Buy/Drive/Burn: $60,000 Luxury Sedans in 2020

buy drive burn 60 000 luxury sedans in 2020

Say you’re an auto shopper of wealth and taste who has around $60,000 to spend. Now, let’s assume the usual options from Japan and Germany are not for you. Would you turn to America or Sweden to fill your luxury needs?

Lincoln Continental

Lincoln’s Continental enters 2020 in three trims spanning three engine options. Prices start at $46,305 for a front-drive Standard trim with 3.7-liter V6, and top out at $75,470 for an all-wheel drive twin-turbo 3.0-liter in Black Label. Most likely in its final model year for 2020, this may be Continental’s last gasp. Today’s budget nets the 2.7-liter all-wheel-drive model in mid-range Reserve trim. The smaller of the EcoBoost choices offers up 335 horsepower via the six-speed automatic. The Continental asks $61,870.

Volvo S90

The S90, now a couple model years old, is offered in three trims for 2020. The entry-level Momentum starts at $51,195, while the top-tier Inscription enters at $54,495 before premium drive trains and options. Meeting our price ceiling is one short of the ultimate S90: the Momentum T8 eAWD Plug-in Hybrid. It pairs a 2.0-liter gasoline engine that’s both supercharged and turbocharged with an 87-horsepower electric motor. The dual-motor setup produces 400 total horsepower motivating all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic. Volvo asks for $63,650 of your dollars.

Cadillac CT6

CT6 is Cadillac’s dedicated “sports sedan,” because without exception, every Cadillac must be sporty. The second-highest entry price of $58,995 for the Luxury trim escalates to more than $96,000 for the Blackwing V8-powered Platinum. Through model year revisions, CT6 eliminated its previous base offering of 2.0 liters and rear-wheel drive. All examples now have at least six cylinders and all-wheel drive. The Luxury trim employs Cadillac’s 3.6-liter engine, which produces 335 horsepower. A 10-speed automatic doles out the ponies. The rear-drive-biased option is the value leader of the group, asking $59,990.

Three alternative luxury sedans for a new decade. Which one’s worth buying?

[Images: Lincoln, Volvo, Cadillac]

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  • GoVeg GoVeg on Oct 05, 2019

    Not to be a pill, but all of these choices are truly pathetic. For this sort of money one is in a top-spec Tesla Model 3 Performance, with a drive experience that rivals an exotic hypercar, and while leaving a usable planet for others to enjoy. When you just want to cruise, it has Autopilot, and Full Self Driving is likely a year or two away. Why would anyone buy something else, except out of ignorance or "don't give a damn" social dysfunctional?

  • MyerShift MyerShift on Jul 05, 2021

    Buy the Volvo for your safety. Drive the Lincoln for cushy comfort. Burn the Cadillac. Sorry- new GM is the same crap as old GM with a shiny new wrapper and lip service.

  • DenverMike When was it ever a mystery? The Fairmont maybe, but only the 4-door "Futura" trim, that was distinctively upscale. The Citation and Volare didn't have competing trims, nor was there a base stripper Maxima at the time, if ever, crank windows, vinyl seats, 2-doors, etc. So it wasn't a "massacre", not even in spirit, just different market segments. It could be that the Maxima was intended to compete with those, but everything coming from Japan at the time had to take it up a notch, if not two.Thanks to the Japanese "voluntary" trade restriction, everything had extra options, if not hard loaded. The restriction limited how many vehicles were shipped, not what they retailed at. So Japanese automakers naturally raised the "price" (or stakes) without raising MSRP. What the dealers charged (gouged) was a different story.Realistically, the Maxima was going up against entry luxury sedans (except Cimarron lol), especially Euro/German, same as the Cressida. It definitely worked in Japanese automaker's favor, not to mention inspiring Lexus, Acura and Infiniti.
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  • MaintenanceCosts There's no mystery anymore about how the Japanese took over the prestige spot in the US mass market (especially on the west coast) when you realize that this thing was up against the likes of the Fairmont, Citation, and Volaré. A massacre.