BMW 6 Series
Coupe or convertible, the 6 Series is highly prized as well as priced. Though there are some sacrifices in practicality to be made in foregoing a sedan, the 650's flowing lines and exhilarating yet serene driving experience will make you forget all about its snug backseat. Those who can afford this BMW's $70K-plus price tag are in for a treat.Honorable mention: BMW 3 Series, voted our Editors' Most Wanted sedan and coupe under $35,000.
The 2005 STS shows improvements on all levels (compared to the outgoing Seville) and features some pretty cool technology. Start your car remotely with the key fob, and it will initiate climate control based on exterior temperature. Once inside, you get information through a four-color head-up display projected onto the windshield. Our editors say, "It may not be as nimble as the CTS or as flashy as an XLR, but for buyers looking for a complete package of luxury and performance, the STS is Cadillac's best offering yet."
Our 2005 Editors' Most Significant Vehicle of the Year, the Hemi-powered, highly styled 300C has been dubbed "the American Mercedes." An awesome blend of old and new, it's the hottest American status-mobile today. Many executives, both men and women, are going for the Chrysler specifically because it denotes a sense of national pride — very important when doing business with unions or political organizations.
Available as a sedan or coupe, the stylish and roomy G35 is a good bet for fun-loving execs seeking an alternative to the BMW 3 Series that costs less and has less of a snob factor. Plus, when you buy this Infiniti, you're basically getting a four-seat version of Nissan's Z car.
More people have bought XJs than any other Jaguar. Thanks to a new aluminum infrastructure, the current XJ sedan is a huge leap forward in terms of quality, technology and performance, yet you still get a traditional British touring saloon, complete with rich wood trim, soft leather and a leaping cat on the hood. Truly a modern classic.
Lexus RX 350
If you want a reliable, luxurious SUV that has lots of high-tech goodies and rides more like a sedan, the Lexus RX 350 is our favorite. Also great is the much awaited Lexus RX 400h hybrid which offers quicker acceleration and better fuel economy to boot. Honorable mention: Lexus LS 460
State-of-the-art safety and luxury features make the E-Class the one to beat. Voted our Editors Most Wanted Wagon Over $45,000, even the diesel model wowed us — it's about as fast as Mercedes' gasoline V6 and gets mileage in the 30s, yet doesn't emit any of the smell and soot of previous diesel engines. The only downside is that due to emissions regulations, you can't buy the diesel in California, Maine, Massachusetts, New York or Vermont. However, we think you'll be just about as happy with the gas-powered E350 and E550. Honorable mention: Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Corporate Fleet Manager Sara Lee Marks says, "If I ever hear a client 'wish' for something, it is a 30-something boy toy to drive her around in her Mercedes SL-Class roadster. But I think the two 'toys' are interchangeable in desirability." Seriously, what could be more fun than this sexy beast that transforms from a hardtop coupe to an open-air convertible at the press of a button? Honorable mention: Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class