While comfort remains the top reason for purchasing a luxury sedan, you can also look forward to experiencing a high level of performance. Here are six of the best 2018 models on the market.
1. 2018 Genesis G80 Sport
Despite the 2018 Genesis G80 Sport being one of the newest models to hit the market, it is already being mentioned among today’s top midsize luxury sedans. Not only does the new G80 Sport come loaded with ample features, but it also delivers plenty of driving excitement. Elegant exterior styling makes the G80 even more impressive.
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From a performance standpoint, the Genesis G80 Sport matches up well against German luxury sedans such as the 2018 Audi A6 and the 2018 BMW 5 Series. Under the hood sits a 3.3-liter, twin-turbo V6 engine. With a total of 365 horsepower on tap, the G80 Sport always feels responsive on the road. A sports-tuned suspension inspires drivers with a great deal of confidence. In terms of fuel economy, you can anticipate getting a combined 20 mpg.
A high-quality interior enables the G80 Sport to rival luxury sedans that demand a lot more money. Even on long drives, the standard sport seats remain comfortable. Some of the high-tech features include a 9.2-inch touch screen, a 17-speaker Lexicon audio system, and smartphone integration. You can also lean upon the G80 Sport’s advanced safety technologies, which include blind-spot detection and automatic emergency braking.
2. 2018 BMW 530i
If you are looking for a well-built luxury sedan that promises to deliver great fuel economy, be sure to check out the 2018 BMW 530i. Featuring BMW’s famous twin-kidney grille and striking LED headlamps, the new 530i will lure plenty of drivers with its refined appearance. A whisper-quiet ride gives you another reason to consider the new 530i.
Designed with BMW’s fuel-saving TwinPower Turbo technology, the 530i’s boosted four-cylinder engine packs enough performance to keep you engaged. It develops a satisfying 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. With the ability to return a combined 27 mpg, the 530i is perfect for the drivers who love to travel. If you desire the responsiveness of a true sports sedan, opt for the Dynamic Handling package.
The 2018 BMW 530i’s luxurious interior allows everyone to enjoy a relaxing ride. BMW’s standard SensaTec upholstery looks just as plush as genuine leather. Featuring Gesture Control technology, the iDrive infotainment system can now be controlled by the simple flick of a finger. Some of the other standard niceties include a 12-speaker sound system, navigation, and a 10.2-inch display screen. While the 530i comes loaded with plenty of equipment, buyers are forced to pay extra for a backup camera. Adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning are available as well.
3. 2018 Kia Stinger GT
Designed to compete directly against luxury sports sedans such as the BMW 340i, the all-new 2018 Kia Stinger GT proves to be an incredible value. Its impressive performance capabilities and powerful styling should intrigue a lot of car buyers. While a rear-wheel-drive setup comes standard, an optional AWD system transforms the Stinger GT into an all-season performer.
The Stinger GT comes strapped with a twin-turbo V6 engine, which pushes out an exhilarating 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. Although a traditional manual transmission is not offered, the Stinger GT’s eight-speed automatic transmission optimizes performance. When tested on the track, the sedan impressed with a quick 0-60 time of 4.6 seconds. Adjustable suspension dampers and performance tires help ensure tight handling on twisty roads. Fuel economy stands at a combined 20 mpg.
Despite being priced lower than most of its competitors, the Stinger GT doesn’t sacrifice a bit of quality. A family of five will be able to comfortably fit inside. A unique hatchback design also rewards you with an above-average amount of trunk space. Some of the noteworthy standard equipment includes a Drive Mode Select system, a touch-screen infotainment system, and a premium audio system. While a backup camera and parking sensors come standard, you can upgrade the Stinger GT with safety technologies like Forward Collision Avoidance and Driver Attention Warning.
4. 2018 Cadillac CTS-V
The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V is built for the drivers who desire the ultimate level of performance. It can keep up with many of today’s exotic sports cars while still offering a top-notch degree of luxury. Race-bred styling is also part of the CTS-V’s charm.
Powering the Cadillac CTS-V is a supercharged V8 engine, which was taken directly out of the high-performance Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Cadillac tweaked it to develop a thrilling 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. The Cadillac CTS-V is hands-down one of the quickest luxury sedans on the street. It clocked a blistering 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds. Rival luxury sedans, such as the Lexus GS-F, simply can’t keep pace. Razor-sharp handling gives the CTS-V an additional wow factor. Meanwhile, an advanced Performance Traction Management system helps keep this powerful sedan under control. While the CTS-V is undeniably fun to drive, it isn’t very good on gas. According to the EPA, you can anticipate getting a combined 17 mpg.
Although the Cadillac CTS-V boasts a premium interior, its backseat could use just a bit more legroom. Nevertheless, most families should have no complaints. You will be surrounded by several high-tech features. While the curb-view parking camera helps prevent fender benders, the CTS-V’s all-digital gauge cluster adds to your overall driving experience. Some of the other highlights consist of a Bose surround-sound audio system, a 4G Wi-Fi connection, and wireless smartphone charging. Lane departure intervention, blind-spot monitoring, and forward collision warning come standard as well.
5. 2018 Volvo S90
The 2018 Volvo S90 is a great all-around luxury sedan. It is efficient, enjoyable to drive, and remarkably safe. With a starting price of less than $50,000, the S90 put a lot of today’s more expensive nameplates to shame.
You will have two different four-cylinder engines to choose from. Even the base turbocharged engine pushes out a healthy 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Most cars in the segment fail to match the S90’s strong fuel economy. Expect it to return an outstanding 24 mpg in town and up to 34 mpg on the highway. AWD models come equipped with a more advanced engine, which develops an intoxicating 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. It is among the few engines in the world to use a supercharger and a turbocharger. You will still be able to get up to 31 mpg.
If you don’t want to spend any extra money, the leather-trimmed base model will not leave you disappointed. It features a 9.0-inch touch screen, a 10-speaker sound system, and an OnCall emergency communications system. All trims also come standard with an impressive number of cutting-edge safety innovations. If you are on the verge of driving off the pavement, Volvo’s innovative Run-off Road Mitigation system can safely steer you back into your lane. You also have access to a revolutionary Pilot Assist system, which enables the S90 to essentially drive itself in certain situations.
6. 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia
While it has not been on the road for as long as some of the other luxury sedans on this list, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia is widely regarded as one of the top luxury sedans available today. This vehicle was reintroduced by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles with the 2017 model year and has continued to be very popular with critics and consumers. There are a variety of features that help it to be among the best rated luxury vehicles on the road.
One of the strongest selling points of the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia is the engine performance and options. The 2018 model comes standard with a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine that is able to produce a very strong 280 horsepower, which is only improved with the standard eight-speed automatic transmission. Those looking for even more power can upgrade to the 2.9-liter six-cylinder engine that produces more than 500 horsepower and can get you from 0-60 in just 3.8 seconds.
While the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia has a very strong engine, it still gets surprising good fuel efficiency. When coupled with the base engine option, the car will average about 24 mpg when driving in the city and 33 mpg when driving on the highway. Those that choose to upgrade it to the more powerful V6 will see fuel efficiency drop to about 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
Overall safety ratings for the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia have been good, with the IIHS giving positive reviews. The car comes standard with a wide variety of safety options including seven airbags, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, traction control, and brake assist.
The 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia is also a very popular option for those looking for entertainment and luxury features. The 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia comes standard with a variety of luxurious features including an eight-inch screen display, a navigation system, 14-speaker premium audio system, and HD radio.
Overall, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia has received a lot of accolades. This includes winning the 2018 Motor Trend Car of the Year.