American luxury cars used to embody huge interiors, acres of sheet metal, and comfortable suspensions that floated down the highway like a magic carpet behind a huge eight-cylinder engine. Fast-forward to the modern era and you’ll find that American luxury cars have undergone a transformation that has seen them regain their competitive footing with the rest of the world’s premium without sacrificing too much of their individual character.
There are now luxury cars hailing from the U.S. in almost every conceivable niche, giving buyers at various price points and driving preferences the chance to get in on the domestic game. Let’s take a look at 10 American luxury cars that help to define the segment:
10. Buick Verano Turbo:
The Buick Verano Turbo confounds expectations about small, front-wheel drive premium cars by offering an ultra-quiet ride, responsive handling, and the grunt that goes with its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
The Buick Verano Turbo serves up 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, and while it might be a stretch to call it a sports sedan there’s no question that the Turbo is much more engaging to drive than the entry-level version of the car. Interior styling is restrained, yet tasteful, and a navigation system can be added to the vehicle as an option.
9. Cadillac ATS Coupe:
Cadillac ATS Coupe is based on the ATS compact sedan, which offers a lot of luxury packed into a small package with great handling. The ATS Coupe comes in two configurations. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine offers 272 horsepower, and a 3.6-liter V-6 provides 321 horsepower. Both are paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox, although the turbo four has a six-speed manual option. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but buyers can step up to all-wheel drive.