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Best Luxury Cars for 2024

The best used and new luxury cars based on a data-driven analysis of each vehicle's reliability, resale value and safety.

The best luxury small and compact car is the Lexus IS 350 (9.1 quality rating), with the Lexus ES 250 being the best luxury midsize car (9.0 quality rating). The Buick LaCrosse ranks #1 for the best luxury large cars (8.4 quality rating).

The best luxury hybrid car is the Lexus ES 300h (8.7 quality rating) and the best luxury plug-in hybrid cars (PHEV) is the Volvo S60 (Plug-in Hybrid) (7.6 quality rating). Topping the list for the best luxury electric cars is the Tesla Model 3 (8.3 quality rating), while the Porsche 911 (coupe) ranks first for the best luxury sports cars (9.2 quality rating).

The best luxury convertible is the Porsche 911 (convertible) (8.6 quality rating), with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (wagon) being the best luxury wagon (8.7 quality rating). The Porsche 911 (coupe) ranks #1 for the best luxury 2-seater cars (9.2 quality rating).

How Does iSeeCars Determine the Best Luxury Cars?

To determine the best luxury cars, iSeeCars analyzes data from over 12 million new and used vehicles to evaluate each luxury car’s reliability, value retention, and safety ratings.

Reliability is a reflection of a vehicle’s long-term quality and durability. It is often reflected in lower operating costs for a vehicle owner, as well as reduced time and energy spent visiting dealerships to address issues beyond scheduled maintenance.

Value retention indicates how much market value a vehicle has after several years of use. This is typically the most expensive factor in vehicle ownership. Models that lose a substantial amount of value over time contribute far less to a consumer’s future trade-in value for their next purchase, or what the vehicle can be sold for in the used car market.

Safety ratings come from a standardized set of safety tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). These organizations perform comprehensive studies to determine the potential for occupant injury or death if a vehicle is involved in an accident.

For each model, the data related to these three components is aggregated across multiple model years and updated regularly. The data is combined to create a Quality Score, and that quality score is compared across all models within a segment to determine the ranking for best cars.

What Kind of Luxury Cars are Available?

Luxury cars are offered in varying sizes and body styles, and with several drivetrains that include hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric models. They typically include premium styling cues, such as sleeker profiles, larger wheels, and generally more sporty design features. These visual upgrades are supported by upgraded powertrain specs and tech features, reflected in higher horsepower figures, more advanced infotainment systems, and a superior driving experience.

For a long time the most prominent luxury vehicles were full-size flagship sedans like the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Cadillac Eldorado, or Mercedes-Benz S-Class. And while luxury SUVs from brands like Range Rover have stolen some of their thunder in recent decades, there remain enough luxury cars across the automotive landscape to satisfy premium customers seeking luxury accommodations in a non-SUV form.

What Type of Luxury Car Should I Buy?

Whether seeking high performance, high style, or high fuel economy, luxury shoppers should first decide what form of luxury car they’re after. Premium sports cars from brands like Ferrari and Porsche possess powerful engines and deliver exceptional performance, but they aren’t very practical and, even by luxury car standards, they have a high MSRP.

Luxury sedans, whether casual cruisers like the Genesis G90 or sports sedans like the BMW 5 Series, offer a much better balance between premium and practicality. These models offer fully functional rear seats and can be equipped with all-wheel drive to take on inclement weather conditions. Luxury wagons are another option, providing many of the same traits as their sedan counterparts, but with more cargo capacity.

At the top of the luxury car price range are super luxury models like the Bentley Continental and Rolls Royce Phantom. These automakers don’t scrimp on material quality, and often feature cutting edge touchscreen entertainment and seating technology to coddle back seat passengers. But these brands also cost multiple times the price of a typical German luxury car, forcing buyers to decide how much those exclusive badges are truly worth.

Buyers who want to combine premium transportation with maximum fuel economy should consider the growing field of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and pure electric luxury models. Nearly every luxury brand offers at least one new car with hybrid technology, and while none of these models challenge the Toyota Prius in terms of maximum fuel efficiency, they all deliver better fuel efficiency and lower fuel costs. And if zero mpg is a luxury buyer’s goal, most of these premium brands have ventured into the electric car world in recent years, as seen in our EV rankings below.

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How We Rank These Cars

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on the latest research by our data science team and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

We analyze data from over 12 million new and used vehicles in our Longest-Lasting Cars and 5-Year Depreciation Studies, combined with the NHTSA's Safety Ratings to give you an unbiased guide to the best vehicles in each segment.

After being evaluated, vehicles with the highest average scores earn a spot in the iSeeCars Best Car Rankings. (No final score is given to vehicles missing a score in any of the categories, but scores for other categories are still shown.)

Vehicles are scored in three categories:

Reliability | 33.3%

The reliability score represents an analysis of iSeeCars' proprietary research on the longest-lasting vehicles.

Value Retention | 33.3%

The value retention score is based on our data science team's statistical analysis and prediction of 5-year depreciation from MSRP to determine which cars hold their value best, using US Bureau of Labor Statistics data to adjust for inflation.

Safety | 33.3%

The safety score is calculated based on the last five years of crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and incorporates the latest Top Safety Pick information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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