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Most Reliable Large Luxury Cars According to Consumer Reports

If you’re looking for a large sedan that will wrap your family in the most comfort possible then you’ll probably want to pick one of the entrants in the large luxury car category. Aside from their high price tags, competitors in this segment offer up a heavy dose of opulence, comfort, and serenity while you traverse almost any type of pavement that you put underneath them. After all, they wouldn’t carry those elevated prices if they weren’t worth paying for.

Listed below are the five most reliable large luxury sedans as rated by Consumer Reports. Each of the cars excelled in CR’s road tests and garnered positive reliability scores. Consumer Reports’ reliability scores are created via its members’ survey data across 17 vehicle categories. As such, the cars are listed from least reliable to the most reliable.

2021 Lexus LS

You would think that the Lexus LS would easily be the front-runner on this list, however, that is surprisingly not the case. While the 2021 Lexus LS does have a lot to offer, including a potent twin-turbo V6 engine, a myriad of tech-rich features, and enough comfort to replicate a living room, CR gives it a predicted reliability score of 1 out of 5.

That’s not to say that the Lexus LS is unreliable by any means since the rating is merely a prediction based on past ratings in several different categories, but CR also gave it the lowest overall score out of the subsequent vehicles listed here despite the fact that they had a lot of good things to say about on their road test.

A silver 2021 Lexus LS parked on display
The 2021 Lexus LS on display | Photo via Lexus

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2021 Genesis G90

We bet you would never guess that a Hyundai would beat out a Lexus on any list, however, that’s most likely what the Korean automaker set out to do when it created the Genesis luxury lineup. In some ways, we can attribute the G90 as the main source of the brand’s success as it offers the same type of luxurious amenities as its competitors, but at a much more affordable price.

Consumer Reports gave the Genesis G90 a much higher rating than that of the Lexus LS and also highlighted its spacious cabin, comfortable ride, and its choice of engines as its strong points.

A silver 2020 G90 on display at an auto show
2020 Genesis G90 on display at the 2nd China International Import Expo | VCG/VCG/Getty Images

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2021 Tesla Model S

While the Tesla Model S started out as a little-known car from a little-known start-up company about a decade ago, it has since risen close to the top of the luxury ranks through the years. Consumer Reports applauded it for its “snappy acceleration,” a comfortable ride, and its ability to get over 400 miles on a single charge in its base form. However, CR does recommend getting the long-range version to prolong its already fantastic driving dynamics.

A white 2021 Tesla Model S Long Range Plus
2021 Tesla Model S Long Range Plus | Tesla

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2021 Audi A8

If you’re looking for a large, stout luxury sedan that adds in a touch of sportiness, then the 2021 Audi A8 could be what you’re looking for. Consumer Reports noted that the A8 is one of the most “impressive cars” they’ve tested and heralded it for its potent turbocharged V6 engine, smooth adaptive suspension, and quiet and sedate interior. Overall, the Audi A8 scored high in the performance and comfort categories.

2021 Audi A8
2021 Audi A8 | Audi

2021 BMW 7 Series

If you’re the tech-savvy type, then you’ll love that the BMW 7 Series is at the top of this list. Consumer Reports gave the 7 Series high marks for its superb fit and finish, sharp performance, and “steady and supple” ride qualities. Additionally, the 7 Series is also equipped with a bevy of tech-rich amenities including massaging seats and an iDrive system that makes generous use of “gesture controls,” in which you can control the infotainment system functions with a simple sweep of your finger.

BMW 7 Series
BMW 7 Series | BMW