As sedans go, the Panamera is unique. While most of its competitors look like family cars, the 5-door Panamera looks like a sports car for four. In fact, it resembles a 911—a bloated one, some say. But styling aside, the Panamera is the luxury sedan to own. Even the nicely appointed base model with its fuel-frugal 300-bhp V-6 does a respectable 160 mph, 7 mph less than the Panamera S Hybrid whose V-6 gasoline engine/electric motor combination produces 380 hp while merely sipping fuel. But few sedans can touch the sensational new 550-bhp Panamera Turbo S, whose 190-mph top speed and 3.6-second 0-to-60 time make this sedan as fast as a sports car—like Porsche’s own 911.
The Toyota Camry Hybrid sedan brings the quality and reliability of the Camry together with increased fuel efficiency.
The Camry Hybrid is a front-wheel drive four-door sedan that seats five passengers. Available in two trim levels, LE and XLE, the heart of the Camry Hybrid is the Hybrid Synergy Drive, a combination electric motor/gasoline engine that produces a combined 200-hp, and efficient, electronic continuously variable transmission. The standard warranty for hybrid-related components is 8 years/100,000 miles. Stability and traction control, ten-airbags, anti-lock brakes with brake assist and tire pressure monitor are some of the standard safety equipment. Tech features include Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, garage door opener, rear camera, navigation with touch screen, HD and satellite radio, and the new Entune mobile app and services system.
For 2013, the Camry Hybrid LE is outfitted with a standard 6.1-inch touch screen audio system with Bluetooth wireless streaming.
The Rolls-Royce Ghost is an exotic sedan built in England. The Ghost is more driver-focused and slightly smaller than the flagship Phantom, but that does not mean it skimps on luxury. The EWB (Extended Wheelbase) Ghost provides extra legroom for rear passengers.
The five-passenger, rear-wheel drive Ghost is powered by a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, producing 563 horsepower and 575 pounds-feet of torque. This ultra-luxury sedan features a handcrafted interior with flawless leather trim and a choice of wood veneers, reverse-opening rear doors, adaptive air suspension with automatic four-corner leveling, and a 600-watt sound system with navigation. Optional equipment includes night vision, lane departure warning, auto-dimming headlights, active cruise control with distance pacing, silver painted hood, dual-monitor rear entertainment system, panoramic sunroof and rear, front side and top view parking cameras.
Hyundai continues to challenge more expensive products with the Veracruz, a crossover utility vehicle loaded with amenities and features that belie its price. A more stylish grille and 18-in. hypersilver wheels give the Veracruz a fresh look for 2012, and inside there are other new items: standard heated second-row seats in the Limited as well as an optional Alpine navigation system. Both the GLS and the Limited models are powered by a 3.8-liter V-6 with 260 bhp, and the only transmission is a 6-speed automatic. Also, electronic all-wheel drive is an option. Luggage space is great because the Hideaway third-row seat is a simple pull of the lever away.
If you are in the market for a large, stylish and up-scale sedan, the Equus could be right up your driveway. This large and handsome 4-door sedan boasts a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with an impressive 429 horsepower at 6400 rpm and 376 lb-ft of torque at 5000. With this V-8 mated to Hyundai's 8-speed automatic transmission, the driving is a delight. While the curb weight is 4449 lb, the ride quality is excellent thanks to Hyundai's electronically controlled air suspension and 5-link suspension geometry front and rear. And the 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes are impressive in power and control. Inside Equus the comfort level is quite high and the seating is excellent front and rear. There is ample room front and rear, and the luggage compartment is equally generous. And if you're looking for more features, the Equus Ultimate provides such extras as forward-view parking and cornering camera, remote power trunk lid, reclining rear seats that are also cooled, a hidden small refrigerator in the rear seat area and an entertainment system. It's no secret that luxury-car purchases are often based on name-brand bragging rights, but the Hyundai Equus may soon overpower several other luxury sedans.