The 8 best full-size luxury cars of 2022 according to KBB
They account for less than 5% of total car sales in the United States, but full-size luxury sedans remain a staple for comfort and technology. And a lot of luxury car brands always make great full-size models. So which are the best? Here is Kelley Blue Book’s picks for the eight best full-size luxury cars of 2022.
1. Mercedes Benz S-Class
Thanks to its comfort, technology and power, the Mercedes-Benz The S-Class takes first place Kelley Blue Book’s listing. Reviewers note the car’s digital assistant – part of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) – and the opulent cabin.
There’s enough room for four full-size adults to enjoy air-conditioned and massaging seats, surround sound, and health and wellness systems. Meanwhile, the vehicle’s head-up display uses augmented reality and a forward-facing camera to display directions and house numbers in line of sight.
Additionally, the S-Class offers three powertrain options: a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system (429 hp and 348 lb-ft of torque), a twin-turbo V8 4, 0 liters with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system (496/516) and a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 (612/665).
Thanks to its powertrains and technical characteristics, the S-Class is KBB’s choice for the best full-size luxury car of 2022.
The Audi A7 is in its fourth model year, but it’s already in its second generation and has a lot to offer luxury car buyers. Reviewers note that it’s sleek and spacious but also practical.
Four powertrain options range from the standard 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, which develops 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, to a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 in the RS 7 model developing 591 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the S-Class, the A7 offers a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model with the 55 TFSI e drivetrain, getting around 70 mpg combined.
There’s also Audi’s answer to MBUX: the virtual cockpit. It replaces the traditional luxury sedan instrument cluster with a customizable display screen.
Plus, the trunk is roomy, measuring almost 25 cubic feet. That’s almost double the S-Class’ 12.9 cubic feet.
3. BMW 7 Series
BMW sells the 7 Series at a price that perfectly matches between the new A7 and the S-Class. Although its power is a bit lower than the S-Class – the best option is a twin-turbocharged V12 developing 600 hp and 627 lb -ft of torque – the 7 Series is also available in a PHEV model offering up to 16 miles of electric range.
The 7 Series has no shortage of luxurious seats either. The Luxury Rear Seating Package offers rear passengers heated, ventilated and massaging seats with heated armrests. Also new for 2022 is the remote parking feature, an individual option instead of being part of a package.
If you’re looking for thrills behind the wheel, the 7 Series is a great option. KBB reviewers say it’s hard to find another sedan on this list that can match the BMW’s appeal.
Kelley Blue Book names the Porsche Panamera the only model that comes close to providing the driving thrills you get with the 7 Series. The Panamera offers something for everyone: seven transmissions (including three hybrids) spread over 20 levels of finishing. The top option — the Turbo S E-Hybrid — has the most horsepower (690) and torque (642 lb-ft) of any new luxury sedan on the list.
Drivers can also take advantage of 4D Chassis Control, which controls the suspension and steering to deliver the best comfort or sportiness, whichever you want.
Critics say “it can be driven gently and calmly while rewarding those who get involved”.
Step inside and you’ll get standard partial leather upholstery and plenty of room for four adults.
However, the main drawback of the Panamera is the price. For the most powerful option and all the bells and whistles, a new model is over $250,000.
5. Genesis G90
Launched in 2017, the Genesis G90 offers drivers tons of options and standard equipment. They include Smart Freewheel, where the transmission disengages under ideal conditions to save fuel. Everything returns to normal once the driver comes within 65 feet of another car, changes lanes, or signals.
But the G90 only offers two powertrain options: a 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 (365 hp/376 lb-ft of torque) and a 5.0-liter V8 (420/383). There’s also no hybrid option available, which KBB reviewers cite as a downside.
Inside, you’ll enjoy standard options like heated, ventilated and adjustable front seats, a heated steering wheel, navigation-based intelligent cruise control and a 12.3-inch touchscreen. A 17-speaker surround sound system with Lexicon Audio is also standard.
Moreover, the G90 ranks among the best luxury cars for tall drivers.
6. Genesis G80
The G90’s little brother, the Genesis G80, is in its second model year. As with the G90, the G80 offers two engine options. However, you can also get a fully electric Genesis G80.
And the host of standard features that make the G90 an excellent full-size luxury car also comes with the G80. The Lexicon surround sound system includes 21 speakers, and remote smart parking can suspend parallel and perpendicular parking.
The G80 is also very safe, making it a solid luxury sedan for less than half the price of a Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
7. Lexus LS
The 2022 Lexus LS belongs to the fifth generation of the automaker’s first model and continues its tradition of quality and reliability without the high price tag of its German competitors.
Like the Genesis entries on the list, the LS offers two powertrain options: a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 and a 3.5-liter hybrid V6. The former gives you more power (416 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque), and the latter offers much better fuel economy (up to 33 mpg on the highway). All-wheel drive is an option for both.
KBB reviewers note that the LS is comfortable and safe, offers plenty of standard amenities, and features distinctive interior trim. Still, they kick it for not having the same handling as luxury cars ranked higher on this list.
A step up from the A7, the Audi A8 is the brand’s flagship sedan. It comes standard with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system.
Drivers will find plenty of features to enjoy behind the wheel. Features include a panoramic sunroof, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters.
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