By: Joe Manna
These 10 vehicles made the top 10 list from Men’s Health as the best cars for the modern CEO. Is your car on the list? From premium looks, post-modern engines and sophisticated technology, these rides will tell others that you’re an executive with discriminating tastes.
10. 2013 Land Rover Range Rover
This is the brand’s first all-aluminum body in an SUV thanks to a redesign that boasts a weight savings of 700-pounds. The new Terrain Response system determines the right driving performance based on the current terrain for you, adjusting to its surroundings. There is no more guess work, just aim toward the hill and drive.
9. 2013 Lexus ES Hybrid
Hybrids are all the rage and Lexus’ midrange ES hybrid is no exception. It generates roughly 40 miles per gallon combined and delivers 200 total horsepower (HP), moving with the power expected from the luxury-performance brand. This is no ordinary hybrid, the eco-friendly vehicle still holds all of the luxury and amenities Lexus owner expect including a spacious back seat with plenty of leg room and an app-based connectivity system.
8. 2013 Ford F-150 Limited
When you think luxury, you don’t think Ford and you certainly don’t think pickups. Ford’s all-new F-150 Limited sports a new multifunction LCD with Ford’s own Sync® connectivity. The interior has creamy black and red two-toned leather with heated and cooled seats. Even with its huge 365 HP engine, the economical 4X2 six-cylinder engine generates an impressive 22 miles per gallon on the highway. CEO’s in Texas, UNITE!
7. 2013 Honda Accord
$22,500 to $34,200
Honda has really stepped up its game when it comes to providing economical vehicles that have a luxurious boost. Honda has borrowed some visual cues from their family Acura models. The new Accord can achieve up to 36 miles per gallon highway from its four-cylinder variants and 34 miles per gallon from the 278 HP V6 edition. The backup camera (for those of you that drive as terribly as me) is now standard as well as the Econ button.
6. 2013 BMW 650i Gran Coupe
With a brand like BMW, you can trust they have built vehicles meant for performance driving. The four-door coupe features a creamy and luxurious multi-leather interior with contoured seats. The body style is long, low and wide and this car just screams decadence with its 20-inch wheels. Most impressively the eight-cylinder 445 HP engine now sports a white-knuckle inducing twin-turbo, which will leave your competitors in the dust. (But be careful – you will be an attractive catch for local law enforcement.)
5. 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed
Now this is luxury – and a hefty insurance premium. A huge step up from the BMW 650i, this car isn’t for the faint of heart. The 616 HP allows you to shoot from 0-to-60 in about four seconds. Not too shabby for a 5,115 pound luxury vehicle. But if you care about 0-to-60 times, you might also find yourself quite thrilled with a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, for about half the price.
4. 2013 Lincoln MKZ
Lincoln has been able to reestablish itself in the market with the MKZ as luxury sedan. The car hugs the road like a dream with its adjusted suspension, and the panoramic retractable roof gives you the feel of a convertible without the hassle. It’s the perfect car for going on a cruise around the town at night and letting you (or your spouse’s) hair blow in the wind. As a member of the Ford family, this Lincoln boasts Sync®, which integrates nicely with your mobile devices.
3. 2012 Tesla Model S
$57,400 to $105,400
If you’re a fan of being a part of a technology revolution, this car is for you. If this car is wrong, I don’t want to be right. This up and coming vehicle goes from 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds with absolutely no tailpipe emissions. It is an all-electric (meaning, no gasoline needed) motor that is designed to go up to 300 miles on a single charge. This car is one of the sexier of the bunch with its power liftgate and keyless entry. This luxury vehicle offers a max speed of 130 MPH and has a range of about 265 miles, so if you live and work in an urban area – this will get many eyes turning for all the right reasons.
2. 2013 SRT Viper
Recently, Chrysler graduated their line of high-performance cars, Street & Racing Technology (SRT), into its own brand, no longer tied to the Dodge namesake. The group’s most notable vehicle is the Viper. It’s the epitome of a ‘90s hair band according to the guys around the office. The newly improved Viper returns from a short hiatus looking a tad more sophisticated with an improved suspension. The 640 HP, ten-cylinder 8.4 liter motor marks this sports car as one of the toughest around. Don’t expect to be seeing any taillights in this beast. A bit more modest (and arguably, useful) brother to the Viper would be the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8, offers a 6.4 liter HEMI V8 at just $64,000.
1. 2013 Porsche Boxster
The newly redesigned Porsche Boxster is super fast and powerful. For many executives, they know the importance of a brand – and Porsche is one that has prevailed for many generations. The gorgeous drop-top is affordable luxury car that any CEO could afford. The car totes rich leather interior, beautiful airbrushed aluminum trim and the fuel economy isn’t bad, either. Of course, the fierce growl and responsive throttle catapults this car to the top of the list. Don’t be phased by the 265 horsepower, the Boxster offers industry-leading handling and one the lighter cars that you can’t wait to take for long “business” road trips.
Vanity isn’t everything – give these rides a test-drive and see which one gives you the greatest sense of control, most useful technology features and total cost of ownership. As an executive, you will probably get a lot of use out of Bluetooth in-car calling features. And not all Bluetooth integrations are the same; some offer more complexity and different audio performance than others. As a bit of advice, consider that higher-end cars, will often require that you maintain the vehicle much more aggressively then your average Corolla – often requiring specialized service, parts and maintenance schedules.
As an executive, you need to understand what you look for in a car and make a decision that complements your lifestyle. It’s not just looks that matter – it’s the overall function of how your next car intends to support your fast-paced business and personal lives.