Luxury vehicles are more popular than ever before. Credit low lease deals, changing buying habits or an increase in choice, but it has never been easier to enjoy a higher echelon of automobile. Indeed, virtually every body style and vehicle type is available with a luxury badge — and those that aren't are still typically available with the vast majority of luxury features. However, what should really signify a great luxury vehicle is what isn't obvious by looking at a spec sheet or a list of features. It's characteristics such as build quality, design, ride comfort, sharp handling, performance, engineering sophistication and the execution of those features. The vehicles we recommend below excel in those areas.
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Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Audi A3: Although there are other similarly sized luxury sedans from which to choose, we recommend only the A3. The reason? Essentially, the A3 is the only one that truly looks, feels and drives like a luxury car. Its cabin gives up precious little in terms of quality and available feature content to its bigger, pricier Audi siblings, and its handsome minimalist design is one of our favorites regardless of price range. The A3 proves that a small car can most definitely be a luxury car as well.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Audi A4: It may be tough to tell just by looking at it, but the A4 was in fact completely redesigned for 2017. The result is a more competitive and indeed luxurious sedan that benefits from additional feature content (particularly those of the high-tech infotainment and safety variety), additional space, a sharp new design and elevated craftsmanship that is once again class-leading. It also boasts improved driving manners and two engine choices — one that packs more performance than before; another that sacrifices power for better fuel economy. We recommended the previous A4 last year, and this one gets an even larger seal of approval.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 BMW 3 Series: In the past, the 3 Series was just about everyone's go-to choice for a sport sedan thanks to its stirring engines and engaging handling. BMW, however, has transformed the current 3 Series into more of a luxury car, with a smoother ride, lighter steering, a bigger cabin and even a luxury-focused subtrim. At the same time, it's still one of the best luxury sedans to drive and boasts a lineup of engines with an unmatched balance of acceleration and fuel economy. The 3 Series may have changed its focus, but its greatness remains.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe: Forget what the name says, this is really just a 3 Series sedan with a sleeker roofline that disguises a more functional quasi-hatchback trunk. In other words, it's a better-looking and more functional car. Of course, it also costs considerably more and isn't available with the same variety of engines and transmissions, but most of the popular, volume-selling choices are still available. If you think that buying a luxury car is as much about style as it is substance, considering the 4 Series Gran Coupe instead of a 3 Series is a must.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Of all the luxury sedans in this size segment, the C-Class is the most definitively luxurious. Its beautiful, waterfall-like center console cascades down the dashboard and is covered in various types of trim to suit any taste. The buttons and toggle switches look and feel expensive. The extremely cool metal speaker grates that come with the optional Burmester sound system are shared with the high-dollar S-Class. If you equate "luxury" with "elegant," then the C-Class should be on your list.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Audi A6: The A6 is extremely well-rounded. For starters, its beautifully made interior boasts plenty of room and a pleasing design. Plus, you should find all the latest gadgets and gizmos, which Audi has continued to update even though this generation of the A6 has been around for several years now. The A6 also has excellent driving dynamics, managing to both engage and isolate when required. Finally, its engines stand apart for their strong acceleration (especially the eye-opening 3.0-liter supercharged V6) and surprisingly good fuel economy (28 mpg combined from the 2.0T is sensational).
