latest automotive news, best new and used cars, find a new car d2f5b_2018_LS_500h_Debut_1_46B4F5A70F2DF1A09465BF40D3CEA0289D86B6FC-610x454 Buy/Drive/Burn: Large Luxury Sedans of Compromise in 2018 Lexus

Three large and luxurious sedans compete for around $70,000 of your hard-earned and imaginary Internet dollars. Surely this is a segment where compromise will not be a concern, right?

Nope.

Today we proceed in order of engine displacement, largest to smallest:

Genesis G90

latest automotive news, best new and used cars, find a new car d2f5b_2017-Genesis-G90-Rear-Release-610x324 Buy/Drive/Burn: Large Luxury Sedans of Compromise in 2018 Lexus   The Genesis brand’s largest vehicle debuted as the G90 for the 2017 model year, when the new sedan replaced the prior, unloved Hyundai Equus offering. At 204.7 inches in length, the G90 resides right between the smaller Cadillac CT6 and larger Lexus LS 500 in size, but it contains the largest engine. Entry-level Premium trims start with the turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine you’ll find in other Hyundai and Kia cars. But stepping up to the Ultimate trim nets the full-fat 5.0-liter V8. 420 naturally aspirated horses shift this 4,905-pound sedan. Power travels to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic. The ask is $75,350, and the compromise is the badge.

Lexus LS 500

latest automotive news, best new and used cars, find a new car 88905_2017_NAIAS_2018_Lexus_LS_500_007_4F3D7BF50F623ABC0426A2A82CA9B7A95145A2AB-610x432 Buy/Drive/Burn: Large Luxury Sedans of Compromise in 2018 Lexus   The LS model has always been the flagship sedan for the Lexus brand. A brand new fifth generation debuted for the 2018 model year, when Lexus decided it was time to shed the model’s conservative and quiet image. More in-your-face than ever before, the gigantic grille takes up nearly the entire frontage of this 206.1-inch sedan. Beneath the hood, the people at Lexus moved with the times and culled some cylinders. A 3.5-liter V6 powers the LS 500 in twin-turbo or hybrid arrangements. Today’s selection is the twin-turbo all-wheel drive version. The 4,905-pound LS is motivated by 416 horsepower and a 10-speed automatic. You’ll pay $78,420, and the compromise is the new cylinder count and some unfortunate styling decisions.

Cadillac CT6

latest automotive news, best new and used cars, find a new car 88905_2017-Cadillac-CT6-610x407 Buy/Drive/Burn: Large Luxury Sedans of Compromise in 2018 Lexus   The aluminum Cadillac CT6 has wowed North America’s relatively sparse large sedan crowd since the 2016 model year. Cadillac wanted a flagship sedan at its dealers, having been without one since the demise of the DTS at the end of 2011. CT6 rides on a unique Omega platform shared only with the Buick Avenir concept. Unfortunately, GM’s recent plant closure announcement included Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, where the CT6 is built. But CT6 will still be around for 2018 and 2019, at least. Base versions of the CT6 previously received a sad 2.0-liter Ecotec engine, but we’re not interested in that today. We’re shopping the 3.0-liter twin-turbo Sport version, which motivates a lightweight 4,217-pound CT6 with 404 horsepower. All four wheels get power, delivered via an eight-speed automatic. CT6 is a bargain at $66,595, and the compromise is a little bit of badge and a lot of discontinued car.

Even luxury sedan buyers have to compromise. Which of these three gets the Buy?

[Images: GM, Toyota, Hyundai]

Article source: https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2018/12/buy-drive-burn-large-luxury-sedans-of-compromise-in-2018/

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