A throwback to our article last week on cars for new parents on a budget, we thought we’d do something for another class of consumers. For those of you who always go for the high end trims, this week we’re covering some of the more luxurious vehicles for those that want to drive a sophisticated vehicle. Best of all, these trims are all pretty affordable, even if you’re not swimming in a pile of money like Scrooge McDuck.
2017 Kia Cadenza
Possibly the most luxurious sedan by Kia Motors to date, the Kia Cadenza flies under the radar of many. Maybe it’s the odd name, or maybe it just doesn’t get enough love for being only in its second generation, but boy are people missing out. Regardless, being that there’s only three trims in the lineup, many features are shared between them.
Take it for a test drive and be greeted by leather heated seating, a standard feature found in all trims. Have no problem driving at night with automatic on/off headlights, during a storm with heated power mirrors with LED turn signals, and avoid sun glare during the day with solar control glass. The higher trims do have their perks such as a panoramic sunroof on the Cadenza Technology and Limited trims, which is optional on the base trim, the Kia Cadenza Premium. The Cadenza Limited and Technology trims also have a heated steering wheel and integrated memory for up to two driver’s seating settings.
Starting MSRP is $31,990
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Limited Edition
When an automaker releases a Limited Edition trim, it usually means that trim has exclusive parts or that it has a few advanced components, but not necessarily so many that it is going to make the price dramatically increase, and the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE is a good example of that. Not only will consumers find high-end features for a fraction of the price, but the Outlander Sport LE is also the only trim in the lineup to have Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability with Bluetooth technology.
Other features found on the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Limited Edition consist of super wide high intensity discharge headlights, heated driver and front passenger seats, and a rearview camera system. There are several more exclusives to this trim, such as black exterior mirrors with turn signal indicators, 18-inch black painted alloy wheels, and red stitching and leather wrapping on the steering wheel, shift knob, and parking brake handle. Like the other trims in the lineup, the Outlander Sport LE can come with or without Mitsubishi’s signature all-wheel control system (AWC).
Starting MSRP is $21,995; $23,495 with AWC
2018 Ram Limited Tungsten Edition
Available in fall 2017, the 2018 Ram Limited Tungsten Edition is going to be the most luxurious pickup truck to come from Ram yet. For the first time in the pickup truck segment of vehicles, consumers are immediately greeted by a Light Greystone suede headliner, ultra-premium “Natura Plus” Frost and Indigo-colored premium leather throughout the cabin, Indigo-colored carpet with rubber floormats and snap-out Frost and Indigo carpeted inserts, and real wood interior components. The features of comfort are not far behind the aesthetics.
Standard features consist of remote start, backup camera, power adjustable pedals with memory, a heated steering wheel, front ventilated and heated seats, heated rear seats, and the RamBox cargo management system, and a version of Uconnect with navigation. Most likely, the Uconnect 8.4 NAV infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto, given the standard 8.4-inch touchscreen display. Best of all, the Limited Tungsten Edition will be available on the Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500, so even the most heavy lifting aggressive work pickup trucks can have some style after business hours.
Ram 1500 Limited Tungsten Edition MSRP starts at $55,120