So, have you driven a car you could afford lately?
Is owning a car classified as a luxury automobile worth the high cost? With base models of many brands offering so much, is the difference actually measurable, or is it the status of it all? While some brands are exclusively luxury, such as Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, and Aston Martin, and so on, many automakers offer alternatives to owning their most expensive models.
How much better is a Ford Fusion versus a Lincoln MKZ? How about a Nissan Pathfinder versus an Infiniti QX60, or a Honda Civic compared to an Acura ILX? The argument raised in this story by the NY Daily News points out that many of the features in luxury and base-model cars are similar.
Just how much better is the luxury model when the features of one are compared to the other? Is there a real difference or is it just perception?
….The Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne are sport-utility vehicles from unlikely German manufacturers that share similar underpinnings and construction. In the tradition of platform-sharing that allows for brand-specific styling while keeping the mechanical bits the same, the two SUVs – three, if you count the longer and larger Audi Q7 – appeal to different sensibilities, but are alike where it matters. As the optioned-up price of a Touareg comes closer to the lower echelons of Cayenne, the purchase dilemma enables some buyers to consider the Porsche for its own sake.