Top 10 Best Luxury Sedans Car above $45K 2011 edition: Premium, Trendy

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The following is the Top 10 Best Luxury Car above $45k. These luxury sedans provide many great features with variety of electronic interfaces, great handling and riding, affordable price, and excellent mpg.Most of these can be classified small size or mid size or full size car.

The Top 10 best luxury cars above $45k:

  1. Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  2. Jaguar XF XFR
  3. Audi A6 Sedan
  4. Audi S5 Convertible
  5. BMW 5 Series
  6. Cadillac CTS-V
  7. Infiniti M56
  8. Hyundai Equus
  9. Lexus LS 460
  10. Porsche Panamera


Top 10 Best Luxury Sedans Info

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No  
Model  
Manufacturer  
Lowest MSRP  
Review Rating  
Length (in)  
Width (in)  
Height (in)  
Fuel Economy City/Highway (mpg)  
1
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Mercedes
$50,900
5
191.7
75.9
57.9
22/33
2
Jaguar XF XFR
Jaguar
$79,600
4.8
195.3
73.9
57.5
15/21
3
Audi A6 Sedan
Audi
$45,200
4.7
194
73
57.4
21/30
4
Audi S5 Convertible
Audi
$59,050
4.7
182
72.9
54.4
17/26
5
BMW 5 Series
BMW
$45,050
4.7
193.1
73.2
57.6
22/32
6
Cadillac CTS-V
Cadillac
$62,165
4.6
191.3
72.5
57.3
14/19
7
Infiniti M56
Infiniti
$58,450
4.6
194.7
72.6
59.1
16/25
8
Hyundai Equus
Hyundai
$58,000
3.9
203.1
74.4
58.7
16/24
9
Lexus LS 460
Lexus
$66,230
4.4
199.2
73.8
58.1
16/24
10
Porsche Panamera
Porsche
$74,400
5
195.6
76
55.8
18/27
Mercedes Benz E Class
Mercedes Benz E Class | Source

1. 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

If you are seeking for drive enjoyment with superior quality then this 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is one of your choices of luxury. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has some additional features, such as optional diesel-fueled V6 engine, convertible lineup, exterior and interior upgrade, new headlight control switches and relocated ESP controls. If last year, the selections of body styles are only sedan or coupe, this year there is an additional wagon body style. Kiplinger has voted Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTEC 4 dr as the best sedan in its class and most fuel-efficient.

As mentioned above, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is available in sedan, wagon, convertible and coupe body styles. The E350 convertible comes standard with 17-inch wheels, power front seats with memory functions, the COMAND electronics interface, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, auto-dimming mirrors, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker stereo with auxiliary audio jack and a six-CD changer. Parking sensors and a rear-seat entertainment system are the stand-alone options available for the sedan. Both the sedan and the wagon are available with infrared night-vision camera, a panoramic sunroof, a multi-contour driver seat with massage and expanded leather upholstery.

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

Jaguar XF XFR
Jaguar XF XFR | Source

2. 2011 Jaguar XF XFR

2011 XF is considered as an ultimate choice if you are seeking for midsize luxury yet sporty sedan. The new 2011 version has larger and more powerful 5.0 liter V8 compared to 4.2 liter on the previous type. The XJ version is newer and larger compared to XF version. Well-known for the powerful engines and luxurious cabin, Jaguar XF becomes more perfect with the contemporary shape. It gives exceptionally well driving experience and excellent balance between comfort and handling.

The 2011 Jaguar XF is available in four trim levels: base XF, XF Supercharged, XF Premium, and XFR. Standard equipment for the base XF includes 18-inch wheels, keyless ignition, automatic headlights, rear parking sensors, automatic dual-zone climate control, halogen headlamps, a sunroof, leather upholstery, Bluetooth, an auxiliary audio jack, voice-activated controls and a nine-speaker stereo with a six-CD changer, a navigation system, a portable audio interface and satellite radio.

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


Audi A6
Audi A6 | Source

3. 2011 Audi A6 Premium Sedan

Audi A6 was introduced six years ago. It has just about everything right for a luxury sedan and wagon, but it just overshadows by the brand-new cars. Even though it has top-notch quality of interior, technology updates and driver-centered dash design, nice utility and style balance, Audi A6 is still hard to steal the attention. The 3.2 liter V6 has the competitive performance yet results in better fuel mileage compared to other branded sedan in its class.

