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Buy this, not that: Are luxury worth the extra cash?

Fusion or Lincoln MKZ? Civic or Acura ILX? whether the luxury upgrades to base line-up can be difficult. As offer more and more upgrades to their standard it begs the question of whether to the higher-end model is worth the anymore.

Making the choice a a fully-loaded Ford and a base can be a tough choice.

I want a new car with all the latest features, but I’m not I want a luxury car. Is it to buy the fully equipped model I know already, or step up to its equivalent?”

It’s an age-old that journalists and car coaches and receive on a regular basis, friends and family members who to make a solid decision overpaying or receiving less they anticipated. Automakers sold more luxurious to mainstream cars for decades, but the on the balance sheets have been closer, in terms of for the dollar. When the difference in is slim, it comes down to comparisons between the models, and is not always an easy answer.

Below are a few examples of mainstream and their luxury equivalents, and how stack up against one another:

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The Ford (top) rapidly approaches the price of the Lincoln MKZ (bottom) options are maxed out.

Fusion / Lincoln MKZ

The Ford and Lincoln MKZ are the bread and butter of the Oval’s sedan lineup. midsize sedans are among the attractive in their class, but distinct hooks, at different points, for buyers. While the base price ($22,695) it to compete with the Honda and Toyota Camry, the MKZ’s starts almost 15 grand and swells to nearly $50,000 fully optioned. The point of for the two cars’ prices comes as a Fusion Titanium creeps the MKZ’s base price which pushes the Fusion near-luxury territory.

Rationale for Not in this case. The Fusion SE includes the same 2.0-liter engine as in the MKZ, and can be had with front- or all-wheel drive, the hassle of the MyFord Touch system as standard equipment.

Devil’s advocate: Consider the MKZ which includes hybrid – and a 45 mpg rating – at no premium over its MKZ sibling ($37,085).


The Civic (top) is always among compact cars the pricier Acura ILX (bottom) has few luxury competitors.

Honda / Acura ILX

The Honda Civic has a mainstay of the compact-car segment for two decades. Its luxury complement, the ILX (and, in earlier iterations, the offers similar driving and chassis tuning in a familiar Although they typically to two disparate consumer bases – first-time buyers flock to the for example – as the options pile on, the case strengthens for the ILX, has the built-in luxury cachet and network of the Acura brand.

for luxury? Although there are of competitors at the low end of the Civic’s price ($18,955), few entry-level luxury are as attractive as an ILX with a 6-speed which can be snapped up for a hair $30,000. That price includes the traditionally attentive dealer experience.

Devil’s advocate: For about grand less than a ILX with a 5-speed automatic, the Si sedan ($23,505) offers as much fun per dollar. And if you’re for a hybrid, stick with the


Optioning up the Volkswagen (top) will certainly the price up to the lower regions of the Cayenne (bottom), alhtough of luck finding a base model.

Volkswagen Touareg / Cayenne

The Volkswagen Touareg and Cayenne are sport-utility vehicles unlikely German manufacturers share similar underpinnings and In the tradition of platform-sharing that for brand-specific styling while the mechanical bits the same, the two – three, if you count the longer and Audi Q7 – appeal to different but are alike where it matters. As the price of a Touareg comes to the lower echelons of Cayenne, the dilemma enables some to consider the Porsche for its own sake.

for luxury? Locating a Porsche of any kind is like finding a in a haystack. Here, the Porsche is to be a significant reach, so stick the Touareg unless you can really your budget. But if you can find a Cayenne without any options the value of the Porsche brand likely help resale

2014 Volkswagen Touareg

Devil’s advocate: At $57,575, the Diesel does make a case against a $51,945 TDI.


Max out that Pathfinder (top) and expect to pay than the base price of the QX60 (bottom), all without the value of the luxury marque.

Pathfinder / Infiniti QX60

recently redesigned Pathfinder, and re-christened QX60 (nee are crossover sport-utility vehicles to reach families with a for a third row of seats and a distaste for Both models are available front- or all-wheel drive, and the same 3.5-liter V-6 engine, and styling cues as well as a platform. At the upper limits of seats, chrome wheels, and packages that would a 1960s NASA crew is it worth the extra cash to up to the Infiniti?

Rationale for luxury? Yes, and good reason: the sticker for Pathfinders with options and drive quickly climbs the QX60’s $42,545 base For that price, the added of the Infiniti badge will you get the coveted valet spot, as as potentially higher resale

Devil’s advocate: At $29,710, the front-wheel-drive Pathfinder makes a for itself in the Sunbelt as a competitor for the Explorer and Toyota Highlander.

Mercedes-Benz is touting its CLA250 with a base price $30,000 before destination but pony up a few thousand more and the (bottom) offers more per dollar.

Mercedes-Benz CLA250 / C250

Mercedes-Benz, the luxury known for astounding the world technology and craftsmanship on high-end is currently engaging in a significant effort with its recently CLA250 coupe/sedan. With an price of $29,900 ($30,825 destination fees), the CLA250 the distilled experience of the three-pointed to attract new buyers to the fold. for just a few thousand dollars ($36,725), Mercedes will sell you the C250, which more feature content for the Ahead of the launch of a new C-class within a year or so, is the CLA250 the one to be with?

Devil’s advocate: We’ve three-year old CLS550s – the four-door that the CLA250 is supposed to on a smaller scale – with than 70,000 miles, for about the same price as a C or CLA.

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