use a few more knobs but the screens respond quickly and can be tailored to display whatever you find most useful.
1. Mercedes-Benz S-Class
The cream of the crop has entered a new generation for 2021, as the latest Mercedes-Benz S-class has finally arrived. It’s over an inch longer than the previous model and its wheelbase is stretched by two inches. It’s the only vehicle in the segment with flush door handles that protrude on approach. A 12.8-inch OLED touchscreen acts as a big kiosk for most vehicle functions on the inside. It may have a hood ornament, but the old-school knobs and buttons on the inside have been replaced by virtual projections. A 429-hp turbocharged inline-six with hybrid aid is standard, but S580 vehicles can also get a 496-hp twin-turbo V-8. Even when the huge Benz is in Sport Plus mode, the ride stays smooth. There’s even a trick real-axle steering system that helps is maneuver by turning the rear wheels up to 10 degrees. It’s only the car on this list that will begin to massage you after you yell “I’m stressed”, at its voice assistant. What will happen if it overhears you talking about how lonely and wealthy you are?
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