5. Full Size Luxury Car—Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Starting price: $93,825
Fuel-economy rating (EPA city/highway combined): 18-20 mpg
For those whose nest egg is hatching in a big way, the flagship S-Class sedan
– or the new-for-2015 coupe formerly known as the CL-Class – is the best way, perhaps next to a Ferrari or Bugatti, to let the world know you’ve arrived. Featuring bold big-car styling and a truly opulent interior, the S-Class propels its occupants at warp speed with either a 455-horsepower twin-turbo V-8 in the S550 version or a pavement-blurring 577-horsepower version in the higher-performance S63 AMG 4MATIC. Bleeding-edge advanced features include a low-speed autonomous driving mode and the ability to anticipate road imperfections in its path and adjust the suspension in milliseconds to maintain a butter-smooth ride. As if that’s not enough, the car can be fitted with rear seats that simulate a hot stone massage, heated armrests, and an ionizing and perfuming feature for the climate control system.