The American dream, as well as the automotive industry, was built on the idea of big powerful cars that are also comfortable and fun to drive. With higher gas prices, people flocked to smaller cars, and even to electric cars. While smaller cars are a great choice for some people, America has never left behind the big luxury automobile. The Cadillac CTS is on our list, as any list of luxury cars would have to include a Cadillac. The Axura RLX, the BMW 6-Series, Genesis G90 and the Lincoln Continental round our our list of the top five large luxury cars. Keep reading to learn more about the top five luxury sedans of 2016, so you can choose the one that’s perfect for you.
Top 5 Luxury Sedans of 2016
- Cadillac CTS
- Acura RLX
- BMW 7-Series
- Bentley Mulsanne
- Audi S8 4.OT
Cadillac is synonymous with big luxury car, and aims to be the best of its kind. The CTS-V Sedan fits that bill, big as a boat, luxurious, lots of chrome. The car reeks of indulgence, and rides like a luxurious couch on wheels. The cool thing is, this one will go from zero to 60 in 3.6 seconds. It starts with a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 that cranks out a 640 horsepower. This Cadillac holds its own against any luxury sedan on the market. It would be just as at home on the German Autobahn. Reviewers say the Cadillac CTS, though heavy and powerful, is actually really fun to drive. It will get up to 124 miles per hour in just under 12 seconds, and its top speed is said to border on 200 miles per hour. Don’t expect much in the way of fuel economy, at 14-21 miles per gallon, but this sedan is still better than most cars of in this class. It has a driver awareness package that includes rear vision cameras, front and rear parking assist, and a digital touch display screen information center.
- V8 engine with 640 horsepower
- Top speed of nearly 200 miles per hour
- Driver awareness package option
Acura RLX Hybrid
Most would not expect to see a Hybrid on this list, but Acura has put together a 3.6 liter V6 engine, and combined it with a Lithium Ion battery, which gives you what you want in a Hybrid without sacrificing performance. The Acura RLX Hybrid will still go from zero to 60 in 5.1 seconds and cranks out 310 horsepower. This is very high tech luxury as well, with two screens - one is an information center and the other is for the navigation system. The Hybrid nature allows it to get 28-32 miles per gallon. It will go up to 50 miles per hour on electric alone, but not very quickly. Still, if you want a sedan that gives you all the luxury you desire, without sacrificing on fuel economy, this is the car for you.
- Two computer screens
- Zero to 60 in 5.1 seconds
- Hybrid V6 engine
This is every bit the fine luxury vehicle you would expect from BMW, and there is some great technology included here as well. The 6-Series has active driving assistance, which stops short of being a true driverless car, but does offer lane departure warning, automatic braking, pedestrian alerts, and active cruise control. This BMW is the largest of the 6-Series and like most BMW’s, it does not sacrifice handling or style at all. It has a 4.4 liter V8 that cranks out 400 horsepower. It will go from zero to 60 in five seconds. It has a very intuitive, user friendly computer screen for information and entertainment.
- Active driving assistance
- Zero to 60 in five seconds
- User friendly computer screen
Bentley’s are British luxury sedans for nobility, and they never skimp on the fine details. The Mulsanne is hand assembled with precision, and the price tag is well above others on our list. Still, you can’t beat the Bentley smoothness, class and engineering. The Mulsanne will easily go from zero to 60 in 4.8 seconds with its 6.75 liter V8 cranking out 500 horsepower. The inside is leather and wood and luxury finishes appear throughout both the interior and exterior. It has enough electrical outlets to allow you to use a desk top computer in the back seat. This car weighs nearly 6,000 pounds and can go up to 190 miles per hour.
- Hand crafted engineering
- V8 with 500 horsepower
- Interior made of leather and wood
Audi S8 4.OT
This Audi is huge, but is also very fast. It has a 4.0 liter V6 that cranks out an amazing 520 horsepower. It will go from zero to 60 in 3.9 seconds. It runs with an eight speed automatic transmission, and handles very well. Its fuel economy is rated at 17-27 miles per gallon. Traction and stability control are standard equipment. It has all the luxuries you want, and quiet a bit of power. Reviewers say it has one of the most elegant interiors of any full-size luxury sedan.
- 4.0 liter V-6
- Zero to 60 in 3.9 seconds
- Luxurious and elegant interior
If you’re in the market for a top-notch luxury sedan, 2016 has tons to offer, from sleek and elegant to sporty and fast. No matter which of the top five luxury sedans you choose, you’re sure to enjoy riding in style!