The 2011 Audi A6 is available in three trim levels, Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. The Premium comes standard with 17-inch wheels, heated mirrors, a sunroof, automatic headlights and wipers, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, automatic climate control, partial leather upholstery, eight-way power seats, a voice-activated navigation system with real-time traffic, Audi's MMI and a 10-speaker stereo with six-disc CD changer, Bluetooth, an iPod interface and satellite radio.

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


Audi A5
Audi A5 | Source

4. 2011 Audi S5 Convertible

Voted by Kiplinger as the Best Resale car, Audi S5 (Quarttro Premium Plus AWD 2dr) has a compelling performance and high-class interior. The 2011 Audi S5 is available as a coupe or a convertible, which is known as the Cabriolet. Each has a different character due to distinctive engine and transmission choices. But both are similarly equipped and come with all-wheel drive. The coupe gets a more traditional configuration, while the Cabriolet gets a more modern design, with better gas mileage because of the high-tech seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission.

The Premium Plus comes standard with 19-inch cast-aluminum wheels, leather upholstery, automatic xenon headlights, automatic wipers, an auto-dimming mirror, performance tires, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated eight-way power front seats with adjustable lumbar and driver thigh support extension, a split-folding rear seat, LED running lights, fog-lights, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, the dash-mounted Multi Media Interface (MMI), a CD player, satellite radio, an iPod interface and Bluetooth.

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


BMW 5 Series
BMW 5 Series | Source

5. 2011 BMW 5 Series Car

The 2011 BMW 5 Series has been completely redesigned and providing you with the best performance, comfort and technology you will ever wanted from a car. Passing over five generations, the BMW 5 Series has consistently been one of the best cars you could buy, including the sixth generation of 2011 5 Series. The wagon style has been discontinued this year for United States. BMW also has presented a new eight-speed automatic transmission that enhances fuel economy and acceleration. However, a manual transmission is still available on all models.

The 2011 BMW 5 Series sedan is offered in three trim levels: 528i, 535i and 550i. The 528i comes standard with 17-inch wheels, eight-way power front seats, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a sunroof and power and heated side mirrors, leather upholstery, driver memory functions, dual-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, a 12-speaker CD audio system with HD radio, the iDrive control interface, BMW Assist emergency telematics and Bluetooth.

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

The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V is equipped with the new fender vent design and has made the rear-vision camera part of the standard equipment in the car. To compete better in the market, Cadillac also launches a free program covering oil changes, tire rotation, filter replacement and inspection of the vehicle for every 50,000 miles or average of 4 years. The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V is suitable for daily driving ride or long-distance road trips. It also has a world-class performance with wider passenger space compared to few other sedans in its class with a lower price.

The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V is available in a single well-equipped trim level. It is considered as high-performance sport sedan with the standard features such as 19-inch alloy wheels, Brembo brakes, keyless ignition/entry, high-performance tires, rear park assist, an adaptive suspension with adjustable dampers and adaptive xenon headlights. For the interior, it has a suede-trimmed power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power-adjustable heated front seats with driver-seat memory, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a hard-drive-based navigation system with real-time traffic updates, high-tech bells and whistles, a surround-sound audio system and Bluetooth.

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

Infinity M56
Infinity M56 | Source

7. 2011 Infiniti M56 Sedan

The 2011 Infiniti M56 is a brand new midsize sedan model offered to replace Infiniti M45. Kiplinger voted Infiniti M56 as the Best New Car in 2011, with the following statements: “Bells and whistles are a given at this price point, but the M wows with high resale value, low insurance and service costs, and reasonable miles per gallon for such serious power (420 horses on the M56). Optional blind-spot intervention will steer you back into your lane should another car be in your way.”

The 2011 Infiniti M56 is available in a lone trim level, though an M37 is available. It is the same car with a smaller engine and less standard equipment. The standard M56 is equipped with 18-inch wheels, automatic wipers, driver memory functions, keyless ignition/entry, automatic bi-xenon headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control,fog-lights, a sunroof, a rearview camera, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated eight-way power front seats, power-folding heated mirrors, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, Bluetooth, a heated steering wheel and an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a navigation system and auxiliary audio/visual jack, a 10-speaker stereo with a CD/DVD player, streaming Bluetooth audio, digital music storage, satellite radio and iPod interface.

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

What makes Hyundai Equus a compelling choice for a luxury sedan? Hyundai Equus comes with plenty of power and an extensive complement features, it also has fine build quality and of course, value pricing. After Hyundai got the success in the market with Hyundai Genesis, they are sure that Hyundai Equus will be the same as it is offering far more space and equipment than other competing luxury sedans. Hyundai is built based on the Genesis’ platform with enlarged limousine-like interior room.

