These Are the Worst Luxury Cars Money Can Buy

These Are the Worst Luxury Cars Money Can Buy

There are a lot of luxury cars out there that many of you wouldn't touch with a 10-foot pole.

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A photo of eight Mercedes S Class sedans lined up in a row.
The height of luxury?
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What makes a car luxurious? Is it the ticket price, the features you find inside or even the styling on the outside? Whatever your gauge on luxury, there are probably a few niceties you expect from any car that’s commanding this premium. But are there any that promise a luxurious driving experience, but fall well short of the mark?

To find out which luxury cars don’t quite meet your very high expectations, we posed the question “what’s the worst luxury car money can buy?

And, after a day of arguing in the comments, we had a lot of awful suggestions to trawl through. Here are some of the top offenders you posted.

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Infiniti QX80

Infiniti QX80

A photo of a dark grey Infiniti SUV.
Photo: Infiniti

“Infiniti QX80. Every time I see one I think ‘But why though?’. Nothing has changed on this aging dinosaur since 2011 other than the price.”

The QX80 is one of those cars where Infiniti hopes you’re confusing the definitions of “big” and “luxurious.”

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Acura Integra

Acura Integra

A photo of a red Acura Integra with the sun shining on its hood.
Photo: Acura

“Acura Integra. Don’t pretend it is a luxury/premium product. It is lipstick on a pig. Ok a good pig to start with but it does not justify the positioning as a premium product. Buy a Honda Civic instead.”

It might be a Civic in lipstick, but it’s a fun Civic in lipstick.

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Cadillac XTS

Cadillac XTS

A photo of a blue Cadillac XTS sedan on a cobble street.
Photo: Cadillac

“Cadillac XTS. Despite the combo of air suspension and Magneride, they ride horribly. Ninety percent of the XTS’s content was available on the Impala for fifty percent of the price.

“The only things not available on the Impala were the twin-turbo V6 (no one ordered it anyways), the CUE system (a buggy glitchy mess with expensive screens prone to de-lamination), the air ride/Magneride combo (rode like garbage and expensive to fix) and AWD (either a glaring oversight or an attempt to upsell customers into the Cadillac, depending on how cynical you feel).”

Given the choice, would you rather have a Cadillac XTS or a Chevrolet Impala with a few thousand dollars?

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Mansory Madness

Mansory Madness

A photo of a Rolls Royce SUV covered in a Mansory body kit.
Photo: Mansory

“Anything from Mansory. The Mansory Urus that just got posted is a stark reminder that they can ruin anything. Here is a recent Mansory Rolls Royce Dawn. I’ll leave you to find your own eye bleach.”

Take something refined and actually luxurious, and make it awful. That’s always been the Mansory way.

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Lincoln Blackwood

Lincoln Blackwood

A photo of a black Lincoln Blackwood pickup truck.
Photo: Lincoln

“Isn’t the answer basically anything from 1980's Cadillac or Lincoln? Exception maybe being the Allante? Just uninspired, badge engineered, premium priced peak malaise vehicles riding the coat tails of old folks who still considered the brands to be the pinnacle of American automobiles? I mean, they’d be cheap to acquire today, but they certainly weren’t new compared to the competition.

“And wouldn’t the Lincoln Blackwood be ‘worse’ than the Mark LT? At least the LT had an open truck bed so you can use it as a truck. The Blackwood had that strange carpeted “trunk” with a hard tonneau on it. Maybe you could remove the top and put a tarp down in there if you wanted to haul some bags of mulch?

“Of course a ‘luxury pickup’ is a bit silly in general, but I see a lot of Ford F-150/250/350 Platinum, Limiteds, and King Ranches around here and GMC Denali pickups. So someone must like spending almost $100k on a pickup truck with leather.”

There are a lot of luxury pickups that could have earned a spot on this list. But the distinction of actually making it here goes to the one that started it all.

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Lexus RX

Lexus RX

A photo of a blue Lexus RX SUV on a dirt trail.
Photo: Lexus

“Right now any brand new Infiniti or Lexus (except the LC500) are the worst luxury car buys

“Infiniti we all know why.

“Lexus however because like Infiniti they’re just aren’t competitive like at all. Cases in point UX NX RX RZ LX IS ES LS RC those are just not good in any way.”

