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Best Luxury Cars 2016

By Bill Jackson

December 29, 2015

To pick candidates for this category, we drive dozens of cars, considering luxury features, driving refinement, styling and prestige.

16Mercedes-Benz_CLS_OEM.jpg 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class; | Manufacturer image

Best Luxury Car

The CLS debuted to "oohs" and "aahs," and the approving sounds haven't died down yet. The sedan that's curved like a coupe still turns heads and still looks like it's going 100 mph while standing still. Inside, it's not different as the CLS is dripping in stuff that's nice to touch and nice to look at. If pure opulence isn't your thing, opt for the sporty AMG version and enjoy the monstrous power of its 577-horsepower V-8.

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Used
2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class CLS 400 4MATIC
80,977 mi.
$34,881
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2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class CLS 400 4MATIC
39,488 mi.
$33,500
Good Deal | $841 under
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16BMW_228_OEM.jpg 2016 BMW 228; | Manufacturer image

Best Deal for Luxury Cars

Starting around $33,000, the 228 shows that luxury can mean something more than "expensive." It blends a nice-looking interior with handling that encourages you to speed through every curve you find. It's available as a convertible if you're the sort who prefers the whole "wind in the hair" thing. It's the least expensive car on the list, sure, but it doesn't mean you're sacrificing anything other than dollars.

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2016 BMW 228 i xDrive
49,059 mi.
$24,990
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2016 BMW 228 i xDrive
56,905 mi.
$29,990
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16Acura_MDX_ES.jpg 2016 Acura MDX | Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

Recommended Luxury Car

The MDX combines a good ride, decent handling with a quiet interior and room for seven people. Add to that some amenities that are often overlooked (such as a deep center console) and it's a combination that should put it on the must-test-drive list of any luxury buyer who frequently shuttles the family or lots of friends.

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2016 Acura MDX 3.5L
65,287 mi.
$28,395 $105 price drop
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2016 Acura MDX 3.5L
30,487 mi.
$31,252
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16Audi_A6_AB.jpg 2016 Audi A6 | Cars.com photo by Aaron Bragman

Recommended Luxury Car

The A6 proves that luxury buyers shouldn't have to opt for a lot of options or special equipment packages to get what they want. It offers a well-rounded experience even in the basic trim levels. And, like people who have so much money they don't need to flaunt it with fancy jewelry, the A6 offers all its performance in a package that flies under the radar without much flash. Perfect for those who don't need to brag.

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Used
2016 Audi A6 3.0T Premium Plus
76,471 mi.
$26,988
Good Deal | $486 under
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2016 Audi A6 2.0T Premium Plus
57,108 mi.
$27,990
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16Audi_A7_OEM.jpg 2016 Audi A6; | Manufacturer image

Recommended Luxury Car

The A7 is the rare automobile that's fast, unique and loaded with the latest technology. Its bold sedan/hatch styling sets it apart from the sedans and SUVs of the world while making it both unusual and beautiful at the same time. Inside, the material quality is all but unmatched in the luxury segment, with rich wood, leather and metal.

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2016 Audi A7 3.0T Premium Plus
55,799 mi.
$39,430
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2016 Audi A7 3.0T Premium Plus
122,920 mi.
$28,995
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16Buick_Enclave_OEM.jpg 2016 Buick Enclave | Manufacturer image

Recommended Luxury Car

This big Buick distinguishes itself from the crowded luxury field with its massive roominess. It's one of the few SUVs going that has a truly usable third row, not something that would be best reserved for children, and smaller-statured ones at that. The exterior styling is distinct and bold enough to ensure it'll stand out in a crowd, so it's not just a humdrum people hauler, either.

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2016 Buick Enclave Premium
47,063 mi.
$27,904
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2016 Buick Enclave Leather
63,268 mi.
$26,995
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16Cadillac_CTS_OEM.jpg 2016 Cadillac CTS; | Manufacturer image

Recommended Luxury Car

The CTS is anything but understated with loud, flashy style galore. It backs up the sizzle with a blend of sport and comfort; its striking styling and athletic moves are exciting, and its tailored, luxurious interior coddles you. While it's not cheap, it is still able to undercut many of its German and Japanese rivals, just in case you want money for that last-minute trip to Monaco.

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2016 Cadillac CTS 2.0L Turbo Luxury
48,729 mi.
$28,595 $1,300 price drop
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2016 Cadillac CTS Luxury Collection RWD
63,615 mi.
$26,124
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16Porsche_Cayenne_OEM.jpg 2016 Porsche Cayenne; | Manufacturer image

Recommended Luxury Car

You say Porsche should only make small sports cars? Rubbish. The Cayenne is a ferocious beast of a luxury SUV that attacks roads while still cosseting its occupants in opulence. It's surprisingly capable off-road as well, just in case the road to your broker isn't paved with gold … or paved at all.

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2016 Porsche Cayenne GTS
56,473 mi.
$56,995
Great Deal | $4,727 under
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2016 Porsche Cayenne Base
66,000 mi.
$35,997
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16Volvo_S60_OEM.jpg 2016 Volvo S60; | Manufacturer image

Recommended Luxury Car

While Volvo has built a reputation for safety, the S60 succeeds because it is a powerful, agile sedan. The light-effort power steering is direct, and the car changes course quickly, plus the turbocharged and supercharged T6 Drive-E's performance is a real kick in the pants. The interior offers good fit and finish, and enough unique touches to belong in (and stand apart from) the luxury field.

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Used
2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription Drive-E Premier
50,870 mi.
$22,990
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2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription Drive-E Platinum
66,306 mi.
$21,590
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16Volvo_XC60_OEM.jpg 2016 Volvo XC60; | Manufacturer image

Recommended Luxury Car

If your luxury SUV checklist includes an upscale interior, room to haul a family and surprising performance, then the XC60 checks all the boxes. That it manages all that with a luxurious, comfortable ride is a true bonus. Add to all that an exterior that has distinct, contemporary styling front and rear, and you have a solid entry in the luxury class.

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2016 Volvo XC60 T6 Drive-E
81,472 mi.
$23,990
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2016 Volvo XC60 T6 Drive-E Platinum
69,529 mi.
$24,990
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