Although a premium brand, Jaguar has always served as a less expensive alternative to even more premium brands like Rolls-Royce and Aston Martin. So while the Jaguar XK isn't cheap, its price looks attractive when compared to the similar Aston Martin DB9.
There are four models in the XK lineup: the base XK and XK Touring share a naturally-aspirated 385-horsepower version of Jaguar's 5-liter V8, which sends power to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Each will sprint to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and return 16 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. The pricier XKR and XKR-S each employ a turbocharger to wring 510 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque from the 5-liter engine.
New for 2013, the entire XK lineup receives 20-inch wheels as standard equipment. Though this Jag is not small -- it has an overall length of 188.7-inches -- the aluminum architecture allows for a light and agile feel on the road. It rides just as comfortable on the open highway as on a curvy back-road, thanks to a highly tuned suspension. The interior has seats trimmed in soft-leather and a long list of standard features, many of which are not found in competing base models. However, the back seat of this British import is cramped, even for a two-door sports car.