If you think about it really hard, is there a Lexus that you’d happily pay MSRP for in today’s car market?

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A Used Mercedes S Class

A Used Mercedes S Class

A photo of a new and old Mercedes S Class sedan driving side by side on a road.
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“Used Mercedes S-class. There are a billion little modules that can break and they use a vacuum pump for the door locks which means that any one problem in the vacuum system can cause a failure of the door locks. Not to mention all of the things that break will be expensive.”

Nothing says luxury like a dashboard filled with warning lights.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee

A photo of a white Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV parked by a building.
Photo: Jeep

“I’m going with the new Grand Cherokee. It’s hideous, looks poorly constructed in person and will likely have the build quality and longevity that are hallmarks of FCA vehicles.

“Plus it’s going out of its way to be retro shitty on fuel consumption.”

File this one away with the QX80 as car makers that confused “big” and “luxurious.”

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Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

A photo of a red Tesla Model S sedan driving.
Photo: Tesla

“Is it fair to say this, is it low hanging fruit? The build quality/fit and finish and to a lesser extent materials are so bad people debate if it’s even fair to say it’s a luxury car even if the performance and tech/features are there. Combine with poor PR and owner experience.”

Well, actually, El Grumpo, Tesla is the new king of luxury here in America. So there can’t possibly be anything wrong with its cars.

Suggested by: @El_Grump0 (Twitter)

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Entry-Level Luxury

Entry-Level Luxury

A photo of a red Cadillac SUV at sunset.
Photo: Cadillac

“Any base model ‘entry level’ car from the luxury brand of a major company. Things like Acura, Lexus, Infinity, Cadillac, Lincoln, and so on. Those lower trim models are generally just badge engineered cars from the cheaper nameplates, just with a luxury package thrown in, something you could have bought from the cheaper nameplate for far less.

“Then you have to consider that some shops (dealers for sure) will charge you more because you’re driving a Cadillac instead of a Chevy, even if everything about the car that matters and/or is being fixed is the same as the cheaper brand.

“Sorry, but until you get into the top tier cars from luxury brands, the differences between a normal car and a luxury car are negligible.”

Would you rather save some money, but have to explain why you bought a Chevrolet? Or, take a hit to the bank balance while having the joy of being a Cadillac owner?

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Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

A photo of a red Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio sedan on a country road.
Photo: Alfa Romeo

“Has anybody been able to get through 30,000 miles on an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio without a catastrophic engine failure?”

Nothing says luxury like sitting by the side of the road waiting for a tow truck.

Suggested by: neverspeakawordagain

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Any New Maserati

Any New Maserati

A photo of a red Maserati Ghibli sedan on a track.
Photo: Maserati

“Maserati, most of their competition is already one or two generations ahead of their current lineup, which already dates back to 2013 for the most part.”

Hopefully, the impending release of the GranTurismo EV and the stunning MC20 can do a decent job at repairing Maserati’s reputation.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE 350

Mercedes-Benz GLE 350

A photo of a blue Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 SUV driving ona highway.
Photo: Mercedes-Benz

“The Mercedes-Benz GLE 350. The GLE 350 which is a pretty big vehicle available with a 3rd row of seats, is powered by a 2.0l 4 cylinder churning out 255hp. The interior is vinyl. Half of the owners polish their turd with the ‘AMG Line’ exterior. They’re clad in ugly black plastic and have as many fake air intakes and vents as an SN95 Mustang.”

No, you tell us what you really think, Pmb2012.

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Every Modern Lincoln

Every Modern Lincoln

A photo of a Lincoln SUV parked near a lake.
Photo: Lincoln

“Looking at Lincolns website they sell four SUVs that are literally just gussied up Fords. And considering that you can spec up the equivalent Ford for less money, why wouldn’t you do that?”

Is the prestige of the Lincoln brand really worth that much more than Ford?

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BMW X4

BMW X4

A photo of a white BMW X4 SUV parked on tarmac.
Photo: BMW

“Any of the BMW X SUVs, but especially the X4 and X6. Not only are they ugly but also appear to be driven almost entirely by awful people. The XM is so willfully ugly and unnecessary that it might take the crown when it comes out.”

You can make a car luxurious, but you can’t always make its owners appreciate the finer things in life.

Suggested by: Joseph Lynn (Facebook)

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