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Luxury cars to look for in 2017

Posted February 1
Updated 2:02 p.m. Monday

This story was written for our sponsor, LeithCars.com.

Every year, new cars push standards of luxury, speed and style, and 2017 is shaping up to be no different with the introduction of the all-new Porsche Panamera.

Of course, that's not the only deluxe car the automotive industry has in store.

"Six-way or 10-way adjustable seats use to be luxuries, but for 2017, the all-new Lincoln Continental offers a 30-way adjustable seat that’s super comfortable," said Mark Arsen, social media coordinator for LeithCars.com. "Then, there's the new E-Class from Mercedes-Benz. It's available with a feature called Drive Pilot that enables the car to stop and go with the traffic flow. It'll stay between the lines too, even in curves and if you so choose, will change lanes for you at the touch of the turn signal."

Here's what you can expect from top-of-the-line luxury sports vehicles this year.

Porsche Panamera

Named after legendary endurance race Carrera Panamericana, held in the 1950s in Central America, the Panamera showcases everything quintessential about a sports car, without sacrificing an ounce of comfort.

"The first Panamera was all about 'form follows function,' " explained John Alvi, sales manager for Leith Porche. "The new Panamera is all about breaking through the molds, and disrupting the market in regard to styling, drive and technology."

Alvi pointed out that the first generation car used 3 million lines of code for all of its systems, while "the All-New Panamera uses 100 million lines of computing code."

Look for options like heated seats and a heated steering wheel, a massage seat function, power blinds for rear windows, park assist, lane assistance, four-zone climate control and a separate USB interface for rear seats -- because the only thing better than owning the Panamera is sharing it with friends.

With 440 horsepower, the Panamera 4S packs a punch, and the Turbo takes it a step further with an impressive 550 horsepower. The Panamera is as capable carrying a party of four on a long journey as it is recording lap times on a racetrack.

Audi A3

The Audi's virtual cockpit is a feature available for its all-new 2017 A3 models.

The fully digital screen bridges the gap between car and driver, helping you feel in control of your automobile. Everything -- from navigation to phone calls to the radio -- is at your fingertips and in front of your face.

The user interface is controlled with a simple, touch-sensitive scroll wheel that makes using the technology as simple as shifting from park to drive.

Land Rover Discovery

Taking the family on an adventure will be comfortable with what Land Rover describes as the "ingenious versatility" of its all-new Discovery.

The panoramic roof sheds light on every row of seating, including the back row that, with more than 34 inches of legroom, offers comfort and space to anyone who sits there. When you don't have so many passengers, you can remotely re-configure the seats, with optional Intelligent Seat Fold, via a smartphone app.

BMW 5 Series

A major consideration for every driver is safety, which is why the new BMW 5 Series harnesses advances in technology to keep passengers secure.

Drivers can use speech commands and gesture controls to operate navigation, phone calls, music and more, all while keeping their eyes on the road.

Another feature protecting passengers is Active Lane Keeping Assistant, which uses cameras and road markings to center your vehicle in its lane. Some models also include Adaptive Mode, which learns your driving style, anticipates curves and crossroads, and analyzes road conditions, all of which add up to a driving experience that is uniquely personal and protected.

Maserati Quattroporte

A list of luxury vehicles would not be complete without a mention of Maserati's newly refreshed Quattroporte, a car that exudes opulence.

With style and definition built into every curvature of the car, nothing says luxury like its one-of-a-kind bespoke silk interiors, wood-and-leather steering wheel, four-zone climate control, power foot pedals and heated rear seats.

Buyers can also customize their Quattroporte by choosing from a variety of distinctive finishes and trims.

This story was written for our sponsor, LeithCars.com.

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