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Audi A7: Take everything we said about the A6 above and apply it to the Audi A7. The two cars are fundamentally similar, but for a higher price (usually about $10,000, comparably equipped), the A7 provides sleeker styling and a radically raked hatchback that affords a bit more versatility. Rear seat headroom does suffer a bit relative to the A6, but slouching is rarely necessary. Note that the A7 can be had only with the supercharged V6, though there are the higher-performance S7 and RS 7 variants available.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class: You'd be forgiven if you mistake the E-Class for its pricier S-Class sibling. The new E is now so opulent and tech-rich inside that it looks like a flagship model. Note that the all-new E-Class sedan lineup is still rolling out, so for now you can only get the four-cylinder E300 (don't let that cylinder count fool you; it's got plenty of pickup) and the 396-horsepower AMG E43. Expect something in between those two to show up next year, as well as the range-topping AMG E63 and a plug-in hybrid. Regardless of engine and model choice, this is one of the most luxurious cars on the road, period.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Volvo S90: Volvo has stormed back to relevance thanks to an invigorated lineup that boasts beautiful styling, stunning interior design, fuel-efficient engines and pleasant driving dynamics. Such is the case with the new 2017 Volvo S90, the brand's new flagship luxury sedan. With it, the lone Swedish car company has opted to set a different course than its rivals, choosing to highlight efficiency, comfort and safety. It's a different type of luxury sedan, but one that deserves a look.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Audi A8 L: The A8 isn't the flashiest or most overtly opulent in this segment, it definitely isn't the newest, and it's missing a few tech features that rivals and even other Audis possess. Look past those minor shortcomings, however, and you'll find a sedan with sensational interior craftsmanship, surprisingly confident road manners and robust engines that have no trouble getting this big sedan going. If you prefer your über-luxury sedan to remain under the radar, this is your best bet.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Bentley Flying Spur: There are certainly better-equipped luxury sedans that can be had for half its $200,000 base price, but there's an awful lot to be said for the exclusivity and impeccable old-world opulence and craftsmanship of this grand Bentley. The knurled metal shift knob, damped vent plungers, stunning veneers and the supplest leather imaginable are just some of its indulgences. At the same time, unlike Bentleys of yore, the Flying Spur is a thoroughly modern sedan underneath that boasts shocking performance, an isolating ride and competent handling. It really is one of the finest luxury cars in the world.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 BMW 7 Series: With its complete redesign last year, the 7 Series moved even further away from its original status as the driver's choice among flagship sedans to somewhere much closer to the grand opulence provided by its longtime rival, the Mercedes S-Class. When it comes to evaluating these sedans as luxury cars, that is a very good thing indeed because, like its Mercedes rival, the new 7 Series is a technological tour de force designed to entertain, pamper, ease your drive and keep you safe. The Bimmer is a little less ostentatious, however, and its engine lineup certainly proves that this big sedan still has some of that old verve coursing through its veins.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class: This is the flagship luxury sedan that all others are compared to and a harbinger of great new things to come in the automotive industry. It boasts innumerable advanced safety features (including semi-autonomous highway driving), opulent luxury indulgences (six seat massage settings) and backseats that are nearly as comfortable as those up front. The lovely new E-Class does dull the S-Class uniqueness, but it still maintains a few special features (especially those in the backseat) and a more powerful, diverse engine lineup.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Acura RDX: Admittedly, the RDX doesn't exactly look or feel like a stereotypical luxury vehicle from the driver's seat. The cabin design is a little spartan and lacks the typical luxury extravagances such as wood trim. However, it is impeccably well built, and the features list is much lengthier than similarly priced (or higher) competitors. It is also one of the most spacious in the segment, boasting one of the most generously sized cargo areas and an elevated rear seat that provides plenty of room for adults and an expansive outward view. On the whole, the RDX is one of the most value-rich and family-friendly luxury SUVs.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 BMW X3: The X3 is getting on in years since it was completely redesigned, yet it remains one of the most desirable compact luxury SUVs. A big part of its appeal is that it's not especially compact — its rear seat space and cargo capacity are among the best in the segment. The X3 boasts top-quality construction and materials, plus a lengthy options list that allows you to outfit it to meet your needs, wants and indulgences. It's also one of the most rewarding compact SUVs to drive and has arguably the most compelling lineup of powerful and surprisingly efficient engines.