1) Lexus LS430
The LS430 has now gained a six speed automatic transmission with over drive auto/manual and is considered a luxury sedan. To live up to its luxury name it has standard knee airbags for those who sit in the front. For those who sit in the back, you can have optional rear air conditioning and heat that you can control. Under the hood you have a 4.3 liter V-8 that pushes 290 horsepower. However, big engines get smaller numbers on the EPA gas mileage scale. For 2005 the gas mileage is 18 city, 25 highway which is somewhat below average. Another downside is the price, but extremely reliable luxury sedans like this one doesn't come cheap.
Lexus LS430 shown.
2) Chevrolet Impala
The Impala has joined the above average reliability class. The Canadian built Impala has impressed me with that. It now comes with three V6 engines. A standard 180hp 3.4 liter, a 200hp 3.8 liter, and a 240hp 3.4 liter for the SS supercharged which are impressive as well. Some of the features are the XM Satellite radio system and OnStar. The Impala is competing with the new Chrysler 300C and 300, Buick Park Avenue, and the Ford Crown Victoria in performance, reliability, and features. In my opinion the Impala would win!
Pricing: Starting MSRP $22,350 - $28,555
2005 Chevrolet Impala 4dr Sedan shown
3) Chrysler 300
An extreme makeover for 2005, the Chrysler 300 is fully redesigned and more reliable. With a Hemi C model available, the five speed automatic and a standard rear wheel drive system will work together to make the ultimate ride. The 300 has a standard 190-hp, 2.7-liter V-6, or the optional 250 3-hp 2.5 liter V-6. Another notable feature is the interior space. The rear legroom is about 40 inches and the front legroom is about 43 inches. On the outside you see sort of a half parallelogram and a square which gives it the roominess. The only downsides are the winter handling with the rear wheel drive, and the not so outstanding reliability. Other than that, it's fine!
Pricing: 23,295 to 35,000
2005 Chrysler 300 4dr RWD Sedan shown
4) Ford Crown Victoria
Ford's classic sedan has gained an average reliability level and up to date features. For example, one of the convenient features is a six disc CD changer. The engines for this police interceptor are; a 4.6 liter 224hp V-8, or the optional 4.6 liter 139hp V-8, both impressive engines. The EPA gas mileage is 18 city 25 highway. Not much has changed since its modification in 2003. Some new things about the new "Crown Vic" such as the turning circle were reduced by one foot and a different sort of lighting system while entering the car. The ride in my opinion is comfortable and sort of choppy in some spots and the rear wheel drive makes it hard in the rain. So, some upsides, some downsides it's not perfect but it will get you around town.
Pricing: Starting MSRP $24,335 - $30,420
2005 Ford Crown Victoria 4dr Sedan shown
5) Cadillac DeVille
The DeVille has a slightly below average reliability. The spacious DeVille has some remarkable features -- heated steering wheel and seats, OnStar, and night vision. The engines for the DeVille are similar to the Crown Vic's. A 275hp 4.6 liter Northstar V-8 or the optional 290hp 4.6 liter Northstar V-8. The gas mileage for the DeVille is: City: 17 - 18 Highway: 24 - 26. There is also an armored version of the DeVille as of 2004.The front wheel drive will do better in bad weather and the standard leather interior and radio controls on the steering wheel are a plus for the DeVille.
Starting MSRP $46,045 - $51,600
2005 Cadillac DeVille 4dr Sedan shown
Pricing, photos, gas mileage courtesy's of cars.com.
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