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2017 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Luxury Car

2017 Lexus GS

Best Luxury Car:
2017 Lexus GS

When it comes to owning a luxury vehicle, buying a Lexus, such as the Lexus GS, is one of those things that at the same time can satisfy both the rational and emotional reasons for such a purchase. On the practical side of the ledger you have the hallmarks of the Lexus brand: high quality, precision craftsmanship, durability and reliability, all of which serves to keep resale values high and in turn, lowers your out of pocket expenses. On the emotional side, and this is a more recent development at Toyota's luxury division, is an emphasis on cutting-edge design and greatly improved performance and handling.

The GS has always been a handsome, if at times anonymous 4-door sedan, but lately, thanks to its aggressive spindle grille, the car has much more presence. The bold look makes the GS easy to pick out in a crowded parking lot. At the same time Lexus has amped up the exterior, inside there's no mistaking the luxury mission of the brand. Supple leathers, comfortable seats and logically laid out controls that are intuitive in operation remind you that yes, you are riding in the lap of luxury. Add to it the fact that the solid build quality and the attention to minimizing noise, vibration and harshness makes the cabin of the GS a sanctuary whether stuck in a daily commute or on a road trip.

Then there's the performance. The GS starts with a 241-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder with the step-up engine being the 311-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine, both mated to a seamless shifting 8-speed automatic transmission. If you want to up the driving dynamics, opt for the F Sport package. While it doesn't change the baseline settings of the drivetrain, it does offer up tauter suspension settings, larger wheels and tires and enhanced braking performance.

If you really want to let loose on the emotion scale, then there's the 467-horsepower V8-powered GS F. Then again, if the rational side is tugging back, you can always opt for the 338-horsepower GS Hybrid, which delivers combined fuel economy of 31 mpg. There's plenty to recommend the 2017 Lexus GS sedan. The hard part is figuring out which is the right model to suit your frame of mind.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$62,601
as of December 31, 2016

2nd Place Finisher
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The redesigned Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers some of the most advanced driver-assist technologies on the market. With its runner-up 5-Year Cost to Own status, it's a car that's clearly ahead of the curve.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$67,118
as of December 31, 2016

3rd Place Finisher
2017 Audi A6

2017 Audi A6

Elegant styling and advanced technology merge in the Audi A6 to offer a high level of refinement in a luxury sedan that's known for its all-wheel-drive dynamics.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$67,411
as of December 31, 2016

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