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
2. Porsche 911
3. Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
4. Mercedes-Benz S-Class
5. Mercedes-Benz G-Class
6. BMW 6 Series
Style: Two-door coupe or two-door convertible
650i coupe — 18 mpg combined city/highway; 16 mpg with clutchless manual transmission version
650i convertible — 15-to-18 mpg combined city/highway
Engine: 8 cylinder/4.8 liter/360 hp
Warranty: 4 year, 50,000 miles, free scheduled maintenance, 24-hour roadside assistance
Standard equipment: Dual front airbags, front side-impact airbags, and driver’s kneebag; antilock brakes; active roll stabilization; rollover protection system (on the convertible only); run-flat tires (capable of covering 150 miles at 50 mph after a flat); tire-pressure monitoring system; Dynamic stability control (to increase stability and combat skids); choice of manual or automatic transmission; leather upholstery; 12-way front power seats; power tilt and telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel; key fob entry; Logic 7 11-speaker, AM/FM/CD sound system with MP3 integration; driver assistance system; Bluetooth enabled.Safety data: Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducted crash ratings for these vehicles.
7. Jaguar XK
8. Audi A8/S8
9. BMW 7 Series
10. Land Rover Range Rover
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.
Sources: Most-expensive vehicle rankings and average transaction prices provided by J.D. Power and Associates based on 2007 model year vehicles. Individual vehicle information comes from the manufacturers. Mileage estimates supplied by the EPA and U.S. Department of Energy, via FuelEconomy.com. Safety information courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (SaferCar.gov) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (iihs.com).