The ultimate joy ride for luxury vehicle enthusiasts

Rumors began circling last week that both Kia and Hyundai were planning big things for the SUV market in 2018. The two companies are reportedly building large SUVs in an effort to revitalize the once-popular model. With this coming year projected to be an important campaign for SUVs, it’s time to look forward to the top five SUVs set to hit the road.

Tesla Model X

While Tesla founder Elon Musk has set his eyes on outer space exploration, his car company continues to dominate earth. This midsize SUV is in a class of its own this year. With its blend of speed and style, the Tesla Model X is sure to turn some heads on the road. The zero-to-sixty time of 2.9 seconds is not bad, either.

2018 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is consistently ranked at the top of the compact class. The 2018 version offers one of the smoothest rides on the road. The interior is always silky smooth in these CR-Vs and it is very safe, just like the Volvo XC90.

Porsche Macan

The Porsche Macan is stunning, inside and out. But somehow, its sleek design pales in comparison to the breathtaking interior design. While many drivers may be intimidated by some of Porsche’s other offerings, the Macan is very user-friendly and easy to operate.

Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90 was officially named the safest SUV currently on the market. Volvo also claimed that by the year 2020, no person would be killed or seriously injured in one of its cars. That prediction alone should make this SUV one of the best-selling cars of the season. The XC90 comes with an affordable price tag of $45,000.

Toyota Sequoia

Toyota knows a good thing when they see it. That’s why the company decided to barely change its 2018 Sequoia from last year’s version. But in the case of the Toyota Sequoia, this is a very good thing. Customers can expect the same amount of power and cargo room as in prior years.

Wyclef Jean is a Haitian hip hop artist and former member of The Fugees. If his first love is music, then his second love is certainly cars. Jean has an enviable collection of 37 rare and exotic vehicles. Unlike many big-wig car collectors, Jean does not focus on keeping his rides in mint condition. Most celebrity car collectors like Ralph Lauren and Jerry Seinfeld like to keep the automobiles the way they bought them. Of course, there is maintenance involved, but no drastic changes are made. Not Wyclef Jean. No, he likes to modify his vehicles to fit his extremely unique tastes. Here are some of his most unique cars.

McLaren F1

Although the McLaren F1 was designed for consumer driving, it held the record in 1998 for fastest car in the world. Built of lightweight material, the F1’s aerodynamics allow it to reach speeds of up to 242 miles per hour. In the 1990’s, this particular McLaren cost about $1 million. Since then, the rarity has raised the price to more than $2 million.

Pagani Zonda C12

The limited edition Pagani Zonda C12 was produced on a limited basis from 1998 to 2011. Under the hood, this Italian sports car boasts a powerful 6.0-liter V12 engine. Jean’s cherry apple red edition was originally purchase for $320,000 and is one of just three still existing in the United States.

1957 El Dorado

This beautiful convertible is a perfect example of how Jean customizes his vehicles. From headlights to fin, it is coated in a glamorous hot pink. The interior is draped in a fuzzy, posh pink material, which is accented with sparkling stainless-steel accessories.

Hummer H2

Jean’s Hummer H2 is one of the most unique vehicles owned by any celebrity collector. The enormous automobile is not rare in it of its own, but the alterations make it unlike any other Hummer. What makes it so unique is the large seawater aquarium in the rear that is often stocked with sharks.



Justin Bieber has a garage full of expensive cars to go along with plethora of gold records. The 23-year-old has already spent nearly a decade in the spotlight, accumulating a reported $225 million in total career earnings. Bieber has since decided that buying luxurious cars is a good way to spend a large portion of his disposable income. Here are a few of the celebrity car collector’s notable vehicles:

Ferrari F430

This car can be called Bieber’s first love – the pop singer bought this customized Ferrari back when he was just 16 years old. But his affection for the car could not stop him from making some alterations. In 2103, Bieber changed the color of the car for a third time – painting it black. Today, the car is worth nearly $250,000.

Fisker Karma

This 2012 luxury sports sedan is a favorite amongst Hollywood's elite. The sleek, gray design that Bieber has definitely attracts a lot of attention whenever he takes the Karma out for a joy ride. The car boasts a 120-kW motor, which equates to 161 horsepower.

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Spyder

This is Bieber’s most well-known vehicle…. mainly because he got arrested in this car in 2014. The Canadian native was speeding around the Miami Beach area when he was pulled over and charged with drag racing and DUI. This $250,000 vehicle is capable of going 0-60 in 4.2 seconds.

