Plus-size whips so comfy you may never want to arrive
TOURING SEDAN, MAYBACH LANDAULET
Regarded as one of the world’s most exclusive luxury cars, Maybach is a name that inspires awe the world over—or at the very least prompts some catchy Jay-Z lyrics. The Landaulet has raised the bar even higher with an open-top rear seat, so pampered passengers can catch some sun while the chauffer remains undistracted. A powerful V12 engine means the Landaulet can get you to your destination fast, but since it also comes with reclining seats with built-in footrests and pulse massagers, you may not care. (Starts at $1.3M; maybach-manufaktur.com)
CROSSOVER, BUICK ENCLAVE
Not only is this luxury crossover one of the quietest around, but it can also seat up to eight people. Its one-touch power liftgate makes it easier to unpack that picnic basket you loaded in for the trip, and for those ladies dressed to kill, there’s an elevated footrest, which “adds comfort for drivers with high-heel shoes.” As a GM vehicle, Enclave also comes with access to OnStar—a virtual in-car assistant for all your travel needs. (Starts at $33,505; buick.com/enclave)
CONVERSION VAN, EL KAPITAN
Luxury conversion vans are one of the most understated ways to shuttle around in opulence. Conversion companies such as El Kapitan can outfit your van with everything from the standards—flip-down flat-screen TVs and heated seats—to the more exotic, including power sofa beds, writing desks, iPod charging stations, and ice chests to keep food or drinks cool. (Prices vary; elkapitan.com)
SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE, LINCOLN MKX
Imposing enough to not be bullied while merging into traffic, but sexy enough to raise eyebrows at the valet parking kiosk, Lincoln’s MKX will easily make your trip more memorable. Plus, with in-seat heating and cooling to keep your body temperature just right, reclining rear seats for the comfort of your passengers, and Microsoft’s SYNC software that allows you to perform tasks like making phone calls using voice commands, you just might want to move in. (Starts at $35,605; lincoln.com/mkx)
For an extended review of the Lincoln MKX, CLICK HERE. And, of course, a list of large luxe vehicles wouldn’t be complete without making note of RVs and limos, now would it?
Recreational Vehicle (Newell Coach)
Sometimes it’s all about the journey, not the destination. If you’ve got some wanderlust in your genetic code, you may want to pony up for a luxury RV to ferry the family away for an extended getaway. Newell Coach Corp. has been manufacturing tricked-out Recreational Vehicles since 1967, and with features like king-size beds, chandeliers, and leather sofas, they’ll make you feel at home, even while you’re in transit. (Starts at $138,000; newellcoach.com)
Escalade Limo (High Quality Custom Design)
For those seeking opulent comfort in a better (and bigger) wrapper than a simple stretch limousine, the Escalade is a great canvas. Of course, the folks at Brooklyn-based High Quality Custom Design already knew that. One of their many Escalade conversions boasts a 26-inch flat screen, lush reclining bucket seats, a full computer system, and a heating/cooling chamber for vittles. Next time, you may well opt to travel by road instead of the friendly skies. (Price varies; as shown $173,200; hqcustomdesign.com)
Reprinted from UPTOWN Online.