We always end up circling back to Mercedes for the same reasons that Dave mentioned, and repairs on them are not cheap, but probably the ,most reasonable of the luxury groups. Porche was probably the loudest, and most uncomfortable ride ever and the most expensive for even the most basic upkeep.
This question and the lack of specificity can lead to a wild range of responses. Perhaps that was the intent.
If you crave comfort and luxury but could care less what others think, a sleeper that seems to regularly be available relatively cheap - the Toyota Avalon. Same platform as Lexus ES. Can be and often is loaded up with luxury features.
They’re bullet proof reliable. You mentioned ride in a follow up. Cushy quiet ride so don’t be expecting sporty.
With the Germans, bring your own BIL mechanic. You can luck out and get a gem that doesn’t seem to require a lot of care and feeding… but the risk of a money pit also looms heavy.
Quiet and comfortable, that’ll be Lexus, Lincoln, or Buick. Mercedes still leans this way, but more and more are designed to be competitive with BMW and Audi for a more engaging drive. Likewise, Volvo is kind of in this middle ground too.
If you don’t want horrendous depreciation, lease or buy a CPO with a warranty. Luxury cars as a category depreciate a lot because all the new technology they put in them now becomes old technology in a few years. Maintenance costs, OTOH, doesn’t depreciate; a used $100k car that can be had for the price of a Camry still has the maintenance costs of a $100k car.
I just sold my 2010 Audi S4 with 110K miles on it. 108K of those miles were basically trouble-free. If you go BMW, Audi or M-B, get the newest one with the lowest miles you can afford and get a warranty. When it starts nickel and diming you, get rid of it and start over.
@jsh139 They can be good, but deferred maintenance isn’t an option on them. In some cases, like BMW cooling systems, the parts were designed just to outlive the warranty period. Ask someone who works on them for a living; they’ll tell you how many expansion tanks, radiators, and plastic water pumps they’ve replaced on cars with under 100k.
I had a Buick Enclave for 8+ years, drove like a dream and was the quietest vehicle I’ve ever been in. Bought it new in ‘09, it was a 2010. I don’t know about the newest models. I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee now, not nearly as quiet but still a nice ride.
My friends were pretty married to Mercedes until they had a compressor go up in one of their SUVs and had a lot of trouble with the dealership getting it fixed.
You could buy an old lexus is300. (It has a 2jz engine)
For around 4-6k. Drop in another 4k on the engine and upgraded suspension. You could have a luxury sports car. That rides like a dream and hauls ass.