Top Ten Best Luxury Cars of 2011

Posted on 20 June 2011 by Tony Santos

2011 Infiniti M56

Are you out to the market for the best luxury car? But first how do you define a luxury car?

Luxury is a widely used term having a very broad and highly variable meaning. What seems to be a luxury car to some may be just an ordinary car to others. But as the term suggest, luxury car offers better equipments,  performance, construction precision, design ingenuity, technological innovation, or features that convey brand image, status, or prestige. While a luxury car is always accompanied with a great price, it is styling, engineering, and even public opinion that give prestige to luxury cars.

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Now to help you on your search for the best luxury car, here is the Top 10 List of the Best 2011 Model Luxury Cars with prices above $45,000.

Top 10 Best Luxury Cars

 

No Model Manufacturer MSRP
1 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Mercedes $48,850 – $87,600
2 Jaguar XF XFR Jaguar $52,500 – $79,600
3 Audi A6 Sedan Audi $45,200 – $59,150
4 Audi S5 Convertible Audi $53,650 – $59,050
5 BMW 5 Series BMW $45,050 – $62,500
6 Cadillac CTS-V Cadillac $62,360
7 Infiniti M56 Infiniti $59,100
8 Hyundai Equus Hyundai $58,000 – $64,500
9 Lexus LS 460 Lexus $67,130 – $74,980
10 Porsche Panamera Porsche $74,400 – $135,300

 

1. 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a 2- or 4-door car that can accommodate up to 7-passengers. It is available in sports coupe, luxury sports coupe, convertible, luxury convertible, luxury sedan, luxury sports sedan, or luxury wagon. It is also available in 9 trims, ranging from the E350 Coupe to the E63 AMG Sedan.

The Mercedes-Benz E350 Coupe is powered by a standard 3.5L V6 engine making 268 hp mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. It achieves 17-mpg in the city and 26-mpg on the highway.

While the top of the line Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Sedan is powered with a standard 6.3L V8 engine making 518 hp also mated to a 7-speed manual transmission with overdrive. It has a fuel economy of 13-mpg in the city and 20-mpg on the highway.

 

Advantages

  • Powerful engines
  • Superb ride and great handling balance
  • Roomy sedan interior
  • Extensive array of new luxury and safety related features

Disadvantages

  • Sedan’s contentious exterior styling
  • irregularly fussy COMAND interface
  • Only one engine (3.5-liter V6) is available for wagon style

 

2. 2011 Jaguar XF and XFR

2011 Jaguar XF

The 2011 Jaguar XF is a 4-door, 5-passenger luxury sedan, or luxury sports sedan, available in 4 trims, ranging from the XF to the XFR.

The XF comes with 5.0 L AJ-V8 Gen III engine with variable camshaft timing and fuel direct injection. The engine is capable of making 385 hp that allows Jaguar XF to sprints from 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds. Mated to 6-speed fully adaptive shift system it achieves a fuel economy of 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway or 19 mpg combined.

While the Jaguar XFR comes with 5.0L AJ-V8 Gen III supercharged engine also with variable camshaft timing and fuel direct injection.  The supercharged engine makes 510 hp enabling the XFR to run from 0-60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. Mated to 6-speed fully adaptive shift system it achieves a fuel economy of 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway or 17 mpg combined.

Advantages

  • Sporty car handling
  • Trendy and well-crafted interior cabin
  • Refined ride
  • Powerful V8 performance

Disadvantages

  • No all-wheel-drive option
  • Poor backward visibility
  • Fussy controls

 

3. 2011 Audi A6 Premium Sedan

2011 Audi A6

The 2011 Audi A6 is a 4-door, 5-passenger luxury sedan, luxury sports sedan, or luxury wagon, available in 4 trims  ranging from the 3.2 Premium Sedan FrontTrak Multitronic to the 4.2 Prestige Sedan quattro Tiptronic.

The 3.2 Premium Sedan FrontTrak Multitronic is powered by a standard 3.2L V6 engine making 265 hp. Mated to a variable speed automatic transmission with overdrive function it achieves a fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

While the 4.2 Prestige Sedan quattro Tiptronic comes with a standard 4.2L V8 engine making 350 hp.  Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive it achieves 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

Advantages

  • All wheel drive features
  • High mileage efficient base for V6 engine
  • Sturdy supercharged V6
  • Finely refined interior

Disadvantages

  • Limited utility from wagon
  • V8 series is slower than supercharged V6

 

4. 2011 Audi S5 Convertible

2011 Audi S5 Convertible

The 2011 Audi S5 is a 2-door, 4-passenger sports coupe, or convertible, available in 3 trims, ranging from the 4.2 Premium Plus Coupe quattro Manual to the 3.0T Premium Plus Cabriolet quattro.

