Best Luxury Cars For 2020

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A lover of all things automotive, Anthony has been writing about cars in one way or another since high school. Besides his CarsDirect work, he also dabbles in fiction and travel writing. When he's not putting pen to paper, you can probably find him roaming a junkyard or driving his Mazda Miata.


, Automotive Editor - February 6, 2020

Plenty of cars these days claim to be luxurious, but what really is luxury? Fine materials and appointments? That's part of it. High performance and refined powertrains? Now we're getting somewhere. Beautiful looks and an aspirational image? Essential.

The best luxury cars for 2020 combine all of this into one cohesive package. They give you the sense that every drive is an experience and carries an elevated perception. We've thought hard about the qualities that separate the best vehicles from the rest of the pack and came up with these top picks for 2020.

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Best Value: Genesis G70
2020 Genesis G70

Why it's a top pick: Hyundai cemented its reputation by building cars that punched above their price point, so it's no surprise that their luxury arm, Genesis, is following the same tact. The G70 continues to be a greatest-hits compilation of everything that makes the luxury sport-sedan segment so popular: great looks, strong performance, and high-quality craftsmanship. That it does it all at a fraction of the typical price of a BMW or Mercedes-Benz makes it that much more impressive.

Worth knowing: The G70 remains available with a manual transmission. This is something the competition from BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz can't claim.

Honorable mentions: Lexus ES, Volvo S60, Chrysler 300

Best Interior: Lexus LS
2020 Lexus LS

Why it's a top pick: The LS always seems to play in the shadows of the big-dog models from Germany, but it has moved away from playing me-too and fully embraces its Japanese heritage with its latest redesign. The interior, in particular, conveys this aesthetic, comprised as it is of designs and materials hailing from its home country. It's all very attractive, comfortable, elegant, and expertly pieced together with fine materials.

Worth knowing: Of the LS' many unique touches is the optional Kiriko glass door trim. This is a homage to traditional Japanese artisans who hand cut glass into intricate designs for use in vases and other decorative glassware.

Honorable mentions: Audi A7, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Volvo S90

Best Features: Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Why it's a top pick: If there was ever a car that attempts to blow away even the highest expectations, it's the Mercedes S-Class, long a spoiler of those wealthy enough to afford it. It has 16-way power front seats, power-adjustable rear seats, and a 12.3-inch touchscreen. Options include a perfume atomizer, a rear-seat refrigerator box, heated armrests, and folding tables for the rear seats.

Worth knowing: For the chauffeured set, there's an option that lets rear passengers control the front passenger seat. With the push of a button, it moves way up close to the dash, letting the rear passenger fully recline.

Honorable mentions: BMW 7-Series, Audi A8, Lincoln Continental

, Automotive Editor

A lover of all things automotive, Anthony has been writing about cars in one way or another since high school. Besides his CarsDirect work, he also dabbles in fiction and travel writing. When he's not putting pen to paper, you can probably find him roaming a junkyard or driving his Mazda Miata.


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