The Mercedes-Benz S-Class
The full-size Mercedes S-class sedan sets the luxury benchmark. Offering unparalleled levels of comfort, luxury and power with limousine-like accommodations for rear passengers. In 2023, its design has been enhanced to incorporate new features.
Mercedes S-class stands out in a competitive field by virtue of its graceful presence and careful attention to detail. Its long roofline and slim proportions are highlighted with chrome trim; its ovoid grille boasts LED headlights; while inside there’s hand-selected leather and exotic wood, along with modern technology.
Utilizing the multiscreen, multitouch Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX), drivers can control their car with both hands and voice using MBUX’s intuitive design that becomes smarter over time and adapts to driver habits. A driver assistance suite features automatic emergency braking that detects pedestrians; adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality and speed limit recognition; active blind spot monitoring/lane control features; as well as surround view camera system technology and more.
One outstanding safety feature on Mercedes vehicles is their ability to raise their body when they detect cyclists approaching from behind, providing protection from serious injuries and saving lives in dense urban environments where cyclists are particularly susceptible to doors that open suddenly while the vehicle is parked. For shoppers seeking a custom look, Mercedes’ Manufaktur program allows them to choose their paint color and upholstery choices – creating truly personalized vehicles.
The BMW X1
Since it debuted as part of BMW’s Sports Activity Vehicle lineup in 2009, the X1 has quickly become one of their most beloved models. Now in its third generation, this compact SUV provides drivers with both premium comfort and outstanding fuel economy.
BMW’s smallest SUV, the X1 is easy to maneuver and park in tight spaces, yet still spacious enough for bags, suitcases and extra gear. Despite its diminutive dimensions, passengers will find ample cargo room.
Standard features of an X1 include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, USB port connectivity and SiriusXM satellite radio. If you want to make the X1 even more luxurious, consider upgrading to the Premium package which features panoramic sunroof, wireless device charging capability and Harman/Kardon 12-speaker stereo system – not forgetting Driving Assistance Professional for safety features like extended traffic jam assist, lane-keeping assistant and evasion aid!
While the X1 may not have the sporty driving dynamics expected of BMW M cars, it still handles twisty roads smoothly and feels more responsive than competitors in this segment. Sport mode adds heavier steering for precise turn-in while its automatic transmission enables fast acceleration away from junctions or lights.
The BMW M2
As more drivers opt for automatic transmissions, BMW’s M division has upped its game with an M2 coupe designed to turn heads on racetrack. Utilizing its modular CLAR platform shared by M3 and M4, this baby M boasts twin turbo inline-six engines producing 453 horsepower each; rear wheel drive; and features a six-speed manual gearbox.
As expected, this car is slightly heavy for its size; however, it feels light in the air. A quick spin around a desert racetrack demonstrated that its purpose was well served.
Though its cabin may lack the same large-screen infotainment system that’s popular among newer BMW models, the M2’s cabin remains pleasant to sit in. It features a 14.9-inch center touchscreen running BMW’s latest iteration of its iDrive system that gives access to navigation, media streaming services and voice command features.
It also boasts an attractive digital gauge display and two figure-hugging sport seats for maximum support on even long drives. Although some might find its signature kidney grille design from 2002 off-putting, it does help make this car appear like a true M model, thus keeping this car popular and in high demand.
The Cadillac Escalade
Cadillac Escalade is a full-size three-row luxury SUV similar to Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon and Lincoln Navigator, but stands apart with its fast 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine producing 682 horsepower – reaching 60mph in 4.4 seconds while covering 110mph quarter-mile speeds!
In addition to its performance capabilities, the Escalade features an array of luxurious amenities. Its eye-catching 38-inch organic light-emitting diode (OLED) infotainment screen is enhanced with sleek digital gauge display and high-quality trim throughout its cabin; leather-wrapped heated/cooled front seats offer adjustable settings for driver width and underknee support for an enjoyable driving experience.
On the road, you’ll appreciate its Super Cruise system for hands-free driving on highways that approve it. This semiautonomous drive mode can even change lanes to avoid slower vehicles while automatically adjusting your speed to meet the situation.
The Cadillac Escalade offers luxurious interior features and plenty of cargo space, making it the ideal vehicle for families. It can comfortably seat seven and boasts a second-row captain’s chair with legroom to spare – not to mention its 73 cubic-foot cargo hold that expands to accommodate longer items! Furthermore, an extended wheelbase ESV version provides additional third row passenger space if desired. If interested in test driving the Escalade yourself and discovering all its impressive features firsthand!