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In today's economy of high gas prices, luxury automobiles get a bad rap. However, Forbes points out, some luxury sedans and SUVs are frugal in their fuel consumption, and even retain a healthy amount of their residual values. Based on those two main factors, Forbes.com has named their Top Ten list of "guilt-free luxury cars".

As you'd expect, the bulk of the list is constituted of German and Japanese luxury automobiles for their resale values, and hybrids for their fuel economy. But some of their selections may surprise you. While the Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec, Lexus RX400h and LS460h seem like natural choices, other Mercedes SUVs – namely the M-Class and GL-Class – were also nominated. More surprisingly, the Jaguar XF is on there, as is the flame-snorting Lexus IS-F. The rest of the list is rounded out with the BMW 5-Series, Audi A6 and Infiniti M35. Check out Forbes.com to find out what makes these ten vehicles so "guilt-free".

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http://www.autoblog.com/2008/06/26/forbes-names-top-10-guilt-free-luxury-cars/
 

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In today's economy of high gas prices, luxury automobiles get a bad rap. However, Forbes points out, some luxury sedans and SUVs are frugal in their fuel consumption, and even retain a healthy amount of their residual values. Based on those two main factors, Forbes.com has named their Top Ten list of "guilt-free luxury cars".

As you'd expect, the bulk of the list is constituted of German and Japanese luxury automobiles for their resale values, and hybrids for their fuel economy. But some of their selections may surprise you. While the Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec, Lexus RX400h and LS460h seem like natural choices, other Mercedes SUVs – namely the M-Class and GL-Class – were also nominated. More surprisingly, the Jaguar XF is on there, as is the flame-snorting Lexus IS-F. The rest of the list is rounded out with the BMW 5-Series, Audi A6 and Infiniti M35. Check out Forbes.com to find out what makes these ten vehicles so "guilt-free".

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http://www.autoblog.com/2008/06/26/forbes-names-top-10-guilt-free-luxury-cars/
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[="6"]COLOR="RoyalBlue"][/SIZE]Rounding out the top five are the Mercedes-Benz GL Class (55% residual value and 18 mpg), the Jaguar XF (52%, 19 mpg) and the Lexus IS F, the only car on the list that is not powered with a more efficient V6 engine. The IS F is equipped with a V8 that gets 18 mpg, but the car has the highest residual value on the list at 59%. Buyers who want the high-performance of a V8 will sacrifice fuel economy, but the car does hold its value, meaning a better payoff down the line when it comes time to upgrade yet again[/COLOR]. [/SIZE]Also making the list are the Lexus LS 460 (50%, 19 mpg); Infiniti M35 (48%, 19 mpg); BMW 5 Series (47%, 21 mpg), Audi A6 (47%, 20 mpg) and Mercedes-Benz M Class (47%, 21 mpg).
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