A luxury sedan is perfect for drivers who desire an elevated degree of performance and comfort. While some models have fallen behind the pack, there are others that deserve to be mentioned among the best.
Below we’ve ranked some of Canada’s top-rated luxury sedans, and critiqued them on the features they offer. Performance, comfort, and accessibility are the main criteria we’ll be assessing in the sections below. To find out which sedan we’ve put in the number one spot you’ll have to read on!
4. 2017 Acura TLX
Proven reliability and an affordable price tag help make the 2017 Acura TLX a sweet deal. Sleek styling takes the TLX’s appeal to the next level. Like the other luxury sedans on this list, the Acura TLX received excellent crash-test scores.
If you don’t desire blistering quick acceleration, the base four-cylinder engine will get the job done. It is able to put out 206 horsepower while managing to deliver 6.6 l/100 km. Some drivers will crave the V6 engine’s more muscular performance, which churns out a stout 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. Although front-wheel drive comes standard, you can take advantage of Acura’s Super Handling AWD system. Aside from promoting better traction in wintry weather, the AWD system transforms the TLX into an impressive performer on twisty roads.
Great seat comfort and generous passenger space make the TLX an ideal family car. While heated front seats come standard, ventilated seats are optional. Other basic features include a multi-view backup camera, a USB interface, and a dual-display infotainment system. The high-powered ELS sound system remains a worthy upgrade for music fans. All of today’s most popular safety technologies are available, including automatic emergency braking and lane-departure intervention.
Although the TLX proves to be a top luxury sedan, it is not perfect. The TLX’s infotainment system suffers from subpar graphics and somewhat complicated controls. A low roof also decreases the amount of headroom available for your backseat passengers. Plus, for the drivers who prefer a manual transmission, they will be out of luck with the 2017 Acura TLX.
3. 2017 BMW 3 Series
The BMW 3 Series has always been ranked among the best luxury sedans on the market. Drivers have grown to appreciate its sporty performance and well-built cabin. A five-star safety rating gives families yet another reason to choose the new 3 Series.
A turbocharged four-cylinder engine comes standard on the base 320i model, which develops a commendable 180 horsepower. Although the 330i model uses the same engine, special tuning takes its output up to 220 horsepower. An efficient diesel engine is available as well. To obtain the ultimate performance, upgrade to the turbocharged six-cylinder engine. It develops a sensational 320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. Not only is the 3 Series quick, but it is also good on gas. While the base engine tops out at 6.5 l/100 km, the diesel version delivers 5.9 l/100 km. Also, all-wheel drive is optional.
On the inside, the 3 Series provides plenty of legroom for everyone in your family. Some of the notable standard features include BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, a push-button ignition, and Bluetooth connectivity. Available as an option, the 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system truly delivers outstanding sound quality. Advanced safety innovations, such as adaptive headlights and automatic braking, will give you more confidence on the road.
While the BMW 3 Series is a fine automobile, there are a few drawbacks. It can be a bit more expensive to maintain than its competitors. When equipped with upgrades such as performance brakes, expect the sedan’s cost of ownership to skyrocket.
2. 2017 Audi A4
A spacious interior and a wealth of modern technologies have helped the A4 to become a top-ranked luxury sedan.
Packing a total of 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, the A4’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine certainly provides ample performance. You can stick with the automatic transmission or opt for a six-speed manual gearbox. Audi also offers an eco-friendly Ultra trim, which comes equipped with a less potent engine. Nevertheless, it will reward you by returning 6.4 l/100 km.
The 2017 Audi A4 has received high marks for its well-designed features. Because the A4 boasts so many standard features, you may not feel the need to upgrade to a higher trim. In fact, smartphone integration, a 10-speaker sound system, and a backup camera are all found on the base model. There are also some attractive options available such as Audi’s cutting-edge Virtual Cockpit. Featuring a 12.3 digital display, this additional feature enables you to easily access information while on the road.
Despite the A4’s great all-round performance, there are a few cons to keep in mind. Many drivers consider the sedan’s numb steering feel to be a key weakness. Plus, seniors may find the A4’s seats to be a bit stiffer than they would prefer.
1. 2017 Mercedes C-Class
For years, Canadian drivers have adored the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Although there are more extravagant models in Mercedes-Benz’s lineup, you can’t overlook what the C-Class brings to the table. Whether you are looking for an exciting driving experience or an elite level of luxury, the C-Class promises to leave you fulfilled.
This German-engineered sedan comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It pushes out an enjoyable 241 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque. Although the base C-Class is not the quickest car in the segment, it is far from slow. A 0-100 km/h time of 5.9 seconds means that C-Class can keep pace with a lot of V6-powered cars. To experience sports car-like thrills, check one of the optional V8 engine. While the turbocharged V6 engine produces 362 horsepower, the boosted V8 engine cranks out a jaw-dropping 503 horsepower. Of course, the additional power forces you to give up some fuel efficiency. The base engine will return 7.8 l/100 km.
Virtually everyone applauds the Mercedes-Benz C-Class for its beautiful cabin. Very few luxury sedans have a better fit and finish. Although premium leather upholstery is offered, even the standard MB-Tex upholstery has an upscale quality. A useful dial controller enables you to quickly surf the infotainment system’s menu screen. Dual USB ports and Bluetooth phone integration come standard as well. The sedan’s list of upgrades includes a booming Burmester sound system and a special heads-up display. In terms of safety, an excellent automatic braking system helps the C-Class to avoid dangerous collisions.
When taking a look at the competition, you will see that the C-Class is not quite as efficient on gas. It can also be an expensive purchase for some buyers. The high-powered AMG 63 model can cost more than $79,000 dollars.
Although all four of these luxury sedans warrant a great deal of praise, only one car can be crowned as the best. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class stands out in the most important categories. From its finely crafted interior to its smooth driving dynamics, every aspect of the new C-Class shines.