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Bankrate's 2007 New Car Guide
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Status and styling aside, many car-buying decisions boil down to bucks and budgets.
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10 most expensive 2007 vehicles

When you're shopping for one of the most expensive vehicles on the road, you expect a certain amount of luxury.

So it's no surprise that in J.D. Power and Associates' list of the 10 most expensive 2007 vehicles, even the base models often sport leather seats, top-of-the-line stereos, wood interior trim and automatic everything. J.D. Power and Associates doesn't track some of the superexotics, like Ferrari and Lamborghini, so its "top 10" list is comprised of the popular, but pricey models.

Many of these autos also offer some pretty nifty safety features as standard equipment, from side-impact and head-curtain airbags, to road-hugging abilities that limit skidding and parking sensors that warn if something is too close.

Here are the 10 most expensive models of 2007, along with the average purchase price for each -- what the customer pays walking out the door, rather than the price on the window. Payments aren't the only expense you'll incur with one of these autos. All are outfitted with larger (6- to 12-cylinder) engines and have a 300-horsepower minimum (a few boast 400-, 500- or 600-horsepower versions), so they really guzzle gas.

10 most expensive 2007 vehicles
1. Mercedes-Benz CL-Class 6. BMW 6 Series
2. Porsche 911 7. Jaguar XK
3. Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 8. Audi A8/S8
4. Mercedes-Benz S-Class 9. BMW 7 Series
5. Mercedes-Benz G-Class 10. Land Rover Range Rover
7. Jaguar XK
Price: $87,361
Style: Two-door coupe or two-door convertible
Mileage: XK -- 19 mpg combined city/highway;
XKR -- 18 mpg combined city/highway
Engine: 8 cylinder/4.2 liter/300 hp, naturally aspirated (XK models)
8 cylinder/4.2 liter/420 hp, super-charged (XKR models)
Warranty: 4 year, 50,000 miles, free scheduled maintenance for the first year or 12,000 miles, 24-hour roadside assistance
Standard equipment: All-aluminum body; two front-impact airbags and two side-impact airbags; antilock brakes with emergency brake assist; driver and passenger front side, head-chest, and seat-mounted airbags; Rollover Protection System (convertibles only); leather upholstery; security system; keyless entry and start; dual-zone automatic climate control; Alpine six-speaker, 160-watt AM/FM/CD with six-disc CD changer with steering wheel controls; Bluetooth enabled; and DVD-based satellite navigation system.
Safety data: Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducted crash ratings for these vehicles.
Mileage estimates provided by the federal Environmental Protection Agency

One thing you won't find for these eight cars and two sport utility vehicles is safety data. None of these vehicles are currently rated by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

If you've got a taste for luxury and money to burn, a few select automakers might have just the thing for your garage.

-- Posted: Aug. 2, 2007
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