From luxurious top-down cruising to off-road SUV elegance, we present our picks for the year’s hottest rides.
Exotic Convertible: Aston Martin Vanquish Volante
The key fob is made of crystal; its body panels are crafted of advanced lightweight carbon fiber; and its powerful brakes are rendered in carbon ceramic. The hand-built 2016 Vanquish Volante is an exotic masterpiece through and through, an expression of exquisite motoring design that practically begs to be driven—and driven hard. A massive 568-horsepower 6.0-liter V-12 engine gives the Vanquish Volante a feeling of invincibility on the road, launching from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. Top speed is an incredible 197 mph, showcasing an amazing velocity for a convertible. Inside, the luxurious Vanquish Volante coddles you with the finest quilted leather, glossy aluminum trim, real glass gear selectors and capacitive touch-sensitive buttons for climate control. There’s even ample trunk space for your weekend bags. Look for the $306,950 2016 Vanquish Volante at your local Aston Martin dealer this spring.
Fullsize Luxury SUV: Range Rover SVAutobiography
Looking for one of the best, most luxurious SUVs on the planet? Consider the 2016 SVAutobiography, the most powerful Range Rover ever built. The long-wheelbase SVAutobiography comes in your choice of two-tone body color options. Inside, rear passengers are pampered with power-deployable tray tables, a Champagne chiller and solid aluminum coat hooks. Plus, there’s plenty of room to stretch out thanks to the private jet-like power-adjustable rear seats with built-in massage features. There’s even optional event seating that folds down from the rear deck lid when you find yourself tailgating at an equestrian event or your child’s soccer game. A 5.0-liter V-8 engine with 550 horsepower is enough to propel this 5,313-pound luxury palace from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds. Like every Range Rover, this one will take you practically anywhere in the world—on or off road. Experience the $199,495 Range Rover SVAutobiography now at your local Land Rover dealer.
High-Performance Luxury Sedan: Lexus GS F
Lexus is on a quest to lower the average age of its buyers by presenting a more youthful and high-performance image of the brand. The 2016 Lexus GS F accomplishes both of these goals, packing 467 horsepower wrapped in a sporty four-door body. A 5.0-liter V-8 engine propels the GS F from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds, while its sophisticated torque vectoring rear differential helps the car through corners by fluctuating the power sent to the outside rear wheels based on the direction of the turn. Inside, the GS F shows off attractive high-back sport seats with extra-firm side bolsters, perfect to keep you in place while demonstrating the GS F’s Slalom drive mode. From the outside, the available triple-beam LED headlamps look high-tech, while the stacked quad exhaust pipes in back add a sleek touch. The 2016 GS F is available at your local Lexus dealer now, starting at $84,400.
All-Wheel-Drive Sports Coupe: Porsche 911 Turbo S
The 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S is a supercar for everyday demands. Powered by a 580-horsepower 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged six-cylinder boxer engine, the 3,527-pound 911 Turbo S reaches a top speed of 205 mph and zooms from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds. Unleash the 911 Turbo S on the track, and you’ll discover how seamlessly its big box of performance-handling tricks works, which includes rear-axle steering; active suspension, with various drive settings; an active anti-roll system; and active aerodynamics, which optimizes the front and rear spoilers based on the vehicle’s speed. This car transforms the most mundane trip into a grin-inducing voyage. Find out for yourself at your local Porsche dealer, where you can see the $188,100 2017 Turbo S this spring.
Midsize Luxury Sedan: 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300
Leave your keys at home. Mercedes-Benz’s new midsize luxury sedan, the 2017 E300, is the first car that can be unlocked and started using an NFC-enabled smartphone. This is just the tip of the technological iceberg for the new E Class, which features the most advanced autonomous driving features on the road. Your commute will never be the same with the E300’s Drive Pilot system, which assists the driver by maintaining the car’s lane position and automatically braking to keep a safe distance from the car ahead. A turbocharged 2.0-liter engine propels the E300 from 0 to 60 mph in an estimated 6.2 seconds and promises some 30 mpg on the highway. The E Class is one of the safest cars on the road to boot, with a full suite of advanced safety features, including special seats that use an air bladder to push you toward the center of the car before a side impact. Look for the 2017 E300 to arrive in dealers this summer with a starting price around $54,000.
Sporty Crossover: Cadillac XT5
If you haven’t thought about Cadillac lately, think again. The American luxury brand is making a serious comeback, after moving its global headquarters to New York City in 2015 and completely revamping its product lineup. The 2017 XT5 is Cadillac’s newest baby—and one of our favorites too. A perfectly sized crossover, the XT5 offers spacious seating for five in a luxurious cabin that’s both versatile and smart. Moving furniture or artwork? Simply pull a lever, and the rear seats fold to reveal an impressive cargo area that boasts adjustable tie-down hooks to keep your valuables secure. Up front, the XT5 makes staying connected a breeze with Apple CarPlay integration and Cadillac’s unique CUE vehicle control system. Under the hood, a 310-horsepower V-6 provides plenty of zip, while optional all-wheel drive comes in handy for inclement weather. Check out the $38,995 XT5 at your local Cadillac dealer now.