The 4.2 Premium Plus Coupe quattro Manual comes with a standard 4.2L V8 engine making 354 hp. Mated to a 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive it achieves 14 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

While the 3.0T Premium Plus Cabriolet quattro comes with a standard 3.0L V6 supercharged engine making 333 hp. Mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission with overdrive it achieves 17 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

Advantages

  • All wheel drive traction
  • V8 model is available
  • Luxurious interior
  • Sensuous exterior styling
  • Balanced handling and ride
  • Good resale value

Disadvantages

  • MMI feature can be a challenge
  • Simulated steering feel

 

5. 2011 BMW 5 Series Car

2011 BMW 5 Series

The 2011 BMW 5 Series is a 4-door, 5-passenger luxury sedan, or luxury sports sedan, available in 5 trims, ranging from the 528i to the 550i xDrive.

The 528i trim comes with a standard 3.0L I6 engine making 240 hp. Mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with overdrive it achieves 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

While the 550i xDrive comes with a standard 4.4L V8 turbocharged engine making 400hp. Mated also to an 8-speed automatic transmission with overdrive it achieves 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

Advantages

  • Respectable fuel economy
  • Spotless interior design with high-class materials
  • Muscular turbocharged engines with capable handling
  • Plenty of high-tech features

Disadvantages

  • Smaller trunk than competitor
  • Feels a bit bulky on tight roads

 

6. 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon

The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is a 2-door, 4-passenger luxury coupe, available in one trim only, the 6.2L RWD.

The CTS-V Coupe is powered by a standard 6.2L V8 supercharged engine making 556 hp. Mated to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission with overdrive it achieves 14-mpg in the city and 19-mpg on the highway.

Advantages

  • Unique exterior characteristics
  • Affordable price tag
  • Stunning acceleration
  • Excellent handling
  • Wider passenger legroom

Disadvantages

  • Standard front seats lack support
  • Bulky curb weight
  • Uncomfortable standard front seats

 

7. 2011 Infiniti M56 Sedan

2011 Infiniti M56

The 2011 Infiniti M56 comes with 5.6L 32-valve V8 engine with aluminum-alloy block and heads. The engine is capable of making 420 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque. Mated to an electronically controlled 7-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control it achieves a fuel economy of 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg in the highway.

Advantages

  • Charming handling
  • Elegant interior
  • Less expensive price tag than European rivals
  • Strong performance
  • Many great high-tech features

Disadvantages

  • Too many buttons on center console
  • Some may discover the rough ride while driving

 

8. 2011 Hyundai Equus

2011 Hyundai Equus

The 2011 Hyundai Equus is a 4-door sedan accommodating up to 5-passengers. It is available in two trims, the Signature and the Ultimate.

Both models (Signature and Ultimate) are equipped with a standard 4.6L V8 engine making 378 hp. Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive it achieves 16-mpg in the city and 24-mpg on the highway.

Advantages

  • Presidential-size backseat
  • High-quality interior cabin, offering limousine-like interior
  • Extremely quiet ride
  • Insanely low price for segment
  • Many great standard features

Disadvantages

  • Plain styling modest low-end torque
  • Braking distances is a bit too long

 

9. 2011 Lexus LS 460

2011 Lexus LS 460

The new 2011 Lexus LS 460 is powered by a 4.6L V8 engine making 380 hp and 367 lb-ft of torque that allows it to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 5.4 seconds. Mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission it offers a perfect blend of acceleration, smooth shifting and fuel efficiency.

Advantages

  • Full-sized spare tire alloy
  • Brilliant driver’s seat positioning
  • Directional car headlights
  • Lighted overhead controls
  • Huge trunk capacity

Disadvantages

  • No compass in rear-view mirror with car navigation
  • Difficult to reach into deep tray between seats
  • Avoidable waste of good oil and filter at required 5K intervals

 

10. 2011 Porsche Panamera

2011 Porsche Panamera V6

The 2011 Porshe Panamera is a 4-door, 4-passenger sports sedan, available in 5 trims, ranging from the Base to the Turbo.

The base model is equipped with a standard 3.6L V6 engine making 300 hp. Mated to a 7-speed manual transmission with overdrive it achieves 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

While the Panamera Turbo comes with a standard 4.8L V8 turbocharged engine making 500 hp. Mated to a 7-speed manual transmission with overdrive it achieves 15-mpg in the city and 23-mpg on the highway.

Advantages

  • Many great engine choices for different drivers
  • Gorgeous cabin quality
  • Impressive cornering ability
  • Comfy ride

Disadvantages

  • Options are expensive
  • Only four seats

 

We also provide you a list of the top selling luxury cars as of May 2011 which includes models from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Buick, Cadillac, Audi, Infiniti and Hyundai.

Top Selling Luxury Cars as of May 2011

No. Model Manufacturer Units Sold as of May 2011
1 2011 BMW 3-Series BMW 8,117
2 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Mercedes-Benz 5,751
3 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Mercedes-Benz 4,936
4 2011 Buick LaCrosse Buick 4,774
5 2011 Cadillac CTS Cadillac 4,288
6 2011 Buick Regal Buick 4,247
7 2011 BMW 5-Series BMW 4,201
8 2011 Infiniti G Infiniti 3,851
9 2011 Audi A4 Audi 3,192
10 2011 Hyundai Genesis Hyudai 2,769

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