Best Luxury Cars and SUVs include a Lincoln

By definition, luxury cars and SUVs are a cut above the mainstream. They promise comfort, performance, refinement, and the latest technology. But our road tests show that not all competitors shine in this premium arena.

Shoppers will find significant gaps between Consumer Reports' Overall Scores for the best luxury models and the worst. 

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This is what goes into the CR Overall Score:

  • Road-test performance: This score is based on more than 50 tests and evaluations conducted at our 327-acre Auto Test Center by our experienced staff.
  • Reliability survey results: Each year CR members report the problems they’ve had with hundreds of thousands of cars. 
  • Owner satisfaction survey results: They're based on the percentage of owners who say they would definitely buy the same car if they had to do it all over again.
  • Safety tests and equipment: All recommended cars must provide effective occupant protection in crash tests conducted by the government or the insurance industry (if they’ve been tested). Models with standard forward collision warning (FCW), automatic emergency braking (AEB), blind spot warning (BSW), or pedestrian detection get bonus points.

With all these factors combined, there are as many as 40 points (out of 100 for any vehicle) separating the top from the bottom in our ratings in some categories.

To accelerate the research into your next new luxury model, you can find the top-ranked model in each of eight categories below.

You can create your own list sorting and filtering the luxury models in our dynamic ratings chart.

Luxury Entry-Level

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2019 Audi A3

Price Range: $32,500 - $49,900

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Luxury Compact

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2019 Audi A4

Price Range: $37,400 - $50,800

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Luxury Midsized

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2019 Lincoln Continental

Price Range: $46,145 - $72,045

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Ultra-Luxury Car

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2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Price Range: $91,250 - $253,550

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Luxury Entry-Level SUV

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2019 Mini Cooper Countryman

Price Range: $26,900 - $37,900

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Luxury Compact SUV

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2019 BMW X3

Price Range: $41,000 - $54,650

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Luxury Midsized SUV

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2019 BMW X5

Price Range: $60,700 - $75,750

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Luxury Large SUV

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2019 Toyota Land Cruiser

Price Range: $84,765 - $84,765

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