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace: The new F-Pace is one of the better-looking SUVs on the road, and it's also exceedingly enjoyable to drive, boasting performance and handling in keeping with its sedan, coupe and sports car siblings. At the same time, however, those good looks disguise one of the most spacious cargo areas in its price range, a surprising amount of ground clearance and impressive feature content for the money. Its diesel engine even achieves a thrifty 29 mpg combined. Of course, for the full luxury experience, we'd recommend the thrilling supercharged V6 and as many interior extravagances as possible.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class: It looks great, and its cabin has the same beautiful design and top-notch quality of the equally elegant C-Class. Its list of available features is lengthy, with an array of very well-executed convenience, infotainment and luxury items. It's also incredibly refined to drive and displays impressive composure around corners. The volume-selling GLC300's turbo four-cylinder is a powerful, smooth engine that should fool many into thinking it has more cylinders. And if you really want more, the new AMG GLC 43 offers truly impressive performance.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Porsche Macan: If you're looking for an SUV with the soul of a sports car, the Macan is your best choice — even better than its big brother, the Cayenne. With its compact dimensions and tidy exterior styling, the Macan certainly looks the part, and it has the performance and handling to back it up. The Macan also has a meticulously constructed cabin that only gets nicer when you start sampling from the lengthy (and admittedly pricey) options list. You'll pay more for the Macan than its similarly sized competitors, but you'll get so much more than the numbers indicate.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Acura MDX: The MDX should be considered a go-to luxury SUV choice for families. It has one of the most spacious third rows, a particularly generous cargo area, and perfect crash scores from the government and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. For 2017 it gets even better as the already-ample standard features list swells with additional USB ports and a suite of accident avoidance technologies that are optional on almost all of its competitors.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 BMW X5: What was once the sportiest luxury SUV has morphed into one of the most luxurious. The X5 still boasts a confident and poised driving experience, but its comfortable ride, quiet cabin and impeccable refinement are now far more intrinsic attributes. Its plush cabin gives up nothing to luxury sedans, and its uniquely diverse range of engines include six- and eight-cylinder turbocharged engines, an efficient diesel choice and the new xDrive40e plug-in hybrid. There's also the high-performance X5 M available, so there's something for every type of shopper.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Lexus RX 350: Today's RX is every bit as dependable, comfortable, quiet and well-made as past versions that have had customers coming back time and again to their local Lexus dealer. However, the new RX 350 offers a strikingly modern cabin, the exterior is boldly styled in a way that would shock its dowdy forebears (not to mention some bystanders), and the driving experience is far more responsive and involving. The RX also now comes standard for 2017 with accident avoidance tech that's optional on most competitors. We especially like that its sportiest model, the F Sport, is also the most comfortable thanks to its standard adaptive suspension.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Porsche Cayenne: The Cayenne certainly emphasizes the "sport" in sport-utility vehicle, but its credentials as a luxury vehicle are more likely to be appreciated. For starters, its cabin is exquisite, with top-notch materials, pristine construction and a handsome design. Plus, it offers a level of customization that few of its competitors can match. As for the driving experience, the Cayenne is every bit as dynamic as you'd expect, but it still delivers a suitable amount of comfort and isolation. Its powerful engine lineup is also a standout.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Volvo XC90: Volvos haven't always seemed as luxurious as other brands, but there's no denying the new XC90's premium look and feel. It all begins with its classy exterior styling and migrates inside where the best of modern Swedish design is on display. It's all just so very cool. Quality is also top-notch, its large touchscreen interface should impress your friends (though it may irritate you at times), and its seats are a benchmark for comfort. Plus, as one of the most spacious three-row luxury SUVs, there's room for the whole family.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover: This is the original luxury SUV, and the most recent version certainly lives up to the reputation established by its illustrious predecessors. Indeed, with its elegant cabin, buttery smooth ride and even its available long-wheelbase body style, the Range Rover is as much a competitor to flagship luxury sedans as it is to other luxury SUVs. It's a vehicle equally as suited to delivering you to dinner in style on a Saturday night as it is navigating a muddy trail on a Sunday afternoon.