Midsize sedans used to be a no-brainer for families seeking capable transportation. These days, crossovers have stolen some of their thunder, but there are still plenty of good reasons for investing in a talented family sedan.
Not so long ago, luxury cars were defined primarily by the features they offered. During this era, coddling amenities such as ventilated seats and heated steering wheels were available only in premium models. Luxury brands led the way in safety, as well, and for many years, they were pretty much the only game in town if you hoped to equip your vehicle with key driver-assistive technology.
Genesis is now a three-sedan luxury brand in a world voracious for SUVs. The long-awaited 2019 Genesis G70, an entry-level sport sedan sharing its platform and powertrains with the arguably more compelling 2018 Kia Stinger, debuted overnight in Seoul at a “festival” attended by 15,000 people and headlined by Gwen Stefani.
Lexus is introducing an all-new generation of its range-topping LS sedan. It’s a car that steadfastly embodies the virtues that got the brand where it is today, with a sumptuous, roomy and quiet cabin, ample power and great reliability. But in the stratosphere of premium luxury where ownership or lease terms seldom outlive the factory warranty, long-term dependability may not be quite as important as having the latest style and tech. According to Brian Bolain, General Manager of Lexus marketing, research shows that luxury buyers are looking for something different. LS Chief Engineer Toshio Asahi adds, “We wouldn’t turn their heads with a conventional premium product.”
Buick calls the 2018 Regal GS a “sport sedan,” but it’s no more a sedan than a BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is a coupe. Based on the Regal Sportback, a 5-door hatchback with a rakish roofline, folding rear seats, and scads of utility, the new Regal GS blends performance, utility, and value in a compelling way.