Best Luxury Cars For 2018

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Automotive Editor

Brandon Turkus is CarsDirect.com’s Automotive Content Manager. He’s responsible for editing content that appears on these pages, and also represents CarsDirect’s sister sites The Car Connection, Motor Authority, and Green Car Reports in Detroit, Michigan. Before joining Internet Brands, Brandon served as a contributor for enthusiast sites Autoblog and Motor1, covering automotive news and reviewing the industry’s newest models.


, Automotive Editor - March 21, 2018

Luxury automakers may be following in the footsteps of their mainstream counterparts with a push towards crossovers, but the traditional car remains a popular purchase for well-heeled consumers. But to capitalize on continued investments in cars over crossovers, automakers are stretching these low-riding platforms into different forms.

Our top luxury pics follow a similar trend of giving customers choice (provided they're willing to go to just one brand's dealerships). Each of these vehicles is available as a two-door coupe or convertible, a four-door sedan, or in one vehicle's case, a five-door wagon. Combined with plentiful powertrain options, our picks for the best luxury cars of 2018 might only include three vehicles lines, but there's a lot more too choose from here.

Best Compact Luxury Car: Mercedes-Benz C-Class
2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Why it's a top pick: It’s not an exaggeration to call the compact C-Class a miniaturized version of Mercedes-Benz’s flagship S-Class sedan, boasting the segment’s best cabin. The materials are lovely, the technology advanced, and there’s enough space for four adults. Gas, plug-in hybrid, and high-performance variants, not to mention coupe and convertible bodies to complement the sedan lineup, make the C-Class an impressive all around luxury product.

Worth knowing: A refreshed model is coming for 2019, taking even more cues from the S-Class while emphasizing its cutting-edge active safety systems.

Honorable Mentions: Audi A4, Alfa Romeo Giulia

Best Mid-Size Luxury Car: Mercedes-Benz E-Class
2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Why it's a top pick: Competition from Audi in the form of a new A6 and A7 is on the way, but until they arrive next year the Mercedes-Benz E-Class remains our top pick. Like the C-Class, it’s available in sedan, coupe, and convertible body styles (not to mention a wagon), with powertrains ranging from frugal to furious and among the most advanced active safety and driver assistance technologies on the market. That's not a joke – the E-Class can maintain a distance to the vehicle in front of you, brake when they do, and keep you positioned in your lane. But properly equipped, it will also change lanes automagically. The E-Class isn't autonomous, but it's darn close.

Worth knowing: Look to the E-Class for the best example of Mercedes’ interior dominance. It’s unquestionably the class of the field, with fine materials, fascinating design choices, and a wealth of upholstery, color, and trim options for maximum personalization.

Honorable Mention: BMW 5-Series, Porsche Panamera

Best Large Luxury Car: Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Why it's a top pick: The standard for luxury on the affordable side of the Bentley and Rolls-Royce, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is among the most competent all-around vehicles in the business. Like the C- and E-Class, it’s available in a range of body styles and powertrains, but it’s the available Mercedes-Maybach line, featuring stretched bodies and heavily revised interiors, that allows the S-Class stand out.

Worth knowing: The Mercedes-Maybach line is to luxury what Mercedes’ legendary AMG range is to performance. Only available on S-Class models, the Maybach setup elevates the passenger experience to a level that rivals the masterpieces from Bentley and Rolls-Royce.

Honorable Mentions: Bentley Flying Spur, BMW 7-Series

, Automotive Editor

Brandon Turkus is CarsDirect.com’s Automotive Content Manager. He’s responsible for editing content that appears on these pages, and also represents CarsDirect’s sister sites The Car Connection, Motor Authority, and Green Car Reports in Detroit, Michigan. Before joining Internet Brands, Brandon served as a contributor for enthusiast sites Autoblog and Motor1, covering automotive news and reviewing the industry’s newest models.