As 2023 rushes at us, and we can see the end of this busy year approaching, many drivers are thinking about their resolutions and lifestyle upgrades. Buying a new car is one of the best ways to invest in your upgraded lifestyle. Our comprehensive guide to 2023’s most reliable and stylish cars will go over their best features and safety attributes, as well as discuss the benefits of these cars when it comes to the other costs of car ownership.
Beyond the Car
In addition to the monthly car payments you‘ll need to account for, you should also consider what the costs of maintenance, performance parts, tags and registration, and insurance will be on your new car. These could be the deciding factors between two or more models you may have your heart set on.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Car
As you’re considering different cars in this list, make sure to take note of your favorite features, as well as any features that could help you save on your car insurance. As you navigate how to purchase insurance for your new car without sacrificing your budget, you’ll want to know every factor that could save you money that you can possibly unearth. While style and reliability aren’t the only ways to judge a dream car, these are two of the factors we chose to compare in our selection of cars.
1. Mercedes S Class
The Mercedes S Class is renowned for its reliability, as it lives up to the track record of excellence and luxury that has been associated with the Mercedes brand since 1926. The 2023 S Class is no different, offering rear-wheel steering and high-tech driver assist protocols to ensure your ride is comfortable and safe during every drive. You can rest assured that you’re riding in style with plush leather thrones for seats in the front, and optional E-Active Body control to lean the car into curves while you drive. This dream machine starts at an MSRP of approximately $115k.
2. Mercedes E Class Estate
Mercedes does it again with the E-Class Estate. This car is the culmination of the S Class tech, with No-Holds-Barred comfort and luxury inherited from the best of each of their previous models. The E Class Estate comes with a longer roofline and more spacious interior, while also flaunting an onboard augmented reality navigation system, complete with an interactive AI system. The E Class is the first car on our list to feature a choice of gasoline or hybrid. This model is based around a base 2.0L turbocharged engine with mild-hybrid capability. This model retains the comfort-oriented design with the AIRMATIC suspension system, combined with the rear-wheel steering option to make the ride smooth and pleasant, while the aggressive air intake and the wider wheelbase provide ample platform for the V8 to shine through (available in 4-door models only). MSRP on this model is starting at a hair over $65K.
3. Volkswagen Arteon
The new VW Arteon is slated to turn heads and woo crowds. The sleek lines and velvety smooth handling ensure that the visceral experience of driving this 300HP fastback is one you’ll want to repeat time and time again. The Arteon design allows you to drive safely and free from distractions with the Digital Cockpit Pro, which comes standard on this model and provides you with intuitive and customizable information in a quickly accessible format for drivers. Additionally, touchscreen and voice-activated navigation will get you to and from your destination safely. Optional features also include remote start and VW Hotspot. MSRP starts at $43K
4. Cadillac CT4-V
Not only does Cadillac boast a long and dependable reputation, but this model in particular has some showstoppers under its banner. The most popular version of this model is called the Blackwing, and it boasts a 6-cylinder Twin Turbo 3.6L engine, providing an impressive 472 HP. The interior is plush but tight, as this model focused more attention on performance and the joy of the drive. This model also comes standard with safety features such as Active Drive Assist, front and rear proximity sensors, blind spot monitoring, front crash impact warning sensor, and more. You can also add more than a handful of optional features to improve safety when you customize your Blackwing. You’re looking at an MSRP starting around $62K
5. Citroen C4
On the less expensive end of the spectrum of our list, the Citroen C4 starts at an MSRP of just shy of $25K. Comfortable interior features outweigh the high performance of similar cars, but this crossover is able to compete with the best of them. AppleCarPlay and Android Auto are both integrated into the standard touchscreen infotainment system in the dashboard. Climate control will never cause an argument between drivers and passengers with dual-control air-conditioning. With a 1.2L Puretech Petrol engine, this small but mighty car checks the boxes for fun and comfortable.
6. Audi Q5
In the base model for the Audi Q5, you can expect an impressive 23-29 MPG fuel economy from the 2.0L 4-cylinder optional hybrid engine. The 7-speed automatic all-wheel drive system combination leaves the thinking out of driving, so you can enjoy the ride without sacrificing performance. The newest model of the Audi Q5 starts with an MSRP of around $44K.
7. Nissan Qashqai
The Nissan Qashqai was delayed from its original release date, but from the current reviews, it will be worth the wait. With a standard 1.3L 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine and responsive front-wheel drive, this small SUV can keep up with the beefier rides. Later in 2023, Nissan plans to release a hybrid option for more eco-conscious drivers, until then they can enjoy the three varied automated drivers assist settings (sport, normal, and eco). The base MSRP is approximately $34K.
8. Lexus UX
This year’s version of the Lexus UX is a significant improvement on previous years, in that the features for comfort are vastly improved, and the fuel mileage is astronomically better than in the past with the standard 181 HP 4-cylinder drivetrain and the variable transmission combined with the 18-inch run-flat tires provides a smooth ride, even if the pep isn’t there for a quick take off from the line. Starting at around $46K.
9. Volvo V90 Cross Country
This 5- seat crossover is an all-around good value for the money, considering comfort and style. With its impressive fuel efficiency, and its all-wheel drive, the hybrid 8-speed automatic 4-cylinder engine creates a workhorse of a comfortable car. Volvo has a reputation for being one of the safest brands on the road, and its modern cars are held to a high standard for style on the road.
10. BMW 5 Series 530i Sedan
Starting at around $55K MSRP, the BMW 5 Series is a classic for style and comfort. With its 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, and its 8-speed transmission, this car has the fuel mileage to keep your wallet happy, and the pep to keep your inner sports car fan excited to drive. You can opt for more aggressive models, such as the V8 turbocharged M 550i, which sacrifices fuel efficiency for power and performance. If it’s the comfort of the ride you’re concerned about, the seating in the cab of the car comes standard with a 16-way adjustable passenger seat and ample foot room for backseat riders. Even the massive cargo space is an improvement on the previous generations of this classic luxury sedan.
Invest in the Best for Your Family
When you are investing in your family’s comfort and safety in a car, but don’t want to sacrifice style and fun, this list proves a good base to work from. We’ve outlined cars that perform with their sports counterparts while maintaining luxury comfort.