10 Cars that Wealthy People DriveApril 9th, 2012 by Armaan Almeida
Out of the 467 production vehicles currently on the market, which ones sell in greatest numbers with America’s richest individuals? Un-surprisingly, it turns out they prefer German sedans and luxury SUVs. However, crossovers and hybrids also extremely popular amongst the nations most wealthy.
These 10 cars are best-sellers in the United States’ wealthiest zip codes. Which car would you go for if money was truly not an object?
The midsize Benz E-Class luxury sedan is even more popular in the nation’s richest zip codes than its larger brother the S-Class. Palm Beach, Fla., New Vernon, N.J. and Manhattan, New York residents scoop up the E-Class more than any other car.
If you have around $100,000 to spend on a new luxury car and place comfort above all else, it is hard to beat the S-Class. Mercedes pushes the envelope each year with its newest technologies, a fact not lost on the 1%.
Called the S-Class of SUVs and rightfully so, Mercedes-Benz’s GL is a single-family-home-sized monster of a luxurious 7-seater that has proved popular with the rich. A brand-new model coming for 2013 should boost its appeal.
The 328i, 335i and M3 prove popular among the nation’s wealthiest, more than anything because of its sports car-like handling with luxury sedan practicality. It may not bring the status of an S-Class, but it’s way more fun to drive.
The X5 has surefooted AWD handling, plenty of power and oodles of luxury, plus it can hold a whole lot of groceries from the local farmer’s market. It makes a great family vehicle if your family happens to have a spare $50k lying around.
Even more than a decade after its debut, you’re as likely to find a Prius in a five-car garage as just about anything. Toyota’s class-leading hybrid is still a status symbol, and still gets 50 mpg for when the winds change and fortunes disappear.
Range Rover used to be the only choice in town among luxury SUVs, and it’s still a status symbol, whether or not its sophisticated AWD system is really necessary. Medina, Wash. residents snap it up more than any other car.
A bit of a surprise, but not everyone with money likes to wear it on their sleeves. The CR-V is a good vehicle by any metric, its compact size (for a crossover) an asset in the big city. The Honda is especially popular in wealthy Downtown Chicago.
While it doesn’t sell in large numbers, the $60,000 Hyundai is popular with the very rich looking to be a little different, joining models from BMW, Ferrari, Benz and Porsche as most popular with American Express Black Card holders.
While every luxury car maker now has a classy crossover with lots of space and a car-like ride, Lexus was way ahead of the game on this one. The availability of the RX 450h hybrid surely helps this smooth-riding family hauler’s case.