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Sep 13, 2012 10:18AM
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I hardly think a Buick Verano and VW Jetta fit in a luxury cars.  
Sep 13, 2012 9:20AM
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A Jetta ?? are you kidding me?  Jetta is not a luxury car. Not one Lincoln. JD Powers rates Lincoln as the best , better than Mercedes or Porsche. Another screwed up paid off MSN report.
Sep 13, 2012 9:49AM
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A Buick, Chrysler, and a Volkswagen.  REALLY?  You can ask 100 people to name the top 3 luxury cars, or however many for that matter and I don't believe you will hear those.  Just saying.... It made me LOL
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Its all interesting, of course, but overall from my long enough experience with buying cars you get what you pay for. So looking for 'best bang for buck' is rather a shaky proposition (excluding exotic cars category where you are getting ~20% better car for three times the price). On another note I wonder why make statements like "Cadillac ATS.....performance....  rivals that of BMW..." or "Lexus GS...now can take on.. BMW 5..", etc.?   I dont quite get it why would anyone buy a car that rivals another one (like BMW in this case) instead of buying the very car any other car is trying to rival, in the same price segment?? As ones friend of mine said after he bought VW for ~$33k - "it looks almost like BMW, isn't it?" I agreed and week later bought BMW for $35K. I never asked him if another $2k was such a big problem for him that he had to go with 'look alike' instead of real thing. Go figure.
Sep 13, 2012 9:22AM
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Very interesting list indeed.  rlp 1949 read my mind.  I test drove the BMW 3, Lexus ES/GS and ended up buying a Infiniti G37x.  Amazing to me that a Chrysler and Volkswagen model are even listed here.  Those brands/models would never even cross my mind when in the market for a luxury vehicle.  The Infiniti quality, technology, styling combined with the aggressive offers at the moment would put the G37x in the top 2 of my list.  I also didn't see the Acura TL on the list which should be listed here over any models from Chrysler and Volkswagen. 
Sep 13, 2012 8:05AM
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I don't know maybe it is just me, but this list really does not scream luxery cars at all, it screams fair vehicles at a fair cost.
Sep 13, 2012 10:01AM
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We have several cars, but I looked at several of these when I decided to replace the Mercedes diesel I've been driving as my regular driver for almost 300,000 miles. After driving the upper trim line Chevrolet Cruze in europe in late 2009, where it comes with a 163 hp 276 ft.lb. turbodiesel, I decided it was worth waiting for if it was coming to the USA. But it kept being delayed, and the little turbo-gas we have here doesn't even compare in performance or mileage.

I finally looked at the VW Passat with the turbodiesel, and was very impressed, especially since it was nearly as big as my Mercedes and had more rear seat room than any car I've seen recenly. When the dealer called and said he had new Jetta with the same motor, just a few months old at a huge bargain price, I looked at it and found it to be the roomiest small car I could imagine, and very powerful with 236 ft. lb. of torque. After a weekend test drive and 42 mpg (!) around town, I went right back and bought the car. Its all in what kind of luxury you're looking for, I think.

Sep 13, 2012 9:54PM
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Buick, and Chrysler are working class luxury. This list Is pretty good. Obviously the verano cant compete with a Porche, but I probably won't ever be able to afford a porche. But, I can see myself being able to afford a Buick.

Sep 13, 2012 8:26AM
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Interesting list.  It makes me wonder at the logic behind it.  I test drove the Lexus and BMW models described here and bought an Infiniti G37x. 
Sep 8, 2012 2:27AM
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Some of these cars are the right idea, others kind of miss the mark.  Of particular note is mentioning the Chrysler 300 and VW.  These are somewhat "basic" cars that are packed with luxury options.

If you want a "luxury" car that is a decent bang for the buck, start looking at the more basic cars are the starting platform--The Impala and Taurus are two examples that come quickly to mind, there are certainly many others.  Upgrade them with all the bells and whistles, and you essentially have what is contained in the luxury cars.  Do be somewhat careful of the price, as most of the time doing this will save you ten thousand dollars or more---but not always.

Also, if a person is a bit of a history buff, ignore that Buick on the list.  A car based on Chevys economy platform is a steaming pile of junk, and history shows pretty clearly that this pile steams even harder when you adorn it with more glitz.  The luxury versions of the econobox have been reliability laughing stocks with outrageous repair bills for generations now, it's just not the category to "give another chance" on or you might be the next guy stuck with a Cimarron.

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