Luxury Cars: Midsize Segment
The next step in luxury makes a terrific final destination
The average transaction price for an entry-level luxury car is about $40,000 nowadays. The average price for a flagship luxury sedan is closer to $100,000. That's a big gap, and these midsize luxury sedans are here to fill it with an average selling price of around $55,000.
Today's mid-lux lineup is more diverse than ever. Turbocharged 4-cylinder engines are increasingly common, while some models have dropped the V8 altogether. Other trends include all-wheel drive and even hybrid powertrains. Still, the segment remains defined by V6 power and rear-wheel drive.
And while the cars have leaned sportier in recent years, midsize luxury sedans still split the difference between famed drivers' cars like the smaller BMW 3 Series and big cruisers like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
What's New and What's Next
The eighth generation of the Audi A6 just arrived, with new engines and mild hybrid tech, plus an abundance of safety features and driver-assistance technologies. Following the recent redesign of the E-Class, Mercedes-Benz introduced coupe and cabriolet versions for 2019.
Not so long ago, virtually every entry in the midsize luxury sedan segment offered available V8 power. But as a result of rising gas prices and improved engine technologies, turbocharged 4-cylinder engines -- unheard of in the segment until recently -- are now about as common as big V8s.
Today's diesel engines are so smooth and quiet that they're an excellent fit for luxury cars. They've been coming and going in this segment, and right now only the Jaguar XF is available with diesel power.
If you prefer efficiency of the gas-electric variety, you can get hybrid power in the Acura RLX, BMW 5 Series, and Volvo S90.
In addition to the wide variety of powertrains outlined, each of these models is available with the added traction of all-wheel drive.