The Best New Luxury Cars According to Consumer Reports

If you find yourself lusting after a car that offers the ultimate in comfort, performance, and the latest in high-tech features, you really can’t go wrong with a new luxury car, says Consumer Reports. The good news is that today’s market offers no shortage of luxuriously outfitted models to pick from. The even better news is that Consumer Reports recently highlighted its picks for the best new luxury cars of 2021. Let’s find out what they are.

The 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is the best new entry-level luxury car

A grey 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe driving, the 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is one of the best new luxury cars according to Consumer Reports
2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe | BMW

Perhaps you’re in the market for your very first luxury car. If that’s the case, Consumer Reports recommends looking no further than the 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. Starting at $35,700, the 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is among the most affordable new luxury cars under $40,000. An affordable price tag isn’t all the 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has going for it, either.

In fact, Consumer Reports lauded this new car for its extremely smooth engine and quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. The organization was also impressed by the 2 Series Gran Coupe’s interior, adding that while the cabin may not be the most luxurious, it does have a high-quality feel to it. Opt for a 2 Series Gran Coupe that’s been outfitted with the Convenience package, and Consumer Reports says this new luxury car benefits from features such as keyless entry, a panoramic sunroof, and satellite radio.

The 2021 Audi A4 is the best new luxury compact car

A 2021 Audi A4 parked in the street
2021 Audi A4 | Audi

The 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe isn’t the only new luxury car that found itself on Consumer Reports’ list. As a matter of fact, the organization also included the 2021 Audi A4 among its picks for the best new luxury cars. Though, having given it an 87 overall score, it’s no surprise that Consumer Reports would include the A4 in its list.

But Consumer Reports didn’t just give the A4 an 87 overall score. It also gave it a five out of five predicted reliability rating. Even better, the organization gave this year’s model an 88 overall score in road tests. According to Consumer Reports, the A4’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine continues to impress. Further, its interior is a “high-tech wonderland” that can be outfitted with features such as Audi virtual cockpit plus, which features a high-resolution 12.3″ screen, and the ability to show your location in Google Earth.

The 2021 Lexus ES is the best luxury midsized car

A white 2021 Lexus ES driving
2021 Lexus ES | Lexus

Perhaps the 2021 Audi A4 is just too small of a vehicle for you. The good news is that Consumer Reports also included the 2021 Lexus ES among its picks for the best new luxury cars. This year’s model starts at $40,000 and, at its most expensive, will have you spending approximately $49,000. 

Much like the Audi A4, Consumer Reports also gave the 2021 Lexus ES high marks. This year’s model earned itself an 82 overall score, which is nothing short of impressive. It also earned a four out of five predicted reliability rating and a four out of five predicted owner satisfaction rating. Its interior is impressive too, says Consumer Reports. In fact, according to the organization, the interior of this year’s model is a significant improvement over previous years.

The 2021 BMW 7 Series is a luxury car that “delivers a first-class travel experience”

A grey 2021 BMW 7 Series, one of the best luxury cars according to Consumer Reports
2021 BMW 7 Series | BMW

There’s a lot to like about the 2021 BMW 7 Series. Consumer Reports gave it an 88 overall score, ranking it the best new ultra-luxury car of 2021. It also gave this year’s new 7 Series a 99 overall score in road tests, which is just short of perfect. According to Consumer Reports, the 2021 BMW 7 Series “delivers a first-class travel experience.” It boasts a serene ride, a long list of high-tech features, and is surprisingly fuel-efficient.

As for how much the 2021 BMW 7 Series costs? There’s no beating around the bush here. This new luxury car will cost you a pretty penny. Choose a base model 7 Series, and you can anticipate spending approximately $86,800. Opt for the M760i xDrive instead, and the 7 Series will have you spending upwards of $155,000. 

Are you ready to treat yourself to one of the best new luxury cars?

For those in the market for a new luxury car, Consumer Reports’ picks for the best new luxury cars make for a fantastic start. But when it comes to determining which luxury model is the best fit for you? We recommend getting behind the wheel for a few test drives.