Q: What is a Luxury Car?

December 17, 2013 12:53 PM

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Defining a luxury car was once an easy task when there were a select few brands available. Today, automakers known for their economy car lines are getting into the luxury market and blurring the lines for many looking for an upscale ride. Fortunately, there are a few characteristics that true luxury cars share, no matter which carmaker produces them. These traits are focused solely on the comfort and image of the driver. Luxury cars are a sign of high class, with the looks and special features to prove it. From heated front and back seats to large, powerful engines and cutting edge technology, many of these cars have the latest features to make your drive convenient, comfortable, and unforgettable.

In today's car market, you shouldn't be surprised to see some of these features in the much less expensive family cars. But one very nice feature or two does not make a luxury car. The car specs show the difference.

Luxury cars are made with more expensive, high-quality parts, including expensive interior materials, and often (but not always) a powerful V8 or V12 engine. Driving pleasure and occupant comfort are the key ingredients. The luxury car specs will show that all of the car's details are high end, not just a feature or two.

The driving experience should be one of the most prominent differences between a regular car and luxury brands. People buy luxury cars to feel rich, pampered and prestigious. Luxury cars are built to "wow" customers and the people they plan to show the car to. Older, statelier brands like Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz are undisputed luxury cars, but over the past few decades, recent introductions from classic economy carmakers have brought new names to the luxury marketplace like Lexus (owned by Toyota) and Infiniti (owned by Nissan). The old names still hold sway, because they are ingrained in the national consciousness as the brands to look for when hunting for a luxurious car, the acceptance of Japanese luxury brands to the U.S. was immediate. The ultra-lux kings like Rolls-Royce and Bentley are still the chairmen of the luxury board.

Another item to note about a luxury car is the insurance. A true luxury car carries higher insurance premiums than those of other cars because the car can be more expensive to repair or replace after an accident or if it is stolen. High-performance luxury cars also carry a higher premium. This all makes luxury car insurance a must.

When shopping for a luxury car, take a long look at the details. If price is no object for you, congratulations, you have one less thing to worry about -- as the old saying goes, it's easier to fall in love with a rich car than a poor one.

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