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class: The Mercedes GL is now known as the GLS and in the process gains updated styling, some extra features and revised cabin electronics. Otherwise, it's every bit as luxurious as it was before, giving up nothing to its luxury sedan Mercedes siblings in terms of comfort, quality or feature content. Plus, the GLS has three rows of seating big enough to hold adults. Indeed, apart from the gargantuan truck-based SUVs from Cadillac and Lincoln, the GLS is the most spacious three-row luxury SUV. It's also exponentially more refined and maneuverable than those old-school behemoths.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 BMW 2 Series: The 230i and M240i are certainly more sport coupe than luxury coupe, but they nevertheless possess the sort of premium cabin and driving experience typical of the BMW brand. Strong interior build quality, incredibly comfortable seats and plenty of indulgent features highlight the handsome cabin. Meanwhile, its strong engines and well-balanced ride and handling deliver a far more engaging and refined driving experience than the typical sporty two-door.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 BMW 4 Series: The car formerly known as the 3 Series Coupe enters its fourth year on the market with new model names — 430i and 440i — and more powerful engines to match. Otherwise, the 4 Series continues to be a compelling two-door car for those seeking either a luxury coupe or a sport coupe. You have to specify it correctly, but that's part of the 4 Series appeal. It's more customizable than most. Comfy and plush? You got it. Dynamic and powerful? You can get that too.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: The C-Class Coupe provides a degree of classical luxury that none of its competitors can match. Its exterior styling is beautiful, and the elegant cabin is a truly special place to spend time. Its materials quality is top-notch, all of the expected luxury features are present (especially safety features), and even the backseat is reasonably usable by adults. We haven't mentioned the highly refined driving experience and engines, but trust us, if you're looking for a luxury coupe, this is a great place to start.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class: The E-Class sedan and wagon have been completely redesigned for 2017, and the coupe gets its own striking makeover for 2018, but despite being long in the tooth, the 2017 E-Class Coupe remains a highly desirable two-door luxury car. It feels as if it's built like a vault, and whereas most competitors are more sporting in intent, the E is unabashedly all about luxury. This is a car you buy for its comfortable and composed ride, abundant safety features and well-trimmed cabin.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman: The newly reminted 718 Cayman is one of the world's best sports cars, but it also has stellar luxury credentials too. Few companies put together a nicer interior than Porsche, and sampling from the extensive options list can produce a cabin adorned in some of the softest, most indulgent leather around. The seats can be heated and cooled, and you can entertain yourself with the stellar 12-speaker Burmester sound system. Even if you only drive the Cayman in a straight line, it'll prove to be a special car (though, seriously, finding the curviest road possible is highly recommended).
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Bentley Continental GT: There are coupes, there are luxury coupes, and then there is the Bentley Continental GT coupe. Yes, if you look at its specs on paper, you'll certainly find that there are others that seem just as good for half the price. And yet, with its effortless power, world-class road manners and, most importantly, stunning hand-crafted interior, the Continental truly is more than anything a spec sheet could describe. Best of all, unlike with other high-dollar cars, this Bentley's talents as an ultra-comfortable daily driver and long-distance cruiser allow you to revel in its indulgences any day of the year.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class: The S-Class is quite simply one of the world's best cars. Beneath its curvaceous yet imposing exterior is a technological and engineering tour de force, as well as an opulent cabin that pampers you with the finest materials, craftsmanship and high-tech toys. We're particularly fond of the 24-speaker Burmester sound system and the multicontour seats, which, beyond their multitude adjustments, offer six different massage programs. In many ways the S-Class outdoes the vastly more expensive Bentley and shouldn't be missed by anyone with a budget big enough to play in this sandbox.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith: As nice as you think a Rolls-Royce is, believe us, it's even better. When you slip open the elegant "coach" door, caress the soft leather covering almost everything, gaze at the handcrafted veneer on everything else, and finally look out across the broad hood toward the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament, well, maybe you'll start to get the idea. But even then, you still have to indulge in the driving experience unmatched for its elegance and highlighted by the 624-horsepower V12 that whisks you away in shocking silence. Quite simply, it's one of the best cars we've ever experienced.