QOTD: The Best All-round Large Luxury Sedan in 2020?

qotd the best all round large luxury sedan in 2020

We’ve finally made it to the top. Today marks the last entry in the QOTD sedan series, in which we discuss the few options available to the large luxury sedan buyer in 2020.

Pick a best all-rounder, even if you can’t afford it.

Cars on the list below are sourced via U.S. News and other places, and all fall in the large luxury car class. Limiters placed on the list include a luxury or premium badge, doors numbering four, and a real trunk (sorry, Audi A7). Let’s have a look:

Acura RLX

Audi A8

BMW 7 Series

Cadillac CT6

Genesis G90

Lexus LS

Lincoln Continental

Maserati Quattroporte

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Notably absent from this list are the Jaguar XJ and Infiniti’s Q70L, both of which were executed after the 2019 model year. The XJ will be back, the long-wheelbase Q70 (and soon the regular one) are likely finished in this market. Checking out the 11 remaining entries, the clear all-round winner couldn’t be more obvious.

It’s the Genesis G90. Reworked for the 2020 model year, this large sedan does things the traditional way. Power delivered to the rear, and six or eight cylinders at the front. All-wheel drive is an option, but the best way to go is with the 5.0-liter Ultimate trim in rear-drive. It’ll set you back $75,700, which is a relative bargain among the real luxury contenders in this segment. There’s no long wheelbase available domestically, and its 204.7 inches of length falls mid-pack among competitors. The big engine provides 419 naturally aspirated horses and 383 pound-feet of torque. Other highlights of this revised version include excellent lace alloys and an LED heckblende around the back.

What’s your pick for best all-round luxury full-sizer?

[Images: Audi, Genesis]

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  • HotPotato HotPotato on Jan 17, 2020

    Tesla Model S. Let's be real.

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    • Volvo Volvo on Jan 18, 2020

      @HotPotato Yep! it really matters where you live. Certainly in the SF bay area the current luxury car du jour is the Tesla S. If you have a mountain cabin then there may be a Sequoia in the garage. If they don't want to be ostentatious then I have seen this demographic driving a high trim Camry or Avalon hybrid.

  • Fleuger99 Fleuger99 on Jan 29, 2020

    The Genesis G90 looks terrible. The headlights look like Volvo copies, the rear looks like the old Infiniti Q45 and we won't mention the 90's wheels design. No way I'd ever pay $70K plus on this.

  • IBx1 For all this time with the hellcat engine, everything they made was pathetic automatic scum save for the Challenger. A manual Durango, Grand Cherokee, Charger, 300C, et al would have been the real last gasp for driving enthusiasts. As it is, the party is long over.
  • MaintenanceCosts The sweet spot of this generation isn't made anymore: the SRT 392. The Scat Pack is more or less filling the same space but it lacks a lot of the goodies, including SRT suspension, brakes, and seats. The Hellcat is too much and isn't available with a manual anymore.
  • Arthur Dailey I am normally a fan of Exner's designs but by this time the front end on the Stutz like most of the rest of the vehicle is a laughable monstrosity of gauche. The interior finishes suit the rest of the vehicle. Corey please put this series out of its misery. This is one vehicle manufacturer best left on the scrap heap of history.
  • Art Vandelay I always thought what my Challenger really needed was a convertible top to make it heavier and make visability worse.
  • Dlc65688410 Please stop, we can't take anymore of this. Think about doing something on the Spanish Pegaso.