Let’s be honest – being an executive is just as much about the shoes, and the suit, and the technology as it is about the job. You know this because when you see the executives from a tech start-up wearing jeans and Converse, you can practically see what the inside of their office looks like (Mac laptops, toys, bright colors, artisan coffee). Same thing holds true for those top level execs from Wall Street, who are often found blinding bystanders with the sheen on their shoes.
The point is, your car is part of your package totál, as the French say, and for executives, that car should communicate power and class, but with enough room to comfortably schlep clients to dinner. So here’s the line-up:
Top Pick: The Audi A8
Spend a little time on the Audi website choosing your preferred rims for this car, and you’ll get the sense of just how baller the Audi A8 is. It’s a sleek-looking ride, but spacious enough that your clients don’t get crunched in the backseat. As a matter of fact, this car boasts one of the most luxurious backseats, the kind that includes heated seats, lumbar support, and zoned climate control. No longer is the backseat just for the kids!
First Runner Up: The Chrysler 300C
You know you saw the Superbowl commercial, and you had to admit – that car that Eminem was driving looked pretty fly. Not at all what you’d come to expect from Chrysler. That was Chrysler’s 300 series, and the Chrysler 300C RWD gets my pick as an exec’s runner-up. Its front face makes it look like a force to be reckoned with-definitely something straight out of the grit of Motor City, but it’s got a grace and styling that puts it on par with luxury brands. Not shy under the hood, either, this guy boasts a V8 engine, which means whatever meeting you’re in a hurry to make, the Chrysler 300C can get you there.
Second Runner Up: Lexus GS Hybrid
Just because executives like high-powered cars, doesn’t mean they don’t also care about their impact on the environment. The Lexus GS Hybrid is perfectly suited for the executive that likes to seal the deal and save a little green on her way. That’s greenbacks and green trees, by the way. The sportiest looking vehicle of my three executive picks, the Lexus GS Hybrid doesn’t scrimp on the safety details, including features like 10 airbags with a network of protective sensors, and a Pre-Collision System, which senses an impact and takes measures to reduce damage. Now that is smart safety. Starting at $58,000, the Lexus GS Hybrid is definitely the most expensive of the 3 cars, but it comes with that award-winning Lexus luxury branding.