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 BMW 2 Series: The 230i and M240i are the cheapest luxury convertibles we recommend because the 2 Series is one of the relatively few in its price range that truly deliver a luxury car experience. Sure, some may lament that it lacks the bigger 4 Series' retractable hardtop, but it's hardly a drawback. The 2's multi-layer cloth roof does a great job of keeping out noise when in place and it robs less trunk space when lowered. Like its coupe sibling, the 2 strikes a good balance between comfort and driver engagement, and its well-made cabin packs most of the luxury car features one expects for its price point.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 BMW 4 Series: The 4 Series is the car formerly known as the 3 Series Convertible, but it's ultimately a more luxurious drop-top than its predecessors. The 4 Series' composed ride quality is now just as impressive as its sharp handling. Beyond that, it has a well-constructed cabin, a lengthy list of features, engines that are equal parts powerful and efficient, and an increasingly rare retractable hardtop roof.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Jaguar F-Type: The F-Type is more of a weekend toy than the other convertibles in this guide, but that's fine as it's one heck of a toy. It has sexy styling, gobs of character, sharp handling and a choice of powerful engines best enjoyed with the boisterous two-mode exhaust set to "loud." And as a luxury car, there's no shortage of soft leather trim, comfort and convenience features, and entertainment choices. Whether you desire it for its performance chops or its luxurious indulgences, the F-Type is an instant classic.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class: Although the four-door E-Class models were completely redesigned for 2017, the two-doors soldier on. That's just fine because, although the 2017 E-Class convertible isn't quite as advanced or overtly luxurious as its successor will be, it nevertheless remains one of the most desirable convertibles around. A big part of that is the unmatched serenity you can enjoy with its top down courtesy the high side windows, rear wind deflector and the unique Aircap deflector that rises from the top of the windshield. It virtually eliminates wind turbulence and any threat of a bad hair day.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class: Essentially, the S-Class Convertible applies the wonderful convertible tricks described above in the E-Class to all of the awe-inspiring grandeur and opulence provided by the S-Class Coupe. Unless you have the budget to stretch all the way to a drop-top Rolls-Royce, this really is the finest way to cruise with the top down and the wind in your hair.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster: The Boxster undergoes changes for 2017 that go beyond simply adding the number 718 to its name. Chiefly, new turbocharged four-cylinder engines fundamentally alter how it drives, sounds and drinks fuel. Some may like it, and others may not, but at least changes to the manual transmission make it easier to drive and chassis alterations improve its already razor-sharp handling. The Boxster also continues to possess a beautifully made cabin with enough comfort, convenience and entertainment features to satisfy those looking to enjoy its talents as a luxury car.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Porsche 911 Cabriolet: Unlike past versions, you can now happily get the convertible 911 without fear that you're giving up something dynamically compared to the coupe. In the process, you'll be getting one of the best convertibles around. Its well-insulated soft top maintains the coupe's iconic roofline when raised. And when lowered, it gives way to a clever power-deploying wind deflector that makes for placid top-down motoring. Plus, its cargo space up front and folding rear seats provide sufficient cargo storage for a weekend away for two, while the 911 Carrera's new range of turbocharged engines boast stronger low-end power and better fuel economy with a smoother-shifting manual transmission.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 BMW i8: The i8 is a plug-in hybrid that can go 15 miles on electricity alone before a small gasoline engine kicks in to provide hybrid propulsion that can achieve 28 mpg combined. Frankly, those are pretty meager plug-in hybrid stats, but then the i8 is also a exotic sports car of the future that you can buy today. Constructed of exotic carbon fiber and featuring styling inside and out that outdoes Back to the Future Part II, it certainly looks and feels as special as an exotic should. Its handling and acceleration may not match that of other exotics, but then this is a different type of sports car.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 BMW i3: The BMW i3 is a remarkable luxury vehicle for the modern urban commute. For starters, it can go more than 100 miles on a charge and even farther if you opt for the REX range-extender model. Its small dimensions, quick reactions, rapid acceleration and aggressive regenerative braking (you rarely have to touch the brake in stop-and-go traffic) make it one of the most pleasant cars to drive in traffic. And for its luxury credentials, its stylishly futuristic cabin uses environmentally friendly plastics, fabrics, leathers and wood — not to mention the usual array of high-quality BMW switchgear and technology.