2019 lincoln navigator
the 2019 lincoln navigator is a full-size, truck-based luxury suv that actually seems designed, inside and out, to be a luxury vehicle, not one in which luxury features and materials were grafted onto more humble truck roots. and that's even if you don't opt for the black label top trim level, though the black label interior "themes" do have a satisfying opulence, despite having silly names like yacht club and chalet. the interior at each level is an impressive and stylish design with shapes, colors and textures that work together and aren't just a collection of upscale materials and trim pieces. the luxury is supersized inside, even if you don't get the long-wheelbase navigator l, which adds cargo space; the sofa-like, adult-size third row is unmatched in the full-size class. it's also super comfortable up front if you opt for the unusual 30-way adjustable perfect position seats. the navigator's first-class, user-friendly multimedia system is something other luxury brands should emulate.
the navigator navigates like a genuine luxury vehicle as well, with plenty of power from the 450-horsepower, twin-turbo v-6 and 10-speed automatic and a smooth, quiet ride. not everyone needs the size and capability of a land yacht like the navigator, including towing up to 8,600 pounds, but if you do, you won't find it in a more genuinely luxurious package.
2019 mercedes-benz s-class
one could argue that the mercedes-maybach s and two high-performance amg vehicles, one sedan and one coupe, are part of the s-class, but this isn't a case of a model line getting attention due solely to its breadth. the s450 and s560 versions of the sedan alone make the strongest case for this nomination, boasting twin-turbocharged power to the tune of 362 and 463 horsepower, respectively, driving the rear or all four wheels with optional 4matic all-wheel drive. perhaps most important, the s-class has almost always stayed ahead of the competition in its incorporation of technology and features, its luxurious materials and its prestige, and has earned awards several times over the past decade plus.
you can dress up the s-class cars with an unmatched array of options and decadent pampering, and that is certainly part of the appeal, but at heart they also are capable, sophisticated, high-tech cars, and that sets them apart as not just the mercedes-benz flagship but as a contender for the luxury-car standard.
2019 volvo xc90
the xc90 was our pick as the overall best of 2016 in the current generation's debut year, and it continues to set the pace for mid-size three-row suv luxury. its stately styling only looks better for 2019, and the simple elegance of the interior design and its high-quality materials are a class act to which most rivals still only aspire.
not that it has stood still. the latest generation of its distinctive sensus vertical touchscreen multimedia and control system, for example, has improved in speed and responsiveness, addressing one of our few lingering misgivings. but the power and efficiency of its supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder used engine , its smooth ride on the optional air suspension and its credible handling remain an used engine ering tour de force. and the xc90 still delivers family-friendly features and world-class safety technology that have been hallmarks of volvo vehicles since before the xc90 kicked off a whole new and more upscale generation of the brand. the pilot assist system, which combines adaptive cruise control with lane-centering steering, is one of the best semi-autonomous driving aids on the market, and its performance in the xc90 seems to be the best among the volvos.
after volvo's history of near-luxury products, the xc90 was the model that moved the brand clearly into the luxury category, and other models have since followed suit. the xc90 competes directly with the best europe has to offer, yet it does so in a very volvo way.