(By Tom Lohnes) – In these times the crossover SUV is the perfect vehicle for many. Although quite practical, crossovers don’t quite spark that sense of power mostly because the majority of them have wimpy little 4-cylinder engines. Because of this there are only a few rear-wheel-drive V8 powered, full sized sedans that aren’t performance models. Today we will be going over them in order of price because the top ones are quite expensive
For our first entry, we have the Chrysler 300C. The base 300C comes with the tried and true 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that makes a healthy 292 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft of torque. But the V8 is where things really start to make sense. The Chrysler 300C, fully specced out with the 395 horsepower, 5.7-liter Hemi V8, is only $48,295. In my opinion, the modern Chrysler 300, especially in 300S and 300C variants, looks better than it’s sibling, the Dodge Charger. And for under 50 large, it’s a really nice place to be.
Stepping up the luxury scale a little, we get to the Genisis G80. The G80 used to be known as the Hyundai Genesis, but is now being sold by Genesis, Hyundai’s luxury brand. The G90 packs a 5.0 liter naturally aspirated V8 that has 420 horsepower and 426 lb.-ft of torque. Starting at $58,525, the G80 5.0 is fast and luxurious with heated and air-conditioned front and rear seats, massaging driver’s seat, and a giant V8, the G80 is a great buy.
Really putting prices up there now, we have the Mercedes S560. Starting at $104,500, the S560 packs a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that produces 463 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft of torque. The S560 comes with a very Mercedes interior, with leather, wood, and nice-feeling materials all around. Is it worth over 100 grand though? That’s your choice.
All of these sedans have great purpose (and burnout potential), but I have to say, The Genesis is a clear choice here. Blending over 400 horsepower, luxurious interior items, and keeping the Price tag below $60,000, it’s the one. Which one would you pick?