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Tesla Model S: It can go farther on a charge than anything else and benefits from Tesla's cross-country network of superchargers that all but eliminates dreaded range anxiety. Besides its EV credentials, it's quick, comfortable, quiet, spacious and capable of carrying as much stuff as some SUVs, even to the point that it renders its compromised Model X sibling a questionable purchase. It's not perfect — reliability has been poor and interior quality is unremarkable — but it remains our favorite electric car.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 BMW 3 Series: The 3 Series Sport Wagon has largely been overshadowed by BMW's increasing parade of new crossovers and crossover-like GT models. Yet, in many ways, we think it's a smarter buy. You get the same agile handling, composed ride, strong performance, surprisingly great fuel economy and well-crafted cabin as with the 3 Series sedan, but with a genuinely useful cargo area that rivals those of compact SUVs. It's a no-compromise type of proposition.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class: Take everything we love about the new E-Class sedan — the opulent and tech-rich cabin, the ultra-refined driving experience, the sleek new styling — and graft on an enormous cargo area that rivals those of midsize SUVs. You can even get a rear-facing jump seat that increases capacity to seven passengers and evokes a bygone era of taking Dad's Country Squire to the Grand Canyon. Except he never had quasi-autonomous driving capability, ventilated massaging seats and a 13-speaker Burmester sound system.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Volvo V60: It may not be the most utilitarian or overtly luxurious wagon, but the Volvo V60 nevertheless accomplishes the goal of adding versatility to its sedan sibling. That means it offers abundant safety features (including unique built-in child booster seats), comfortable front seats, attractive styling and superior fuel economy. And thankfully for 2017, that fuel economy can now be enjoyed on all-wheel-drive models because Volvo's excellent Drive-E four-cylinder engines are available across the board.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Ford F-150 Limited: There may no longer be any pickups sold by luxury brands, but that doesn't mean you can't buy a luxury pickup. The F-150 Limited comes with elevated interior materials quality that far surpasses that of its more work-friendly siblings, and its feature content includes the sort of high-end goodies offered by the ritziest luxury brands. Those include amenities such as accident avoidance tech, a panoramic sunroof, automatic parallel parking, ventilated seats, LED headlights and all the latest infotainment gadgets — just to name a scant few.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Ford F-250 Platinum: The Platinum may not be quite as fancy as the F-150's range-topping Limited, but it nevertheless slathers on the same sort of creature comforts as in the F-250 Super Duty, with flashier trim. Now for 2017, the Super Duty is all-new, boasting beefier underpinnings, more powerful engines, a roomier cabin and greater feature content. Among the latter includes a host of towing-related technologies, including an improved blind-spot monitoring system that covers the length of the trailer and a pair of rearview cameras to aid trailer hookup.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali: The Denali was the first luxury pickup that really caught on, adding the sort of ritzier styling elements and feature content found on the Tahoe Denali SUV to the mechanically related GMC Sierra pickup. Its unique styling and interior appointments, plus its magnetically controlled adaptive suspension, make it worth the extra cost.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 GMC Sierra 2500 Denali: Apart from not offering the 1500's magnetic dampers, the 2500 Denali pretty much consists of the half-ton Sierra's flashier, more premium styling elements adapted to fit the HD truck's burlier body. It also gets the higher-end cabin appointments and virtually every feature GMC offers. This is the original heavy-duty luxury truck, and it remains a great one.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Ram 1500 Limited: Though it's been on the market longer than any other truck now without a redesign, the Ram continues to prove itself as the most refined full-size pickup available. And when we're talking about luxury-oriented trucks, that matters a lot. From its handsome cabin to its class-leading ride quality (courtesy a robust rear coil spring suspension), this is a truck that will cosset you on your daily drive yet still deliver the versatility and capability you expect from a full-size pickup. Besides providing the full menu of available equipment, the Limited now features a unique grille, fancier leather upholstery and the otherwise optional self-leveling air suspension as standard equipment.
Why Edmunds Recommends the 2017 Ram 2500 Limited: Ram has managed to make its heavy-duty 2500 pickup feel less lumbering than its competition. It's refined to drive thanks to its rear coil spring suspension that greatly reduces the bounciness typical of an unladen heavy-duty pickup. That counts for a lot when it comes to luxury trucks, although the Ram's otherwise-classy cabin isn't upgraded with the same sort of flourishes as in its Ford and GMC competitors described above. On the upside, the range-topping Ram is available in a long, 8-foot bed length and Ram's uniquely enormous Mega Cab.
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