Liberty Walk Ferrari 458 Italia

Apparently, Bieber just didn’t have enough room in his garage for this 2011 model. The singer made the difficult decision to put the vehicle up for auction back in January. The Ferrari comes equipped with an eight-cylinder, 4.5-liter engine. The car fetched $434,000 when the sale was finalized at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Bieber’s last world tour concluded back in July. His latest album Purpose, has gone platinum three times in the United States, finishing third on the Billboard’s year end chart in 2016. Bieber released a single called ‘Friends’ in mid-August, peaking at number twenty in the U.S.

While there are plenty of luxury car brands around the world, there are two that are synonymous with luxury sports cars. Ferrari and Lamborghini are two of the most noticeable brand names regardless of industry, and now they are ready to take things to another level. For as long as anyone can remember, when you pictured a Ferrari or Lambo, you had an idea of what the vehicle would look like. That notion is going to change now, because they are preparing to enter the SUV sector of the automobile industry. Lamborghini has already developed and begun manufacturing their first SUV, which gives them a leg up on their rival, as Ferrari is still in the conceptual phase of this monumental transition.

Lamborghini Urus

The Lamborghini Urus is set to be the Italian company’s first SUV, although it looks more like a crossover. Nevertheless, the sleek automobile definitely incorporates the style and design of a Lamborghini. It is set to debut on December 4 and will begin selling in 2018. The company certainly has big plans for the Urus, anticipating that 1,000 will be manufactured in its first year.  If everything goes as planned, production would jump to 3,500 in 2019, which would make the Urus the top selling model for Lamborghini. That’s quite the expansion for a luxury automotive brand. As for the car itself, it will include a 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 engine with 650 horsepower, so needless to say, this Lambo will still gallop like the models before it. The company also plans on producing a hybrid variant in 2019.

Ferrari’s Approach

If and when Ferrari decides to produce an SUV, they will do it their way. According to Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne, the company is “dead serious” about building a new SUV. On the other hand, another Ferrari spokesperson said that they have no plans to launch an SUV anytime soon. It all seems confusing, but the two comments were actually clarified and do coincide with one another. Ferrari plans to reinvent the concept of an SUV, only the way that Ferrari can. They are widely recognized for their innovative designs, and Marchionne clarified that the company will allow its engineers to reinvent the vehicle how they see fit. Ultimately, it is not clear whether or not Ferrari will produce an SUV or a crossover or anything remotely similar, but it is clear that if they decide to move forward with the project, things will be done “Ferrari style.”

So far, we’ve touched on the fastest cars, most expensive cars, and top luxury car brands of 2017. Now, it’s time to take a look at the top luxury cars of the year. Of course, the top brands such as Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche are going to have some of the top vehicles on the market year-in and year-out; however, you might be surprised to see some of the other brands that landed their 2017 models on the top five luxury cars list.

2017 Tesla Model S

For $68,000, you can purchase the top electric car on the market. The Tesla Model S is a fully-electric sedan that can seat anywhere from five to seven passengers, which is rare for a vehicle that qualifies as a luxury sports car. An added bonus to owning an all-electric car is the extra storage space in the front trunk, which makes this machine an all-in-one masterpiece.

2017 Genesis G90

Genesis is a new brand that is currently owned by Hyundai, although it is trying to separate itself from the South Korean manufacturer. The G90 is a part of the large luxury class and comes stocked with a 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine, although you can choose to upgrade to a more powerful V8. The only knock on the G90 is the lack of trunk space and fuel economy compared to rival vehicles.

2017 Porsche Cayman

A number of Porsche models could’ve made this list, but the Porsche Cayman made the biggest impression in 2017. Basically the 718 Boxster’s twin, the Cayman costs only about $54,000 and allows for more space for passengers, due to its hard-top design, as opposed to the Boxster’s convertible configuration. The Cayman also has two trunks for more storage space, something that Porsche vehicles tend to lack.

2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Performance. Technology. Comfort. Quality. The Mercedes-Benz S Class is the gold standard for 2017 luxury vehicles. It is one of the most expensive luxury cars released in 2017, costing nearly $100,000; however, it also includes everything you could ever want in a car. Dual 12.3-inch touch screens and active park assist, complete with automatic parking, make this machine a true work of art, but one of the most unique elements of the S-Class is its “Magic Body Control” feature that uses a camera to scan the road ahead and adjust the vehicle’s suspension to accommodate for any changes in the terrain.  

2017 Audi A7

The A7 is the most practical model on the list, although its overall look could rival any luxury car on the market. The spacious cabin and flawless interior makes this car stand out amongst the rest. It may not be as fast as some of the vehicles listed above, but for just under $69,000, you are certainly getting the most bang for your buck with the Audi A7.