Why It’s OK, When Someone Tells You “Shut Up and Drive”

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There always will be disconnects in this world: and this appears to be one of them. At a time when drivers are talking about $5 — and $6! — for a gallon gas, the field of ultra-luxury sedans is more visible than it has been in years. One of my car-guy friends posed the question “Which one is best?” Ooooooh. “Best.” Parents are hesitant when you tell them to name their best child (the youngest -Ed.), so what follows is my purely subjective listing of “Best Luxo-cruisers,” for your fantasy garage. If you know better –and why wouldn’t you?– weigh in, in Comments, below.

Best styling: the newly redesigned Jaguar XJ. The long version, especially, looks like a piece of modern art:

 Why Its OK, When Someone Tells You Shut Up and Drive

Best old-school prestige: Mercedes S Class. Rock solid. ‘Nuf said:

 Why Its OK, When Someone Tells You Shut Up and Drive

Best stealthmobile: Audi A8L. You may be overlooked among flashier entries at the valet line. But that just means you know something others don’t. It doesn’t shout ‘class!’ It whispers:

 Why Its OK, When Someone Tells You Shut Up and Drive

Best value: Hyundai Equus. A Korean manufacturer has joined the club? Yup: at less than half the cost of one of the more expensive competitors here. Is the Equus in the same performance league as the more established cars? No; but Hyundai is off to a very, very impressive start:

 Why Its OK, When Someone Tells You Shut Up and Drive

Best freeway flyer: BMW 7 Series. As with past generation 7-cars, you can drive this thing all day, and arrive energized:

 Why Its OK, When Someone Tells You Shut Up and Drive

Best chauffered drive: Lexus LS 460hL. You can be a passenger in this thing all day, and arrive refreshed. A back seat the reclines almost horizontal with more massage modes than a shiatsu school will do that for ya:

 Why Its OK, When Someone Tells You Shut Up and Drive

Admission to the luxo-cruiser game starts at about $60K, and goes North from there, fast. Hey, I said this is a fantasy garage, right?

Comments

One Comment

  1. BikeRider says:

    I have 2 schools of thought on this subject, new and old: New would have to include the ultra rare seldom seen Maybach. For the gaudy look, there’s always a Rolls. Bentley looks like it has gone main stream, hard to pick out of a crowd, but still nice. Cadlillac: still nice, but not standing out as top notch. Lincoln: same thing! Why aren’t they building cars that stand out, instead of having to put in a Hyundai? In the 60’s, Lincoln and Cadillac were IT! Take a ’63 Continental convertible, or a ’64 Cadillac De Ville (coupe or sedan, whatever your preference). There were FEW cars on the road that could compare to them! Come on, American auto makers! Make something good besides trucks and behemoth SUV’S!! Make the Shocknek list!! You can do it!!

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