The 2011 Hyundai Equus is available in two trim levels, Signature and Ultimate. The Signature includes 19-inch wheels, five-persons seating, front and rear parking sensors, a lane departure warning system, a rearview camera, keyless ignition/entry, adaptive cruise control, fog-lights, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, automatic wipers, a sunroof, an adjustable air suspension, a windshield wiper, power-folding and auto-dimming exterior mirrors. Inside the limousine-like plush cabin there are leather upholstery, a heated, heated and reclining rear seats, power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, a microfiber suede headliner, heated and cooled power front seats with driver massage and memory functions, rear audio and climate controls, power rear window shades, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth, a 17-speaker surround sound system with an iPod interface, six-CD changer, a navigation system with real-time traffic and multimedia controller and satellite radio. A complimentary Apple iPad is given as a kind of interactive owner's manual and maintenance minder.

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

The new 2011 Lexus LS 460 is a redesigned from the 2007 model and it has gone through four generations. It offers less comfort for drivers than for passengers. Because passengers get a whole expansive space, coddled by luxurious materials and have fun with the electronic devices in the car.

2011 Lexus LS 460 uprated the V-8 engine displacing 4.3 liters. A new control-arm suspension all around, an air suspension, a touchscreen LCD panel, sound system by Mark Levinson, ventilated front seats, massaging rear seats and adaptive cruise control are all the options you can add to the base Lexus LS.

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


Porsche Panamera
Porsche Panamera | Source

10. 2011 Porsche Panamera

Previously launched Porsche Panamera has proven to a great sales success. 2011 Porsche Panamera is also ranked highly because of the exceptional comfort and design offering in the interior giving the feeling that you are in a private jet, as well the astounding levels of driving performance. The Panamera’s handling limits turn out surprisingly, as it corners like a much smaller sports car. The V6-powered Panamera and Panamera 4 improve fuel efficiency and exempt from the federal gas-guzzler tax.

The 2011 Porsche Panamera is offered in five trim levels: base, 4, S, 4S and Turbo and each corresponds to a drivetrain choice. The base Panamera is equipped with a V6 and includes 18-inch wheels, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a sunroof, leather upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a 60/40-split rear seatback and rear bucket seats eight-way power front seats, driver memory functions, a power rear hatch, adaptive suspension dampers, a hard-drive-based navigation system, a cooled glove box and an 11-speaker CD audio system.

Advantages

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

Disadvantages

  • Options are expensive
  • Only four seats


Top 10 Best Luxury Sedan Performance

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No  
Model  
Manufacturer  
Review Rating  
Front/Rear Track (in)  
Base Engine (l)  
Turning Cycle (ft)  
Cargo Capacity (Cu ft)  
Horsepower (HP)  
Speed 0-60mph (s)  
Transmission  
1
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Mercedes
5
62.2/63
3
36.9
15.9
210
6.8
7
2
Jaguar XF XFR
Jaguar
4.8
61.4/61.8
5
37.7
17.7
510
4.5
6
3
Audi A6 Sedan
Audi
4.7
63.5/63.7
3.2
39
15.9
265
5.8
CVT
4
Audi S5 Convertible
Audi
4.7
62.5/62
3
37.4
12.3
333
5.3
7
5
BMW 5 Series
BMW
4.7
63/64.1
3
N/A
14
240
5.9
8
6
Cadillac CTS-V
Cadillac
4.6
62/62.1
6.2
37.9
13.6
556
4.3
6
7
Infiniti M56
Infiniti
4.6
62/61.8
5.6
36.7
14.9
420
5.5
7
8
Hyundai Equus
Hyundai
3.9
63.8/64.1
4.6
37.7
16.7
385
6.7
6
9
Lexus LS 460
Lexus
4.4
63.6/63.8
4.6
35.4
13.9
380
5.4
8
10
Porsche Panamera
Porsche
5
65.3/65.4
3.6
N/A
15.7
300
4.6
7
Updated 2/14/2011

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3 comments

wendy87 5 years ago

I love cars and off course your hub... that is why voted up..


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chan0512 5 years ago from Camarillo, CA Author

Wendy87,

Looks like we have the same passion with cars. Glad you like this articles, please checkout my other cars article as well. Thanks again.


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The Jet 5 years ago from The Bay

The E class rocks. Love It.

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