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2014 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Luxury Car

2014 Audi A5

Best Luxury Car:
2014 Audi A5

It's noteworthy enough that the Audi A5 delivers one of the best blends of comfort and handling that money can buy. Add in the fact that it is the leader among luxury cars when it comes to 5-year ownership costs, and this sleek coupe and convertible shines all the brighter.

High-level refinement and low-level long-term ownership cost isn't the only beautiful paradigm to which the Audi A5 lays claim. Its standard heart, for instance, is a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that is both potent (220 horsepower) and efficient (up to 32 mpg), while its magnificent Quattro all-wheel-drive system ensures a strong grip on tarmac and snow alike.

Appreciation for the A5 most often begins the moment its profile meets your retinas. The A5's sleek-yet-muscular lines, prominent grille and flowing rear haunches can't help but capture attention. Slip inside and this 4-seater further rewards the senses with fine leather, elegant cabin details and a near-perfect driving position that embraces a variety of body sizes.

Then there are the A5's tech offerings, whose only limit is the depth of your pocketbook. Among our favorite offerings are in-car Wi-Fi to keep passengers connected, a jaw-dropping Bang & Olufsen audio system, and Audi's Google Earth-derived navigation system with images so real you might confuse the LCD screen for the windshield. And for those who yearn for even more punch, there are the S5 and RS5 variants that bring blistering power to the A5's already potent party.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$55,441
as of December 13, 2013

2nd Place Finisher
2014 Lexus GS

2014 Lexus GS

The Lexus GS midsize luxury sedan sparkles with dynamic handling, interior refinement, and a history of reliability and value.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$58,903
as of December 13, 2013

3rd Place Finisher
2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

Thanks to its retractable hardtop, the Mercedes-Benz SLK is both a solid coupe and a svelte convertible that acts as the perfect vitamin D delivery system.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$60,726
as of December 13, 2013

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