When it comes to luxury kinds, not many of the Detroit Three or other American brands quite make the mark. The luxury car market is inundated with Japanese, Korean and European brands – think Genesis, Lexus, BMW, Infiniti, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Acura, and many more. Hardly any of the top ten best-selling luxury cars at home are from home, though they are manufactured within domestic shores.
Keeping this in mind, we compiled a list of the top ten luxury cars, all offered from 'Murican brands like the Detroit Three. These are the best at-home brands that offer all the luxury you deserve and manage to make you feel patriotic as well.
10 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
The Silverado may be no luxury-filled sedan but the truck is as loaded in creature comforts as any other car. While we know a truck isn’t exactly a status vehicle, but with more trucks being bought than ever, and most of the domestic buyers eschewing sedans in favor of trucks – the Silverado has upped its luxury game.
The interiors are plush and the ride is as smooth as it is quiet. The range of engine options manages a 270-420 horsepower which is enough to take this truck just about anywhere. It looks like a sleek beast on the road that no one would want to mess with.
9 Ford Expedition Platinum Max
The Ford Expedition ranks pretty high up on the top ten lists of large SUVs in the States, but it is also luxurious enough to make it onto this list as well. It’s a beautifully built and powerful SUV that has recently restyled itself to look premier from the inside as well as the outside.
The EcoBoost V6 engine manages a 375-400 horsepower and still gives around 16-17 miles per gallon in the city. Cheaper than the Navigator, the Ford Expedition Platinum Max is its luxury trim that costs upwards of $70,000 – but as many of its owners would attest – it is worth every penny.
8 Tesla Model S
The Model S was one of Tesla’s first all-electric launches and the highest trim is packed with a 100kWh battery that manages a whopping 393-mile range on a single charge. Of course, in the real world with real traffic, this 393 mile may not be feasible to achieve; nevertheless, if the Tesla Model S only manages 300 miles, it is still good enough.
While there have been complaints about the car’s controls, all in all, most appear to be happy with their car. With a 518-horsepower output, the Tesla Model S is powerful and takes off more like a racing car than an electric vehicle. It isn’t cheap, but quality rarely is.
7 Lincoln Navigator
So many would dub it the Taj Mahal on wheels of the west, just for the SUV's sheer size and indubitable style. The Lincoln marque arrived with a bang but was reduced to a whimper before the company geared up and restyled many of its cars. The Navigator was also redesigned to start appealing to the all-age customer base instead of being just a geriatric favorite.
The huge size, as well as the plush interiors, do a good job in reviving the Navigator. With prices falling on either side of the $100,000 mark, the Navigator isn’t for the faint-hearted; however, those plush insides and a 450-horsepower motor justify all those dollars.
6 Cadillac ATS-V
Yes, the Caddy CTS is an amazing car. But even the ATS-V is equally amazing, falling a little short of the CTS in the power department by having a V6 instead of a V8. The turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 manages 460 horsepower, so where’s the catch?
The ATS-V is small, with the sedan version no longer available. Regardless, it is still one of the coolest small-sized luxury cars on the block. Sometimes, size doesn’t matter. That said; the seats are a little cramped and the infotainment system takes a little time to navigate, but the ATS-V is still one of the plushest rides you may ever take.
5 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit
Once upon a time, jeeps were for off-roaders who had to tough it out away from the beaten path. No longer though, as today, the jeep is as synonymous with luxury as it is with all-trail worthiness. With the higher trims, jeep married luxury with performance.
The Grand Cherokee Summit is the highest you can get with plushness, the kind that can make you forget that you are driving a jeep. With a $50,000 price tag, it is more affordable than many of the cars on the list, especially when you consider its four-wheel-drive capabilities.
4 Cadillac Escalade
The Escalade is one car you might just see in almost every celebrity’s garage because it provides luxury without sacrificing anonymity. The 6.2-liter V8 can leave behind the paparazzi, or for us mere mortals, normal road traffic. The interiors are of high quality and can leave you wanting for nothing.
The 420-horsepower motor is powerful, but the car can feel a bit sluggish due to the Escalade's behemoth size; however, this is a vehicle you get for its gorgeous interiors and imposing size, not to go barreling down the highway.
3 Lincoln Continental
Once upon a time, a Lincoln Continental was synonymous with success. Slowly though, the Continental became old school and was retired, before being recently revived. The Reserve trim has a 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 which makes 400 horsepower, and this is the trim you want.
The lower trims feel sluggish at 305 horsepower, and the Continental is still trying to brush away its retirement cobwebs. The interiors are of course sleek and plush, though the trunk space is cramped. While this may not be an Audi or a BMW, it is still the all-American Lincoln and as luxurious as ever, even with those suicide doors.
2 Chrysler 300
This isn’t a car for those who want to remain unnoticed. The Chrysler 300 is big, brash, and as bullish as possible. While the exterior is imposing enough to nudge many other cars off the road, the interiors use a surfeit of leather, wood, and legroom to keep even a Rock-sized man ensconced in comfort.
The ride is smooth with engines that jet out 292-363 horsepower, depending on the trim. There have been some complaints about poor handling, but if this is a car you just plan to be chauffeured around in with a uniformed driver, it may prove to be worth its price.
1 Lincoln MKZ
2017 seemed to be a golden year for both Matthew McConaughey and the Lincoln MKZ, not just because they came together for a TVC. The MKZ has become one of the most popular luxury cars in America, more so because of its domestic production.
The styling is timeless and classy, the ride is quiet yet powerful, and there is a seamless blend of technology with old-world grace. Maybe its time to stop looking for a German logo on the grill, and switch to homemade wheels that offer the same comfort and quality, and often at lesser the price.