Jan 26, 2012
Reviewed By Erin Olson
Price as Tested $90,275, 385-hp 5.0-L V8, 6-sp Automatic Transmission w/Paddle Shift
Likes

It’s big inside. I’m six feet tall, so the back seat of any car is usually my nemesis, but I could comfortably sit in this back seat all day long. The long wheelbase adds an extra five inches of legroom. Eight-inch monitors mounted in the back of each headrest seal the deal.

The heated leather seats and steering wheel, burl walnut veneer and suedecloth headliner combine for an utterly tactile experience. Other nice tech features include a navigation system, blind spot monitor, and a shift-knob that rises from the console on ignition.

Dislikes

All that legroom comes back to haunt you. Simply parking inside the lines was a precision operation, as is parallel parking on a crowded city street. But with back-up cameras and warning beeps (called “front and rear parking aid”), it wasn’t difficult.

The virtual instrument panel seems out of place. If you’re going to put an analog clock on the dash, I’d expect some tastefully crafted instruments to go with it.

Verdict

Great lines, excellent luxury features, and a livable package. It looks and feels the way a $90,000 luxury car in this class should — a great choice for buyers in the market for a high-level driver but want something different than a BMW or Benz.

Fun to Drive
3.5 rating
Fun to Look at
4.5 rating
Overall Experience
4.5 rating
Stats
Horsepower 385
EPA Mileage 15/22