The Luxury Hot Car List for the 2007 Third Quarter

Once again, like that of the second quarter the premium BMWs dominates forbesautos’ luxury hot car list. These vehicles that gracefully included are the most researched vehicles in the site belonging in the premium or the luxury category.

Below is the complete Luxury Hot Car list from

10. 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
Starting MSRP: $43,350

During the summer, online car shoppers naturally gravitate toward open-topped sports cars, and for the second straight quarter, consumer interest in the convertible Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class held steady. Interest may even hold through the fall, because the SLK’s retractable hardtop converts this drop-top into a coupe in seconds.

9. 2008 BMW 5 Series Sedan
Starting MSRP: $44,300

The midsize 5 Series Sedan is one of five BMW models to make our Luxury Car Hot List for the second straight quarter. The 2008 version was introduced in May. An updated base six-cylinder engine is both more powerful and fuel efficient than before and a turbo-charged version has been added for those who crave more performance.

8. 2007 BMW X5
Starting MSRP: $45,900

As if to prove that the new breed of car-based SUVs, called “crossovers,” really are as popular as auto marketers say, the X5 made our list for a second consecutive quarter. Though it’s hard to tell by looking at it, BMW redesigned its midsize SUV for 2007 and made it larger inside and out.

7. 2007 BMW 3 Series Coupe
Starting MSRP: $35,300

BMW intends the 3 Series Coupe for drivers who need a full back seat on occasion. But rather than merely jettison the rear doors, the Bavarian manufacturer gives its coupe version of the 3 Series an entirely different body than the four-door sedan. The coupe is sleeker, narrower and lower than the 3 Series Sedan, with slightly longer dimensions.

6. 2007 Acura TL
Starting MSRP: $33,625

Like the BMW 3 Series Sedan and Coupe, the Acura TL shows that interest in entry-level luxury runs strong. The TL makes the list of 10 most researched luxury cars for consecutive quarters. Japan-based Acura, a division of Honda, remains the only non-European brand in the running. Despite the car’s accessible price, the TL includes plenty of advanced features.

5. 2007 Acura MDX
Starting MSRP: $39,995

Breaking into our Luxury Car Hot List for the first time, the Acura MDX SUV leans toward the sporty side of the sport-utility combination — much like the BMW X5, the only other SUV on this list.

4. 2007 Jaguar XKR Coupe
Base MSRP: $85,835

The swift, luxury-laden XKR Coupe broke into our top 10 list of most researched luxury cars in the third quarter. The XKR packs more power than the standard-issue XK, which Jaguar reintroduced as an all-new coupe and convertible for the 2007 model year.

3. 2007 BMW 7 Series Sedan
Base MSRP: $75,800

Like the Mercedes S-Class at the top spot, the 7 Series Sedan from BMW held its high rank among most researched luxury models and stayed in third place. The flagship BMW sedan enters the 2008 model year carrying over the same prices for all three variants: $75,800 for the 750i, $78,900 for the stretched 750Li, and $122,600 for the V12 760Li.

2. 2007 BMW 3 Series Sedan
Base MSRP: $32,400

As the lowest priced vehicle on this list, the BMW 3 Series Sedan shows serious staying power and remains among our hottest luxury models for the second straight quarter. In fact, in the third quarter, BMW’s smallest sedan moved up three spots, from fifth to second, even as the current generation entered its third year. BMW last launched a redesigned 3 Series in May 2005.

1. 2007 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Base MSRP: $85,750

It must be that people preparing to sink as much as $180,000 into a new car examine their conquest very carefully, because for the second consecutive quarter, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is our most searched-for luxury car. As Mercedes’ top sedan, the S-Class is loaded with standard high-tech features and offers just as many luxury add-ons.


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